L&I fines Waste Connections, contractor

By Aaron Corvin January 28, 2015 5:24 p.m.

The state Department of Labor & Industries said Wednesday it has fined two Vancouver area companies a total of $177,600 for multiple safety violations at the West Vancouver Material Recovery Center.

County unemployment rate stays high amid job growth

By Aaron Corvin January 27, 2015 5:03 p.m.

Clark County's economy expanded in December with "very strong" job growth, the region's labor economist reported Tuesday, It added 6,200 jobs over the year and posted an annualized growth rate of 4.4 percent.

Christensen Shipyards appears to be struggling financially

By Aaron Corvin January 26, 2015 5:18 p.m.

Christensen Shipyards, the Vancouver-based builder of custom yachts, appears to be struggling to pay its bills.

Political group sets sights on port

By Aaron Corvin January 21, 2015 5:37 p.m.

A new political action committee, calling the Port of Vancouver "out of touch with our community and the public interest," says it will provide campaign cash and grass-roots personnel to get candidates that share its values elected to the port's three-member board of commissioners.

Agency OKs preparation for oil terminal trial

By Aaron Corvin January 20, 2015 5:28 p.m.

The state agency that reviews major energy projects agreed Tuesday to launch preliminary meetings that will help set the stage for a courtlike trial of a proposal to build the nation's largest oil-by-rail terminal at the Port of Vancouver.

Sides at odds on oil terminal plan review

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

Opponents and backers of a proposal to build the nation's largest oil-by-rail terminal at the Port of Vancouver are battling over the timing of legal proceedings that will help decide the proposal's fate.

Portland port passes on oil-by-rail terminal

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

The nation's public ports, focused on attracting industry and jobs, are largely known as agnostics when it comes to pursuing the commodities they handle.

CEO optimistic about economy, America's future

By Aaron Corvin January 15, 2015 4:48 p.m.

Jim Bowen, CEO of First Trust Portfolios LP, described himself as a right-winger as he delivered a bouncy, optimistic presentation about America's economy during an early-morning event held Thursday by Vancouver-based Riverview Asset Management Corp.

Port of Vancouver approves fruit processor lease on 2-1 vote

By Aaron Corvin January 13, 2015 3:56 p.m.

The Port of Vancouver Board of Commissioners voted 2-1 on Tuesday to approve a new long-term lease for Northwest Packing Co. that reaches a compromise between the two parties about how much the fruit processor should pay in rent.

Port of Vancouver set to OK deal with Northwest Packing

By Aaron Corvin January 13, 2015 6 a.m.

The Port of Vancouver is poised today to put the final touches on resolving a dispute with a tenant, Northwest Packing Co., over how much rent the fruit processor should pay.

Request denied in oil proposals

By Aaron Corvin January 7, 2015 5:58 p.m.

The state agency that decides major energy projects denied a request on Wednesday that it take over the environmental impact review and permit decisions of two proposed oil-by-rail operations in Grays Harbor County.

Utility invites residents to invest in solar energy

By Aaron Corvin January 7, 2015 6 a.m.

Residential customers of Clark Public Utilities may now sign up to invest in solar energy, the utility said Tuesday, as it expects to have a community solar project up and running by June.

Groups' suit makes new claims against Vancouver port

By Aaron Corvin January 7, 2015 9:37 a.m.

Three environmental groups that accuse the Port of Vancouver of violating Washington's open public meetings law in approving a lease for an oil-by-rail terminal now allege port commissioners used not just one but multiple closed-door meetings to illegally exclude the public from their discussions of the project.

Economic expansion in Clark County looks hot

By Aaron Corvin December 23, 2014 5 p.m.

Clark County's economy expanded in November "at a blistering pace," the region's labor economist reported Tuesday, adding 7,000 jobs over the year and posting an annualized growth rate of 4.9 percent.

Port of Vancouver hires consultant for mixed-use plan

By Aaron Corvin December 23, 2014 10:31 a.m.

The Port of Vancouver Board of Commissioners voted unanimously today to hire a consultant to help it develop a mixed-use building at its Terminal 1 waterfront property.

Port looks to hire site consultant for hotel, mixed-use plan

By Aaron Corvin December 22, 2014 4:35 p.m.

The Port of Vancouver is expected Tuesday to hire a consultant to help it develop a mixed-use building at its Terminal 1 waterfront property. The new structure would include space for Red Lion Hotels Corp., which now operates the Red Lion Hotel Vancouver at the Quay at the port-owned site.

Insitu lands $41M Navy drone order

By Aaron Corvin December 19, 2014 5:42 p.m.

Insitu, the Bingen-based manufacturer of drones, has landed a $41.07 million Navy contract to supply three RQ-21A Blackjack unmanned aircraft systems.

