Stories by Cami
Customers buy in bulk, package it themselves in exchange for better price
In 2001, a Utah grocery store meat buyer discovered patrons were willing to buy 40-pound boxes of meat and package it themselves in exchange for a better price.
Sarah Kearney and Stephen Greenwood are typical of today's marrying couples, in Clark County and elsewhere.
Clark County homebuilders saw continued demand in May that pushed single-family permits 53 percent higher than the same month last year, according to a report that tracks permits for single-family homes.
May foreclosures rose by nearly 100 over May 2012
Clark County foreclosures rose 65 percent in May above the same month last year, and also inched slightly higher than April's rates, according to a report issued Wednesday.
The Tommy O's restaurant in east Vancouver will close for good after business hours on Saturday, allowing owner and longtime local restaurateur Tom Owens to focus on his flagship downtown venue.
Developers opposed to proposal fear costs could actually rise
A plan promoted by Clark County Commissioner David Madore to boost jobs by eliminating traffic and permitting fees for all non-housing projects is a tough sell among some commercial developers who would benefit from the construction work.
What's the latest in luxurious living? Think spacious floor plans, custom finishes, manicured gardens and picturesque views.
Hurley Development new owner of former Pacific Tower; firm has targeted city's urban corridor
Another downtown Vancouver building has sold to Hurley Development, a local company in its fifth year of snapping up real estate in this city's only urban corridor.
CEO says it will accommodate 700 workers
Ken Fisher said Monday he plans to break ground in July on a second office building, which will be able to accommodate some 700 workers on its five floors, at his Fisher Investments' campus in Camas.
Microelectronics, Laboratories' step leaves 1 site empty
Sharp Microelectronics of the Americas and Sharp Laboratories of America have condensed staff into one of two buildings at the company's Camas campus, leaving one structure vacant and ready to lease.
It will close branch, move staff to ex-West Coast Bank site
Columbia Bank will consolidate its two downtown Vancouver branches into one office in late summer, the bank's CEO said after a bank-sponsored forecast breakfast event on Thursday.
Total Wine & More, the nation's biggest chain, opens today near Vancouver mall
Another large liquor store chain — the nation's biggest — has arrived in Vancouver to cash in locally on the state's newly privatized market for selling hard liquor.
Clark County home sales continued to rise in April, as increasing numbers of homeowners listed houses for sale and interested buyers quickly snapped up the inventory.
Months after a fire destroyed hotel, many challenges remain in determining what will become of the site
To the Interstate 5 commuters who daily pass the riverfront property, the site that for months was buried under the charred remains of Portland's Thunderbird on the River Hotel now appears ready for redevelopment.
If you are a mom and you're reading this column over breakfast in bed, happy Mother's Day.
Vancouver fitness equipment maker posts sixth consecutive profitable quarter
Nautilus Inc., a Vancouver manufacturer and marketer of fitness equipment, on Monday said its earning streak continued in the first quarter this year, thanks to direct sales and easier credit to consumers.
Request proposes master lease deal for 40-100 units
A commuter college since its 1996 opening, Washington State University Vancouver's Salmon Creek campus could offer an option for nearby student housing by the start of its fall 2014 semester.
Calif. firm launches Northwest operations base
Whether it's the Chinese figurine on mother's dressing table or the old framed photo in father's den, there's something of value in nearly every home.
Neighborhood market grocery store to open this summer
Temporary hiring center open to fill positions at the area's first Walmart neighborhood market
Like a scene from the 17th century, local carpenters are using old-world craftsmanship to build a pavilion this month at Ridgefield's Bethany Vineyard.
Clark College said today that it has hired Chato Hazelbaker as its new chief marketing officer.
Total Wine & More to open first Vancouver location next month
Mega liquor store chain Total Wine & More will open its first Vancouver store next month in the former Big Lots space, a move that intensifies the heat among booze-selling competitors nearly 11 months after the end of state-run liquor sales.
Facility for seniors set to open this fall
Construction is well under way on a new memory care center set to open in the Salmon Creek area this fall near where Interstates 5 and 205 meet.
Firstenburg brother pays Vancouver Public Schools $2M; plans for building unknown
The former Vancouver City Hall building in downtown officially sold on Monday for slightly more than $2 million to local businessmen and brothers, William Firstenburg and Bruce Firstenburg.
Advocates clean up area, work to attract businesses
Promoters of downtown Vancouver are not only cleaning the city up block-by-block, they are filling its empty spaces startup by startup.
