ISSAQUAH — Costco's fiscal second-quarter net income fell 15 percent, hurt by softer sales of some non-food items, weaker gross margins in its fresh foods business and the impact of weaker foreign currency exchange rates on its international results. The year-ago period was also helped by a tax benefit.
By By JOAN LOWY Associated Press
March 6, 2014 4:32 p.m.
WASHINGTON — Government regulators are taking too long to write new rail safety regulations in light of recent fiery oil train accidents and a deadly commuter train derailment, senators complained Thursday.
PortlandThe Port of Camas-Washougal said Wednesday it's partnering with the city of Washougal and Portland State University to create a community vision for a plan to redevelop 40 acres of waterfront property for recreation, residential and commercial purposes.
The Bonneville Power Administration says it's looking for partners — from utilities and nonprofits to researchers and technology developers — to help make improvements to the Northwest's electric system. The deadline to submit proposals to BPA's Technology Innovation Office for its 2015 fiscal year is March 27.
Two religious leaders called on United Grain Corp., which locked out union dockworkers more than a year ago, to repent what they called the company's sins, including greed and "theft in stealing the right to work."
BNSF Railway is investing millions of dollars in safety improvements on tracks and the purchase of new oil tanker cars, railroad officials told Clark County business leaders during an invitation-only meeting Tuesday. At the 90-minute session, the officials also promised to develop a more open relationship with the community as local residents debate a proposal for rail transport of oil to a transfer terminal at the Port of Vancouver.
Opponents of a planned oil-by-rail terminal at the Port of Vancouver urged the port Tuesday to cancel its lease with Tesoro Corp. and Savage Companies. They leveled several arguments against the project, including that it undermines commercial/residential redevelopment of Vancouver's waterfront, won't help America achieve energy independence, and puts people in harm's way.