Redmond man killed in crash near Diamond Lake — A Redmond man was killed Christmas evening after the SUV he was driving went 150 feet off an embankment near the Douglas-Jackson county line near Diamond Lake, according to a Douglas County Sheriff’s Office news release. Cody Ray Bean, 23, of Redmond, was pronounced dead at the scene after driving a 2017 Toyota 4-Runner off Forest Service Road 6530 on the 100 spur, officials said. The SUV was then struck by a boulder, officials said. Passengers Lauren Elizabeth Bean, 22, and Kody Dale Gray, 24, both of Central Point, and Lisa Ann Preston, 48, of Medford, were all injured and taken to Medford hospitals for treatment. Officials said the crash, which was reported around 8:11 p.m. Dec. 25 is still under investigation, but that alcohol use and driving too fast appear to be factors.
Section of SW Reindeer Avenue to close — SW Reindeer Avenue will close at 7 a.m. Thursday through Friday between SW Canyon Drive and SW Canal Boulevard, according to contractor R&H Construction. A detour will be in place using using Canal to SW Salmon Avenue to Canyon to SW Quartz Avenue. The street is being closed while crews work on water connections in the road.
Redmond councilor picked for national committee — Redmond City Councilor Krisanna Clark-Endicott has been appointed to the 2020 Transportation and Infrastructure Services federal advocacy committee for the National League of Cities. According to a city of Redmond news release, the committee develops the group’s policies on transportation issues like planning, funding, safety and security of public transit, streets and highways, aviation, ports and railroads. “By providing Redmond, Oregon, with the opportunity to have a seat at the federal level for transportation funding, we can bring much needed attention to our community’s transportation priorities such as South Highway 97 and Quarry Road interchange,” said Clark-Endicott, who was elected to the council in 2018 after previously serving as mayor in Sherwood.
RPA Middle School raises nearly $4,500 for giving tree fundraiser — Redmond Proficiency Academy Middle School surpassed its goal of $2,500 for its annual giving tree fundraiser, raising nearly $4,500. The students put on several fundraisers, including a carnival, a GoFundMe page, writing letters to family and friends and working with Pappy’s Pizzeria in Redmond to donate a portion of their proceeds. Students and instructors used the money to buy gifts from Fred Meyer and Walmart in Redmond and distributed them among the giving trees put on by Redmond Chamber of Commerce, Family Action Network and the Latino Community Association, benefiting 60 children in the Redmond community.