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Clark County housing market stays hot

(The Columbian files)

September 17, 2019, 6:05am Business

The Clark County housing market continued a hot streak in August, according to the latest report from the Regional Multiple Listing Service — although the rate of new listings didn’t quite keep pace with sales. Read story

A U.S. Army Corps of Engineers photo shows the Bonneville Lock on Sunday with temporary barriers in place to allow it to be drained. With the lock closed, barges that shuttle millions of tons of wheat, wood and other inland goods to the Pacific Ocean for transport to Asia can’t move. It’s not clear when repairs will be complete. Megan Innes/U.S.

Closure of Bonneville Lock brings river traffic to halt

A U.S. Army Corps of Engineers photo shows the Bonneville Lock on Sunday with temporary barriers in place to allow it to be drained. With the lock closed, barges that shuttle millions of tons of wheat, wood and other inland goods to the Pacific Ocean for transport to Asia can’t move. It’s not clear when repairs will be complete. Megan Innes/U.S.

September 9, 2019, 5:40pm Business

The unexpected closure of the Bonneville Lock over the weekend has had an immediate effect on water traffic up and down the Columbia River, including traffic to and from Vancouver. Read story

nLIGHT technicians work from computers near an optical coding machine, pictured back left, which spins strips of lasers, in the nLIGHT lab in Vancouver in October 2017.

nLIGHT CEO talks China challenges, trade war

nLIGHT technicians work from computers near an optical coding machine, pictured back left, which spins strips of lasers, in the nLIGHT lab in Vancouver in October 2017.

September 4, 2019, 5:24pm Business

Vancouver-based industrial laser manufacturer nLIGHT joined the lineup of presenting companies at the D.A. Davidson 18th Annual Technology Conference in New York on Wednesday, and CEO Scott Keeney delivered an address that touched on a number of topics but focused on the Chinese market. Read story

Don Suetta, left, and his brother John Suetta, both of Woodland, examine tractors on display at Dan’s Tractor. Owner Skip Ogden said he was worried about having to start charging sales tax for Oregonians, but then he learned he could still avoid the tax by delivering orders to Oregon customers.

Will sales-tax exemption changes spook Oregon shoppers?

Don Suetta, left, and his brother John Suetta, both of Woodland, examine tractors on display at Dan’s Tractor. Owner Skip Ogden said he was worried about having to start charging sales tax for Oregonians, but then he learned he could still avoid the tax by delivering orders to Oregon customers.

September 1, 2019, 6:05am Business

Washington state consumers have long traveled to Oregon to take advantage of its lack of sales tax. A recent change to state law has revealed how much Washington businesses have relied on clientele from Oregon. Read story

Ana Martinez of Vancouver picks out pencils in the back-to-school section at Fred Meyer in Hazel Dell.

Back-to-school shopping drives customer traffic in Clark County

Ana Martinez of Vancouver picks out pencils in the back-to-school section at Fred Meyer in Hazel Dell.

September 1, 2019, 6:02am Business

Most Clark County schools have already kicked off the 2019-2020 school year, but that doesn’t mean the back-to-school shopping season is over. Read story

Clark County saw an increase in recreational service jobs — a category that includes lifeguards — in July.

Seasonal school layoffs spell net job loss in July in Clark County

Clark County saw an increase in recreational service jobs — a category that includes lifeguards — in July.

August 21, 2019, 6:00am Business

Clark County saw a substantial amount of job losses and job gains over the month of July, culminating in a net loss of 600 nonfarm jobs, according to the latest data from the Washington Employment Security Department, leaving the county’s total employment at 170,900. Read story

Cliff Myers, incoming CEO of Visit Vancouver USA

Next president, CEO of Visit Vancouver USA hails from Virginia

Cliff Myers, incoming CEO of Visit Vancouver USA

August 21, 2019, 6:00am Clark County News

Cliff Myers, who has more than 20 years of tourism, convention and hotel experience in Virginia, will become the next president and CEO of Visit Vancouver USA. Read story

A For Sale sign is seen in front of a home in Felida. Clark County’s housing market grew in July, with more new listings than in any prior month this year. But sales rates climbed as well, keeping the overall inventory in months unchanged.

July hot for Clark County’s housing market

A For Sale sign is seen in front of a home in Felida. Clark County’s housing market grew in July, with more new listings than in any prior month this year. But sales rates climbed as well, keeping the overall inventory in months unchanged.

August 20, 2019, 6:00am Business

Clark County’s residential housing market numbers were “sunny across the board” according to the latest Market Action report from the Regional Multiple Listing Service. Read story

A customer uses the Riverview Community Bank ATM in downtown Vancouver on Thursday.

Riverview rings bell at Nasdaq in NYC

A customer uses the Riverview Community Bank ATM in downtown Vancouver on Thursday.

August 19, 2019, 4:52pm Business

Representatives from Riverview Community Bank took the stage to ring the ceremonial opening bell at the Nasdaq stock exchange Monday morning. President and CEO Kevin Lycklama and several other Riverview directors, board members and employees flew to New York for the event. Read story

SEIU Local 775 member Ethan Shett, left, addresses Department of Labor and Industries representatives Allison Drake, from right, Elizabeth Smith and Joshua Grice during a public hearing Thursday morning regarding proposed changes to the state’s overtime rules.

Vancouver hearing explores overtime pay proposals

SEIU Local 775 member Ethan Shett, left, addresses Department of Labor and Industries representatives Allison Drake, from right, Elizabeth Smith and Joshua Grice during a public hearing Thursday morning regarding proposed changes to the state’s overtime rules.

August 15, 2019, 7:00pm Business

Vancouver workers, business owners, unions and business organization representatives gathered Thursday for a public hearing on a proposed set of changes to Washington’s rules governing salaried, overtime-exempt workers. Read story