By SHELBY SEBENS for The Columbian
February 16, 2015 5:03 p.m.
Drivers who are considering a job with a transportation network company should be sure to do their homework on auto insurance needs, according to local insurance agents and critics of ride-sharing services.
Kathy McLaughlin has years of experience in social work and hospice care, which she now puts to use in helping people find housing for their loved ones in need of specialized care. Because she has been responsible for the care of parents and grandparents herself, she understands the emotional strain on families. "I love working with people, especially seniors," McLaughlin said. "I like knowing I was able to make the process easier for a family."
Mercifully, the Port of Vancouver has been on the sidelines in the battle between West Coast port operators and the Longshore union that has turned increasingly nasty in recent weeks. The port's union dockworkers, having endured an 18-month lockout at the United Grain Terminal before reaching a contract deal in August, aren't in this fight affecting their union siblings at container-handling ports. Surely they're relieved that it's somebody else's turn on the front lines.
Washington's taxable retail sales increased to $33.2 billion for the third quarter of 2014, a 7.3 percent over the same July to September period in 2013, the Department of Revenue said Friday. Retail trade, a subset of total taxable retail sales, rose 5.5 percent to $14.6 billion in the same period.
Radio Shack expects to close its Westfield Vancouver mall store and its store at 6607 E. Mill Plain Blvd., two of its five Radio Shack stores in Clark County, as part of its bankruptcy proceedings, according to a list released by the company last week.
The departure of Curtis Shuck, with more than nine years at the port, including most recently as its senior sales director, “was purely voluntary on his part,” port Commissioner Jerry Oliver said today.
Two business support organizations — the Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce and the Hispanic Metropolitan Chamber — have both launched small business assistance programs for low-income Vancouver residents. The programs are tapping federal grant funds allocated by the city of Vancouver.
Banfield Pet Hospital, the Portland-based veterinary chain that is moving its headquarters to Vancouver next year, has named a company vice president as its new president and chief executive officer, effective immediately.
After eight years on the job as a livestock brand inspector for the state, Ron Balkowitsch still finds the job exciting. "People call 911 to report animals are on their property, he says. "Animal control doesn't deal with larger animals and it is not the sheriff's department's job, so I get the call. One caller said there was a 'strange' animal in her yard and wanted it picked up. It was a pig."