Luxury Clark County homes open to tours Sunday

By Cami Joner June 6, 2014 6 a.m.

Whether your dreams of winning the lottery finally came true or your efforts to invest and save are finally paying off, a Vancouver real estate group has a few homes to show you.

Strawberries ripe for the picking in Clark County

By Cami Joner June 3, 2014 4:31 p.m.

Farms all over Clark County are harvesting strawberries this week and, at first glance, crop conditions are ideal and production is up.

Natural Grocers opens in Hazel Dell

By Cami Joner June 2, 2014 5:37 p.m.

Lakewood, Colo.-based organic grocer Natural Grocers will hold a grand opening Tuesday for its first Clark County market, as it brings its no-frills concept to formerly vacant space in a Hazel Dell shopping center.

Clark College receives, acquires more Ridgefield land  

By Cami Joner June 2, 2014 9:46 a.m.

The Clark College Foundation has been given more land in Ridgefield, valued at about $730,000, and has purchased a $2 million tract to create a gateway to the Vancouver college’s planned north county satellite campus.

Papa Murphy's reaches out to franchisees

By Cami Joner May 30, 2014 6:49 p.m.

Papa Murphy's International appears to be making moves to patch up its troubled relationships with some franchise owners, an issue that has drawn attention from investment analysts and prompted critical reviews of the Vancouver-based company's recently issued stock.

Washougal extends pot moratorium

By Cami Joner May 28, 2014 5:25 p.m.

The Washougal City Council has extended a marijuana moratorium for another three months to give the city time to develop regulations, including a possible ban.

ICD Coatings enters new stage

By Cami Joner May 26, 2014 4:48 p.m.

When Kris Vockler was a girl, she’d sit at her parents’ Vancouver workplace for hours, watching her father develop new coatings for glass while her mom managed the books for their small business.

Portland water woes don't spill over in Vancouver

By Eric Florip and Cami Joner May 23, 2014 5:26 p.m.

Friday's boil-water notice in Portland had no impact on neighboring Vancouver, except maybe in its grocery stores.

Papa Murphy's reports jump in first quarter earnings

By Cami Joner May 22, 2014 4:48 p.m.

Papa Murphy's reports profit, but its stock has dropped since initial public offering this month.

Mill Plain Shari's gets a makeover

By Cami Joner May 22, 2014 6 a.m.

A tried-and-true stop for meals, pie and coffee, Shari’s Cafe & Pies is bringing a new look to Vancouver.

Clark College acquires land for north county campus

By Cami Joner May 21, 2014 6:31 p.m.

Clark College has acquired 59 acres near the Ridgefield Interstate 5 junction that will allow it to take root in north Clark County with educational programs within a decade, college President Bob Knight told The Columbian on Wednesday.

B.G. Wal-Mart grand opening Wednesday

By Cami Joner May 19, 2014 6:07 p.m.

Comparison shoppers in Battle Ground will have a new store to check out Wednesday morning when Wal-Mart opens its newest Clark County site at state Highway 503 and Southwest Scotton Way.

Hampton Inn & Suites nears completion

By Cami Joner May 15, 2014 4:40 p.m.

By August, operators of Vancouver’s first Hampton Inn & Suites expect to be attracting visitors to the chain’s newest state-of-the-art hotel in east Vancouver.

Clark County home sales continue to improve

By Cami Joner May 15, 2014 6 a.m.

Homes sales, a factor driving Clark County's recovering economy, continued to show signs of improvement in April as buyers tussled over a shrinking supply of single-family homes listed for sale.

Port of Vancouver decision affects Subaru, rail expansion

By Cami Joner May 13, 2014 5:23 p.m.

Port of Vancouver commissioners unanimously made a decision Tuesday that holds the promise of keeping a port tenant satisfied and helps the port prepare for more railroad expansion.

Ridgefield port sells site for development

By Cami Joner May 12, 2014 4:36 p.m.

New demand for industrial land and a new freeway interchange are putting the pressure on real estate in Ridgefield, primed as the Portland-Vancouver area's next outlet for jobs growth.

Burgerville opens at PDX

By Cami Joner May 12, 2014 6 a.m.

Vancouver-based Burgerville opens its newest restaurant today at the Portland International Airport, providing a chance for the homegrown food vendor to transport a good impression of the Pacific Northwest to the world that's just a flight away.

