Business

Camas OKs new Holland campus

Jun 20, 2018

The city of Camas unanimously approved this week a new a mixed-use plaza centered around Holland Partner Group, despite some protest from neighbors.

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Tech Test: Thermacell keeps those pesky mosquitos away

June 24, 2018, 6:05 AM

Raise your hand if you look forward to mosquito season.

Smooth sailing in economy buoying private jet sales

June 24, 2018, 6:04 AM

If anyone’s looking for further evidence of a strong economy, here’s a sign: Wealthy individuals and companies are starting to snap up used private jets before they get too expensive.

Renewable energy field’s flourishing brings new careers

June 24, 2018, 6:03 AM

It’s not out of the ordinary for drivers near East Mill Plain Boulevard and Grand Boulevard to see people wearing hard hats and climbing gear gathered around a steel tower next to the road. These are students, and their training is actually becoming more common.

Berko: No! Do not let your wife co-manage stock selections

June 24, 2018, 6:02 AM

Dear Mr. Berko: Since we sold our business and retired 11 years ago, our $768,000 individual retirement account has averaged 8.8 percent, including dividends. I’m proud of this performance because I manage the account. Some years were better than others, but we have been able to take out over $60,000 a year from our IRA without touching the original $728,000 in principal. We hope to leave the principal to our two children. We have Social Security plus another income source, so we are financially comfortable.

Tariffs poised to sour whiskey

June 24, 2018, 6:00 AM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Much of the rye whiskey aging in hundreds of barrels at Catoctin Creek Distillery in Virginia could end up being consumed in Europe, a market the 9-year-old distilling company has cultivated at considerable cost.

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Briefs

Amazon plans $325 million distribution center

June 22, 2018, 5:01 PM

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — A $325 million Amazon facility being built near Birmingham will initially employ 1,500 people fulfilling orders, and the workforce could swell even more, the online retailer and local officials said Friday.

TSA: Store protein powder in your checked bags

June 22, 2018, 5:00 PM

Washington — The Transportation Security Administration plans to add another item to the gels, liquids and laptops requiring additional scrutiny for U.S.-bound airline passengers -- powders.

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Real Estate

Shopping for a new face on Tower Mall in Vancouver

June 17, 2018, 6:02 AM

Once a bustling hub, Tower Mall has largely fallen silent. One by one, tenants move on, leaving behind a lone security guard roaming the halls of an enclosed shopping mall that’s now just a shell of its former self.

Builders: Trump’s tariffs adding $9K to a new home

June 16, 2018, 6:05 AM

LAS VEGAS — Higher lumber costs, labor shortages and growing regulations are holding U.S. builders back as they try to ramp up construction to meet the huge demand for housing.

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Columnists

Berko: No! Do not let your wife co-manage stock selections

June 24, 2018, 6:02 AM

Dear Mr. Berko: Since we sold our business and retired 11 years ago, our $768,000 individual retirement account has averaged 8.8 percent, including dividends. I’m proud of this performance because I manage the account. Some years were better than others, but we have been able to take out over $60,000 a year from our IRA without touching the original $728,000 in principal. We hope to leave the principal to our two children. We have Social Security plus another income source, so we are financially comfortable.

Berko: Mutual funds that are worth serious consideration

June 23, 2018, 6:00 AM

Dear Mr. Berko: My husband is an engineer with a secure job. I run the household, take care of our 12-year-old son and two dogs, make all the investment decisions for our retirement, and pay the bills. We’re both 44. Our objective is long-term growth, and we have $53,000 to invest. I’m darn tired of reading Barron’s, Fortune, The Wall Street Journal and other financial publications. I’m sick and tired of following and reading research reports and charting and keeping current on our portfolio of 28 stocks, which is worth $339,000. It’s frustrating when I try to make a decision about holding or selling some of them. And I’m darn tired of searching the many investment options to replace a stock I sold or to invest fresh money. There are thousands of exchange-traded funds, closed-end funds, mutual funds and individual stocks. It’s mind-boggling. Do you have any recommendations?

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