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Aaron Corvin

port & economy reporter


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United Grain shuts down elevator as dispute escalates

By Aaron Corvin July 24, 2014 8:27 p.m.

Citing threats from union pickets, state grain inspectors are refusing to enter United Grain Corp.'s export facility at the Port of Vancouver, prompting the company to shut down the largest grain elevator on the West Coast. The latest development in the bitter, 17-month-long standoff between United Grain, and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union has triggered a new round of finger-pointing, with no solution in sight.

Payroll in Clark County grows at 'warp speed'

By Aaron Corvin July 22, 2014 7:40 p.m.

Payrolls in Clark County enjoyed "warp speed" growth in the 12 months ending in June, the region's labor economist reported Tuesday, adding 5,800 jobs and posting an annualized growth rate that tops 4 percent.

Opponents of oil terminal raise new concerns

By Aaron Corvin July 22, 2014 4:42 p.m.

An attorney for the nonprofit Clark County Natural Resources Council today raised several concerns about how the Port of Vancouver decided to approve a lease for a proposed oil transfer terminal.

3 challenge Hanke for utility board job

By Aaron Corvin July 19, 2014 6 a.m.

When asked to judge Clark Public Utilities as a provider of power and water, customers annually rank the agency the highest in service among midsize utilities in the Western U.S.

State energy panel: Land-use zone allows oil terminal

By Aaron Corvin July 15, 2014 7:14 p.m.

Approval of a narrow land-use consistency matter does not mean Tesoro Corp. and Savage Companies will be allowed to handle as much as 380,000 barrels of crude per day at the Port of Vancouver, according to the state Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council.

Analysis: Oil plan: Could city gain upper hand?

By Aaron Corvin July 14, 2014 7:07 p.m.

Could the city of Vancouver, which opposes having the Northwest's largest oil-by-rail terminal built in its backyard, wrest control of the project's fate from state regulators?

2nd thoughts on 3 oil terminals

By Aaron Corvin July 13, 2014 6 a.m.

With promises of economic development in tow, Westway Group LLC, Imperium Renewables and U.S. Development Group LLC want to build three oil-by-rail terminals on Grays Harbor that would all together bring more than 175,000 barrels of crude oil per day into the region.

Panel shares vision, update on waterfront

By Aaron Corvin July 10, 2014 5:44 p.m.

Backers of a plan to transform Vancouver's former industrial waterfront into a place to live, work and play said Thursday they're making progress on multiple fronts, including negotiating the construction of restaurants, advancing key road improvements and planning a public park studded with attractions.

Rulings a mixed bag for Papa Murphy's

By Aaron Corvin July 9, 2014 5:48 p.m.

Papa Murphy's franchise owners who accuse the corporation of deceptive actions will be allowed to pursue some claims in their lawsuit against the take-and-bake pizza chain, a Clark County Superior Court judge decided Wednesday.

Foes of oil terminal proposal voice concerns

By Aaron Corvin July 8, 2014 5:02 p.m.

Opponents of a proposal to build the Northwest's largest oil-by-rail facility at the Port of Vancouver on Tuesday pressed their safety concerns and peppered commissioners with questions in light of the one-year anniversary of the deadly oil-train explosion in Lac-Megantic, Quebec.

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