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Columbian staff writer

Co-founders Ty Frackiewicz, left, and Ryan Fink give a demonstration for the media at their downtown business, Digs. Digs is a web-based collaboration software for homebuilders and homeowners.

Downtown Vancouver AI firm Digs raises its roof

Co-founders Ty Frackiewicz, left, and Ryan Fink give a demonstration for the media at their downtown business, Digs. Digs is a web-based collaboration software for homebuilders and homeowners.

February 19, 2024, 6:05am Business

Clark County natives Ryan Fink and Ty Frackiewicz are serial entrepreneurs. Their latest tech startup, Digs, combines their collective passions for artificial intelligence and homebuilding. The company’s web-based software creates digital blueprints and helps homebuilders manage collaboration. Read story

The White Lotus dance group performs a lion dance at Vancouver Mall to celebrate Lunar New Year in 2022. Lion dances are performed to chase away evil spirits and welcome prosperity and luck for the new year. (Molly J.

Clark County in its Lunar New Year phase: Locals join millions around the world in celebrations

The White Lotus dance group performs a lion dance at Vancouver Mall to celebrate Lunar New Year in 2022. Lion dances are performed to chase away evil spirits and welcome prosperity and luck for the new year. (Molly J.

February 15, 2024, 6:24pm Business

Locals are joining millions around the world celebrating the Year of the Dragon at Lunar New Year festivals that will last until later this month. In China, the celebration is known as the Spring Festival; in Vietnam, it’s Tet; and in Korea, it’s Seollal. Read story

The Clark County Courthouse (The Columbian files)

Residents in Clark County are being targeted in a wave of jury duty scams; find out the rules

The Clark County Courthouse (The Columbian files)

February 15, 2024, 2:22pm Clark County News

A new scam wave is targeting Clark County residents, claiming they have missed jury duty and must provide private information and payment to avoid being jailed. Read story

Wave of scammers posing as Clark Public Utilities employees target small businesses

February 15, 2024, 6:05am Business

Scammers posing as Clark Public Utilities employees are targeting small businesses in the area, threatening immediate disconnection of their power. Read story

The ZoomInfo logo adorns a wall at the company's downtown Vancouver offices.

Vancouver-based ZoomInfo sees $5M net loss in fourth quarter of 2023

The ZoomInfo logo adorns a wall at the company's downtown Vancouver offices.

February 13, 2024, 4:28pm Business

After a year of growth, Vancouver-based ZoomInfo reported a $5 million net loss in its fourth financial quarter of 2023. Read story

Erica Erland, director of communications and corporate citizenship for Clark Public Utilities, explains how different kinds of utilities are regulated.

Clark Public Utilities holding series of informational workshops designed to explain rate hike, complexity of its mission

Erica Erland, director of communications and corporate citizenship for Clark Public Utilities, explains how different kinds of utilities are regulated.

February 13, 2024, 6:06am Business

Clark Public Utilities took heat from local lawmakers for raising rates 14.5 percent in January. On Monday, the utility offered a workshop to educate leaders, touching on forces that led to the first rate hike in 12 years, including extreme weather and regulatory efforts to combat climate change. Read story

Legacy Health might terminate Regence BlueCross BlueShield contract

February 9, 2024, 5:55am Business

Portland-based Legacy Health announced Tuesday that the health system is preparing to terminate its contract with insurance provider Regence BlueCross BlueShield on March 31. Read story

Robert Pinedo, who lives and works in Vancouver, strolls past the Proto-Cathedral of St. James the Greater during his lunch break. The Archdiocese of Seattle announced its final plans to consolidate its 136 parishes into just 60 parish families.

3 ‘parish families’ ahead: Catholic parishes in Clark County revamped in Seattle archdiocese plan

Robert Pinedo, who lives and works in Vancouver, strolls past the Proto-Cathedral of St. James the Greater during his lunch break. The Archdiocese of Seattle announced its final plans to consolidate its 136 parishes into just 60 parish families.

February 7, 2024, 6:06am Churches & Religion

Local Catholic churches have fewer engaged parishioners, a shortage of priests, dwindling finances and deteriorating campuses, leading the Archdiocese of Seattle to consolidate 136 parishes into 60. Read story

New Jersey-based Holman Automotive Group proposed a luxury car dealership for property on Mill Plain Boulevard in east Vancouver.

Lexus dealership eyes site off Mill Plain Boulevard in east Vancouver

New Jersey-based Holman Automotive Group proposed a luxury car dealership for property on Mill Plain Boulevard in east Vancouver.

February 5, 2024, 6:02am Business

A Lexus dealership is in the works off Mill Plain Boulevard in east Vancouver. New Jersey-based Holman Automotive Group proposed the dealership in January, according to planning documents submitted to the city of Vancouver. Read story

Clark Regional Wastewater District extends service to the Sunset Strip neighborhood north of Vancouver. The neighborhood is one of more than 40 in the district&rsquo;s service area that relies on septic systems.

Sewer service extended to 70 homes just north of Vancouver city limits

Clark Regional Wastewater District extends service to the Sunset Strip neighborhood north of Vancouver. The neighborhood is one of more than 40 in the district&rsquo;s service area that relies on septic systems.

February 2, 2024, 6:02am Clark County News

More than 70 homes just north of Vancouver city limits now have the option of connecting to Clark Regional Wastewater District’s public sewer system. The infrastructure project highlights the challenges of failing septic systems in urban neighborhoods. Read story