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Gordon Oliver

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Cruises on the Columbia, Snake rivers grow increasingly popular

By Gordon Oliver July 5, 2015 6 a.m.

The Columbia River, the Northwest's great resource for commerce, recreation, and energy, is emerging as a tourist destination for ship-bound travelers in pursuit of new sightseeing and historical experiences. That's good news for Vancouver, which stands to gain visitors and business as a Portland metro-area gateway to the Columbia-Snake corridor.

Illegal construction activity cited in county

By Gordon Oliver July 3, 2015 1:47 p.m.

The Department of Labor & Industries said this week that it uncovered 19 cases of illegal construction activity in the state, including three cases in Clark County, during a recent sting aimed at deterring illegal construction activity.

Apartment expansion continues in Vancouver

By Gordon Oliver June 25, 2015 3:08 p.m.

The continuing boom in apartment construction is playing out in Vancouver, where three new or expanded apartment complexes are proposed in established neighborhoods.

More apartments planned for downtown

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

More apartments are coming to downtown Vancouver, with 18 units planned for a three-story building at 16th and C streets near the city's former city hall building.

BNSF must reinstate injured conductor

By Gordon Oliver June 17, 2015 3:23 p.m.

BNSF Railway must reinstate a Vancouver-based train conductor who was injured in 2010 and pay the conductor $536,063 in back pay, damages and attorney's fees, based on a federal investigation which found the railroad retaliated against the unnamed employee after he reported a knee injury, the U.S. Department of Labor said Wednesday.

Community solar arrays greet the sun

By Gordon Oliver June 17, 2015 6 a.m.

A 2.3-acre grassy field that was used for occasional helicopter landings and Easter Egg hunts is fast becoming the site for Vancouver's largest solar panel array, thanks to Clark Public Utilities customers who chipped in $100 or more to pay for the solar power demonstration project.

May strong for local real estate market

By Gordon Oliver June 12, 2015 3:53 p.m.

Southwest Washington's real estate market remained strong in May, with sharp increases in pending and closed sales and a continued short supply of new listings of homes for sale.

Local manufacturers have jobs, need workers

By Gordon Oliver June 11, 2015 3:11 p.m.

In an era when manufacturing is perceived by many to be in steady decline, some Portland-Vancouver area employers say they have more manufacturing jobs than workers ready and willing to build their products.

Construction on first two waterfront redevelopment buildings set for spring 2016

By Gordon Oliver June 10, 2015 5:48 p.m.

Gramor Development says it's ready to start long-awaited construction in spring 2016 on the first two buildings in the 32-acre redevelopment of downtown Vancouver's Columbia River waterfront. But the company's president said a hotel project that was presented in December as a signed deal is no longer a sure thing and that other hotel discussions are in the works.

PDX gets growing with more routes, passengers

By Gordon Oliver June 7, 2015 6 a.m.

These are good times for air travelers, with airlines expanding their nonstop flights between Portland International Airport and new domestic and international destinations for the summer travel season and beyond.

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