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Columbian staff writer

A child plays in the foam pit at SkyZone in Vancouver in  2017.

Vancouver trampoline park SkyZone fined 22K for overworking teen employees

A child plays in the foam pit at SkyZone in Vancouver in  2017.

February 22, 2024, 3:10pm Business

The Washington State Department of Labor & Industries cited Vancouver’s popular SkyZone trampoline park after finding about 45 of the company’s teenage employees didn’t receive meal breaks and worked more hours than legally allowed. Read story

Keana Zoradi of Vancouver, left, joins her daughter, Eden, 3, while creating a Valentine's Day sculpture at Drip Drop Art Studio on Jan. 31. It’s one of several recently opened businesses geared toward Clark County’s youngest residents.

New kids play areas opening in Clark County

Keana Zoradi of Vancouver, left, joins her daughter, Eden, 3, while creating a Valentine's Day sculpture at Drip Drop Art Studio on Jan. 31. It’s one of several recently opened businesses geared toward Clark County’s youngest residents.

February 22, 2024, 6:08am Clark County News

As the local population continues to grow, the number of businesses geared toward Clark County’s youngest residents is on the rise. Read story

A pedestrian strolls past the American Empress as it is docked along the Columbia River at the Vancouver waterfront on May 1, 2023.

American Queen Voyages suspends services

A pedestrian strolls past the American Empress as it is docked along the Columbia River at the Vancouver waterfront on May 1, 2023.

February 21, 2024, 7:47pm Business

American Queen Voyages, the paddle-wheeler cruise company sailing ships up and down the Columbia River, has suspended service and canceled its cruises. Read story

The former BowFlex Inc. in east Vancouver.

Vancouver fitness equipment company BowFlex said in a filing the company has serious doubts it can remain afloat

The former BowFlex Inc. in east Vancouver.

February 21, 2024, 2:09pm Business

Vancouver fitness equipment company BowFlex has notified investors and regulators that it has substantial doubt it can remain in business through the next year. Read story

Vancouver-based Riverview Bancorp earnings decline in third quarter

February 21, 2024, 5:56am Business

Vancouver-based Riverview Bancorp reported its earnings were down in its third quarter of 2024, which ended Dec. 31, 2023. Read story

Building Futures Foundation plans gala to fund scholarships

February 21, 2024, 5:55am Business

Building Futures Foundation, a workforce development arm of the Building Industry Association of Clark County, is hosting its first Green Tie Gala to raise money for scholarships, tool grants and career and technical education programs. Read story

Mark Matthias, left, and Ali Novinger, owners of Beaches Restaurant and Bar, announced Monday they plan to retire and close the business Dec. 31.

Owners of iconic Vancouver waterfront restaurant Beaches plan to retire; restaurant’s last day will be Dec. 31

Mark Matthias, left, and Ali Novinger, owners of Beaches Restaurant and Bar, announced Monday they plan to retire and close the business Dec. 31.

February 19, 2024, 1:02pm Business

After 29 years, the owners of Beaches Restaurant and Bar are retiring. The local restaurant is set to serve its last meal Dec. 31. Read story

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