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Local 'It was just like they got it. They understood' 'It was just like they got it. They understood' (Photo Gallery) (Video)
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.

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Local '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' (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.

FBI: Robber hit banks in Salem and Eugene before, after lunch

A man robbed a bank in Salem late Thursday morning - then robbed another 60 miles to the south in Eugene a few hours later.

The FBI, the Marion County Sheriff's Office and the Eugene Police Department want the public's help in identifying and locating the man believed responsible for the two robberies.

The first 3-D printed rocket powered plane

The first 3-D printed rocket powered plane »Play Video
A web site's readers want to see just how high they can fly a model airplane. So they've built one using a 3-D printer and crowdfunding, and they're planning to launch it, with a toy pilot, from the New Mexico. CNN's Jim Boulden got a look at the plane.

Trooper finds fugitive, 4 lbs pot during traffic stop along I-5

Trooper finds fugitive, 4 lbs pot during traffic stop along I-5
The trooper arrested the driver - Thomas Garza, 48, from Talent, Ore. (above left) - on charges of Unlawful Possession and Delivery of a Controlled Substance - Marijuana. During the stop, the trooper discovered that the passenger - Anthony J. Balascio, 43, of Allen, Texas (above right) - was wanted on a felony warrant for Unlawful Possession and Manufacture of Marijuana. He was arrested without incident.

A state trooper stopped an SUV for multiple traffic violations - and found a fugitive from Texas and 4 pounds of pot inside the rig Wednesday, Oregon State Police said.

Oregon State prof wins Award for Outstanding Climate Science Communication

Jane Lubchenco, the University Distinguished Professor and Advisor in Marine Studies at Oregon State University. (Photo courtesy of Oregon State University)

Climate One at The Commonwealth Club on Thursday announced that Jane Lubchenco, the University Distinguished Professor and Advisor in Marine Studies at Oregon State University and former NOAA administrator, will receive the fourth annual Stephen H. Schneider Award for Outstanding Climate Science Communication.

The $10,000 award is given to a natural or social scientist who has made extraordinary scientific contributions and communicated that knowledge to a broad public in a clear and compelling fashion. It was established in memory of Stephen H. Schneider, a pioneer in the field of climatology.

During her tenure with NOAA, Lubchenco helped lead the nation through the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, 770 tornadoes, 70 Atlantic hurricanes, six major floods, three tsunamis, historic drought and wildfires, prolonged heat waves and record snowfalls and blizzards.

Totem poles back at Oregon Zoo

Totem poles back at Oregon Zoo
Loesy, a totem pole restored by the artist and installed at the Oregon Zoo. © Oregon Zoo / photo by Michael Durham.

Two Native American totem poles that loom tall in Oregon Zoo history have reappeared on the zoo campus — newly refurbished, brightly painted and more striking than ever.

The totem poles — one crafted by Chief Don “Lelooska” Smith and another by father-and-son artists Rex and Ray Losey — have been at the zoo for decades, becoming familiar visual cues for visitors over the years.

They were relocated last year as the zoo began a major transformation, breaking ground on both Condors of the Columbia, which opened in May, and Elephant Lands — a sweeping expansion of the zoo’s Asian elephant habitat that will quadruple the animals’ space and dramatically enhance their daily experiences.

'Art of the Athlete' at UO museum; admission free this weekend

'Art of the Athlete' at UO museum; admission free this weekend
Artwork by Tony Washington

The “Art of the Athlete” exhibition returns for a third year  featuring work created by University of Oregon student athletes from participating in football, cheerleading and men’s basketball. 

Admission to the museum is free Saturday and Sunday, October 18 and 19.

Weekday football game affects parking at Oregon State

Weekday football game affects parking at Oregon State

OSU students, staff and faculty should plan ahead as parking on campus will be a challenge on Thursday, Oct. 16, due to a weekday home football game against Utah, beginning at 7 p.m.