Vision for C-W Port takes long-term view

By Aaron Corvin December 30, 2013 6 a.m.

The Port of Camas-Washougal is revising its comprehensive development plan to include a new recreational element aimed, in part, at snaring state funding for a new park and trail.

Clark County economy adds 3,100 jobs in November

By Aaron Corvin December 23, 2013 5:10 p.m.

Clark County's economy continued to improve in the 12 months ending in November, a new report issued by the state showed Monday, adding 3,100 jobs and posting a healthy annualized growth rate of 2.3 percent.

Strictly Business: Check out these worthy, vital books

By Aaron Corvin December 22, 2013 6 a.m.

When I was a kid, you couldn't pry me away from a good book.

Processor, port mired in dispute over lease

By Aaron Corvin December 22, 2013 6 a.m.

A landlord-tenant dispute between Northwest Packing Co. and the Port of Vancouver is no minor squabble.

Unemployment benefits will end for many

By Aaron Corvin December 12, 2013 4:30 p.m.

The state Employment Security Department said Thursday an estimated 25,000 jobless workers, including 1,007 in Clark County, will get cut off from unemployment insurance benefits when a federal program ends on Dec. 28.

Vancouver asks for thorough oil-terminal study

By Aaron Corvin December 10, 2013 7:27 p.m.

Vancouver neighborhoods cut off from fire and police protection by increased train traffic. A highly volatile commodity traveling near homes. An industrial area prone to liquefying in an earthquake.

Pangea eyes electric-car surge in the Philippines

By Aaron Corvin December 4, 2013 4:33 p.m.

A Vancouver-based company aiming to replace pollution-spewing urban mass transportation with zero-emission electric vehicles says it's secured a new deal in the Philippines that could generate up to 300 jobs locally as manufacturing ramps up.

Jobless insurance benefit to be extended

By Aaron Corvin December 2, 2013 4:58 p.m.

Nearly 11,000 jobless workers in Washington state, including 499 in Clark County, may be eligible to claim additional unemployment insurance compensation, the state Employment Security Department said Monday.

Clark County employment on upswing

By Aaron Corvin November 30, 2013 6 a.m.

More often than not, there's been little to cheer about Clark County's recovery since the economic crash ended more than three years ago. But even a hard-core pessimist would be hard-pressed to avoid cracking a smile at the numbers the region put up last month.

No rate hike for Clark Public Utilities

By Aaron Corvin November 27, 2013 10:05 a.m.

Clark Public Utilities expects to head into 2014 with largely status quo spending plans for providing electricity and water to the tens of thousands of residential and business customers it serves in Clark County.

Clark County gains 4,100 jobs for year ending in October

By Aaron Corvin November 26, 2013 4:57 p.m.

Clark County maintained a solid pace of job growth through the 12 months ending in October, a new report issued by the state showed Tuesday, adding 4,100 jobs and posting a healthy annualized growth rate of 3.1 percent.

Strictly Business: Chase: Callous, clueless

By Aaron Corvin November 24, 2013 6 a.m.

It would be funny if it wasn't dripping in human misery.

Event showcases Clark County's focus on high-tech, innovation

By Aaron Corvin November 21, 2013 5:06 p.m.

Clark County's push to diversify its economy by nurturing digitally savvy startups and by growing existing high-tech employers is no secret. Whether it succeeds is an open question.

Environmental complaint added to lawsuit against Port of Vancouver

By Aaron Corvin November 18, 2013 5:44 p.m.

Three environmental groups that sued the Port of Vancouver alleging its approval of a lease for an oil transfer facility violated state open public meetings law have broadened their lawsuit to charge the port also violated state environmental laws.

Uneasy neighbors: Proposed oil terminal fuels concern about toxic air in Fruit Valley

By Aaron Corvin and Erin Middlewood November 14, 2013 6:37 p.m.

The last thing Fruit Valley resident Jacob Garcia needs to worry about is more air pollution.

Public has longer to weigh in on Vancouver oil terminal plan

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.

A Q&A with incoming CREDC President Mike Bomar

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.

Bomar steps to the plate for CREDC

By Aaron Corvin November 10, 2013 6 a.m.

Don't even try to break Mike Bomar's concentration.

Port of Vancouver to increase spending in 2014

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.

Salmon Creek hospital leader to take helm at Portland facility

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

Nautilus posts $1.38 million 3Q profit

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.

Utility scammers active again

By Aaron Corvin November 4, 2013 6 a.m.

The utility bill scammers are back with similar threats to cut your power unless you pay up.

Barrett Business Services posts robust 3Q revenue, profit

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.

Tesoro, Savage officials address concerns

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.

Oil terminal hearing is tonight

By Aaron Corvin October 29, 2013 9:35 a.m.

Two days of public comment conducted by the state Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council continues tonight at Clark College.

Vancouver oil-terminal plan begins review

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.

Both sides in labor dispute call negotiations 'fruitful'

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.

Commissioners agree to tie their salaries to Port of Vancouver revenues

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.

Port of Vancouver again approves oil terminal lease

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.

Port commissioners consider pay increase

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.

Strictly Business: Extremists resistant to dialogue

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.

Port of Vancouver to reopen oil lease for new discussion and vote

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

Judge issues preliminary order against longshore union

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.

Vancouver seeks a development head

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.

Judge set to rule on Tidewater complaint against union

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.

Coal terminal hearings draw 1,000

By Aaron Corvin and Eric Florip October 9, 2013 9:25 p.m.

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.

Dockworkers union, grain group set talks

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.

Port of Vancouver approves deal to secure key property

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

Port of Vancouver poised to buy crucial property

By Aaron Corvin October 7, 2013 5:58 p.m.

The Port of Vancouver will decide tomorrow whether to acquire 95 acres as part of a larger effort to open hundreds of acres on its westside to new economic development

Strictly Business: GOP tack dumb and dumber

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.

Coal may bring new life to Longview plant

By Aaron Corvin October 6, 2013 6 a.m.

The sprawling site of a former aluminum smelter in Longview faces so many hurdles in its bid to be reborn as a coal-shipping terminal that it's hard to know where to start.

Public can weigh in on oil terminal

By Aaron Corvin October 5, 2013 6 a.m.

The agency reviewing a proposal to build an oil terminal at the Port of Vancouver said Wednesday the public is invited to weigh in on the controversial matter at back-to-back public meetings on Oct. 28 and 29.

Port of Vancouver sued over oil lease discussions

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.

Designation gives Camas, Vancouver a technology boost

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.

Portions of Vancouver, Camas receive high-tech innovation zone

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

Tesoro, Savage explain oil-by-rail plans

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.

Maritime unions cry foul on grain companies

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.

Clark County's recovery 'puttering right along'

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.

Clark Public Utilities CEO Nelson gets 4 percent pay increase

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.

Clark Public Utilities to consider CEO salary bump

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.