Working in Clark County: Lori Reed, graphic designer

Feb 8, 2016

California transplant Lori Reed arrived in Washougal in 2011 assuming she would market her graphic design skills across the river. But not only has Southwest…

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Business News

Federal student aid watchdog established

February 8, 2016, 6:36 PM

WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration is taking new steps to protect students amid increased scrutiny of for-profit colleges and other schools.

University of Phoenix parent company to go private

February 8, 2016, 5:06 PM

Apollo Education Group, the publicly traded owner of the University of Phoenix, has agreed to be taken private by a group of investors in a $1.1. billion deal.

Hazel Dell’s Shields Floral closing its doors Tuesday

February 8, 2016, 4:49 PM

Carol Shields answered phone calls Monday morning with the same sad news for each caller: "We're going out of business."

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11 new buildings planned for downtown Portland

February 8, 2016, 4:38 PM

PORTLAND — Portland real estate owners have revealed a plan to bring $1.5 billion in investment to transform one of the city's oldest neighborhoods.

Oregon-based SeaPort Airlines files for bankruptcy

February 7, 2016, 3:30 PM

PORTLAND — Oregon-based SeaPort Airlines has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, but the company says daily operations will not be interrupted.

Delta Air Lines CEO retiring, president taking over

February 7, 2016, 3:01 PM

NEW YORK — Richard Anderson, who oversaw Delta Air Lines' transformation into one of the world's most profitable airlines, will retire this May. His right-hand man, airline president Ed Bastian, will take over as CEO.

Weyerhaeuser earnings fall as it prepares for merger

February 7, 2016, 3:00 PM

SEATTLE — Weyerhaeuser's fourth-quarter earnings from continuing operations fell 17 percent from the same quarter last year, the company reported Friday.

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Strictly Business

Strictly Business: Let’s span I-5 Bridge differences

January 24, 2016, 6:07 AM

Sarah Palin is back, and so is another discussion of a Columbia River bridge. Both evoke strong emotions that are sometimes detached from reality.

Strictly Business: Hi. Now change your passwords

January 10, 2016, 6:01 AM

As the newest voice in The Columbian's business section, I thought I'd use part of my first Strictly Business column for a little icebreaker.

Strictly Business: Resolving to master budgeting

January 3, 2016, 6:01 AM

Ah, it's a new year. True to form, many of us will make a new list of resolutions and remember that hope springs eternal.

Strictly Business: Economic Forecast Breakfast on menu

December 6, 2015, 6:03 AM

With The Columbian's 2016 Economic Forecast Breakfast just around the year-end corner, I decided to look at forecasts from past years to see how much times have changed in our local business world. My review of essays written by participants from years past became a walk down the memory lane of hard times.

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Pitts: Sitcoms can be unsung heroes against prejudice

February 8, 2016, 6:00 AM

So, it turns out sitcoms can erase bigotry.

Jayne: For a vibrant, lively lesson in history, turn to Broadway

February 7, 2016, 6:00 AM

It's the most thorough history lesson I have had in quite some time.

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Real Estate

Metro area’s rental vacancy lowest in country

February 3, 2016, 7:31 PM

You've heard it before and you'll hear it again: Rental vacancy rates are extremely low in Vancouver.

Downtown Vancouver’s Hudson Building a mix of old and new

January 31, 2016, 6:06 AM

Gray light floods every corner and bounces between bricks and beams on the wide-open third floor of the unfinished Hudson Building. Visible from the wide windows are other unfinished projects — the revitalization of downtown, the development of the waterfront — that the Hudson will stand watch over for years to come.

Fisher House on Vancouver VA campus nearly complete

January 28, 2016, 5:58 AM

A house is starting to look like a home. The new Fisher House is nearing completion on Vancouver's Veterans Affairs campus, with a ceremonial ribbon-cutting set for Wednesday, March 23.

New-home sales soar in December

January 27, 2016, 4:05 PM

WASHINGTON — Americans rushed to buy new homes in December at the strongest pace in 10 months, with 2015 marking the strongest year for this segment of the housing market since 2007.

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