Belated Happy 2013

As we said good-bye to 2012, Pacific Retirement Services executives and a steering committee for Rogue Valley Manor residents — primarily retired executives — agreed to return to the bargaining table rather than spending the next couple of years in court.
It appears residents were willing to accept a few slices from the governing loaf, rather than none at all.
Likewise, the fate of former Rogue Valley Manor executive director Kevin McLoughlin, who was fired by PRS last August, has apparently been dropped from the discussion.

Cascade Peak Distillery of Ashland has released certified organic OldField Rye Whiskey.
OldField is a small batch, limited release, only 22 cases available, aged 22 months in New Oak barrels.
Cascade Peak Spirits says its departed from its signature brand name, ORGANIC NATION in order to honor two of its earliest investors. The organic rye is from Pacific Botanicals in Josephine County.
The nearly $50-per bottle whiskey is available at Ashland Liquor Store, Southside Beverage Shop in Medford
and Talent Liquor Store.

From the social media world, local Pita Pit franchisees Ben and Bridget Anderson are among the operators 64 entered in the Battle of the Pita Pits competition.
Followers can go to the Pita Pit Facebook fan page and vote for their favorite outlet. The field will be reduced to 32 and then halved each week until Feb. 8.

The deadline for submitting an application for this year’s Southern Oregon Angel Conference competition and a chance to win the estimated $200,000 Angel Conference Investment is Jan. 31.
For more on the competition, go to or and click “Submit Your Business Plan” for application instructions.

The nation’s business leaders have a tepid economic outlook for 2013, according to the Conference Board Measure of CEO Confidence released this morning.
Following a decreased in the third quarter CEOs responded with modest improvement in the fourth quarter, boosting the measure to 46 from 42 in the third quarter. A reading of more than 50 points reflects more positive than negative responses.
Conference Board CEO sentiment remains pessimistic by historical standards, said Lynn Franco, Director of Economic Indicators at the Conference Board: “Regarding inflation expectations for 2013, CEOs expect moderate price increases.”
CEOs indicated current economic conditions have grown slightly more favorable, with 15 percent claiming conditions have improved compared to six months ago, up from 9 percent last quarter. About 13 percent of business leaders say conditions in their own industries have improved, compared with 14 percent in the third quarter of 2012.
The short-term outlook is also more upbeat than last quarter. Currently, 23 percent of business leaders expect economic conditions to improve over the next six months, up from 12 percent last quarter. Expectations for their own industries are also more optimistic, with 19 percent of CEOs anticipating an improvement in conditions in the months ahead, up from 15 percent in the third quarter.

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