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.
By Aaron Corvin August 15, 2013 4:54 p.m.
Local members of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union, locked out by United Grain Corp. at the Port of Vancouver for more than five months, have introduced a new prop in their battle over a new contract with the company: a 12-foot-tall rat. In place for about two weeks, the sharp-toothed inflatable rodent overlooks the east gate at the port where union dockworkers continue to picket.
By Aaron Corvin August 14, 2013 5:52 p.m.
A representative of the joint venture to build the biggest oil terminal in the Pacific Northwest at the Port of Vancouver said Wednesday his team expects to file the construction permit application to a state regulatory body by the end of this month.
By Aaron Corvin August 12, 2013 6:12 p.m.
The Washington state Auditor's Office is reviewing a complaint filed by a Vancouver resident about the Port of Vancouver's decision to bar the public from a discussion of a controversial proposal to build the Pacific Northwest's biggest oil terminal.
By Aaron Corvin August 7, 2013 4:50 p.m.
Becoming home to the Pacific Northwest's largest oil-handling terminal isn't the only goal on the Port of Vancouver's to-do list. The port also wants to land a potash export facility, but its hope in that regard is running into global market headwinds.
By Aaron Corvin August 5, 2013 5:37 p.m.
Nautilus Inc., a manufacturer of fitness equipment, reported on Monday a profit of $32.9 million for the second quarter of this year, or $1.05 per diluted share. That compares with a net loss of $164,000, or a penny per diluted share, in the same three-month period of 2012.
By Aaron Corvin August 2, 2013 6:21 p.m.
Representatives of three Clark County companies that exemplify the region's semiconductor cluster said Friday that cheap power, clean water and a skilled workforce brought them here, and transportation and education are among the keys to keep them growing here.
By Aaron Corvin July 30, 2013 8:57 p.m.
Facing the opportunity to land the biggest oil terminal in the Pacific Northwest, the Port of Vancouver wanted to manage a highly lucrative lease deal with Tesoro Corp. and Savage Companies as smoothly as possible. The port settled into exclusive negotiations with the companies and moved the controversial project through public meetings.
By Aaron Corvin July 25, 2013 12:41 p.m.
Backers of three proposed coal terminals in the Pacific Northwest trumpeted the economic benefits of the export plans
By Aaron Corvin July 24, 2013 4:32 p.m.
The three-day 2013 convention of the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO -- the state's largest union organization -- kicks off at 9 a.m. today at the Hilton Vancouver Washington. The convention will feature a visit by Gov. Jay Inslee, remarks by Vancouver Mayor Tim Leavitt, a video address by U.S. Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., and numerous workshops addressing key topics, including creating environmentally sustainable jobs and implementation of the Affordable Care Act.
By Aaron Corvin July 23, 2013 6:41 p.m.
Port of Vancouver commissioners have unanimously approved leasing land for a crude oil terminal along the Columbia River northwest of Vancouver.
By Aaron Corvin July 22, 2013 11:22 p.m.
In a high-stakes situation and under a national spotlight, Port of Vancouver commissioners are expected to take action this morning on a controversial proposal to build the largest oil terminal in the Pacific Northwest.
By Aaron Corvin July 19, 2013 5:23 p.m.
As the Port of Vancouver prepares next week to take action on a proposed oil-handling operation, opponents of what would be the largest such facility in the Pacific Northwest are rolling out new efforts to defeat it.
By Aaron Corvin July 19, 2013 12:50 p.m.
In a July 11 letter to the local Longshore union and United Grain, Inslee says the two parties' dispute “has the potential of damaging the long term reputation of Washington ports and has negatively impacted both the workers and the company.”
By Aaron Corvin July 19, 2013 5:24 p.m.
PeaceHealth said Friday that Rainy Atkins, who's served 10 years as chief administrative officer for PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center in Vancouver, will retire on Sept. 6. Sy Johnson, CEO of PeaceHealth St. John Medical Center in Longview, will succeed her in that position and also has been named chief operating officer of PeaceHealth's Columbia Network.
