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“Atomic Habits” by James Clear – A book review

September 12, 2023

James Clear’s “Atomic Habits” is a must-read for anyone looking to improve their habits and achieve their goals. The book provides a practical and actionable guide to building good habits and breaking bad ones. Clear presents a simple yet effective framework for creating lasting change in your life. The book…

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Community Building in Coworking

September 12, 2023

Driving through the downtown areas of cities such as Denver, Seattle, Portland, and Los Angeles, it seems like coworking spaces are popping up everywhere you look. There’s a wide range of coworking spaces in major cities, some of them occupying newly renovated industrial buildings while other coworking spaces are located…

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A commitment to energy efficiency nets Biomass One nearly $300,000 in annual energy savings

September 12, 2023

A 10-year commitment to energy efficiency has helped Biomass One, a 28.5-megawatt cogeneration facility in White City, slash 4.1 million kilowatt hours from its annual energy use.  Biomass One, which burns wood waste to generate renewable power, first worked with Energy Trust of Oregon in 2009 to boost efficiency in…

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Coding Zeal hosts 2 day conference for RedwoodJS community to gather and learn online and in-person in Grants Pass

September 12, 2023

Trever is at it again. This time he and the amazing team at Coding Zeal will host the first ever RedwoodJS conference.  RedwoodJS is a React framework that enables you to quickly scaffold up an app from idea to deployment.  From GitHub — Redwood is an opinionated, full-stack, JavaScript/TypeScript web…

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Kroger-Albertsons merger and its impact on Oregon

September 12, 2023

Kroger, the parent company of Fred Meyer and QFC, is set to acquire Albertsons for $24.6 billion 1. The merger would result in a “moderate concentration” of Oregon’s retail prescription drug market, with Kroger commanding nearly 30% and its nearest competitor holding 13% 2. However, the merger could have a significant impact on Oregon’s…

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The Pomodoro Time Management Technique 

August 13, 2023

I read a recent tweet about Tom Hanks first novel and a time management technique he used while writing it.  The Pomodoro Technique is a time management method developed by Francesco Cirillo in the late 1980s. It is named after the Italian word for “tomato” (pomodoro) because Cirillo used a…

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Self-Serve Fueling in Oregon

August 13, 2023

For the first time in more than seven decades, drivers in Oregon are allowed to pump their own gas. In 2023, the Oregon legislature passed two bills into law that changed the way Oregonians and visitors pump gas. House Bills 2426 and 3260 allow for the option of self-serve gas within Oregon.…

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Asante names a new president and CEO

August 13, 2023

After a national search, the Asante Board of Directors has named Tom Gessel to lead the organization. Following a nationwide search, the Asante Board of Directors has named Tom Gessel to lead our organization as the new president and chief executive officer effective Sept. 18. Gessel brings 20 years of…

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Oregon Shakespeare Festival Board Of Directors Announces Tim Bond As OSF’s New Artistic Director

August 13, 2023

ASHLAND, Ore. (July 6, 2023) – The Oregon Shakespeare Festival Board of Directors announces its appointment of Tim Bond as its new Artistic Director, effective September 1. The position will be a homecoming for Bond, who served as an Associate Artistic Director at OSF for 11 seasons from 1996 to 2007, and…

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Ashland Chamber’s Dana Welsh Retires after 18 years and a lifetime of service

August 13, 2023

Congratulations Dana Welsh and Thank You for your leadership, friendship and inspiration. Dana Welsh retires after 18 years at the Ashland Chamber of Commerce doing everything graphics related. She joined the team after her term as President which followed mine. She and her family ran Artisan Press in Ashland prior…

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Book Review “The Aftermath: The Last Days of the Baby Boom and the Future of Power in America”

July 16, 2023

A Riveting Exploration of Generational Shifts and the Changing Landscape of Power Book Review In his thought-provoking book, “The Aftermath: The Last Days of the Baby Boom and the Future of Power in America,” author Phillip Bump takes readers on a compelling journey into the heart of generational dynamics and…

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People’s Bank Co-Founder Ken Trautman retires 

July 16, 2023

I have written about Ken and the bank he co-founded (People’s Bank) many times over the years. I met Ken while we both served on the Jackson County fair board. One of my companies (Project A) banked with People’s Bank because it is a community bank and the manager of…

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