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Our government may seem currently dysfunctional, but we lead the world in creating millionaires.  A report shows 1.7 million of the 1.8 million new millionaires added to that rank in the last year came from the US.  The US now boost 13.2 million millionaires, 42% of the world’s total.  The American Dream is still alive. (Credit-Suisse Report)

The second-largest US oil company, Chevron, is warning third quarter earnings will be “significantly lower” due to a squeeze on refining margins. They project refining margins will continue to be under pressure. (Reuters)

The trend continues. Global PC shipments dropped like a rock, down 9%, year-over-year in the third quarter. That is the lowest shipment volume since 2008. Shipments have declined for the last 6 quarters. (Gartner)

US foreclosures are down 33% from a year ago as US lenders completed 48,000 actions in August.  Currently 1.9 million homes are at risk of foreclosure and already in the process.   About 5.3% of mortgages are 90 days or more delinquent, the lowest since December of 2008. (Corelogic)

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  • Click on the link for the latest conditions on the mountain passes.

 

  • I-84,Troutdale MP 17 - 62, in the Coumbia Gorge remains closed. The highway is closed EB at Exit 17 in Troutdale. Trucks use US-26 to OR-35 as an alternate route.

 

  • Construction at 27th Street . Northbound Lane Closed from Ferguson to Bear Creek.  Detour in place.

 

  • 27th and Bear Creek Rd intersection varying traffic control changes

 

  • O.B. Riley Road South-bound lane closed south of Mervin Samples Rd (12/17)