Columbia River to reopen Sept. 30
The Columbia River should fully reopen to barge traffic Sept. 30, officials said Wednesday. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Portland District Commander Col. Aaron Dorf said teams will be working around the clock until they finish repairs on a critical navigation lock at Bonneville Dam. The lock, which allows barges to safely move through different water levels on the river, was closed Thursday after an investigation revealed cracked concrete. Barges carrying wheat, wood and other goods to the coast for export will remain at a standstill until the lock reopens.
Pot stores asked to check products
In the wake of lung illnesses and deaths related to vaping, regulators of Oregon’s retail marijuana market will ask store owners to voluntarily review the products on their shelves and pull any they feel might be unsafe.
The request comes after reports of severe lung illnesses and six deaths that have been tied to electronic cigarettes, including one death in Oregon that was linked to a vaping device containing marijuana oil sold at a retail store. Steve Marks, executive director of the Oregon Liquor Control Commission, said his agency will also ask marijuana stores to post signs warning about the potential danger of vaping. The OLCC cannot ban vaping devices or any specific ingredients until more is known about what is causing the health problems in users, he said.
Portland startup names new CEO
Portland cloud computing startup Stackery said Wednesday it has hired Puppet executive Tim Zonca as its new CEO.
Zonca takes over for co-founder Nathan Taggart, who resigned in June.
Stackery provides “serverless software” to help manage computer programs running in Amazon Web Services’ data centers. Its technology is designed to help clients make the most efficient and cost-effective use of AWS’ servers.
Zonca joined Portland-based Puppet five years ago as director of product marketing. He’s currently the vice president in charge of all marketing at Puppet — which, like Stackery, offers technology for managing computing inside data centers.
Trump calls for 0% interest rates
President Donald Trump said Wednesday the Federal Reserve should slash interest rates to zero “or less” so the federal government can refinance the public debt that has ballooned during his administration. In a pair of early-morning tweets, the president assailed Fed Chairman Jerome Powell and his central bank colleagues as “Boneheads” for not moving more aggressively to cut interest rates.