Monthly Archives: February 2009

Just watched ‘The Pajama Game’

and who would have thought the answers to America’s financial crisis could be found in a High School musical. The short answer is this… the owners will start paying the workers enough to realize the American dream and in return, the workers will forgive the owners for the wealth they’ve stolen by manipulating the books. Everyone gives and everyone wins.


Southern Oregon newspapers available on mobile phones

Ashland Daily Tidings and Medford Mail Tribune are among the Ottaway Newspapers now available on mobile-friendly products, such as phones.

Middletown, N.Y.-based Ottaway Newspapers, the local media group of Dow Jones, launched mobile-friendly editions of its daily news Web sites for its eight media groups across the country.

Southern Oregon Media Group includes the Daily Tidings and Mail Tribune. The Ashland newspaper is available at and the Medford newspaper is available at

You are Not Alone

You are Not Alone

Local Recycling Brings West Coast’s Most Affordable Biodiesel to Rogue Valley

A delivery of local recycled biodiesel to Rising Phoenix Biofuels is happening on Tuesday, February 17th at 12:00 noon. This is the only recycled biodiesel available on a retail level in Southern Oregon and will allow Rising Phoenix to sell the most affordable and sustainable biodiesel on the West Coast at $2.99 a gallon. We welcome anyone interested in learning more about local biodiesel opportunities to attend our fill-up celebration.

The most affordable biodiesel on the West Coast is now available through a collaboration between Rising Phoenix Biofuels (, Sequential Biofuels (, and local restaurants. This business model supports local businesses by making a commodity of their waste oil, and keeps this valuable resource within our community to fuel our diesel vehicles and machinery. When you eat at participating restaurants, not only are your dollars helping a family business, but your food waste is being used to clean the air and water for our children. Just bring in a receipt from participating restaurants and receive an additional 10 cents off per gallon. Sequential Biofuels pays participating establishments a competitive rate for their used cooking oil, which is then converted into 100% ASTM-certified biodiesel that can be used in any diesel engine. This locally produced biodiesel is then sold at a 24-hour retail station at Rising Phoenix Biofuels in Phoenix.  Offering a 50 cent PUC and off-road discount makes this an affordable alternative to diesel fuel for cars, trucks, farm equipment, home heating systems, and all diesel machinery. Not only does biodiesel clean injectors, boost cetane and improve lubricity, this investment in domestic fuel keeps all our dollars within our local economy, which is much more valuable than saving 10% and sending profits overseas to foreign dictators. Buying biodiesel supports American jobs, farmers, and energy independence for our children.

Biodiesel is a completely biodegradable, non-toxic, fuel derived from plants. The glycerin is removed via a simple chemical process, producing an ASTM-certified fuel that surpasses all modern engine requirements. It reduces carbon dioxide emissions, comes from a variety of local crops, and can even be produced from algae, or recycled cooking oil. Rising Phoenix Biofuels is Oregon’s first biodiesel station, the first on the I-5 to change the signage laws to accept biodiesel, the only 24-hour biodiesel in the state, and now the West Coast’s most affordable biodiesel. Sequential Biofuels is a local biodiesel producer that uses recycled and locally grown canola oil in the most sustainable commercial production facility on the West Coast. While there is much debate about growing corn for ethanol and soy for biodiesel, noone can deny the economic, environmental, and social benefits of using a “waste” product to fuel our engines. Sequential Biofuels welcomes interested businesses and is always looking for more oil collection accounts through their collection company Encore Oils ( Rising Phoenix Biofuels encourages fleets and municipalities to make the switch to low biodiesel blends before the state mandate requires it in 2009. We can help answer any questions or concerns about biodiesel.

For more information or to schedule an interview please call
David Tourzan of Rising Phoenix Biofuels (541) 324-6695

WESO Networking Share Fair

WESO Networking Share Fair March 12, 2009Discover the variety of women entrepreneurs in the Rogue Valley by attending a special trade fair of women in business March 12, 2008, at the Red Lion Inn in the ballroom. The event starts at 5:00 pm and exhibitors will be available to meet with you until 8:00 pm. Women Entrepreneurs of Southern Oregon (WESO) hosts this special program to share what its members and other women business owners have to offer. It’s also a great networking opportunity to meet local women in business.

Businesses represented will range from engraved gifts to computer services, office support, coaching, wellness products, and much more. Come explore the exhibits and find out more about this vibrant community group. Prize drawings throughout the evening make this event truly exciting.

When: Thursday, March 12, 2009
5:00 Networking Share Fair opens
6:00 Greetings and Introductions
8:00 Networking Share Fair closes
Where: Red Lion Inn
200 N. Riverside Drive, Medford
Menu: Delicious Assortment of Hors D’oeuvres
Cost: $10 includes Networking Share Fair entry and food
No Host Bar Available
Cost of Networking Share Fair table is extra, see Networking Share Fair Exhibitor Application

You may call in a reservation to 888-436-2338 or make a reservation online with prepayment (click on link below). Please submit your reservation request (phone or online) by 9:00 p.m. on Monday, March 9th. Reservations made after this cutoff date cannot be guaranteed. Cancellations must also be received by that date or you will be responsible for payment of the uncancelled event.

Snow Day in Ashland Oregon – Friday 13th

First Amendment Forum

Event Date(s):
Monday, March 02, 2009
Department: Communication
Category: Panel Discussion
Details: “Who needs newspapers?” Bob Giles, the curator of the Nieman Foundation at Harvard University explores the unique role that newspapers play in informing the public about community affairs. A panel of community leaders discusses what the absence of newspapers might mean to our community.
Starts: 7:00 PM
Ends: 9:00 PM
Room #:
Stevenson Union
Rogue River Room
1250 Siskiyou Blvd
Ashland, OR 97520
Contact: Paul Steinle by phone at 541-552-6114 .