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Burgerville to reopen its airport restaurant

August 28, 2020, 6:01am Business

Vancouver-based fast food chain Burgerville announced Thursday that it plans to reopen its PDX airport restaurant location Sept. 1. Read story

Scott Bailey, Southwest Washington regional economist, speaks during the 2020 Economic Forecast Breakfast. Bailey's closing presentation focused on issues of unemployment, job growth and income inequality.

Clark County unemployment claims drop

Scott Bailey, Southwest Washington regional economist, speaks during the 2020 Economic Forecast Breakfast. Bailey's closing presentation focused on issues of unemployment, job growth and income inequality.

August 27, 2020, 5:55pm Business

Initial unemployment insurance claims in Clark County fell 25 percent from 1,086 to 818 last week, continuing a recovery of the local job market. Read story

Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson talks to reporters in August 2019 during a news conference in Seattle.

Vancouver air-duct cleaners, owner ordered to pay $10 million in civil penalties

Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson talks to reporters in August 2019 during a news conference in Seattle.

August 26, 2020, 7:22pm Business

The state Attorney General’s Office announced Wednesday that two Vancouver air-duct cleaning companies, owned by the same man, have been ordered to pay $10 million in civil penalties for engaging in deceptive advertising and unfair sales practices. Read story

The sun sets as crews move the BNSF railroad truss bridge to a barge on Monday evening. The bridge will be floated about 60 miles up the Columbia River to Drano Lake, where it will be installed to replace a century-old bridge on the rail line.

BNSF bridge replacement bound for Drano Lake

The sun sets as crews move the BNSF railroad truss bridge to a barge on Monday evening. The bridge will be floated about 60 miles up the Columbia River to Drano Lake, where it will be installed to replace a century-old bridge on the rail line.

August 25, 2020, 6:31pm Business

It’s not unusual to see extremely large structures make their way onto or off of vessels on the Columbia River in Vancouver, whether it’s 50-meter luxury yachts launching at the Marine Park marina or 250-foot wind turbine blades being unloaded at the Port of Vancouver. Read story

The home page of the Washington Employment Security Department (The Columbian files)

Clark County reports gaining 800 jobs in July

The home page of the Washington Employment Security Department (The Columbian files)

August 25, 2020, 5:46pm Business

The Clark County labor market in July gained about 800 jobs, putting “a small dent in the daunting over-the-year deficit of 15,600 jobs,” said Scott Bailey, regional economist for Southwest Washington. Read story

Elizabeth Miller, from left, current owner of Hearing by Design, looks on as consultant Rick Giles works with Don Stose, Mayor of Ridgefield, as he programs Stose's hearing aid response during an appointment.

Working in Clark County: Rick Giles, hearing aid specialist at Hearing by Design

Elizabeth Miller, from left, current owner of Hearing by Design, looks on as consultant Rick Giles works with Don Stose, Mayor of Ridgefield, as he programs Stose's hearing aid response during an appointment.

August 22, 2020, 5:33am Business

As people mask up to prevent the spread of COVID-19, 15 percent of adults in the United States who report troubled hearing may face a unique challenge: not being able to read lips through masks. Additionally, masks can muffle sounds for someone with hearing loss, according to the Washington state chapter of the Hearing Loss Association of America. Read story

The Employment Security Department's rush to get unemployment benefits to residents who lost jobs due to the coronavirus outbreak left it vulnerable to criminals who made off with hundreds of millions of dollars in fraudulent claims. (Ted S.

Initial jobless claims rise a bit in Clark County

The Employment Security Department's rush to get unemployment benefits to residents who lost jobs due to the coronavirus outbreak left it vulnerable to criminals who made off with hundreds of millions of dollars in fraudulent claims. (Ted S.

August 21, 2020, 4:44pm Business

Clark County’s labor market continued its slow recovery last week despite a small increase in initial unemployment insurance claims. Read story

(Courtesy of the Port of Woodland)

Port of Woodland gets $3M federal grant for industrial park project

(Courtesy of the Port of Woodland)

August 21, 2020, 2:22pm Business

LONGVIEW — A $3 million federal grant awarded Thursday will help the Port of Woodland build a new industrial park, add hundreds of jobs and generate millions of dollars in private investments in the community. Read story

Tami Nesburg, left, and her co-worker Randy Krenelka take a walk during their lunch break Thursday at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site. Attractions such as the visitor center, reconstructed Fort Vancouver and Pearson Air Museum are closed, but the parking lots and walking paths are open.

Coronavirus decreases tourism in Vancouver

Tami Nesburg, left, and her co-worker Randy Krenelka take a walk during their lunch break Thursday at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site. Attractions such as the visitor center, reconstructed Fort Vancouver and Pearson Air Museum are closed, but the parking lots and walking paths are open.

August 21, 2020, 6:02am Business

Tourism in Vancouver has been estimated to have dropped by nearly one-third this year compared to last year. The decrease comes as economic shutdowns to slow the spread of COVID-19 continue. Read story

The Webber Building at 400 Columbia St. is seen in October. The structure, which is more than a century old, is one of the few buildings that stand on the 6.4-acre Waterfront Gateway property. The city is considering rebranding the area as the Lucky Star District, an homage to the two major breweries that once operated in downtown Vancouver.

Vancouver’s Waterfront Gateway may be rebranded Lucky Star District

The Webber Building at 400 Columbia St. is seen in October. The structure, which is more than a century old, is one of the few buildings that stand on the 6.4-acre Waterfront Gateway property. The city is considering rebranding the area as the Lucky Star District, an homage to the two major breweries that once operated in downtown Vancouver.

August 21, 2020, 6:01am Business

A few acres of parking lots and grassy fields surrounding Vancouver City Hall could face a bright future, based on an ongoing redevelopment effort that pays homage to the past. Read story