income qualifies for low mortgage rate

SALEM -- The Oregon Housing and Community Services Department has raised income limits for Oregonians who want to buy a home under the residential home program.

As of Feb. 26, the new income limits are $45,100 statewide and $52,400 in Benton, Clackamas, Columbia, Multnomah, Washington and Yamhill counties.

The increase was approved by the state housing council in response to an adjustment by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

The Oregon Housing and Community Services Department's interest rate is currently 5.95 percent.

For details, visit their Web site at or call (503) 986-2000.

Boat Show 1999 starts today in mall

Dozens of new boats and watercraft will be on display today through Sunday at the 1999 Boat Show in the Rogue Valley Mall. The four-day event will be on the lower level of the mall, at 1600 Riverside Ave. in Medford.

Pass names tourism marketing chief

GRANTS PASS -- Kerrie Walters has been hired as the city's tourism marketing coordinator, the city announced this week.

Walters is a longtime Grants Pass resident who worked as director of sales and marketing at the Riverside Inn and Conference Center for the past eight years. She started her new position Monday and will manage the Grants Pass Visitors and Convention Bureau office at 1995 N.W. Vine St. The bureau shares space with the Chamber of Commerce Visitors Center.

The city's tourism program has an operating budget of just over $190,000, revenue generated by its occupancy or bed tax.

needed to share business savvy

The Service Corps of Retired Executives is seeking volunteers, retired or working, to share their business expertise. People are needed to counsel small businesses and entrepreneurs or assist with data entry, word processing, workshops and general office help.

For the Medford area, call 776-4220, or 535-1662 for the Ashland, Talent and Phoenix area. SCORE is a volunteer arm of the Small Business Administration.

sign store now national franchise

Post-Haste signs in Jacksonville has become Signs Now 343.

Owners Gene and Barbara Wood joined Signs Now Corp., a franchised sign store based in Florida.

In addition to the Jacksonville store at 131 Upper Applegate Road, No. 13, the couple plans to open a second store in Medford this year. Their phone number is 608-6800.

The company provides an array of sign products that are available either in-house or through a network of vendors.

owners take over mall child care center

Ron and Judy Primasing have acquired the Wee Watch`em Activity Center and Pre-School at the Rogue Valley Mall next to JC Penney. Their daughters, Jody Cartwright and Karee Zoller, run the center and have several years' experience in child care.

Hours are 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday; 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday; and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. The preschool runs from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Monday through Friday. Child care is available on a drop-in basis.

will add jobs at headquarters

BOISE, Idaho -- Albertson's Inc. plans to add a few hundred jobs at its Ada County headquarters. That is welcome news after the recent announcement by Ore-Ida Foods Co. that it would pull 320 jobs out.

Aggressive growth, a shift in new-store strategy, and the company's acquisition of American Stores Inc. have created a need for secretaries, printers, architects, engineers and other workers, company officials said Tuesday.