By Aaron Corvin July 18, 2013 5:50 p.m.
Memo to Clark County employers worrying about facing penalties under federal health care reform: You're likely already in compliance with the law, but if you're not sure, you've got time to figure it out.
By Aaron Corvin July 17, 2013 1:39 p.m.
Nationally known environmental activist Bill McKibben’s decision to tour the Columbia River Wednesday morning shows how a proposal to build the largest oil terminal in the Pacific Northwest at the Port of Vancouver is no mere local controversy.
By Aaron Corvin July 16, 2013 7:25 p.m.
The proposal to build the largest oil terminal in the Pacific Northwest in Vancouver stretches back to January, when Tesoro Corp. and Savage Companies presented the Port of Vancouver with a highly lucrative deal and a plan to win political support and deflect critics.
By Aaron Corvin July 15, 2013 5:09 p.m.
The International Longshore and Warehouse Union is objecting to the U.S. Coast Guard's expansion of safety zones around certain vessels on the Columbia and Willamette rivers. The union says the new temporary zones would encroach on its free speech rights and hand grain terminal operators an "undue advantage" in their dispute with the ILWU.
By Aaron Corvin July 9, 2013 6:24 p.m.
Local members of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union, locked out of United Grain Corp. at the Port of Vancouver for nearly five months, took their protest to port commissioners Tuesday. A union leader urged the port to stop being neutral in the dispute and to explain its recent actions, including having workers "that they have known for 20 years" arrested "for standing quietly outside a gate holding a picket sign."
By Aaron Corvin July 8, 2013 8:47 p.m.
Columbia Riverkeeper, which opposes a plan by Tesoro Corp. and Savage Companies to build a crude oil-handling facility at the Port of Vancouver, urges port commissioners to "request more information on public safety and require a derailment and fire response plan from Tesoro that shows the impact on communities."
By Aaron Corvin July 7, 2013 5:59 a.m.
It's a sun-dappled Tuesday morning, and Thompson Metal Fab's cavernous facilities thrum with the sounds of overhead cranes and computer-programmed saws that cut through steel like butter.
By Aaron Corvin July 3, 2013 6:35 p.m.
More than 20 union dockworkers gathered outside the Port of Vancouver’s administrative offices early Wednesday morning to protest what they view as an unfair decision by the port to get police involved in an incident that occurred last week.
By Aaron Corvin June 27, 2013 6:41 p.m.
The Port of Vancouver got an earful Thursday from backers and opponents of a proposed crude-oil transfer terminal who packed the Board of Commissioners' hearing room to trumpet their arguments.
By Aaron Corvin June 24, 2013 10 p.m.
A Seattle environmental research group issued a report today showing that nearly a dozen plans have emerged to haul crude oil by rail to refineries and port terminals in the Pacific Northwest.
By Aaron Corvin June 23, 2013 6 a.m.
A distant U.S. oil boom is creating an opportunity for the Port of Vancouver to fill its expanding rail tracks, pump up revenues and create jobs.
By Aaron Corvin June 17, 2013 5:30 p.m.
Joe Kortum, who led Southwest Washington Medical Center for eight years and who served as CEO of the Columbia Network of PeaceHealth for two years, announces he will retire
By Aaron Corvin June 16, 2013 6 a.m.
Globalization. Technology. Globalization. Technology.
By Aaron Corvin June 14, 2013 10:04 p.m.
Fusao Ohori, a Japanese union leader who'd flown from Tokyo to support locked-out union dockworkers in Vancouver and Portland, leaned in Friday to answer a reporter's questions when the gray van, its windows obscured, suddenly reappeared at the metal gate.
By Aaron Corvin June 11, 2013 5:39 p.m.
In the past two years, crude oil has become the top problem in terms of hazardous materials seeping from rail cars as trains haul commodities across U.S. and Canadian railroads, a federal official told the Port of Vancouver on Tuesday.