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  • Asante hospitals are getting new signs to go with their new names.
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  • Asante hospitals are getting new signs to go with their new names.
    Asante's Rogue Regional Medical Center in Medford began installation of new exterior monument signs on Monday.
    Asante's Three Rivers Medical Center will see new signs shortly after Christmas, the company said.
    The signs, built by Hale Signs, follow energy-efficient design standards adopted in 2007. The signs are internally lit with LED lights, which use less energy than traditional lighting.
    For the ninth-straight year, Rogue Community College earned the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting from the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada.
    The certificate is the highest form of recognition in the area of government accounting and financial reporting, according to a news release.
    The annual report by RCC's Budget and Financial Services Department demonstrated a constructive "spirit of full disclosure" to clearly communicate its financial story and motivate potential users to read the report.
    The new Job Council/WorkSource Oregon Center on the corner of Eighth and Bartlett streets in downtown Medford officially opened Tuesday.
    The one-stop center for students, trainees and job-seekers is across the street from the RCC/SOU Higher Education Center.
    Employer forums are regularly held at the Higher Education Center, linking businesses, job-seekers and students. The goal is prepare a new generation of employees.
    More than 13,500 of the Rogue Valley's 136,570 workers were numbered among the unemployed in October. Even so, the agency said demand for skills has never been greater from employers.
    Oregon's largest wine industry gathering is set for Feb. 19-20 at the Oregon Wine Industry Symposium in Portland's Oregon Convention Center.
    The symposium is the primary educational vehicle for the Oregon wine industry. Topics covered include growing better grapes, making better wine and selling more wine at favorable prices.
    The two-day conference will evaluate Oregon's industry through market research, climate and finance, and it will project the outlook for the Oregon industry over the next 12 months.
    Opening-day activities culminate with the Oregon Wine Industry Awards dinner. More than 1,300 industry members, vendors and media have registered for the event.
    For details, see www.oregonwine.org.
    Compiled from staff reports
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