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Gordon Oliver

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Holiday travel uptick likely

By Gordon Oliver August 28, 2015 4:54 p.m.

The AAA auto club is projecting a 1 percent increase from 2014 in the number of Americans who will travel during the upcoming Labor Day weekend, with a 1.2 percent increase in travel by residents of a Western region that includes Washington and Oregon.

Linesman training center moving to Battle Ground

By Gordon Oliver August 27, 2015 4:51 p.m.

The Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee of the Northwest Line Construction Industry, a nonprofit organization that trains apprentices from all over the country, is hoping to break ground on a new training center in Battle Ground next year.

Vancouver Red Lion to close; 82 will lose jobs

By Lauren Dake and Gordon Oliver August 27, 2015 10:20 p.m.

The Red Lion at the Quay, a landmark on the Vancouver waterfront since the 1960’s, will close its doors on Oct. 31, leaving 82 employees without jobs.

Clark County employment solid again in July

By Gordon Oliver August 25, 2015 5:30 p.m.

Clark County posted what regional economist Scott Bailey described as “another solid month” for employment in July, although numbers released Wednesday show that the county never did reach the 150,000 job mark that seemed possible a month ago.

Expert stresses focus on efficiency in building  

By Gordon Oliver August 20, 2015 4:23 p.m.

Many newly built homes are full of bells and whistles — granite countertops, soaring ceilings, expansive master suites — but prospective buyers would be wise to look beneath the skin to learn whether the home they want to buy is built with efficiency and comfort in mind.

Ridgefield port to buy back property

By Gordon Oliver August 19, 2015 6 a.m.

The Port of Ridgefield, having second thoughts about last year's sale of a key industrial property, is about to repurchase the property at a little more than its original sale price after a development plan by the land's purchaser failed.

Southwest Washington home sales still hot

By Gordon Oliver August 18, 2015 6 a.m.

The real estate market continues to sizzle during this year's hot summer, with home sales and prices continuing their steady year-over-year upswing in July, according to the latest report from the RMLS real estate listing service.

Strictly Business: Bands at fair stir up memories, draw fans

By Gordon Oliver August 16, 2015 6 a.m.

The band members walked onto the stage at the Clark County Fair's grandstand without fanfare, introducing themselves as the Guess Who. Frontman Derek Sharp, born the year that the Canadian rock band recorded its first hit 50 years ago, joked about the gray-haired crowd in the grandstand. Then it was on to a 90-minute run of old hits including "American Woman" and "No Time" that had us old-timers on our feet, singing along to the still-familiar tunes. This was a band from my high school days of playing LPs in my bedroom. As if we weren't all feeling plenty old, bassist Jim Kale told the crowd that he'd been performing for 53 years.

Loan originations on single-family homes up 23% from year ago

By Gordon Oliver August 14, 2015 8:41 p.m.

The number of loans originated nationally on single-family homes and condos in this year's second quarter rose 22 percent from the previous quarter and 23 percent from a year ago, housing data firm RealtyTrac reported Friday.

Website opens eyes of tourists to the region

By Gordon Oliver August 13, 2015 6 a.m.

It's an age-old question for tourists — how do I get away from other tourists to find someplace authentic?

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