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Construction workers move a piece of siding up a ladder on Northeast 138th Avenue in east Vancouver. The construction industry locally and nationally is seeing huge labor shortages, delaying projects and making them more expensive.

Labor shortages in construction cause delays, drive up costs in Clark County

Construction workers move a piece of siding up a ladder on Northeast 138th Avenue in east Vancouver. The construction industry locally and nationally is seeing huge labor shortages, delaying projects and making them more expensive.

January 9, 2024, 6:08am Business

For years, the local construction industry has seen labor shortages. Experts say the trend is driving up the cost of building and causing delays. Read story

The Attorney General's Office expects to send more than 400,000 checks to Washington households by the end of the year because the state has settled a series of price-fixing lawsuits with chicken and tuna producers.

Tuna, chicken settlement checks from Washington AG’s Office are legitimate – don’t throw them away

The Attorney General's Office expects to send more than 400,000 checks to Washington households by the end of the year because the state has settled a series of price-fixing lawsuits with chicken and tuna producers.

January 4, 2024, 6:05am Business

If you get a check in the mail from the Washington Attorney General’s Office, don’t throw it away. It’s not a scam, as feared by several who called The Columbian after the unexpected checks arrived. Read story

SCORE member Al Gold talks about the importance of the “elevator Pitch” to attendees of a SCORE Business Education series at the Port of Kalama. Several of the attendees completed the course and now have facilities located in the Port of Kalama’s Mountain Timber Market.

SCORE small-business mentorships streamline experience for Southwest Washington entrepreneurs

SCORE member Al Gold talks about the importance of the “elevator Pitch” to attendees of a SCORE Business Education series at the Port of Kalama. Several of the attendees completed the course and now have facilities located in the Port of Kalama’s Mountain Timber Market.

January 3, 2024, 6:08am Business

When Nancie Edwards launched her Camas business, Canine Coach, she knew she’d be connecting with SCORE. She’d heard about the organization when she was studying business management at Portland State University. Read story

The five foundresses of the Sisters of Providence Northwest mission in Washington Territory. Front row: Sister Praxedes of Providence, Mother Joseph of the Sacred Heart, Sister Mary of the Precious Blood. Back row, Sister Vincent de Paul, Sister Blandine of the Holy Angels.

Sisters of Providence’s holy ground: Mother Joseph Catholic Cemetery of Vancouver final resting place for pioneering religious women

The five foundresses of the Sisters of Providence Northwest mission in Washington Territory. Front row: Sister Praxedes of Providence, Mother Joseph of the Sacred Heart, Sister Mary of the Precious Blood. Back row, Sister Vincent de Paul, Sister Blandine of the Holy Angels.

January 3, 2024, 6:06am Churches & Religion

Tucked away behind Vancouver Barracks National Cemetery lies another cemetery nearly as old. In it lies the remains, not of soldiers but of pioneering women, such as Mother Joseph of the Sacred Heart, who brought their Catholic faith and personal grit to Southwest Washington, influencing the greater Pacific Northwest region… Read story

Instructor Allora Maxey leads a class on interviewing for jobs Nov. 29 at Next in east Vancouver. Teens and young adults from around the area meet at Next nearly every day to get career advice and job-seeking training.

Vancouver career program Next prepares young adults 16 to 24 years old for future

Instructor Allora Maxey leads a class on interviewing for jobs Nov. 29 at Next in east Vancouver. Teens and young adults from around the area meet at Next nearly every day to get career advice and job-seeking training.

December 28, 2023, 6:07am Business

Thousands of young adults have passed through Next’s doors in Vancouver since it opened in 2018. They’ve received career coaching, job search support, GED testing and even free food. Read story

Instructor Tom Bauras, left in black shirt, works with students including Alex Thompson, center, while simulating a cross haul during safety training at the new Northwest Renewable Energy Institute campus in Vancouver on Dec. 20. The business built a new facility on Fruit Valley Road that teaches students how to work on wind turbines.

Northwest Renewable Energy Institute’s new campus has training structure that simulates working on wind turbines

Instructor Tom Bauras, left in black shirt, works with students including Alex Thompson, center, while simulating a cross haul during safety training at the new Northwest Renewable Energy Institute campus in Vancouver on Dec. 20. The business built a new facility on Fruit Valley Road that teaches students how to work on wind turbines.

December 26, 2023, 6:08am Business

Northwest Renewable Energy Institute opened a second campus earlier this year on Fruit Valley Road in Vancouver with a new 20-foot indoor tower that simulates the experience of working on a wind turbine. Read story

Absci headquarters at 18105 S.E. Mill Plain Blvd. (Randy L.

Vancouver biotech firm Absci inks deals for 10 drug discovery programs worth $1 billion

Absci headquarters at 18105 S.E. Mill Plain Blvd. (Randy L.

December 23, 2023, 6:12am Business

Vancouver biotechnology company Absci has secured nearly $1 billion in contracts in recent weeks, bolstering the business that’s struggled against economic headwinds. Read story

A variety of the West Coast ice creamery Salt & Straw's unique flavors. The company offers interesting combos like Pistachio with Saffron, and Hibiscus and Coconut.

Salt & Straw sets January opening date for Waterfront Vancouver

A variety of the West Coast ice creamery Salt & Straw's unique flavors. The company offers interesting combos like Pistachio with Saffron, and Hibiscus and Coconut.

December 20, 2023, 1:13pm Business

Portland ice cream phenom Salt & Straw is opening its Waterfront Vancouver location Jan. 5 — a joyful announcement for Vancouver’s ice cream fans. Read story

Clark Public Utilities commissioners switch positions

December 20, 2023, 5:59am Clark County News

The commissioners for Clark Public Utilities voted to rotate leadership offices Tuesday, effective Jan. 1. The move is traditionally taken during the final meeting each calendar year. Read story

The Columbian files
WaferTech, pictured here in 2003, was the first dedicated semiconductor contract manufacturer in the United States. (Amanda Cowan/The Columbian files)

Camas chipmaker WaferTech changes name to TSMC Washington, expanding global reach

The Columbian files
WaferTech, pictured here in 2003, was the first dedicated semiconductor contract manufacturer in the United States. (Amanda Cowan/The Columbian files)

December 19, 2023, 12:07pm Business

After nearly 30 years of operating in Camas as WaferTech, the TSMC chipmaker has officially taken a new name — TSMC Washington. Read story