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Gordon Oliver

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Barrett stock slumps after major 3Q net loss

By Gordon Oliver October 29, 2014 11:46 a.m.

Barrett Business Services, Inc. took a huge hit Wednesday following the release of third-quarter earnings showing a net loss of $37.7 million, largely due to an $80 million increase in reserves for payments of drawn-out worker compensation claims.

Port of Vancouver approves preliminary budget

By Gordon Oliver October 28, 2014 6:05 p.m.

The Port of Vancouver is making a big bet on North Dakota, and it's not all about oil. In a preliminary budget approved by the port's Board of Commissioners on Tuesday, the port is projecting $56.8 million in revenue from operations, compared to $34.1 million expected in the current fiscal year. Most of that projected increase is expected to come from a new initiative called "Dedicated Rail Service," in which the port would lease rail cars to transport agricultural products from North Dakota to Vancouver on rail cars that would otherwise run empty.

3rd Quarter: A time of new beginnings

By Gordon Oliver October 26, 2014 6 a.m.

This year's third quarter was a time of beginnings, with marijuana offered for legal sale to recreational users for the first time, and endings, with the drawn-out labor dispute at the United Grain terminal finally coming to an end.

Mayors luncheon focuses on green building

By Gordon Oliver October 24, 2014 6:10 p.m.

Michael Luzier wants to make it easier for homebuilders to be green.

Gas prices fall in Clark County

By Gordon Oliver October 22, 2014 5:19 p.m.

For the first time in many years, motorists can look forward to a pleasant surprise at the local gas station — gasoline that costs less than $3 a gallon.

Big chains squeeze Cinetopia

By Gordon Oliver October 21, 2014 6 a.m.

Cinetopia owner Rudyard Coltman knows how to build movie theaters so dazzling that they draw moviegoers from miles around.

Strictly Business: 'Earning' a place in the media

By Gordon Oliver October 19, 2014 6 a.m.

I was the only man in the room last Wednesday at the monthly meeting of the Women Entrepreneurs Organization of Clark County. I had no complaints, but I had to wonder what advice about the news business I could offer these hardworking women whose business ventures ranged from tattoo artist to real estate broker.

Oregon Iron Works gets Bay Area job

By Gordon Oliver October 17, 2014 6:34 p.m.

Oregon Iron Works, which operates a manufacturing plant in Vancouver, said Friday that it has been chosen as a steel fabricator for San Francisco's Transbay Transit Center. The $1.9 billion center, which some are calling the "Grand Central Station of the West," is one of the West's largest transit projects and is expected to generate over 7,000 jobs at the site and through off-site contractor work, Oregon Iron Works said in a news release.

Building activity slows in county

By Gordon Oliver October 17, 2014 6 a.m.

Clark County approved 56 residential building permits in September, the lowest monthly number this year but slightly more than the 54 permits issued in September 2013. Vancouver also reported a slowdown in building permit approvals.

Home sales cool as season turns

By Gordon Oliver October 15, 2014 6 a.m.

Clark County home sales cooled during September, with listings, sales, and median prices all down from August numbers, according to the latest "Market Action" report from RMLS, the regional real estate listing service.

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