Vision Homes of Medford earned the Oregon Small Builder of the Year award for its work during 2007.

Vision Homes of Medford earned the Oregon Small Builder of the Year award for its work during 2007.

The residential construction company operated by Mark Wickman was honored by the Northwest ENERGY STAR program, a partnership between the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Energy, which promotes design and construction of high-quality, energy-efficient homes.

Vision Homes is considered a pioneer in green building in Southern Oregon, constructing homes in the Cedarvale Neighborhood of east Medford.

Palmer Homes of Bend received the award for Oregon Large Builder of the Year, constructing 71 ENERGY STAR homes.

About 25 percent of all U.S. carbon emissions come from homes. In 2007, 2,698 Northwest ENERGY STAR Homes were built in Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Montana — employing a combination of energy-efficient construction practices and high-efficiency equipment.

MMOJO MUDD Coffee Co. has opened in the WinCo shopping center off of Barnett Road.

The hours are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday.

Darrell and Rachel Guthrie, who put in a combined 27 years with Ray's Food Place, are the owners, aided by teenage daughters Maile, Mackenzie and Jasmin. Darrell Guthrie also worked two years as a golf pro and general manager, while Rachel Guthrie handled the kitchen and bar.

The coffee shop is located in Suite M at 259 E. Barnett Road. The phone number is 531-8244.

Rogue Community College and the American Association of University Women will hold a pay equity conference May 9 at the Medford Library, 205 S. Central Ave.

"CSI: Career, Salary, Inspiration — Bridging the Wage Gap," is aimed at high school and college students and women entering or re-entering the workforce or making a career change.

Lynda Coates is the keynote speaker and small-group workshops will cover topics such as science careers, forensics, electronics and engineering, as well as career searches. For information, call Marianne Key at 772-0489. Register by May 2 at: www.roguecc.edu/payequity

North River Boats of Roseburg said it has landed a nearly $1 million contract to supply Wayne County, Mich., with four Rigid Aluminum Inflatable Vessels. The four are 32 feet long with twin Yamaha outboard motors. They will incorporate an enclosed cabin, inflatable tubes, electronic equipment and a generator to support law enforcement needs. North River Boats said it has designed and built more than 50 specialized RAIVs since the early 1990s.

Compiled from staff reports