New fuel standards is focus of workshop in Central Point

CENTRAL POINT — Rogue Valley Clean Cities Coalition will sponsor a workshop about new fuel standards proposed by the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality at 1 p.m. Tuesday, March 22.

Cory-Ann Wind, air quality planner with DEQ, will talk about the state goal to reduce carbon intensity in gasoline and diesel by 10 percent over the next 10 years

Fuel importers and distributors can use a mix of traditional fuels and lower carbon alternative fuels to meet the standards. Producers of low carbon fuels also can generate credits that fuel suppliers or distributors could use to help meet their obligations under the program. Biofuels such as ethanol and biodiesel, as well as alternative power sources such as electricity, natural gas, biogas and hydrogen can all help Oregon meet this standard.

The event will be at the Rogue Valley Council of Governments, 155 North First St., Central Point. For more on the subject, go to

Spurred by the need for more room, Hart Insurance is relocating to the former Rogue Federal Credit Union Building at 1123 Royal Ave. in Medford.

The Grants Pass-based company opened a Medford branch in 1995, moving to 3389 Crater Lake Highway, in 2000. The 6,300-square-foot office complex was acquired from RFCU for $850,000 last June, according to county records. The former location was just under 4,000 square feet.

Bob Hart founded the agency in 1947. Hart Insurance now has 30 employees at its two offices. Principal owner John Fralich has been with the firm for more than 35 years and sons Erinn Fralich and C.B. Fralich, are part of the ownership team.

The agency is an independent agency selling business and workers' compensation insurance, surety bonds, personal and group health plans, as well as life and personal insurance.

Compiled from staff reports

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