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Medford man hospitalized after snowmobile crash

Medford man hospitalized after snowmobile crash

BEND — A search and rescue crew rescued an injured snowmobiler from a trail near Moon Mountain in central Oregon on Friday, a Deschutes County sheriff's officer said.

Deputy Jim Whitcomb said 29-year-old Devon Watson of Medford crashed while attempting a jump. Watson was in a group of five snowmobile riders.

Watson was transported to a Sno-Park parking lot and turned over to Bend Fire medics, who took him to a Bend hospital. Whitcomb called Watson's injuries serious but not life threatening.

The officer said Watson apparently decided to jump from his snowmobile after "realizing the jump might not be successful" but ended up landing on top of the machine after it landed in a snowdrift. Watson then bounced off, landing on the snow beyond.

The Medford Education Association, the union that represents Medford School District teachers, will host a public forum about the current bargaining stalemate between the union and the district from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 21, at the Fiesta Market, 1016 N. Riverside Ave.

Teachers from the MEA bargaining and organizing teams will be present. Medford School Board members also have been invited to speak. Attendees are free to ask questions.

Soroptimist International of Medford and 25 local area artists will present an art show on from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 21, at Roxy Ann Winery in Medford.

Georganna Happel, a breast cancer survivor, and other local artists are raising money to assist women suffering from the effects of breast cancer. One-quarter of all sales will be donated to Soroptimist International of Medford for its Breast Cancer Assistance programs.