New life is coming to a prime piece of downtown Vancouver street-front real estate, five years after it became vacant, according to the commercial real estate broker working to lease the former site of Koplan's Home Furnishings.
After burning out in the computer science industry, Nick Marcelja turned his blacksmithing hobby into his business. "I had been doing historical creations for the Society for Creative Anachronism," Marcelja said. "It took me about six months to get my business running. When someone says they want to buy what you have made it is rewarding. Although I don't make a lot of money, I am happy."
On a rare day off, Chris Piche reached into the bed of his pickup truck and pulled out a small plastic container holding his livelihood. The former Battle Ground resident opened it and poured its contents into an empty water bottle. The thin, dark orange-tinted liquid, about the consistency of water, flowed in as yellow bubbles formed on top. He held it up under the bright sunlight for a better view. “That’s crude oil,” Piche said.
As a teenager, Fred Grubmeyer decided to explore life beyond Brooklyn and headed west. He briefly tried his hand at gold mining in Alaska but realized his small miner's shovel was no match for the mountain in front of him. The young man found his way to Portland, shortened his name to Meyer and over decades built a chain of shopping centers that made him a local household name.
By LILY RAFF McCAULOU for The Columbian
August 14, 2014 5:19 p.m.
Elena Lawler started her career as an English professor in her native Kazakhstan. After immigrating here from the former Soviet Union, she became an entrepreneur, launching Northwest Interpreters Inc. in 1991.
Papa Murphy's Holdings Inc., the Vancouver-based parent of Papa Murphy's take-and-bake pizza chain, said Wednesday it recorded a second-quarter net loss of $1.6 million. That compares with a net loss of $6,000 in the same April-to-June period a year ago.
By MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press
August 13, 2014 9:37 a.m.
WASHINGTON — Faced with tougher and more resistant weeds, corn and soybean farmers are anxiously awaiting government decisions on a new version of a popular herbicide — and on genetically modified seeds to grow crops designed to resist it.
Opponents of building the Northwest's largest oil-by-rail terminal at the Port of Vancouver renewed their calls on the port Tuesday to re-open its lease for the project, approved in 2013, and to conduct a public hearing in light of new information about safety problems and other risks.
A bitter two-year labor dispute that engulfed everyone from Vancouver police and Washington’s governor to state and federal agriculture officials may have ended, as the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and Northwest grain terminal operators have reached a tentative contract agreement.
The Southwest Washington Workforce Development Council said Monday it has added 12 members to boost its ability to collaborate with key growth industries and to further line up its training and employment services with industry needs.
The engineering and environmental consulting firm BergerABAM said Monday that it will move its Vancouver offices to the former City Hall building at 210 E. 13th St., the first announced tenant in a building that is now called Block 56.