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Stories by Sarah Wolf

Columbian staff writer

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

Biotech company, CytoDyn, which is headquartered at 1111 Main Street, pictured, say they&#039;re about to start testing a coronavirus treatment drug, as seen Monday afternoon, March 16, 2020.

Vancouver biotechnology company CytoDyn faces another lawsuit

Biotech company, CytoDyn, which is headquartered at 1111 Main Street, pictured, say they&#039;re about to start testing a coronavirus treatment drug, as seen Monday afternoon, March 16, 2020.

February 2, 2024, 6:01am Business

Vancouver biotechnology company CytoDyn is facing another lawsuit, this one filed Monday in the Delaware Court of Chancery. Read story

Loading bays sit Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2024, at the Columbia Business Center. The land sold for $96 million in the largest single transaction by total consideration paid for industrial land on record in the Portland market.

113 acres in the Columbia Business Center sell in record-setting transaction

Loading bays sit Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2024, at the Columbia Business Center. The land sold for $96 million in the largest single transaction by total consideration paid for industrial land on record in the Portland market.

January 31, 2024, 4:12pm Business

A 113-acre Vancouver property along the Columbia River in the Columbia Business Center has sold for a record-setting $96 million. Read story

Burgerville Chief Executive Officer Ed Casey led the company through a year with record sales and profitability and is now expanding the restaurant chain into new Northwest markets.

Burgerville expands, adding first new location in 8 years

Burgerville Chief Executive Officer Ed Casey led the company through a year with record sales and profitability and is now expanding the restaurant chain into new Northwest markets.

January 31, 2024, 6:08am Business

After a record sales year, Burgerville is entering an era of growth. Read story

The old Lieser Elementary School site in Vancouver Heights is set to become home to nearly 100 affordable housing units, an agency serving children and a new city fire station over the next few years. A park will remain on the site, too. The redevelopment project was pitched as a partnership between the Vancouver Housing Authority, the city of Vancouver, and Educational Opportunities for Children and Families.

New subdivision planned at site of former Lieser Elementary School in Vancouver Heights

The old Lieser Elementary School site in Vancouver Heights is set to become home to nearly 100 affordable housing units, an agency serving children and a new city fire station over the next few years. A park will remain on the site, too. The redevelopment project was pitched as a partnership between the Vancouver Housing Authority, the city of Vancouver, and Educational Opportunities for Children and Families.

January 30, 2024, 6:07am Business

After purchasing the former Lieser Elementary School site, the Vancouver Housing Authority plans to bring nearly 100 affordable housing units and opportunities for homeownership to the property. Read story

Matt Newcombe, left, co-owner of International Graphics and Nameplate, grabs a coffee as his dog, Gracie, 7, enjoys a Puppuccino from Natalie Fairchild of Pacific Perks Jan. 11. Born out of a family crisis, Pacific Perks has been serving coffee at Southwest Washington&rsquo;s businesses and events for 16 years. Now, the company has awarded its first franchise in Arizona.

Mobile café business Pacific Perks brews up franchising deal

Matt Newcombe, left, co-owner of International Graphics and Nameplate, grabs a coffee as his dog, Gracie, 7, enjoys a Puppuccino from Natalie Fairchild of Pacific Perks Jan. 11. Born out of a family crisis, Pacific Perks has been serving coffee at Southwest Washington&rsquo;s businesses and events for 16 years. Now, the company has awarded its first franchise in Arizona.

January 29, 2024, 6:02am Business

Elaine Evans, an Arizonan, spent a cold January day serving up lattes at a manufacturing company in Salmon Creek. Before that week, she’d never made fancy coffee drinks. But within days, she’d be going back to Arizona to make her Pacific Perks franchise territory her own. Read story

Bridge City Contracting co-founder Roger Gomez, right, talks to certified renovator Kevin Rodriguez while installing a door handle Jan. 19 at a duplex in Vancouver. Construction is an industry that increasingly draws non-English speaking workers.

‘These are the best employees you will find’: Clark County businesses working to bridge language barrier

Bridge City Contracting co-founder Roger Gomez, right, talks to certified renovator Kevin Rodriguez while installing a door handle Jan. 19 at a duplex in Vancouver. Construction is an industry that increasingly draws non-English speaking workers.

January 27, 2024, 6:14am Business

Violence and poverty are pushing waves of people to flee their homelands. A growing number of them arrive in Clark County seeking the American dream but speaking little to no English. Construction, trucking, hospitality and other industries have welcomed the influx of workers, especially given recent labor shortages, but employers… Read story