By Aaron Corvin November 11, 2013 6 a.m.
The state agency reviewing a proposed oil terminal at the Port of Vancouver says it's giving the public more time to comment on the project as part of an environmental-impact evaluation.
By Aaron Corvin November 10, 2013 6 a.m.
The Columbian recently sat down with Mike Bomar, incoming president of the Columbia River Economic Development Council, to discuss his new job and his top priorities. The following has been edited for clarity and brevity.
By Aaron Corvin November 7, 2013 4:54 p.m.
The Port of Vancouver expects to head into 2014 with a beefed-up spending plan to pay for continued construction of its rail network, the purchase of a key property for future expansion, and other infrastructure improvements. The port says it won't impose the 1 percent property tax hike it's allowed annually under state law.
By Aaron Corvin November 5, 2013 12:08 p.m.
Jonathan Avery, chief administrative officer at Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center, will leave that position to take the helm of Legacy Good Samaritan Medical Center in Portland
By Aaron Corvin November 4, 2013 7:40 p.m.
Nautilus Inc., the Vancouver-based manufacturer of fitness equipment, posted a third-quarter profit of $1.38 million Monday, reflecting a resurgence of its brick-and-mortar retail sales. That compares with a profit of $951,000 in the July-to-September period in 2012.
By Aaron Corvin October 30, 2013 5:24 p.m.
Barrett Business Services Inc., the Vancouver-based supplier of staffing and outsourced human resources services, reported strong third-quarter net revenue today, hauling in $148 million in the July-to-September period.
By Aaron Corvin October 29, 2013 6:21 p.m.
The yearlong regulatory journey to decide the fate of what would become in Vancouver the largest oil-handling operation in the Pacific Northwest officially launched Tuesday evening. Ahead of Tuesday's environmental scoping hearing, convened by the Washington State Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council, the companies proposing the controversial project — Tesoro Corp. and Savage Companies — offered to field questions from The Columbian and to explain their joint venture.
By Aaron Corvin October 28, 2013 6 a.m.
The proposal by Tesoro Corp. and Savage Companies to build the largest oil-handling operation in the Pacific Northwest at the Port of Vancouver begins its yearlong regulatory journey today, with a public meeting to be held from 6 to 9 p.m. at Clark College's Gaiser Student Center, 1933 Fort Vancouver Way.
By Aaron Corvin October 23, 2013 7:20 p.m.
Union dockworkers and grain-terminal owners in the Northwest, who've sparred for more than a year over terms of a new labor contract, said Wednesday that renewed negotiations this week have been fruitful.
By Aaron Corvin October 22, 2013 7:52 p.m.
The Port of Vancouver's elected commissioners unanimously approved a resolution Tuesday that provides commissioners salary increases tied to the port's financial performance.
By Aaron Corvin October 22, 2013 7:22 p.m.
Commissioners for the Port of Vancouver on Tuesday unanimously approved a proposed lease agreement with Tesoro Corp. and Savage Companies. The companies want to build an oil-by-rail terminal handling as much as 380,000 barrels of crude oil per day.
By Aaron Corvin October 21, 2013 5:29 p.m.
The Port of Vancouver's elected commissioners would receive salary increases tied to the port's financial performance under a proposal to overhaul the amount they're paid for their work, which includes reviewing and approving leases, budgets and strategic plans, and overseeing the port's executive director.
By Aaron Corvin October 20, 2013 6 a.m.
The tantrum thrown by extremists in the Republican Party about the Affordable Care Act and the debt ceiling is over -- for now -- but the shutdown's cost to the U.S. economy ($24 billion, according to Standard & Poor's) and the blight on the democratic principle of majority rule are unmistakable.
By Aaron Corvin October 17, 2013 8:27 p.m.
The Port of Vancouver says it will re-open the lease it approved for a controversial oil terminal for a new discussion and vote in light of concerns that it violated the state’s open public meetings law
By Aaron Corvin October 16, 2013 5:33 p.m.
A U.S. District Court judge in Portland has ordered the International Longshore and Warehouse Union to stop interfering with the operations of Vancouver-based Tidewater Barge Lines in the union's contract dispute with grain companies in Portland and Vancouver.
By Aaron Corvin October 16, 2013 6 a.m.
The city of Vancouver has aggressively pursued several recent economic development projects, including everything from a Nike expansion, which it lost to Oregon, to a special designation aimed at boosting Clark County's knowledge-based economy, which the city won this month.
By Aaron Corvin October 10, 2013 5:43 p.m.
A judge in Portland is expected to decide as early as today whether to bar the International Longshore and Warehouse Union from interfering with the operations of Vancouver-based Tidewater Barge Lines when the union carries out pickets against Columbia Grain in Portland and United Grain in Vancouver.
The next scoping meeting for the environmental review of Millennium Bulk Terminals-Longview's proposed coal-export operation is taking place this afternoon and evening at the Clark County Event Center at the Fairgrounds.
By Aaron Corvin October 8, 2013 7:50 p.m.
A softening of the standoff between union dockworkers and grain terminal owners in Vancouver and Portland emerged Tuesday as the parties confirmed they'll return to the bargaining table in hopes of settling the dispute over workplace hiring and other rules. Meanwhile, the Port of Vancouver said it's willing to hire a local mediator and pay that person's costs to help the parties resolve their quarrel.
By Aaron Corvin October 8, 2013 11 a.m.
Port of Vancouver Board of Commissioners unanimously approves $17 million land deal in larger effort to make Gateway tract open to economic development
By Aaron Corvin October 6, 2013 6 a.m.
