Yes it snowed, but life goes on

On the way to work, saw two small truck drivers rumble through a red light and then merely shrug their shoulders. Truth is, they probably would’ve actually hit someone if they tried to stop, the ice was that bad.

This comes from the Asante folks.

Asante hospitals have new names and now they are getting new signs. Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center in Medford began installation of new exterior monument signage on Monday Asante Three Rivers Medical Center will install new signs from Dec. 26-28.
Asante adopted energy efficient and environmentally friendly building design standards in 2007. “Asante embarked on a facility master plan, which included a branding component, to develop health-promoting and sustainable buildings with a consistent patient and visitor experience throughout the system,” said Justin Hurley, director of Real Estate and Sustainable Planning.
The new signs are in keeping with those standards. They were built locally by Hale Signs with the new logo and hospital names. By working locally, the carbon footprint for the new signs is much smaller.
In addition, the signs are internally lit with LED lights, which use 97 percent less energy than traditional lighting. Way finding information on the signs uses reflective material for lettering and the wording can be changed without altering the signage. Traditional monument signage requires expensive alterations to change even one punctuation mark.

Job Council has new digs.

The Job Council will officially open its new office on Eighth Street across from the RCC/SOU – Higher Education Center today at 3 p.m.
Employer forums are regularly held at the Higher Education Center, creating a direct communication link between businesses, job seekers and students. Critical workforce competencies are being identified so that students and job seekers will know the real skills required of them for success.
The Job Council’s one-stop center then provide access to workshops, training, referrals and other services to help customers build their skills, explore and find careers paths, and successfully find a job
The agency said more than 13,500 of the Rogue Valley 136,570 workers were officially unemployed in October. Jackson and Josephine Counties’ double-digit Located directly across Eighth Street from the RCC/SOU – Higher Education Center, the new center links job and career seekers to businesses.

Oregon’s largest vino gathering is set for Feb. 19-20 at the Oregon Wine Industry Symposium in the Oregon Convention Center.
Organizers say last year’s conference, which moved to Portland from Eugene, broke attendance records with more than 1,300 industry members, vendors and media registered. Attendance at the 2013 symposium, which focuses on all aspects of Oregon’s highly successful wine industry.
“We are expecting our largest and best symposium ever,” said Michael Donovan, chairman of the Oregon Wine Board, sponsor of the event. “The Symposium is always a wonderful opportunity for the industry to come together as a community, learn and celebrate its achievements.”
In addition to the opening session in which a panel of experts assess the health of the Oregon wine industry and make projections about the coming year, the symposium will feature two keynote speakers.
Mike Keiser, founder and owner of Bandon Dunes Resort on the Southern Oregon Coast, keynotes the opening day of the symposium. Keiser co-founded Recycled Paper Greetings, a green greeting card business out of his Chicago apartment in 1971. He sold the business to a private equity form in 2005. Bandon Dunes is recognized by the golfing cognoscenti as among the best golfing destinations in the world. Bandon Dunes Resort has four courses, three of which are pure links courses
overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Keiser’s story borrows from the entrepreneurial aspirations of Oregon’s early wine pioneers. Like Oregon’s wine industry founders, he, too, was told he could never make a success of a world-class destination golf resort in a remote coastal area of Oregon.
Ted Baseler, president and chief executive officer of Ste. Michelle Wine Estates, will keynote the second day. Baseler, a native of Oregon, joined Ste. Michelle 28 years ago. Over the years, he has risen through the ranks and became president and CEO in 2001. Since then, Baseler has turned around company profit growth by increasing quality, focusing on Washington vineyards, acquiring highly acclaimed small wineries, and expanding distribution worldwide. The company has had record earnings and profits in seven of the eight years since Baseler took the helm.

Ethanonl’s not so sweet impact on the price of sugar.

This week’s Home Grown N-Hance Wood Renewal.

Southern Oregon University professor rolls out kids bed-time stories for e-readers.

Led by a decrease in the deficit in goods, the preliminary third-quarter combined balances on trade in goods and services, income, and net unilateral current transfers — aka the U.S. current-account deficit — decreased to $107.5 billion from a revised $118.1 billion in the second quarter.

What the Instagram rule changes mean, or may mean, to users like you.

Busiest Christmas gift hauling day for shipping companies? UPS says its Thursday.

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