Driver arrested after crash that injured OSP Trooper: A 42-year-old man from Arizona collided with an on-duty Oregon State Police trooper late April 11, leaving the trooper with non-life-threatening injuries, according to Redmond Police. Redmond Police and Fire personnel were dispatched to a reported rollover crash involving an on-duty OSP trooper on S. U.S. Highway 97 in front of Motel 6 at 11:34 p.m. Redmond Police found two vehicles involved in the collision, including the marked patrol vehicle, which was resting on the driver side in a nearby vacant lot with the trooper still inside, police said. The injured trooper was transported by fellow OSP troopers to St. Charles Redmond where he received treatment for non-life-threatening injuries. The other driver, Christopher Luna, was evaluated by medics on the scene. According to Redmond Police, Luna, who was northbound, turned left across S. Highway 97 to Motel 6 and collided with the trooper, who was driving south. Luna faces charges of driving under the influence of alcohol, reckless driving, reckless endangering and assault in the third degree, police said. The investigation is ongoing and Redmond Police believe there may be a witness to the incident. Anyone with information pertaining to this case is asked to contact the Redmond Police Department at 541-693-6911.
Deschutes County hires new fair director: Geoff Hinds has been hired by the county as the new director of the Deschutes County Fair and Expo Center and is expected to start in early June. Hinds will be replacing Dan Despotopulos, who is retiring after more than 19 years in the position. Hinds will lead the day-to-day operations and marketing of the 320-acre fairgrounds, which, in addition to the annual fair, hosts more than 400 events each year. Hinds has served as CEO of the San Bernardino County Fairgrounds and Adelanto Stadium in Victorville, Calif., for the past six years, overseeing multiple event facilities, directing the San Bernardino County Fair and managing a minor league baseball stadium. “We’re extremely excited to bring Geoff on board,” said Deschutes County Administrator Tom Anderson. “While our finalists offered a great diversity of skills, accomplishments, and attributes, Geoff’s qualifications as an innovative manager of fair and event facilities combined with his demonstrated success introducing fiscally-sound events of regional and national scale impressed our hiring team.”
Road Closure Extension: The road closure at SW Metolius Avenue between SW 23rd and SW 27th streets will continue until May 24 for utility and road improvements. Traffic is detoured south to SW Obsidian Avenue. Local access is from SW 27th Street. For more information, contact Rickabaugh Construction, LLC at 541-323-5406.
Gardening Class: OSU master gardeners are offering a free class on seed starting from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Thursday at the OSU Extension office, 3800 SW Airport Way, Building #4. For more information or to register, visit extension.oregonstate.edu/deschutes/events/seed-starting.
Seasonal flights to Las Vegas: Starting in September, Redmond Municipal Airport will offer two seasonal weekly nonstop flights to Las Vegas through air carrier Sun Country Airlines. The flights will depart from RDM from Sept. 5-Dec. 15 on Thursdays and Sundays at 2:55 p.m., arriving at LAS at 4:40 p.m., with return flights departing LAS on Thursdays and Sundays at 12:05 p.m. and arriving at RDM at 1:55 p.m. “We are elated to have direct air service to Las Vegas return to Redmond,” remarks Mayor George Endicott. “COAST and the Airport team have worked diligently to attract direct service to LAS as it’s our number No. 1 customer request and a high-use market from Central Oregon.” For more information, visit suncountry.com or www.flyrdm.com.
Bailey Brown Joins American Angus Association: Bailey Brown, of Redmond, has joined the American Angus Association as a junior member.
COCC INFO SESSION ON HEALTH PROGRAMS: Central Oregon Community College’s Redmond campus will hold an information session on its Allied Health programs from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Thursday, in Building 3, Room 306. The health programs covered will include dental assisting, massage therapy, medical assistant, pharmacy technician and veterinary technician. Reservations are not required. For more information, contact 541-383-7420