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Brush Prairie couple's farm labor of love

By Gordon Oliver August 31, 2014 6 a.m.

Foxfire Farm, the name that Jeff and Kathleen Booren have given to the productive plot on their Orchards homestead, is a labor of love for a couple winding down from careers in mental health services and banking.

Heraeus Shin-Etsu America closing Camas operation

By Gordon Oliver August 25, 2014 4:54 p.m.

A Japan-based company that produces a key product used in the manufacture of silicon crystals and ingots for semiconductors is closing its Camas operations, leaving dozens of mostly long-term employees without jobs.

Postal Service official makes Vancouver visit

By Gordon Oliver August 20, 2014 5:12 p.m.

Deputy Postmaster General Ronald A. Stroman, in Vancouver to attend an expo Thursday of U.S. Postal Service customers, sees a bright future for the quasi-governmental organization's expansion of its package delivery and business services.

Strictly Business: Visionary Fred Meyer

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

As a teenager, Fred Grubmeyer decided to explore life beyond Brooklyn and headed west. He briefly tried his hand at gold mining in Alaska but realized his small miner's shovel was no match for the mountain in front of him. The young man found his way to Portland, shortened his name to Meyer and over decades built a chain of shopping centers that made him a local household name.

Coffee To Go: Dutch Bros. coming to Hazel Dell

By Gordon Oliver August 12, 2014 6:59 p.m.

A Dutch Bros. drive-through kiosk under construction at Northeast 99th Street and Hazel Dell Avenue should be open for business late this month or in early September.

BergerABAM moving to former City Hall site

By Gordon Oliver August 11, 2014 5:09 p.m.

The engineering and environmental consulting firm BergerABAM said Monday that it will move its Vancouver offices to the former City Hall building at 210 E. 13th St., the first announced tenant in a building that is now called Block 56.

Development planned at quarry

By Gordon Oliver August 8, 2014 6:58 p.m.

A Portland developer has submitted preliminary plans to develop an 84-acre former quarry on Southeast 192nd Avenue immediately north of state Highway 14 with a mix of uses include housing, retail, commercial, and offices and a hotel.

CenturyLink expanding its services in Clark County

By Gordon Oliver August 6, 2014 5:36 p.m.

Vancouver and Clark County had a low profile in CenturyLink's Tuesday announcement that the company is expanding its gigabit service in Portland. But a top company official said Wednesday that the company is also aggressively expanding its ultra-fast Internet service on this side of the Columbia River.

Students provide MAP for businesses

By Gordon Oliver July 31, 2014 4:37 p.m.

Mark Mahan knows plenty about business.

Washington receives mixed grades on its business climate

By Gordon Oliver July 22, 2014 6 a.m.

A national survey gave Washington a D+ grade in business "friendliness" due to its regulatory environment, while recognizing the state as one of the easiest in which to start a business ,with an A- grade in that category.

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