We’ve had some encouraging signs of an improving economy in Central Oregon lately. Redmond Mayor George Endicott believes things have stabilized, but: “I think that we may have a little more of a dip, certainly in the housing market to go through. The assessments, actually countywide, have continues to fall, actually for the whole region. Actually for the whole region. There may still be another year where they’re gunna dip down some more before they start recovering.”
Also, the Oregon Department of Transportation has named the intersection of Highland and 23rd in Redmond, as one of the most dangerous in the state. That's the intersection in front of Redmond High School. Mayor George Endicott says they're taking steps to make it safer. “And the solution that ODOT proposed and that we finally ended up adopting is putting in an island there. It’s a safety island for the kids to cross the street. And then there will actually be a left out of that shopping center, but no left in. Which is where you end up in with a lot of the conflicts between people and cars. “ About 200 kids a day cross Highland Avenue to get to a shopping center across the street. George Endicott was the guest on the KBND Morning News program "Your Town" Wednesday.