Apartment complex with river view eyed

By Cami Joner May 8, 2014 5:54 p.m.

A Salem, Ore.-based developer plans to build 19 apartment buildings in Vancouver that will capitalize on Columbia River-front views and take advantage of the area's hot rental market.

Downtown apartments up for sale

By Cami Joner May 7, 2014 6:09 p.m.

A new wave of real estate investment is sweeping through the East Mill Plain entrance into downtown Vancouver as the market heats up for apartment sites just east of the interchange with Interstate 5.

Integra completes move of HQ to Vancouver

By Cami Joner May 7, 2014 5:30 p.m.

Telecommunications company Integra has quietly completed its trek north across the Columbia River to Vancouver, moving more than 500 employees this month into new headquarters on the former campus of Hewlett-Packard Co. and bringing a healthy jobs boost to Clark County.

State posts list of marijuana retailers

By Cami Joner , Justin Runquist and Sue Vorenberg May 2, 2014 7:56 p.m.

Washington took another step closer to launching its one-of-a-kind marijuana industry on Friday, issuing a list of the top candidates who will wade into the sector’s untested waters.

Papa Murphy’s stock goes public

By Cami Joner May 2, 2014 5:26 p.m.

Papa Murphy’s initial stock offering Friday on the Nasdaq exchange went as well as could be expected for the Vancouver-based pizza chain, with the company’s stock price staying above its $11 per share opening price throughout the session before closing at $11.05.

Papa Murphy’s will start at $11 on NYSE

By Cami Joner May 1, 2014 5:22 p.m.

Vancouver-based pizza chain Papa Murphy’s will bring its locally familiar take-and-bake pizza concept into the world of public ownership with a stock offering Friday on the New York Stock Exchange.

4Q retail sales get boost from new home sales

By Cami Joner April 30, 2014 5:33 p.m.

It was new houses, not holiday bargains, that drove Clark County retail sales to the highest increase in the state in the fourth quarter of 2013, a jump that was almost double the increase recorded statewide.

Down-home food heads downtown

By Cami Joner April 29, 2014 5:54 p.m.

Cocktails and comfort food will be the main fare at a new restaurant in downtown Vancouver planned for the corner of East Seventh and Washington streets, a space vacated years ago by the Chicago Sub Shop Deli and Bakery.

Vancouver mall set to add four tenants

By Cami Joner April 28, 2014 4:56 p.m.

A retail rearrangement is in store for Westfield Vancouver mall, which is adding four new tenants, while shuffling an existing tenant to a larger slot in the floor plan.

Strictly Business: Drafting off booms in Portland

By Cami Joner April 27, 2014 6 a.m.

Seems like it never fails. Clark County almost always begins to see a bump in company relocations from Portland around the second or third year into its economic recovery.

Where there's pot smoke, you're still fired

By Cami Joner April 27, 2014 6 a.m.

Marijuana is legal under Washington state law, so users have no need to worry about being picked up by the police.

Evergreen Plastics moving to Vancouver

By Cami Joner April 24, 2014 4:56 p.m.

Clark County has landed a plastic bottle manufacturer from Portland, adding to a growing list of companies that plan to cross the state line.

Pizza chain Papa Murphy's sets terms for $70 million IPO

By Cami Joner April 22, 2014 4:24 p.m.

Vancouver-based take-and-bake pizza chain Papa Murphy’s International has established a stock price for its initial public offering of $11 to $13 per share, according to

Prestige Plaza's grand opening celebrated

By Cami Joner April 16, 2014 5:01 p.m.

Vancouver business leaders, city officials and a sister city mayor from Japan gathered at downtown's newest housing development, Prestige Plaza, on Wednesday to acknowledge the site's past and marvel at its future.

Upscale subdivision planned for Camas

By Cami Joner April 15, 2014 4:52 p.m.

With the promise of 53 upscale homes, a planned Camas subdivision is already attracting buyers with the financial means to pay for views and custom-home features.

Clark County home sales continue to improve

By Cami Joner April 14, 2014 5:20 p.m.

Clark County home sales continued to show signs of improvement in March, as residential values increased and more sellers listed their properties for sale.

Green laurels for local businesses

By Cami Joner April 12, 2014 6 a.m.

An energy-saving hospital, a wine bar that reuses bottle corks to block out sound, and an office that dramatically reduced its paper use are part of a group being recognized on Wednesday for green company practices.

