The status quo remained unchanged for most of the region's banks in the latest report by Bauer Financial, a Florida firm that assesses the strength of financial institutions.

The status quo remained unchanged for most of the region's banks in the latest report by Bauer Financial, a Florida firm that assesses the strength of financial institutions.

Evergreen Federal Savings and Loan of Grants Pass retained its five-star rating, the highest possible. People's Bank of Commerce, Medford; South Valley Bank and Trust, Klamath Falls; and Umpqua Bank, Roseburg; all kept their four-star ranking as did Home Federal Bank of Nampa, Idaho, which took over Eugene-based Liberty Bank last year.

Medford-based PremierWest Bank remained a two-star entry, while Bank of the Cascades, Bend, moved up to one star from zero, after it was able to secure additional financial backing.

Rogue Federal Credit Union of Medford and Southern Oregon Federal Credit Union of Grants Pass both retained their three-star ratings.

— Greg Stiles