Banks 'moving quicker than ever' on homes
Distressed Clark County homeowners have not been as lucky in avoiding foreclosure over the past five months, according to local housing experts and national data released on Thursday.
Integra will consolidate operations on old HP campus
Portland-based telecommunications company Integra announced Wednesday that it move its headquarters and some 500 employees next year to the former Hewlett-Packard campus in east Vancouver, a move that will provide much-needed jobs and a boost in confidence to Clark County.
Upgrades urged for homes with electric furnaces, baseboard heat
The search for a less expensive way to keep the house cool this summer could finally pay off for a whole new category of Clark County homeowners, starting this month.
Permits more than double in first quarter
Clark County homebuilders and their subcontractors are getting busy again, after a series of lackluster years for the industry, according to a report issued Monday.
Retail giant opens its first Vancouver store, touting wide selection, good service
California liquor store chain BevMo on Friday opened its first Vancouver store, bringing the total number of its Washington locations to seven stores since June 1, when state law opened booze selling to private retailers.
Taxable retail sales increase
Four businesses will share space at Salmon Creek site
Four separate health care businesses on the east side of Salmon Creek have joined hands to build an $8 million shared office complex on the west side of Interstate 5.
Businesses 'are very hopeful' and taking advantage of opportunities to improve their situations
Office space in downtown Vancouver is now officially a hot commodity among engineering, commercial real estate and information technology firms.
Backers say law ensures quality work; foes argue it's unfair, drives up costs
When it comes to the cost of public works projects, wages are usually the biggest number on the bottom line.
Here's a news flash — the newspaper business is not dead.
Construction could begin in June on a housing project in the works for several years, providing a promise of new affordable living space for residents of east Vancouver.
Trust trying to raise $5M for purchase by end of May
A fundraising effort to preserve Vancouver's historic Academy building and grounds is being multiplied in the final two months of a yearlong campaign to raise the first $5 million needed for the purchase.
134th Street Lofts would also be close to WSUV in Salmon Creek
Two Camas-based developers plan to build a $22 million apartment complex in the Salmon Creek area, just off Interstate 205 at the Northeast 134th Street exit.
National homebuilder Lennar Corp. is establishing its first Clark County foothold, having all but completed two of the 140 single-family houses it plans for communities stretching from Camas to Ridgefield.
Selection in February down over year, but lately it's been rising
Clark County home sales increased 10.7 percent in February from the same month a year ago, while the selection of existing houses for sale declined. But signs of change are on the horizon.
Washington has fifth-highest rate in nation
The number of homes in foreclosure in February spiked once again in Clark County, following a statewide trend that pushed Washington's foreclosure rate to the fifth highest in the nation.
Impact on Camas facility that employs nearly 100 unclear
Logitech International, parent company of Camas-based Logitech Music Business Group, plans to eliminate 5 percent of its workforce as part of an ongoing attempt to recover from faltering sales.
N.Y., Oregon also pursue new plant
Camas Mayor Scott Higgins sees his city as a major contender in the much-talked-about race to land an expansion of chipmaker WaferTech's Taiwan-based parent.
Vancouver schools set to sell it to pair of local businessmen
After receiving multiple offers, Vancouver Public Schools is prepared to sell the former Vancouver City Hall — the downtown's largest vacant building — to two prominent businessmen.
First book in all-city reading program features guidelines to digital age
Vancouver's first all-city read sprang to life Wednesday morning at City Hall with free copies issued of the program's first book and a discussion about our knowledge-based future.
Building could possibly be replaced by Walmart grocery store
Although Wal-Mart Stores Inc. still hasn't confirmed whether it plans to build a Neighborhood Market-sized grocery store at Fourth Plain and Grand boulevards, demolition has begun on the site's long-vacant Fred Meyer store.
Pet retailer's smaller store set for Mill Plain Heights
National pet retailer Petco plans to bring its smaller concept, Unleashed by Petco, to Vancouver's Mill Plain Heights neighborhood, according to public documents issued in January to request construction bids.
Mall complete multimillion remodel as weak economy continued to squeeze business construction
Grocery stores were among the few retail expansions announced in Clark County in 2012, as food merchants at both the local and national level prepared to do head-to-head battle for patrons.
New demand, dwindling supply of existing homes among the causes
Clark County’s long-awaited housing recovery sputtered to life in 2012, spurred by new demand and dwindling supplies of available listings.
Grant money will go toward new boat launch, feasibility study
Cowlitz County Commissioners have awarded the Port of Woodland $60,000 in rural development grant money for two economic development projects, including a new boat launch on the Columbia River.