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Once a week, 12-year-old Becca Mann visits Mercy Me Ranch in Veneta to ride horses like Juliette.

"Riding the horses, it helps me because like it like distracts my mind from losing my dad," she said.

Becca's dad Erik died last December from an aggressive form of cancer.

A tragic loss is something Becca and Lori Thomas have in common.

"Losing my dad at 13, I didn't really have anyone come alongside me that could identify with my loss and it was a very lonely journey for me," Lori said.

Now Lori and her husband Stan are working through the grief of losing their youngest daughter Aimee in a car crash last year.

Watch "Aimee's Place" #LiveOnKMTR Thursday evening at 5:30, 6:30 or 11 | PREVIEW
Prep Athlete South Eugene soccer team sets sights on a state title (New) South Eugene soccer team sets sights on a state title
Kirk Bassett is one of three senior captains for the South Eugene soccer team.

He's been steadily improving since his freshman year and is now the 6A Southwest Conference Player of the Year.

Unbeaten so far this season on the soccer pitch, the Axemen has its sights set high.

Bassett said the goal is to win the state title - and he's confident that if they take care of business, they can do it.

Watch KMTR NewsSource 16 Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. for Prep Athlete of the Week
National & World Lava inches closer to homes Lava inches closer to homes (Video)
A river of molten lava is bearing down on the town of Pahoa on Hawaii's big island -- reaching the properties of two homes nearest to the Kilauea volcano. The lava advancing between 5 and 20 yards per hour. The flow is edging closer as officials are powerless to divert or stop its path, and the remaining residents are on high alert. CNN's Martin Savidge reports.

Undead economy driven by 'a common love for zombies'

Undead economy driven by 'a common love for zombies'
Ben Gerhart and his daughter Natalie make their best zombie faces at the 3rd annual Thrill the World event in Eugene. Aven-itza De Primavera, Oregon News Lab

Zombie, horror and sci-fi fans fans descended on Atlanta recently for the second annual Walker Stalker Convention.

"We had 600 people come together for a party and I thought well, if we can do a fan meet up, slowly ticket sales went from 1,000 to 2,000 to 3,000," said James Frazier, co-founder of Walker Stalker Con. "It's people that all have a common bond, a common love for zombies."

From costumes to custom-made zombie weaponry, vendors had it all for the horror fans.

Watch #LiveOnKMTR at 5 for more on this story

Students hold mock election: 'We're kind of the future'

Students hold mock election: 'We're kind of the future'
Students cast ballots at South Eugene High School

Registered voters aren't the only people hoping to have their voices heard this year.

Students at South Eugene High School held a mock election Thursday.

Watch #LiveOnKMTR for more on this story

'It was just like they got it. They understood'

'It was just like they got it. They understood' »Play Video
"What she would really love is that is a safe place for girls to come and they know that they can share and nothing they're going to share is wrong." Watch "Aimee's Place" #LiveOnKMTR Thursday evening at 5:30, 6:30 or 11.

Once a week, 12-year-old Becca Mann visits Mercy Me Ranch in Veneta to ride horses like Juliette.

"Riding the horses, it helps me because like it like distracts my mind from losing my dad," she said.

Becca's dad Erik died last December from an aggressive form of cancer.

A tragic loss is something Becca and Lori Thomas have in common.

"Losing my dad at 13, I didn't really have anyone come alongside me that could identify with my loss and it was a very lonely journey for me," Lori said.

Now Lori and her husband Stan are working through the grief of losing their youngest daughter Aimee in a car crash last year.

Watch "Aimee's Place" #LiveOnKMTR Thursday evening at 5:30, 6:30 or 11 | PREVIEW

South Eugene soccer team sets sights on a state title

South Eugene soccer team sets sights on a state title

Kirk Bassett is one of three senior captains for the South Eugene soccer team.

He's been steadily improving since his freshman year and is now the 6A Southwest Conference Player of the Year.

Unbeaten so far this season on the soccer pitch, the Axemen has its sights set high.

Bassett said the goal is to win the state title - and he's confident that if they take care of business, they can do it.

Watch KMTR NewsSource 16 Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. for Prep Athlete of the Week

Lava inches closer to homes

Lava inches closer to homes »Play Video
A river of molten lava is bearing down on the town of Pahoa on Hawaii's big island -- reaching the properties of two homes nearest to the Kilauea volcano. The lava advancing between 5 and 20 yards per hour. The flow is edging closer as officials are powerless to divert or stop its path, and the remaining residents are on high alert. CNN's Martin Savidge reports.

'Ebola has these dread qualities: They confuse the brain as to how likely something is'

'Ebola has these dread qualities: They confuse the brain as to how likely something is' »Play Video

The public often lets feelings of fear drive their perception of a risk, rather than the probability of the risk actually happening, said University of Oregon Psychology Professor Paul Slovic.

With Ebola in the headlines, Slovic said, our thoughts of possibly contracting the disease hit all the risk perception hot buttons. It's unfamiliar, it's deadly, it's invisible, and not easily controllable.

Slovic says we tend to overreact and over-prepare, so that a disease doesn't spread. He says a lot of the precautions are more to ease the public fears than prevent a tragedy.

'Fall is a better time planting than spring'

A rainy end of October with some windy days has left people with a mess to clean up in their yards and gardens.

And there may be some jobs you’ve neglected so far in autumn.  

Watch Joel in the Garden on KMTR NewsSource16 at 6 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Thursdays

New machine makes for a better MRI experience at Riverbend

New machine makes for a better MRI experience at Riverbend

Patients getting MRI scans at Sacred Heart at River Bend will get an experience they aren't likely to get anywhere else in the Pacific Northwest.

Adam Mellott, Riverbend’s Imaging Services Manager, said the machine can treat people of all sizes, from small children and obese adults.

Marysville Pilchuck football team welcomed by Seahawks

Marysville Pilchuck football team welcomed by Seahawks »Play Video
Marysville Pilchuck H.S. football players get to attend a practice with the Seattle Seahawks at the Virginia Mason Athletic Center on Oct. 28, 2014. (Photo courtesy: Marysville Pilchuck High School)
The Seattle Seahawks welcomed the Marysville-Pilchuck High School football team to practice at their facility Tuesday following last week's deadly shooting at the school.