Vancouver port looks to develop new Red Lion hotel

By Aaron Corvin December 17, 2014 7:37 p.m.

The Port of Vancouver said Wednesday it hopes to develop a new hotel for Red Lion as part of a larger effort to redevelop its Terminal 1 property, currently home to the Red Lion Hotel Vancouver at the Quay.

Value of vision stressed by leaders

By Aaron Corvin December 15, 2014 4:53 p.m.

Four leaders of local governments in Clark County said Monday that maintaining strategic plans, building infrastructure and recruiting new industries are all keys to growing vibrant communities.

Tesoro reps: Oil terminal fits with Inslee's goals  

By Aaron Corvin December 11, 2014 7:23 p.m.

A representative of the joint venture to build the nation’s largest oil-by-rail terminal in Vancouver said Thursday that Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, who will decide the project, “has every reason to say yes” to it.

Vancouver port approves plans for large industrial site

By Aaron Corvin December 9, 2014 5:30 p.m.

The Port of Vancouver on Tuesday approved a resolution that raises the possibility it will sell more industrial lots to prospective employers, sparking criticism that it's unnecessarily preparing to unload public assets.

Clark Public Utilities chief gets 4% pay raise

By Aaron Corvin December 9, 2014 3:23 p.m.

The Clark Public Utilities Board of Commissioners on Tuesday voted unanimously to approve an annual salary of $255,000 for the utility's general manager, Wayne Nelson. That's up 4 percent from $245,000.

Port mulls plans for 108-acre Centennial site

By Aaron Corvin December 8, 2014 4:44 p.m.

The Port of Vancouver is expected Tuesday to update its big-picture plan for making land and building improvements, including considering a series of proposals that would advance the development of its 108-acre Centennial Industrial Park.

1st waterfront buildings will be away from tracks

By Aaron Corvin December 5, 2014 8:37 p.m.

Recent announcements of hotel and restaurant deals by the leader of a $1.3 billion commercial and residential redevelopment of Vancouver's waterfront underscore the progress that's being made on the long-planned project.

Cain: Waterfront hotel construction to start in '15

By Aaron Corvin December 4, 2014 7:41 p.m.

The leader of a $1.3 billion commercial and residential redevelopment of Vancouver’s waterfront said Thursday he’s inked a deal to build a 10-story hotel as part of the project and that the hotel would begin construction in 2015.

Christensen Shipyard's ownership in flux

By Aaron Corvin December 3, 2014 4:26 p.m.

Change is afoot at Christensen Shipyards, the Vancouver-based builder of custom yachts.

Top PeaceHealth executive to retire in June

By Aaron Corvin December 2, 2014 4:14 p.m.

PeaceHealth, the Vancouver-based nonprofit, Catholic health system, said Tuesday that its president and chief mission officer, Alan Yordy, will retire effective June 30, 2015. The nonprofit said a national search for his successor will begin immediately.

Clocking in on Thanksgiving in Vancouver

By Aaron Corvin November 27, 2014 6 a.m.

On a recent November afternoon, Sheryl Procopio, a home clerk and cashier for the Fred Meyer in Orchards, walked the floor, fluidly connecting with customers.

Clark County's economy expands by 7,300 jobs

By Aaron Corvin November 25, 2014 2:52 p.m.

Clark County’s economy expanded in October at a pace not seen in nearly a decade, the region’s labor economist reported Tuesday, adding 7,300 jobs over the year and posting an annualized growth rate of 5.2 percent.

Utility commissioner ready to work

By Aaron Corvin November 25, 2014 6 a.m.

When Jane Van Dyke takes office in January as a Clark Public Utilities commissioner, she'll join a voter-owned utility juggling everything from a new community solar project to a high-maintenance contract with the Bonneville Power Administration.

State agency could take over review of Grays Harbor oil terminal proposals

By Aaron Corvin November 21, 2014 5:49 p.m.

The Washington State Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council today voted unanimously, with one abstention, to launch hearings over whether it should assume control over the fate of the proposed Westway and Imperium oil-by-rail projects.

Columbia Sportswear eyes Vancouver

By Aaron Corvin November 20, 2014 5:36 p.m.

Columbia Sportswear, the Portland-based maker of jackets and other outerwear, is considering expanding into Vancouver, city and company officials said Thursday.

Vancouver port budget OK'd; oil plan draws fire

By Aaron Corvin November 18, 2014 4:44 p.m.

The Port of Vancouver will head into 2015 anticipating higher operating revenue from a new initiative: a lease deal to move agricultural products from North Dakota to Vancouver on rail cars that would otherwise run empty. Meanwhile, the port will take no increase in its property tax as part of its budget for next year.

Mailer touting oil terminal plan features key error

By Aaron Corvin November 17, 2014 5:46 p.m.

