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At age 30, The Last Frontier makes sure this isn’t the last stand

Dec 9, 2018

LA CENTER — Matt Hess took a three-month class to learn how to become a table games dealer about 20 years ago at The Last…

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At age 30, The Last Frontier makes sure this isn’t the last stand

December 9, 2018, 6:06 AM

LA CENTER — Matt Hess took a three-month class to learn how to become a table games dealer about 20 years ago at The Last Frontier Casino and decided he’d found his career calling.

Financial tips for investing in both your small business and your retirement

December 9, 2018, 6:06 AM

NEW YORK — Small business owners may want to save for retirement but are anxious about diverting money away from their companies. But many owners have found ways to invest in themselves as well as their businesses.

A large red bow to mark the holiday season sits on the roof of an unsold 2019 Countryman on the floo

List helps avoid car buying mistakes

December 9, 2018, 6:05 AM

In the excitement of buying a new (or used) car it’s easy to forget critical details that wind up costing you money. I learned this over more than a decade of buying dozens of test cars for the automotive site Edmunds. No matter how much experience I got, I always consulted my car-buying checklist and updated it based on what I learned.

Roomba i7, the next generation robot vacuum. Katherine Frey/The Washington Post

Need a tech gift? Check out top gadgets of year

December 9, 2018, 6:05 AM

What’s a better gift than the future? These are the innovative gadgets and services we’ve tried and loved over the past year.

Berko: McDonald’s holds up well to market volatility

December 9, 2018, 6:02 AM

Dear Mr. Berko: What are McDonald’s largest competitors? They’ve got to be what’s damaging McDonald’s revenues, which, according to Morningstar, have been declining every year since 2013. How can McDonald’s compete with all the new franchises selling hamburgers, fries and shakes? And how can stock analysts continue to recommend McDonald’s when sales have declined for five straight years? I own 150 shares of McDonald’s, which I bought at $66 in 2010. Should I sell this stock?

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Briefs

Analyst says Avista utility remains takeover target

December 7, 2018, 7:03 PM

SPOKANE -- Spokane-based Avista Corp. remains a likely takeover target, even though the utility's plan to be purchased by a Canadian company is apparently dead.

Oil producers join forces and cut production again

December 7, 2018, 7:02 PM

VIENNA -- Oil prices spiked sharply higher Friday as major oil producers, including the OPEC cartel, agreed to cut global oil production by 1.2 million barrels a day to reduce oversupply.

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Real Estate

16 projects vie for Affordable Housing Fund dollars

November 19, 2018, 6:00 AM

Sixteen projects are looking for a piece of Vancouver’s $6 million Affordable Housing Fund as applications have opened for a second round of funding. For the first time, for-profit developers are also looking for assistance.

A sign adverting an available homesite is seen here at the Amberglen development on Monday afternoon

Construction begins on Salmon Creek-area neighborhood

November 13, 2018, 6:03 AM

Construction has begun on a Salmon Creek-area subdivision that will include 60 homes priced between $400,000 to $600,000.

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Berko: McDonald’s holds up well to market volatility

December 9, 2018, 6:02 AM

Dear Mr. Berko: What are McDonald’s largest competitors? They’ve got to be what’s damaging McDonald’s revenues, which, according to Morningstar, have been declining every year since 2013. How can McDonald’s compete with all the new franchises selling hamburgers, fries and shakes? And how can stock analysts continue to recommend McDonald’s when sales have declined for five straight years? I own 150 shares of McDonald’s, which I bought at $66 in 2010. Should I sell this stock?

Berko: Fitbit stock bad for health of portfolio

December 8, 2018, 6:00 AM

Dear Mr. Berko: I’m going to buy my wife a $225 Fitbit watch for Christmas. I’m also looking at the stock, which sells for about $5 a share. Do you think buying 1,000 shares of the stock would be a good investment?

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