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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.

Help Puerto Rico

Most organizations are asking for cash, rather than supplies, so they can route help to where it’s needed most more quickly. Here are some of the largest groups with campaigns underway:

 

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  • Intersection of NW Broadway Street and NW Delaware for waterline replacement project, road closures with detours clearly marked for thru traffic, 7 a.m. – 4 p.m. daily with roads opened nightly. Motorists are encouraged to avoid this area and use Bond Street and Wall Street.

 

  • Nels Anderson Road between Nels Anderson Place and Brandis Court, single northbound shoulder closure will be in effect, two-way traffic to be maintained. Project completion expected December 2017.