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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.

Hwy 101 reopens at McCullough Bridge after death, damage

Hwy 101 reopens at McCullough Bridge after death, damage
Work enclosure on the Conde McCullough Memorial Bridge - Oregon Dept. of Transportation photo

The high winds that hit the Western Oregon Coastline stopped crews trying to secure the enclosure that broke free of the McCullough Bridge Wednesday, the same day the Coast Guard found a man's body in the waters of Coos Bay.

Photos: Costumed Corgis do Howloween in Seattle

Photos: Costumed Corgis do Howloween in Seattle
Hundreds of people and corgis came out to Green Lake for the Annual Corgi Howloween Walk. Corgis were dressed in their best costumes and showed off their outfits as they walked their owners around the lake. October 25th 2014. (Joshua Lewis / Seattle Refined)

Hundreds of people and corgis came out to Green Lake for the Annual Corgi Howloween Walk. Corgis were dressed in their best costumes and showed off their outfits as they walked their owners around the lake.

Mother charged in four-year-old's death after apartment fire

Mother charged in four-year-old's death after apartment fire »Play Video
Niya Breann Sosa-Martinez, the mother of Andre, has been arrested on charges of Second Degree Manslaughter, Criminally Negligent Homicide, Endangering the Welfare of a Minor, and Second Degree Child Neglect. Sosa-Martinez is being held on a Parole Violation Detention Warrant. She was arrested on October 24. (Marion County Correctional Facility)

A mother who escaped a fatal apartment fire in Keizer, Ore. is being charged in the death of her four-year-old son.

High winds sweep Oregon Coast, Willamette Valley causing power outages

High winds sweep Oregon Coast, Willamette Valley causing power outages
Viewer photo sent in of a tree blown into 7th Ave. near the Olive Street intersection.

Utility crews across Western Oregon are working to restore power to thousands of homes after the high winds caused outages across the region.

The National Weather Service issued a high wind warning for the weekend, and officials are predicting the strongest gusts for the afternoon hours between 1 and 6 p.m. Saturday.

Creative costumes at Coastal's Howl-O-Ween contest

Creative costumes at Coastal's Howl-O-Ween contest

Pets dressed up from nose to tail Saturday for the annual Howl-O-Ween costume contest at Coastal Farm & Ranch. Cash from the costume contest went to help pets in need at the local humane society.

Photos: Ducks defeat Cal 59-41 at Levi's Stadium

Photos: Ducks defeat Cal 59-41 at Levi's Stadium
Oregon Ducks Dwayne Stanford (#88) leaps into the endzone to score a touchdown. The Ducks defeated the Golden Bears 59-41. Mary Jane Schulte, Oregon News Lab

'I don't know what makes a kid, you know, snap like that'

'I don't know what makes a kid, you know, snap like that' »Play Video
Students evacuate after a shooting at Marysville Pilchuck High School

A 14-year-old in Marysville, Wash., killed one person and sent four students to the hospital before he shot and killed himself.

It's the sort of horrifying story you always want to think could never happen in your neighborhood.

But what if it did?

Eugene Police say they're as prepared as possible for a shooting in a school.

'Do all we can to improve the safety of this section of Interstate 5'

'Do all we can to improve the safety of this section of Interstate 5' »Play Video
Scene of the crash

Oregon DOT planned to put out bids early next year seeking construction of cable barriers in the median of Interstate 5 between Salem and Albany.

But after 2 fatal crossover accidents, including a double-crossover crash Thursday that killed a woman and sent a semi careening into oncoming traffic, Governor John Kitzhaber and ODOT Director Matthew Garrett announced plans to fast track the project.

Hwy 101 'expected' to reopen Saturday after death, bridge damage investigation

Hwy 101 'expected' to reopen Saturday after death, bridge damage investigation
Viewer photo shows the damaged enclosure on the McCullough Bridge. The Department of Transportation said they aren't sure how long the bridge will remain closed while they investigate a death and some damage to the work enclosure.

Transportation officials say U.S. Highway 101 'is expected' to remain closed at McCullough Bridge in North Bend at least until Saturday.