By Aaron Corvin August 2, 2015 6 a.m.
The problems of stagnant worker pay and rising global wealth inequality often seem insurmountable — too big to get your brain wrapped around them, too thorny and plutocratically entrenched to uproot with good policy prescriptions.
By Aaron Corvin July 29, 2015 4:28 p.m.
Barrett Business Services Inc., the Vancouver-based supplier of staffing and outsourced human resources services, said Wednesday it recorded a second-quarter profit of $8.7 million. That compares with a profit of $7.3 million in the April-to-June period of 2014.
By Aaron Corvin July 24, 2015 5:53 p.m.
The Port of Vancouver’s lease for what would be the nation’s largest rail-to-marine oil transfer terminal will stay in place because the port took a second public vote to correct problems with how it initially handled the contract, a Clark County Superior Court judge ruled Friday.
By Aaron Corvin July 23, 2015 6 p.m.
In an unusual move, the Port of Vancouver is expected to cut $15.29 million in revenue from its overall 2015 budget because it now anticipates a new freight-hauling venture will not live up to expectations.
By Aaron Corvin July 22, 2015 5:31 p.m.
An administrative law judge has rebuked the Port of Vancouver for contacting Washington Gov. Jay Inslee about a proposal to build the nation's largest rail-to-marine oil transfer terminal at the port.
By Aaron Corvin July 20, 2015 4:38 p.m.
Having outgrown its current space, SunModo, the Vancouver-based producer of mounting hardware for solar systems, is seeking to relocate its headquarters to a place with room for additional expansion.
By Aaron Corvin July 19, 2015 6 a.m.
If this year's primary election is any indication, the days of drowsy politics at the Port of Vancouver are gone. That's good for voters, who will choose from candidates with a wide range of backgrounds and thoughts about the port's role in shaping the community's future.
By Aaron Corvin July 17, 2015 5:24 p.m.
In the Port of Vancouver primary election, the number of candidates who say the port's decision-making process and economic development priorities need to be reformed far outweigh those who say the port is largely on the right path.
By Aaron Corvin July 14, 2015 5:32 p.m.
A hotel and offices should be included in an effort to redevelop the Port of Vancouver's Terminal 1 waterfront property, a consultant reported Tuesday, but those uses would likely go in separate buildings instead of the single mixed-use structure the port initially discussed.
By Aaron Corvin July 8, 2015 7:04 p.m.
Frustration over how long it's taking to examine a proposal to build the nation's largest rail-to-marine oil transfer terminal in Vancouver reached a new level of intensity Wednesday, as the Port of Vancouver urged Washington Gov. Jay Inslee to order state regulators to produce a publicly available timetable and stick to it.
By Aaron Corvin July 7, 2015 4:47 p.m.
The companies seeking to build the nation's largest rail-to-marine oil transfer terminal in Vancouver and the state regulators examining the proposal are blasting each other over how long it's taking to complete the review process.
By Aaron Corvin July 2, 2015 5:08 p.m.
The companies seeking to build the nation's largest rail-to-marine oil transfer terminal at the Port of Vancouver haven't been shy in expressing their disappointment about delays in the project's review by a state agency.
By Aaron Corvin June 30, 2015 5:08 p.m.
Two things are clear about Christensen Shipyards, the builder of yachts in Vancouver that once appeared to be irreversably sliding into liquidation: The company now has a viable future, and it's fully in the hands of former part-owner Henry Luken, a deep-pocketed Tennessee businessman.
Three weeks ago, PeaceHealth set out a belated welcome mat for hundreds of Clark County business leaders and elected officials. The operator of PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center and nine other medical centers in three states wanted to introduce itself to the community — something PeaceHealth leaders say they hadn't done since moving corporate offices here from Bellevue four years ago.
By Aaron Corvin June 24, 2015 5:31 p.m.
A three-judge appeals court panel will hear oral arguments Thursday over whether the Port of Vancouver skirted the state's environmental rules in approving a lease for what would be the nation's largest rail-to-marine oil transfer terminal.
By Aaron Corvin June 18, 2015 4:25 p.m.
