Few life experiences can match the wonder of visiting some of the world's greatest nature preserves, including the Serengeti National Park, in the equatorial eastern African country of Tanzania. My wife and I indulged in that great adventure on a photo safari through three of Tanzania's wondrous wildlife parks, reveling in close-up sightings of lounging lions, elephants wandering in our path, and partially submerged hippos whose backs double as perches for birds. I'll always treasure those six days staring out the pop-top of a Toyota Land Cruiser, observing and photographing this masterstroke of nature.
I was the only man in the room last Wednesday at the monthly meeting of the Women Entrepreneurs Organization of Clark County. I had no complaints, but I had to wonder what advice about the news business I could offer these hardworking women whose business ventures ranged from tattoo artist to real estate broker.
Add yet another player to the multifaceted battle over whether Vancouver will make room for the Northwest's largest oil transfer terminal: Heartland LLC, a Seattle-based real estate advisory and investment firm.
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.
The intersection between the bright promise of medical breakthroughs and the cruel undertow of marketplace realities has never been easy to navigate. As brilliant minds work to find cures to the many pains and diseases that ail us, equally sharp minds look to commercialize those cures so their creators and financiers can profit from saving lives and improving health.
Walk into the brightly-lit, spacious Parkrose Hardware store in east Vancouver, and you'll almost certainly be greeted by one or more employees offering help you find something. These are people who know their merchandise, from the small fasteners that are nowhere else to be found locally to the big power tools suitable for a construction site.
It seems like every day brings a new surprise in the awkward transition of marijuana from outlaw status to social acceptance. In the blending between those ready to seize a rare entrepreneurial moment and those whose job is to regulate and tax a product that’s still illegal in 48 states, it’s been tough to select the most discordant set of circumstances.