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Aaron Corvin

port & economy reporter


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Port commissioner 'disappointed' by newspaper investigation

By Aaron Corvin and Amy M.E. Fischer May 21, 2015 5:43 p.m.

After nearly a full week of intense public reaction to a series of newspaper stories critical of the Port of Vancouver's practices under the state's open public meetings and records laws, one port commissioner called The Columbian's investigation a disappointment, while another shrugged it off as a rerun of past articles.

Petitions filed to recall Vancouver port commissioners Oliver, Wolfe

By Aaron Corvin May 20, 2015 5:53 p.m.

A Vancouver resident has filed two petitions with the Clark County elections office seeking to recall from office Port of Vancouver commissioners Jerry Oliver and Brian Wolfe.

Group: Port must make decision on oil terminal lease at public meeting

By Aaron Corvin May 19, 2015 5:37 p.m.

In its lease for what would be the nation's largest rail-to-marine oil transfer terminal, the Port of Vancouver has not disclosed the deadline for two companies to secure permit approvals to build the project. But if the companies don't obtain the necessary state and federal permits on time, it would create an opportunity for the port to opt out of the contract.

Oil terminal lease unleashes a gusher of backlash

By Aaron Corvin May 19, 2015 6 a.m.

The Port of Vancouver's tight lid on the public's business may be coming off. Sparked by the port's insular handling of a lease for what would be the nation's largest rail-to-marine oil transfer terminal, reform-minded critics are pushing the port to embrace a more transparent approach to making decisions. Some are jumping into the race for an open seat on the port commission, hoping to change the organization from within.

Tesoro to upgrade its fleet of oil rail cars

By Aaron Corvin May 18, 2015 4:57 p.m.

Tesoro Corp. said Monday it's upgrading its crude oil rail car fleet by adding 210 enhanced tank cars that exceed new standards issued by the U.S. Department of Transportation earlier this month.

Skids greased for oil terminal behind closed doors

By Aaron Corvin May 18, 2015 6 a.m.

Even the most vigilant of Port of Vancouver watchers couldn't have foreseen how the port and two private companies were paving the way behind closed doors for quick local approval of what would be the nation's largest oil-to-marine transfer terminal.

Culture of secrecy shrouds Port of Vancouver

By Aaron Corvin May 17, 2015 5:59 a.m.

The Port of Vancouver is a government body that's beholden to its voters and taxpayers. Yet its elected officials embrace a culture of secrecy, meeting behind closed doors "about 95 percent of the time," as one commissioner put it in a court deposition, and making decisions inside a bubble of deference to the port administration and the private industries it courts. As a result, the powerful port often sidesteps full public accountability, which is one reason why it faces impassioned political and legal challenges to its decision to approve what would be the nation's largest rail-to-marine oil transfer terminal.

Analyst: Oil terminal has less than 50% chance of approval

By Aaron Corvin May 14, 2015 5:39 p.m.

It's anybody's guess as to whether Vancouver will become home to the nation's largest rail-to-marine oil-transfer terminal.

Bleu Door Bakery opens wider in Vancouver

By Aaron Corvin May 14, 2015 6 a.m.

Bonnie Brasure, owner of Bleu Door Bakery on Main Street in Vancouver, has a coffee mug emblazoned with words that nicely sum up her success in business: "She believed she could so she did."

Barrett Business Services faces SEC probe

By Aaron Corvin May 12, 2015 4:18 p.m.

Vancouver-based Barrett Business Services Inc. is under investigation by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in a case involving the company’s workers’ compensation reserves.

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