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Aaron Corvin

port & economy reporter

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Recent Stories

Vancouver oil terminal effort given new name

By Aaron Corvin and Eric Florip August 20, 2014 5:58 p.m.

The two companies proposing to build the Northwest's largest oil-by-rail transfer terminal at the Port of Vancouver plan to release a new economic analysis of the project during an invitation-only event Friday. Meanwhile, Tesoro Corp. and Savage Companies are calling their joint venture by a new name: Vancouver Energy.

Oil terminal review process extended

By Aaron Corvin August 19, 2014 5:29 p.m.

The state panel reviewing a proposal for an oil-by-rail transfer terminal in Vancouver agreed Tuesday to extend to early next year the timeline for completing a review of the proposal and for making a recommendation to Gov. Jay Inslee.

County economy adds jobs, continues to strengthen

By Aaron Corvin August 19, 2014 4:26 p.m.

Clark County's economy expanded by 6,100 jobs in the 12 months ending in July, the region's labor economist reported Tuesday, posting a growth rate of 4.4 percent and plunging its preliminary unemployment rate to 6.3 percent, down from 9.5 percent a year ago.

Papa Murphy's sees second quarter loss

By Aaron Corvin August 13, 2014 5:02 p.m.

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.

Pollard, other opponents again ask port to reconsider oil

By Aaron Corvin August 12, 2014 8:50 p.m.

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.

Tentative agreement reached in N.W. grain terminal dispute

By Aaron Corvin August 12, 2014 7:15 p.m.

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.

Regional workforce council adds 12 members

By Aaron Corvin August 12, 2014 6 a.m.

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.

Oil terminal backers seek documents of opponents

By Aaron Corvin August 8, 2014 7:38 p.m.

The companies proposing the Northwest's largest oil-by-rail transfer terminal at the Port of Vancouver are digging for information about two major roadblocks standing in their way: the Vancouver City Council's resolution opposing the oil terminal and the $1.3 billion plan to redevelop the city's former industrial waterfront.

Port of Vancouver faulted in grain-inspection dispute

By Aaron Corvin August 7, 2014 6:39 p.m.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture says "the Port of Vancouver has not been enforcing its rules of conduct” to enable state or federal grain inspectors to safely move through a picketed gate to reach United Grain’s export facility.

Feds decline to take over grain inspections at Vancouver port

By Aaron Corvin August 5, 2014 7:24 p.m.

Add the federal government to the growing list of agencies that are staying out, for now, of a thorny situation in which a lack of inspections has forced United Grain Corp. — operator of the largest grain elevator on the West Coast — to largely halt its export operations.

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