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Fossils like these ammonites and dinosaur bones make up a portion of the inventory at Crystal Cavern in downtown Camas.

Digging into business: Castro’s Minerals finds success at sister store Crystal Cavern in Camas

Fossils like these ammonites and dinosaur bones make up a portion of the inventory at Crystal Cavern in downtown Camas.

May 25, 2024, 6:14am Business

In a world where time is fleeting and objects are made to be discarded, a beautiful rock formed over eons has a certain appeal. You feel as though you’re grasping a small remnant of Earth’s primal forces. Read story

LEADOPTION Signs along Main Street at the intersection with 39th Street in Vancouver reflect current gas prices as residents prepare for the holiday weekend on Friday morning.

Gas prices falling in Clark County and nationally as travel increases for holiday weekend

LEADOPTION Signs along Main Street at the intersection with 39th Street in Vancouver reflect current gas prices as residents prepare for the holiday weekend on Friday morning.

May 25, 2024, 6:12am Business

Here’s good news for travelers headed into Memorial Day weekend: Gas prices are on the decline. Read story

Real estate experts encourage buyers not to let high interest rates scare them out of the housing market.

Clark County experts: Time to buy a home is now, before dip in interest rates increases competition

Real estate experts encourage buyers not to let high interest rates scare them out of the housing market.

May 25, 2024, 6:02am Business

High interest rates are making it harder for people to buy homes in Clark County’s already hot market. But buyers shouldn’t wait for interest rates to drop, real estate agents and mortgage brokers working in Clark County say. Read story

La Bottega manager and sommelier Alisha Judge, at right, instructs Sienna Gehl, a server.

‘Bottega needs to evolve again’: Italian restaurant in Vancouver gets new owners

La Bottega manager and sommelier Alisha Judge, at right, instructs Sienna Gehl, a server.

May 24, 2024, 6:05am Business

Vancouver may be growing and changing, but it still operates like a small town. Rumors of La Bottega being sold hit social media groups faster than owner Lisa Dougherty could reach out to The Columbian to explain the future for this popular Italian restaurant, deli and marketplace. Read story

The Interstate 5 Bridge crosses the Columbia River.

Interstate 5 Bridge tolling scenarios: Low-income program, weekend rates and heavy truck tolls

The Interstate 5 Bridge crosses the Columbia River.

May 23, 2024, 5:30pm Business

Construction on a new Interstate 5 Bridge is expected to begin in early 2026, and tolling will help cover the $5 billion to $7.5 billion price tag. Read story

As air conditioning has become more common and the region&rsquo;s population has continued to grow, Clark Public Utilities is now seeing peaking energy usage in both the summer and winter months.

Clark Public Utilities braces for peak energy use this summer

As air conditioning has become more common and the region&rsquo;s population has continued to grow, Clark Public Utilities is now seeing peaking energy usage in both the summer and winter months.

May 22, 2024, 6:08am Business

Overall demand for electricity has increased as Clark County’s population has grown. Read story

The Port of Vancouver and the Vancouver Bee Project are collaborating on a new bee habitat on port property. To prepare the property, a 40-by-100-foot tarp was laid down to kill off unwanted grasses, weeds and plants.

Port of Vancouver, Vancouver Bee Project collaborate on new bee habitat on port property

The Port of Vancouver and the Vancouver Bee Project are collaborating on a new bee habitat on port property. To prepare the property, a 40-by-100-foot tarp was laid down to kill off unwanted grasses, weeds and plants.

May 22, 2024, 6:06am Business

The Port of Vancouver and the Vancouver Bee Project are collaborating on a new bee habitat on port property. While it’s just a big black sheet of plastic at the moment, eventually the area will be filled with native plants and flowers that will attract native bees. Read story

PeaceHealth appoints two new hospital executives

May 21, 2024, 4:57pm Business

Health care company PeaceHealth announced the appointment of two new hospital executives Tuesday afternoon. Read story

The Oregon Health & Science University campus in Portland is seen in 2016.

Private equity moves into care in Northwest: Investment firms buying mental health, substance use clinics

The Oregon Health & Science University campus in Portland is seen in 2016.

May 21, 2024, 6:09am Business

A national study published by the journal JAMA Psychiatry earlier this month found private equity firms now account for as much as a quarter of practices providing mental health services in some states. In Washington, about 3 percent of mental health clinics and 8 percent of substance use clinics are… Read story

Chipotle is opening a store in downtown Vancouver.

Chipotle Mexican Grill opening downtown Vancouver location Tuesday

Chipotle is opening a store in downtown Vancouver.

May 20, 2024, 5:54pm Business

A seventh Chipotle Mexican Grill location in Clark County is opening Tuesday at 1600 Washington St., Suite 101 Read story