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Port accused of violating public records laws in new lawsuit

June 2, 2015, 12:00am Business

A local environmental group and one of its members have sued the Port of Vancouver, alleging it's violating the state's public records law by redacting parts of a lease it signed with two companies for what would be the nation's largest rail-to-marine oil transfer terminal. Read story

Christensen Shipyards likely to be sold to part-owner

May 27, 2015, 5:00pm Business

The court-appointed receiver handling Christensen Shipyards, the financially troubled builder of yachts in Vancouver, wants to sell all or "substantially all" of the company's assets to Henry Luken, the deep-pocketed Tennessee businessman who owns 50 percent of the company. Read story

Clark County’s labor picture ‘remains very positive’

May 26, 2015, 5:00pm Business

The overall picture of Clark County's labor market "remains very positive," the region's labor economist reported Tuesday, with "rapid employment growth, falling unemployment, and low levels of job losses, as measured by unemployment claims." Read story

Port sets meeting on plans for waterfront

May 21, 2015, 5:00pm Business

The Port of Vancouver and Seattle consultant NBBJ will gather Tuesday for a public meeting to discuss components of the port's effort to craft a master plan for revitalizing its Terminal 1 waterfront property. The port's board of commissioners and NBBJ will discuss the planning process and initial concepts for the waterfront project during the workshop, to be held from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the port's office, 3103 N.W.… Read story

Port commissioner ‘disappointed’ by newspaper investigation

May 21, 2015, 5:00pm Business

After nearly a full week of intense public reaction to a series of newspaper stories critical of the Port of Vancouver's practices under the state's open public meetings and records laws, one port commissioner called The Columbian's investigation a disappointment, while another shrugged it off as a rerun of past articles. Read story

Petitions filed to recall Vancouver port commissioners Oliver, Wolfe

May 20, 2015, 5:00pm Business

A Vancouver resident has filed two petitions with the Clark County elections office seeking to recall from office Port of Vancouver commissioners Jerry Oliver and Brian Wolfe. Read story

Group: Port must make decision on oil terminal lease at public meeting

May 19, 2015, 5:00pm Business

In its lease for what would be the nation's largest rail-to-marine oil transfer terminal, the Port of Vancouver has not disclosed the deadline for two companies to secure permit approvals to build the project. But if the companies don't obtain the necessary state and federal permits on time, it would create an opportunity for the port to opt out of the contract. Read story

Oil terminal lease unleashes a gusher of backlash

May 18, 2015, 5:00pm Business

The Port of Vancouver's tight lid on the public's business may be coming off. Sparked by the port's insular handling of a lease for what would be the nation's largest rail-to-marine oil transfer terminal, reform-minded critics are pushing the port to embrace a more transparent approach to making decisions. Some are jumping into the race for an open seat on the port commission, hoping to change the organization from within. Read story

Tesoro to upgrade its fleet of oil rail cars

May 17, 2015, 5:00pm Business

Tesoro Corp. said Monday it's upgrading its crude oil rail car fleet by adding 210 enhanced tank cars that exceed new standards issued by the U.S. Department of Transportation earlier this month. Read story

Skids greased for oil terminal behind closed doors

May 17, 2015, 5:00pm Business

Even the most vigilant of Port of Vancouver watchers couldn't have foreseen how the port and two private companies were paving the way behind closed doors for quick local approval of what would be the nation's largest oil-to-marine transfer terminal. Read story