The two companies proposing an oil-by-rail terminal at the Port of Vancouver have blanketed Clark County with about 136,000 mailers touting the project's positive economic impacts, including $2 billion in "added economic value" and more than 1,000 jobs annually.

Papa Murphy's posts 3Q net loss of $788,000

By Aaron Corvin November 13, 2014 3:40 p.m.

Papa Murphy's Holdings Inc., the Vancouver-based parent of Papa Murphy's take-and-bake pizza chain, said Thursday it posted a third-quarter net loss of $788,000. That compares with a net loss of $395,000 in the same July-to-September period a year ago.

Barrett's financial report for 3Q delayed

By Aaron Corvin November 12, 2014 3:18 p.m.

Barrett Business Services said Wednesday it will be late in filing its financial report for the three-month period ending on Sept. 30.

Class-action suit targets Vancouver's Barrett

By Aaron Corvin November 10, 2014 4:57 p.m.

Investors in Barrett Business Services have filed a class-action lawsuit against the Vancouver-based provider of employment services, alleging the company violated federal securities laws by misleading shareholders about its market value.

Port of Vancouver, Tesoro-Savage meeting raises questions

By Aaron Corvin and Erin Middlewood November 9, 2014 6 a.m.

The Port of Vancouver, already facing one lawsuit accusing it of violating Washington's open public meetings law, has left the public in the dark more than once in landing one of the largest financial deals in its history, an investigation by The Columbian has found.

Battle Ground company fined $86,800 for safety violations

By Aaron Corvin November 5, 2014 10:17 a.m.

The state Department of Labor & Industries has cited Andersen Plastics $86,800 for major safety violations

Nautilus shows strength in third quarter

By Aaron Corvin November 3, 2014 4:21 p.m.

Nautilus Inc., the Vancouver-based manufacturer of fitness machines, flexed financial muscle in the third quarter, recording net sales of $59.06 million and posting a profit of $2.48 million.

Consultant: Savvy plan, vibrant buildings will boost downtown

By Aaron Corvin October 23, 2014 5:32 p.m.

By taking a savvy approach to signing up new tenants and focusing on sprucing up buildings and streetscapes, Vancouver's downtown property owners will make further progress in developing a lively mix of businesses and pedestrians in the city's core, a Portland consultant said Thursday.

Washougal job-creation projects eyed

By Aaron Corvin October 23, 2014 6 a.m.

A new community development entity in Clark County is asking the U.S. Treasury for the right to sell tax credits to raise as much as $30 million in investment capital to finance the construction of job-creating projects in Washougal.

Clark County wage gap has grown since 2002

By Aaron Corvin October 21, 2014 8:43 p.m.

Clark County employers are expanding payrolls and the jobless rate is falling, but wallets aren't getting fatter, according to a new analysis by Scott Bailey, regional labor economist for the state Employment Security Department.

County economy gains strength

By Aaron Corvin October 21, 2014 4:47 p.m.

Clark County's economy showed continued strength in September, adding 400 jobs over the month in seasonally adjusted numbers and bringing total growth for the past 12 months to 5,900 jobs.

Clark Public Utilities board race pits two veterans

By Aaron Corvin October 16, 2014 6 a.m.

Although it's a nonpartisan race devoid of any campaign-defining controversies, the two candidates for Clark Public Utilities commissioner aren't shy about zinging each other over who's a better fit for the job.

Port of Vancouver mulls land sale for new steel mill

By Aaron Corvin October 9, 2014 5:40 p.m.

The Port of Vancouver would sell 9.6 acres to a company seeking to build a manufacturing plant under a proposal headed to the port’s Board of Commissioners on Tuesday. The planned 160,000-square-foot steel tubing mill could employ up to 50 people.

Technology ideas shared at local gatherings

By Aaron Corvin October 9, 2014 6 a.m.

The hurdles to launching a tech startup may be fewer than ever. If you've got talent, Internet access and moxie to burn, the leap is yours.

Foes see partiality in oil terminal review process

By Aaron Corvin and Erin Middlewood October 5, 2014 6 a.m.

Ever since Tesoro Corp. and Savage Companies proposed an oil-by-rail terminal at the Port of Vancouver, company and port officials have said that the state energy facility siting panel's rigorous review would address threats to safety or the environment.

Port of Camas-Washougal proposes park on waterfront

By Aaron Corvin September 29, 2014 4:05 p.m.

The Port of Camas-Washougal has filed a request with the city of Washougal seeking preliminary site plan approval to build a 5.73 acre waterfront park along the Columbia River.

Teresa Brum: Committed to downtown revitalization

By Aaron Corvin September 28, 2014 6 a.m.

When Teresa Brum joined Vancouver's Community and Economic Development Department in January, the city gained a well-educated leader with experience in both the public and private sectors. Vancouver's downtown, meanwhile, welcomed not only a new champion of its continued progress but a new resident, too.