Wal-Mart in Orchards?

By Cami Joner April 10, 2014 6:47 p.m.

Just as Wal-Mart prepares to open its second Neighborhood Market in Vancouver and its third Clark County Supercenter in Battle Ground, the giant retailer appears to be moving forward with plans for a long-mothballed project in Orchards.

Papa Murphy's sued by franchisees

By Cami Joner April 8, 2014 5:56 p.m.

A group of Papa Murphy's take-and-bake pizza franchise owners this month filed a lawsuit against the Vancouver-based parent company in Clark County Superior Court.

Bemis Co. Inc. sells Vancouver plant to Hood Packaging

By Cami Joner April 4, 2014 5:27 p.m.

Bemis Co. Inc. announced this week it has sold its Vancouver plant, along with three other paper packaging plants to Hood Packaging Corp. based in Mississippi.

Local labor leader Parker dies

By Cami Joner April 3, 2014 2:39 p.m.

Well-known Vancouver labor leader and jobs advocate Philip A. Parker, who served on a number of county and state boards, has died.

Vancouver lands Banfield Pet Hospital HQ

By Cami Joner April 2, 2014 2:21 p.m.

Clark County has landed a new corporate headquarters, a company that plans to bring 600 employees to east Vancouver in late 2015.

College narrows in on new site for campus

By Cami Joner April 1, 2014 8:21 p.m.

Clark College has zeroed in on a Ridgefield site for its future north-county campus, but does not expect to reveal the location for another month or two.

Planet Fitness adds Hazel Dell location

By Cami Joner April 1, 2014 4:42 p.m.

Planet Fitness will open its second Vancouver location on Friday at 9919 N.E. Hazel Dell Ave. in the Northgate Village Shopping Center, next to Grocery Outlet. The company’s first Clark County gym opened in 2011 in the Garrison Square retail center off East Mill Plain Boulevard and Garrison Road.

Bill's Chicken and Steak House owners sell restaurant

By Cami Joner March 31, 2014 10:25 a.m.

Bill’s Chicken and Steak House, a landmark Vancouver restaurant, has been sold and its longtime family owners expect April 12 to be the venue’s last day of business.

New DSHS office rising in Vancouver

By Cami Joner March 27, 2014 4:50 p.m.

Construction is moving along on a new Vancouver office building for the state Department of Social and Health Services, which plans to consolidate its local programs under one centrally located roof.

Clark County makes 'solid' jobs gain over 12 months

By Cami Joner March 25, 2014 6:13 p.m.

Clark County employment grew by 4,700 jobs over the 12 months ending Feb. 28. The 3.5 percent increase in jobs over that one-year period was “solid,” said Scott Bailey, regional economist for the state Employment Security department. That included a gain of 600 jobs since January.

Camp Melacoma close to reopening

By Cami Joner March 24, 2014 5:58 p.m.

It appears that Washougal's Camp Melacoma will reopen this summer now that it has a way to treat water containing naturally occurring arsenic that forced its closure four years ago.

Strictly Business: Women control the purses

By Cami Joner March 23, 2014 6 a.m.

Just because I'm an old lady doesn't mean I want to be treated like one.

Papa Murphy's seeking a bigger slice of pie

By Cami Joner March 23, 2014 6 a.m.

Papa Murphy's International has long maintained a low-key local presence as it expanded its network of franchised pizza outlets across the nation, while quietly increasing its workforce to 183 employees at its modest headquarters near Westfield Vancouver mall.

Papa Murphy's outlines key issues, challenges in SEC filing

By Cami Joner March 23, 2014 5:58 a.m.

Analysts and prospective investors will be examining the financials of Papa Murphy's International in the weeks ahead in preparation for the stock sale on a date that has not been announced. Here are some of the key points the company has presented, as required, in the S-1 form of its Security and Exchange Commission filing:

New PAC seeks to counter direction of county leadership

By Cami Joner March 20, 2014 6:56 p.m.

A group of Clark County business and economic development advocates is moving to counter the direction of Republican commissioners David Madore and Tom Mielke by creating a PAC to help fill the board seat vacated by Democrat Steve Stuart and support a more transportation-friendly legislative agenda.

Home prices heat up in Clark County

By Cami Joner March 12, 2014 5:27 p.m.

Clark County home sellers are calling the shots once again, from the looks of the area's house prices in a report issued Wednesday.