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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.

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Local Thurston HS students: 'We wanted to show that people are above the stereotypes' Thurston HS students: 'We wanted to show that people are above the stereotypes'
Bullying is a problem at schools across the globe, but a group of teens at Thurston High School are taking a stand by saying it’s not welcome in their hallways.

Students in the school’s peer group produced a video called “Be You”, which addresses the harm that comes from bullying.

The normally chaotic lunchroom fell quiet Wednesday as the students watched their classmates pour their hearts out, one placard at a time.

Corvallis police seek victims of break-ins after man's arrest

http://media.kmtr.com/images/141027newbill330.jpgAround 3:30 a.m. Monday, police spotted a man looking into a car.

After a brief foot chase through a field, officers detained the man, identified as 27-year-old Daniel Newbill.

Police said their investigation revealed Newbill had committed a number thefts from vehicles and a burglary at a nearby business.

If you were the victim of a car prowl or burglary, police ask you to report the incident at (541) 766-6924.

Photos: 70,000-year-old mammoth skull found in Idaho

Photos: 70,000-year-old mammoth skull found in Idaho
The Bureau of Reclamation says fossil skull remains of a more than 70,000 year-old mammoth has been discovered near American Falls Reservoir. The remains were excavated and transferred to the Idaho Museum of Natural History in Pocatello. Museum researchers who examined growth rings on the tusk estimate the mammal was 16 years old at the time of its death. Photo by Dave Walsh -- Bureau of Reclamation
The Bureau of Reclamation says fossil skull remains of a more than 70,000 year-old mammoth has been discovered near American Falls Reservoir.

Book features photos taken by pets worldwide

Book features photos taken by pets worldwide
Photo from PetCam: The World Through the Lens of Our Four-Legged Friends. San Diego, California. Images from Petcam: The World Through the Lens of Our Four-Legged Friends by Chris Keeney, published by Princeton Architectural Press, 2014. Supplied by WENN.com
For PetCam, San Diego-based photographer Chris Keeney hands all artistic control over to an unlikely set of photographic artists, including his dog Fred and cat Alice, as well as chickens, cats, potbelly pigs, cows, and guinea pigs living everywhere from Southern Germany to the Swiss Alps.

Thrill The World in Eugene: 'Fundraising is a big part'

Thrill The World in Eugene: 'Fundraising is a big part' »Play Video
More than 200 individuals participated in the 3rd annual Thrill the World Eugene held at Washington Jefferson Park. Thrill the World is a worldwide event occuring simultaneously in 21 countries. Proceeds from the event are donated to ShelterCare, a nonprofit organization benefitting homelessness. Kyra Bailey, Oregon News Lab

Over 200 zombies danced in perfect beat to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” as part of the third annual Thrill the World Eugene event under the Washington – Jefferson Bridge Saturday afternoon, with the dance beginning at exactly 3 p.m. in order to be synchronized with dancers in 21 countries globally.

33rd annual Mushroom Festival at Mt. Pisgah Arboretum

33rd annual Mushroom Festival at Mt. Pisgah Arboretum
File photo of the event.

For 33 years, droves of fungi fans have filled Mt. Pisgah Arboretum for the annual Mushroom Festival.

The seemingly endless varieties of fungus displayed on ornate tables inside the arboretum were the focal point of the festival.

Still, hundreds of visitors also got to taste the special mushroom-inspired dishes from vendors, check out the submissions scarecrow contest and hunt through the tables filled with mushrooms and other plants to take home.

New military land ship tested

New military land ship tested »Play Video
A new ship may save the day during the next disaster. The boat is basically a parking lot at sea that uses hovercrafts to travel. Joe Little is aboard with this ship's story.

Domestic Violence Awareness Month: 'The appropriate response is always: How can I help?'

Domestic Violence Awareness Month: 'The appropriate response is always: How can I help?'

Casey Wright was murdered by her ex-fiance in November of last year. Now her friends, family and former co-workers are using her memory to raise money to help others who might be dealing with domestic violence.


October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and Womenspace executive director Peggy Whalen said abusive relationships are more common than people are often aware.

'Heart defects may not manifest themselves until they get older'

'Heart defects may not manifest themselves until they get older'

Cardiologists at Riverbend Hospital gave a free heart screening to about 70 teens on Saturday, using an electrocardiogram (otherwise known as an EKG) to check for heart problems.


People with undetected heart defects are at risk of sudden cardiac arrest, especially if they're athletes.


“(It’s) not that common but it is devastating,” said Frances Munkenbeck, a physician at Oregon Cardiology “It is the leading cause of death during exercise, in teens who are exercising.”