Consultants to the Port of Vancouver on Thursday rolled out numerous different design concepts for rejuvenating the port's 13-acre Terminal 1 waterfront property. The concepts ranged from putting green roofs on terraced buildings and installing a traffic-calming corridor to creating a specialized retail market and merging blocks to generate a campus setting.
By Aaron Corvin June 17, 2015 3:37 p.m.
A Clark County Superior Court judge has ruled against a petition to recall from office Port of Vancouver Commissioner Brian Wolfe, saying the charges leveled against Wolfe weren't enough to allow the petition to move forward.
By Aaron Corvin June 15, 2015 5:42 p.m.
Three environmental groups are asking Clark County Superior Court Judge David Gregerson to reconsider an earlier ruling and to wipe out the Port of Vancouver's lease for an oil terminal in light of "evidence of much more extensive" violations of Washington's open public meetings law. In their newly revised lawsuit filed on June 12, Columbia Riverkeeper, Sierra Club and the Northwest Environmental Defense Center allege the port unlawfully excluded the public from at least seven meetings. The port has acknowledged missteps but denied breaching the law.
By Aaron Corvin June 14, 2015 6 a.m.
This week presents as grand a stage as any to burnish the state of Washington's global standing as an aerospace hub: the 51st International Paris Air Show. And Clark County, home to 84 companies tied to the aerospace and defense industries, isn't about to miss out on it.
By Aaron Corvin June 9, 2015 5:11 p.m.
After months of public criticism over approving a lease for an oil terminal, the Port of Vancouver's leaders on Tuesday showed a new sensitivity to barbs directed at the port by its critics.
By Aaron Corvin June 8, 2015 5:26 p.m.
Six of seven candidates for Port of Vancouver commissioner weighed in on Monday on everything from a proposed oil transfer terminal and the contract that underpins it to public transparency and accountability in the port's approach to making decisions.
By Aaron Corvin June 7, 2015 6 a.m.
When we think about economic mobility — our capacity to improve our economic status by pumping up our paychecks — a college education, job training and hard work are among the winning ingredients that likely come to mind.
By Aaron Corvin June 2, 2015 4:38 p.m.
A local environmental group and one of its members have sued the Port of Vancouver, alleging it's violating the state's public records law by redacting parts of a lease it signed with two companies for what would be the nation's largest rail-to-marine oil transfer terminal.
By Aaron Corvin May 27, 2015 5:41 p.m.
The court-appointed receiver handling Christensen Shipyards, the financially troubled builder of yachts in Vancouver, wants to sell all or "substantially all" of the company's assets to Henry Luken, the deep-pocketed Tennessee businessman who owns 50 percent of the company.
By Aaron Corvin May 26, 2015 5:22 p.m.
The overall picture of Clark County's labor market "remains very positive," the region's labor economist reported Tuesday, with "rapid employment growth, falling unemployment, and low levels of job losses, as measured by unemployment claims."
By Aaron Corvin May 22, 2015 4:35 p.m.
The Port of Vancouver and Seattle consultant NBBJ will gather Tuesday for a public meeting to discuss components of the port's effort to craft a master plan for revitalizing its Terminal 1 waterfront property. The port's board of commissioners and NBBJ will discuss the planning process and initial concepts for the waterfront project during the workshop, to be held from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the port's office, 3103 N.W. Lower River Road, Vancouver.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By Aaron Corvin May 8, 2015 4:16 p.m.
“I feel good about it,” Baker, first elected to the District 2 position in 2003, said of her decision.
By Aaron Corvin May 7, 2015 8:59 p.m.
Driven by the speed of technology and bracketed by global trade, industrial laser manufacturer nLight Corp. of Vancouver is deepening its role as an anchor of Clark County’s cluster of high-tech employers.
By Aaron Corvin May 6, 2015 4:59 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 first-quarter profit of $2.6 million. That compares with a profit of $819,000 in the same January-to-March period in 2014.
By Aaron Corvin May 5, 2015 3:07 p.m.
A new study of the Portland-Vancouver region's economy spells out strategies for strengthening high-tech manufacturers, increasing supply chain opportunities and boosting exports. The study, announced by two regional economic development agencies Tuesday, calls for everything from more early-stage investment capital and state-funded development initiatives to an emphasis on workforce training.