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Retail sales spike locally

By Gordon Oliver May 28, 2015 5:09 p.m.

This week's announcement by the Department of Revenue that taxable retail sales rose by more than 8 percent in Clark County in 2014 was good news for an area where the retail trade has struggled in the shadow of sales tax-free Oregon.

Dick Hannah eyes Value Village

By Gordon Oliver May 28, 2015 6 a.m.

The Dick Hannah Collision Center has filed a preliminary application to the city of Vancouver to expand into the building that now houses the Value Village thrift store at 7110 N.E. Fourth Plain Blvd.

Retail sales rose nearly 9% in Clark County

By Gordon Oliver May 26, 2015 5:21 p.m.

Clark County's taxable retail sales increased by 8.8 percent during the 2014 calendar year, and Vancouver's sales rose by 8.5 percent.

Going out on a limb safely with workshop

By Gordon Oliver May 26, 2015 6 a.m.

Alarmed at the high injury rate in the tree-care business, the state Department of Labor & Industries has launched a round of safety workshops for tree-care professionals across the state, including one next month in Vancouver.

Strictly Business: It pays to read cards' fine print

By Gordon Oliver May 24, 2015 6 a.m.

We can't count the ways that legitimate and not-so-legitimate businesses come after our pocketbooks, and how often they find our vulnerabilities despite our best defenses. Few among us have escaped being drawn in by too-good-to-be-true deals for discounts or financial deals that ended up costing us in the long run.

Subdivision starts to sprout in Camas

By Gordon Oliver May 21, 2015 4:37 p.m.

CAMAS — A single house, only partially framed, was cause for celebration Thursday at the new Deerhaven subdivision, one of the first new housing projects on the budding north shore area of Lacamas Lake.

Mill Plain Ace Hardware closing

By Gordon Oliver May 21, 2015 4:26 p.m.

The Ace Hardware store at 8000 E. Mill Plain Boulevard is closing its doors after losing its lease as part of what the property owner says will be a larger upgrade of the Garrison Square shopping center at East Mill Plain and North Garrison Road.

Memorial Day travel to be busy

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

The summer travel season will begin with a boom Memorial Day weekend, when more than one-third of Americans are expected to travel 50 miles or more for the holiday, the AAA travel club projects.

April strong for Clark County housing market

By Gordon Oliver May 15, 2015 2:39 p.m.

Clark County's housing market continued to gain momentum in April, with the inventory of homes offered for sale shrinking to the lowest level in years despite a 12 percent increase in new listings, the Portland-based RMLS real estate listing service reported.

Integra lays off workers

By Gordon Oliver May 13, 2015 4:39 p.m.

The telecommunications company Integra, which relocated headquarters and hundreds of employees to Vancouver in 2013, has laid off an undisclosed number of workers from its operations department, the company confirmed on Wednesday.

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