With the federal government shutdown looking to drag on for a while, an array of public opinion polls show overwhelming opposition to the Republicans' "strategy" of choking off discretionary spending programs to block implementation of the Affordable Care Act.
By Aaron Corvin October 2, 2013 6:26 p.m.
Three environmental groups on Wednesday filed a lawsuit against the Port of Vancouver, alleging the port violated Washington state’s Open Public Meetings Act when it approved a lease agreement with two companies that want to build a controversial oil-by-rail operation.
By Aaron Corvin October 1, 2013 5:41 p.m.
Regional economic development leaders have long pushed to further diversify Clark County's business landscape into a knowledge-based economy, one studded with high-tech companies, growing research facilities and highly-skilled workers.
By Aaron Corvin October 1, 2013 2:14 p.m.
Portions of Vancouver and Camas received special economic development designation from Washington state Department of Commerce
By Aaron Corvin September 30, 2013 11:36 p.m.
Representatives of the two companies that want to build a controversial oil terminal at the Port of Vancouver said Monday night they will operate the facility safely and that they approach doing business in a community as neighbors, bringing charitable and other community-support programs in tow.
By Aaron Corvin September 26, 2013 4:49 p.m.
Two maritime unions say United Grain Corp. at the Port of Vancouver and Columbia Grain in Portland are employing an unqualified, nonunion tug and towboat operator to move grain amid the companies' ongoing lockout of union dockworkers, exposing people and the environment to danger on the region's waterways.
By Aaron Corvin September 24, 2013 5:21 p.m.
Clark County maintained a steady pace of job growth through the 12 months ending in August, a new report issued by the state showed Tuesday, adding 3,100 jobs across all but one employment sector and posting a healthy annualized growth rate of 2.4 percent.
By Aaron Corvin September 24, 2013 4:36 p.m.
Clark Public Utilities' CEO and general manager, Wayne Nelson, received a salary increase of 4 percent Tuesday in a unanimous decision by the utility's commissioners. That means Nelson's salary goes up by $10,000 -- from $235,000 per year to $245,000 per year. Commissioners made the increase effective July 1, handing Nelson a retroactive pay bump of roughly $2,500. His $400-per-month car allowance stays the same.
By Aaron Corvin September 23, 2013 4:25 p.m.
Clark Public Utilities commissioners on Tuesday morning are expected to discuss the job performance of the utility's CEO and general manager, Wayne Nelson, and to consider bumping up his pay.
By Aaron Corvin September 16, 2013 6:07 p.m.
The Washington State Auditor's Office will examine the Port of Vancouver's decision to bar the public from a discussion of a controversial oil terminal as part of its next regular review of the port in April 2014. Meanwhile, the port says it has employed a new procedure to ensure it complies with the state's open public meetings law.
By Aaron Corvin September 12, 2013 10:18 a.m.
The joint venture proposing to build the Northwest’s largest oil-handling operation has filed for a necessary permit, officially launching a yearlong regulatory journey to decide whether Vancouver will become home to a controversial project that promises jobs and tax revenues but that raises public safety and environmental concerns.
By Aaron Corvin September 10, 2013 6:51 p.m.
A situation that had threatened to foul up the movement of grain at the Port of Vancouver has been resolved, for now, thanks to a closer working relationship between the Washington state Department of Agriculture and Vancouver police.
By Aaron Corvin September 8, 2013 6 a.m.
If you're part of the working poor or a member of the fading American middle class, you're well aware that your income — the lifeblood of building a life in this world — has either stalled or flat out taken a nosedive.
The Clark County Prosecuting Attorney's Office won't file charges against a longshore worker accused of sabotaging operations at United Grain Corp. during a labor dispute in December. The company locked out 44 union workers Feb. 27 based on its private investigator's conclusion that union worker Todd Walker had purposely damaged the company's machinery.
By Aaron Corvin September 4, 2013 6:52 p.m.
A representative of the environmental organization Columbia Riverkeeper said Wednesday the proposal to build the Pacific Northwest's largest oil terminal at the Port of Vancouver, among other similar fossil-fuel projects, poses an essential question to communities along the river: Do we want the Columbia River to become a "fossil-fuel superhighway" or a destination waterfront?
To hear Ken Miller tell it, coal's rise as an export commodity in Southwest Washington is unstoppable.
By Aaron Corvin August 27, 2013 9:57 p.m.
The Washington state Department of Agriculture says it will soon stop providing grain inspection services at United Grain Corp.'s facility at the Port of Vancouver unless steps are taken to make it safer for its inspectors to cross picket lines to conduct their work.
About 340 of the 500 positions to be eliminated will come from the Columbia Network, which encompasses operations in Vancouver and Longview
By Aaron Corvin August 25, 2013 6 a.m.
Laying the groundwork for eventual private-sector growth and public-sector amenities often comes in small steps, not big strides. In local government and economic development, public input and patience matter. David Ripp, executive director of the Port of Camas-Washougal, will tell you about it.
By Aaron Corvin August 22, 2013 6 a.m.
Global mining giant BHP Billiton says it will spend $2.6 billion over the next several years to complete work on a portion of its Jansen mine in Canada's Saskatchewan province. It's a step, the Port of Vancouver said Wednesday, that indicates the company's commitment to building an export facility at the port's Terminal 5 to ship potash — a crop nutrient — primarily to Asian markets.
By Aaron Corvin August 20, 2013 5:50 p.m.
Bolstered by muscular showings in construction, manufacturing, and professional and business services, Clark County's economy brightened in July with an annual gain of 3,200 jobs, according to an analysis released Tuesday by the state Employment Security Department.