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Local 'Gus was a very special animal' 'Gus was a very special animal' (Photo Gallery) (Video)
Gus, a Steller sea lion at the Oregon Zoo known for his gentle demeanor, was humanely euthanized Sunday after a decline due to complications related to his advanced age, officials said.

At 27, he was the oldest male Steller sea lion in any U.S. zoo or aquarium — and is believed to have been the oldest anywhere on the planet. In the wild, male sea lions seldom live past the age of 18, according to marine biologists.

4-year-old artist raises thousands for charity

4-year-old artist raises thousands for charity
Four-year-old Cosette Swart is making a splash in the world of art, having sold a staggering sixty paintings to date, and raising $4,000 through her paintings. Featuring: Atmosphere. Calgary, Canada. 27 Feb 2015. Credit: Supplied by WENN.com
She may be a mere four years old but little Cosette Swart is already making a big splash in the world of art, having sold a staggering sixty paintings to date.

OSU to outfit undersea gliders to 'think like a fish'

OSU to outfit undersea gliders to 'think like a fish'

Oregon State University researchers have received a $1 million grant from the W.M. Keck Foundation that will allow them to outfit a pair of undersea gliders with acoustical sensors to identify biological “hot spots” in the coastal ocean.

Ducks upset No. 19 Stanford, 62-55

Ducks upset No. 19 Stanford, 62-55
Stanford Cardinal Brittany McPhee (#12) goes for the ball after Stanford Cardinal Kaylee Johnson (#5) knocks down Oregon Duck Megan Carpenter (#40). The Oregon Ducks Women's Basketball Team ended their season on a high note, defeating the Stanford Cardinal 62 – 55 in Matthew Knight Arena Sunday afternoon. Jillian Alleyne earned yet another double double, with 22 points and 12 rebounds. Amanda Delgado scored 10, Lexi Petersen added 11 and Katelyn Loper scored 9. Katie Pietzold, Oregon News Lab.

“Stanford is the standard by which everybody in this conference is judged,” said head coach Kelly Graves. “To do what we did tonight speaks so much for the character of our team, how they’ve really improved and the ability that we have.”

Suicide pact: 'About 20 first names, but again all in the same handwriting'

Suicide pact: 'About 20 first names, but again all in the same handwriting' »Play Video
A copy of the letter sent home with students Thursday

A suicide pact circulated by a middle school student was inspired by a movie with a plot line similar to the 1978 Jonestown massacres, the school district said Friday.

Criminal charges are not expected to be filed.

Civic Saved: City says Alliance raised $4 million to purchase stadium

Civic Saved: City says Alliance raised $4 million to purchase stadium »Play Video
An artist's rendition of Eugene Civic Stadium restored for use as a soccer field and grandstands.

First-grader Leo Rickard raised $84 by asking friends and family to chip in to save Civic Stadium in lieu of birthday gifts.

Leo's donation - and $4 million-worth of others like it - have put the Eugene Civic Alliance in a position to complete the purchase of Civic Stadium from the Eugene 4J School District, the City of Eugene announced Friday.

Llamas return home

Llamas return home »Play Video
A pair of Arizona llamas went viral last week for running through sun city after escaping their handler. We're now hearing from the man who was holding one of the llamas when the drama began. He's 82 years old and had invited them to his retirement community as therapy for the other residents. Karen Brown reports.

Student creates 'lockdown kits' for classrooms

Student creates 'lockdown kits' for classrooms »Play Video
Emma Utterback (right) shows KATU's Cathy Marshall the contents of one of her lockdown kits.

Emma Utterback's school lockdown experiences stuck with her. So much so, it became the inspiration for a National Honor Society school service project.