The Columbia River, the Northwest's great resource for commerce, recreation, and energy, is emerging as a tourist destination for ship-bound travelers in pursuit of new sightseeing and historical experiences. That's good news for Vancouver, which stands to gain visitors and business as a Portland metro-area gateway to the Columbia-Snake corridor.
By DAVID BATES, Yamhill Valley News Register
July 4, 2015 6 a.m.
MCMINNVILLE, Ore. — Green lawns and swimming pools aren't the only things taking a beating in California's record-busting drought, now in its fourth year. The state's nut crop is feeling the effects as well.
The Department of Labor & Industries said this week that it uncovered 19 cases of illegal construction activity in the state, including three cases in Clark County, during a recent sting aimed at deterring illegal construction activity.
The companies seeking to build the nation's largest rail-to-marine oil transfer terminal at the Port of Vancouver haven't been shy in expressing their disappointment about delays in the project's review by a state agency.
Two things are clear about Christensen Shipyards, the builder of yachts in Vancouver that once appeared to be irreversably sliding into liquidation: The company now has a viable future, and it's fully in the hands of former part-owner Henry Luken, a deep-pocketed Tennessee businessman.
The Port of Vancouver on Tuesday opened a simple new segment of the pedestrian path it means to extend from downtown Vancouver all the way out Lower River Road to Vancouver Lake. And, it announced $500,000 in public funding for construction of the next segment — which won't be simple at all, as it rises into the air to pass over sensitive wetlands.