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Carl Rocha, left, and Patrick Plummer, with Bills Heating & A/C Install air conditioning and a new furnace at a home on East Wabash Street, Wednesday, June 23, 2021, in Spokane, Wash. With temperatures forecast to hit over 100 degrees by Sunday, a rush of customers are keeping local A/C installers busy.

Air conditioner installations soar along with temperatures in Clark County

Carl Rocha, left, and Patrick Plummer, with Bills Heating & A/C Install air conditioning and a new furnace at a home on East Wabash Street, Wednesday, June 23, 2021, in Spokane, Wash. With temperatures forecast to hit over 100 degrees by Sunday, a rush of customers are keeping local A/C installers busy.

July 4, 2021, 6:05am Business

The heat wave that smothered the Portland region last weekend broke numerous all-time temperature records, and it also highlighted how quickly the Pacific Northwest’s relationship with air conditioning is shifting away from its long-standing take-it-or-leave-it approach. Read story

Guest service agent Libby Lusk keeps the credit card machines at the front desk disinfected at the Hilton Vancouver in 2020.

Heat drives many residents into Clark County hotels

Guest service agent Libby Lusk keeps the credit card machines at the front desk disinfected at the Hilton Vancouver in 2020.

July 4, 2021, 6:02am Business

The extreme heat pushed many people into hotels last weekend, giving the hospitality industry a boost in business. Read story

Ridgefield City Hall.

YMCA facility headed to Ridgefield

Ridgefield City Hall.

July 3, 2021, 1:29pm Business

It’s been a dream several years in the making, but bringing a full-service YMCA to fast-growing Ridgefield is now a reality. Read story

Thea Coleman of Portland, from left, looks on as server Bethany Fischer serves up lunch while joined by Isabella Coleman, 15, and Mea Agee of Vancouver while dining outside at Rally Pizza on Friday afternoon. The dining room is now also open for customers.

Rally Pizza reopens to indoor dining after more than a year of takeout only

Thea Coleman of Portland, from left, looks on as server Bethany Fischer serves up lunch while joined by Isabella Coleman, 15, and Mea Agee of Vancouver while dining outside at Rally Pizza on Friday afternoon. The dining room is now also open for customers.

July 3, 2021, 6:05am Business

Rally Pizza at The Mill has opened its indoor space after more than a year of takeout-only service. Owners Shan Wickham and Alan Maniscalco have also added lunchtime hours with a new sandwich menu featuring Sicilian-inspired muffulettas. Read story

The homepage of the Washington State Employment Security Department.

Clark County jobless claims falling but still high

The homepage of the Washington State Employment Security Department.

July 2, 2021, 5:25pm Business

The county’s barometer for a recovering labor market, continued unemployment claims, continued a downward trend last week but still remained at a high number. Read story

PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center available to Kaiser Permanente members

July 2, 2021, 6:02am Business

As of July 1, PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center is available as an in-network hospital for Kaiser Permanente Northwest members, according to a news release. Read story

The Kiggins Theatre is open again to moviegoers, but it and similar businesses are counting on federal relief funds to help pay their bills.

Clark County theater owners: When will federal grant money be delivered?

The Kiggins Theatre is open again to moviegoers, but it and similar businesses are counting on federal relief funds to help pay their bills.

July 1, 2021, 6:05am Business

Two months after they applied, about three months after they thought the process would be over and more than six months after Congress set aside $16 billion to create the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant program, Clark County’s theater and venue owners are starting to receive the long-promised financial support. Read story

Steve Moore, chief executive officer of the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust, has announced his retirement next year, capping a career of major growth at the foundation during his 15 years in charge.

Murdock Charitable Trust CEO Steve Moore to retire next year

Steve Moore, chief executive officer of the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust, has announced his retirement next year, capping a career of major growth at the foundation during his 15 years in charge.

July 1, 2021, 6:05am Business

Steve Moore, CEO of the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust, has announced his retirement next year, capping a career of major growth during his 15 years in charge. Read story

Miguel Viveros Chavez, resident at Caples Terrace, left, chats with Sen. Maria Cantwell after speaking to members of the media about the federal debate over infrastructure at Caples Terrace in Vancouver on Wednesday morning.

Cantwell visits Vancouver to push affordable housing program

Miguel Viveros Chavez, resident at Caples Terrace, left, chats with Sen. Maria Cantwell after speaking to members of the media about the federal debate over infrastructure at Caples Terrace in Vancouver on Wednesday morning.

June 30, 2021, 8:00pm Business

Sen. Maria Cantwell visited Vancouver on Wednesday to advocate for increases to a federal program that encourages construction of affordable housing units. Read story

Bartender Mike Dunning of Main Event Sports Grill in east Vancouver pours drinks for customers while working behind the bar on Wednesday afternoon. Statewide pandemic restrictions ended on Wednesday, allowing restaurants and bars to reopen their bar counter seating areas for the first time in more than a year.

Clark County businesses relish reopening

Bartender Mike Dunning of Main Event Sports Grill in east Vancouver pours drinks for customers while working behind the bar on Wednesday afternoon. Statewide pandemic restrictions ended on Wednesday, allowing restaurants and bars to reopen their bar counter seating areas for the first time in more than a year.

June 30, 2021, 6:50pm Business

For the first time in more than 15 months, businesses across Clark County were able to open their doors Wednesday with no COVID-19-related occupancy limits or social distancing restrictions in place. Read story