Value of vision stressed by leaders

4:53 p.m. December 15
Long-term plans key to growing vibrant communities

Four leaders of local governments in Clark County said Monday that maintaining strategic plans, building infrastructure and recruiting new industries are all keys to growing vibrant communities.

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Main Vancouver post office extends hours

By The Columbian December 12, 2014 5:31 p.m.

The main Vancouver post office said this week it's offering extended retail hours to help make customers' shipping tasks more convenient during the holidays.

EBay may lay off thousands as it spins off PayPal service

By Steve Johnson, San Jose Mercury News December 12, 2014 5:22 p.m.

SAN JOSE, Calif. — EBay is reportedly considering laying off thousands of employees as it prepares to shed its huge online payments division, PayPal.

Burger King's Canada move: Worth $1.2 billion?

By Roberto A. Ferdman, The Washington Post December 12, 2014 5:21 p.m.

Canada should be a cozy new home for Burger King.

Demand for lie-flat airplane seats slows Boeing deliveries

By Dominic Gates, The Seattle Times December 12, 2014 2:38 p.m.

Aircraft-seat suppliers are struggling to meet the demand for new high-end, lie-flat seats for business and first class in big widebody jets, and the supply chain squeeze has begun to slow Boeing jet deliveries.

Tribes wary of selling pot, even if feds allow it

By JEFF BARNARD and GOSIA WOZNIACKA, Associated Press December 12, 2014 11:06 a.m.

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — Many in Indian Country are wary of the idea of growing and selling marijuana on tribal lands, even if it could present an economic windfall and the U.S. Department of Justice says it's OK.

Hastings pushes DOE for Hanford tank answers

By Annette Cary, Tri-City Herald December 12, 2014 11:02 a.m.

Retiring Rep. Doc Hastings, R-Wash., is pressing the Department of Energy for more information on the cost and implications of building more storage tanks at the Hanford nuclear reservation.

Like low gas prices? So does the station owner

By JONATHAN FAHEY, Associated Press December 12, 2014 10:59 a.m.

NEW YORK — So you think you are finally getting one over on the gas stations as you pay well under $3 a gallon for the first time in four years? Guess again.

London air control computer failure resolved

By GREGORY KATZ and DANICA KIRKA, Associated Press December 12, 2014 10:52 a.m.

LONDON — The airspace over London was briefly closed Friday afternoon due to what authorities said was a computer failure at one of Britain's two air traffic control centers.

Oil prices slump further after IEA cuts forecast

By The Associated Press December 12, 2014 10:50 a.m.

NEW YORK — The rout in oil prices advanced Friday after the International Energy Agency lowered its forecast for global oil demand next year.

Singletary: Marriage, money and issues

By Michelle Singletary December 12, 2014 6 a.m.

It's hard enough managing one's own money, but navigating through the financial issues with another person can be even more frustrating. I often get questions about marriage and money during my weekly online chat discussions. Following are answers to two I received recently.

Passengers, airlines can't afford late 1st flight

By DAVID KOENIG, Associated Press December 12, 2014 6 a.m.

DALLAS — For years, Southwest was the most punctual of big U.S. airlines, so its tumble toward the bottom of government rankings for on-time arrivals was stunning.

Trail Tech expands in Battle Ground

By Justin Runquist December 12, 2014 6 a.m.

In the quiet southeast reaches of Battle Ground, business is bustling for Trail Tech as the high-tech company prepares for a massive expansion.

RadioShack reports bigger quarterly loss after sales fall

By Lauren Coleman-Lochner, Bloomberg News December 11, 2014 5 p.m.

NEW YORK — Embattled electronics retailer RadioShack Corp. reported a larger quarterly loss than projected after sales tumbled and the company struggled to attract mobile-phone customers.

Index says Web is less free; U.S. ranking falls

By Tracy Lien, Los Angeles Times December 11, 2014 4:38 p.m.

The Internet in 2014 is less free and more unequal and, as far as wealthy nations go, the U.S. could be doing a lot better on that score, according to the latest research from the World Wide Web Foundation.

Feds: Tribes can decide whether to legalize pot

By JEFF BARNARD and GOSIA WOZNIACKA, Associated Press December 11, 2014 4:28 p.m.

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — The U.S. Justice Department said Thursday that Indian tribes can grow and sell marijuana on their lands as long as they follow the same federal conditions laid out for states that have legalized the drug.

Register for the upcoming Economic Forecast Breakfast on Jan. 22, 2015 at the Vancouver Hilton, and catch a glimpse of the growth and development opportunities that lie ahead for this region. This year's keynote features Ken Fisher, founder and CEO of Fisher Investments in Camas, who will provide his outlook for the local economy.