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New C.O. storms bring more lightning, fires

As predicted – and feared – another batch of strong thunderstorms rumbled north through much of Oregon Tuesday afternoon and evening, raking the state with 11,000 lightning strikes and bringing more than 40 smoke reports on the High Desert that had initial attack crews on the run.

Madras track coach arrested on sex abuse

Second HS coach sex scandal rocks Madras

A second coach-related sex scandal hit Madras High School in just eight months as a track coach was arrested Monday.

Redmond crew fuels wildfire fight

High Desert fires keep air refueling crews busy

It's not just crews on the ground fighting the wildfires in our area. Some of the biggest help is in the sky. Because of the heightened air attack, it's keeping one Redmond business very busy.

Evacuees prepare to head back

Wildfire travel woes ease in Mitchell area

The Waterman Complex Fire closed Highway 26E east of Prineville to Mitchell for several days, but on Tuesday it reopened again, in limited fashion -- one less problem for residents, some of whom also were evacuated or under alert in recent days.

Mitchell gets cellphone boost

Fire brings smoke - and cell service - to Mitchell

The Wheeler County town of Mitchell, population 130 or so, is the closest community to the Waterman Complex fire. It's an area so rural that it doesn't even have cellphone service. That is, until now -- and only for now.

Hwy. 26E reopens near Waterman Complex Fires

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Waterman Complex; Highway 26E fully reopened

The over 12,500-acre Waterman Complex of wildfires near Mitchell improved to 80 percent containment Tuesday -- as first one, then both lanes of Hwy. 20E reopened between Prineville and Mitchell for the first time in a week, with some restrictions still in place - headlights on, no stopping.

Busy days at fire lookout

Behind-the-scenes look at a fire lookout

A lot of people watched the storms roll through Tuesday, and with the high risk of fire, the fire lookouts have an important job. NewsChannel 21’s Samantha O’Connor got a behind-the-scenes look at Lava Butte Lookout.

6-yr old attacked by dog dog remains free

Dog attacks girl, 6, at Ochoco Reservoir, still free

"It bit me and scratched me and bit me a few more times," 6-year old Kaylee said. It is a day she will not forget. Kaylee and her family were at the Ochoco Reservoir when a dog attacked her.

Waterman Complex field observations

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Warm Springs updates injury fire engine crash

The dangers of firefighting aren’t solely on the fire lines, a reminder seen Friday in a pair of injury rollover crashes involving vehicles en route to two of the wildfires burning in Central Oregon. One went to a Portland hospital with what Warm Springs officials revealed Tuesday were "serious but none-life-threatening injuries."

Logging unit firefighter

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Logging Unit Fires: Good progress, still much to do

Tuesday morning's update on the Logging Unit Fires that have burned over 10,300 acres, have 735 personnel battling them and are just 5 percent contained; firefighters report excellent progress with line construction; Sidwalter Flat area evacuation alert dropped to Level 1.

Israeli helicopter fires missile into Gaza

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Politicians talk, rockets fly in Mideast

United Nations workers trying to aid people in Gaza found themselves stuck Tuesday between Israeli soldiers and Hamas fighters, with neither side showing any sign of backing down.

The development came as a rocket fired from Gaza struck near Israel's b...

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Ochoco Complex update: Progress on the lines

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Five Ochoco National Forest fires that escaped initial attack after the July 13 thunderstorm are being managed together as…

Bridge 99 Complex: Evacuation levels reduced

Bridge 99 Fire Green Ridge Lookout

Evacuation levels were lowered near the Bridge 99 Fires on Tuesday and two campgrounds reopened.

Pest repellent sickens, kills NE Bend birds

Avitrol use is ruffling feathers

The roof of the Prestige Senior Living High Desert facility is littered with Avitrol, a bird repellent used by licensed…

Madras HS track coach charged with abusing boy on team

BOWERMAN, MELISSA MARIE

The head track and field coach at Madras High School was arrested Monday by Oregon State Police on charges she engaged in an…

High Desert wildfires: Blazing toward record?

A record year for fires on High Desert

Bend fire experts say wildfire conditions are only likely to get worse, but can't say this season's large and plentiful…

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Oregon pot measure qualifies for November ballot

Marijuana (MGN graphic)

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon voters will be deciding this year whether to legalize marijuana for recreational use.

Pest repellent sickens, kills NE Bend birds

Avitrol use is ruffling feathers

The roof of the Prestige Senior Living High Desert facility is littered with Avitrol, a bird repellent used by licensed…

Madras HS track coach charged with abusing boy on team

BOWERMAN, MELISSA MARIE

The head track and field coach at Madras High School was arrested Monday by Oregon State Police on charges she engaged in an…

Deschutes County Jail escapee captured

SCHMIDTKE, KEITH ALLEN

A Deschutes County Jail inmate who escaped from a work crew working outside the jail Sunday evening, running through the…

Casey Kasem's remains flown to Canada

Casey Kasem

Casey Kasem's body was flown to Canada a month after he died, a funeral home director told CNN Tuesday.

Kasem's corpse was…

Police: Craigslist meet leads to Mich. deaths

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A headless body of a man found in a wooded Michigan park had local police in Michigan wondering how -- and why.

Then, as…

Politicians talk, rockets fly in Mideast

Israeli helicopter fires missile into Gaza

United Nations workers trying to aid people in Gaza found themselves stuck Tuesday between Israeli soldiers and Hamas…

FAA bans US-Israel flights, citing rocket attack

Delta Airlines

A number of the world's leading airlines on Tuesday suspended flights to Israel's main airport after a rocket fired from…

Ukraine: A Russian downed MH17

Pro Russian separatists at MH17 site debris

Did a Russian fire the missile that downed Malaysia Airlines Flight 17? That depends on who you ask.

Bloomberg flying to Israel to protest FAA ban

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Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg flew to Israel Tuesday night to protest a ban by the Federal Aviation…

Dark Mail: Email that hides from the NSA

NSA, National Security Agency HQ, Fort Meade, Md

You can run from NSA surveillance -- but you can't hide. One way or another, the U.S. government will be able to snoop on…

Mom's regret over MH17 victim's plane fear

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The mother of two brothers killed in the MH17 plane crash has spoken of her regret at not taking her youngest son's fears…

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Oregon pot measure qualifies for November ballot

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SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon voters will be deciding this year whether to legalize marijuana for recreational use.

Senators seek emergency wildfire fighting money

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OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell were among a dozen U.S. senators who sent a letter to Senate leaders…

2014 World Cup

Brazil claims 'victory' in World Cup

Brazil World Cup 2014

Alex Thomas

Brazil's national football team may have been smoked on the pitch by Germany, but now government officials are claiming a…

Heroes' welcome for German World Cup winners

Germany's Mario Goetze, Andre Schuerrle celebrating World Cup victory

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The streets of Berlin have turned black, red and gold as up to a million flag-waving fans gather in the German capital to…

Luiz Felipe Scolari resigns as Brazil manager

Luiz Felipe Scolari, Brazil soccer coach

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Luiz Felipe Scolari's second stint as Brazil manager didn't go nearly as well as the first.

Argentine police, fans riot after World Cup

Argentina World Cup riots

Channel 13 Argentina

Police in Argentina arrested at least 120 people Sunday after a World Cup celebration in downtown Buenos Aires got out of…

World Cup walloped social-media records

Mario Gotze scores

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In terms of online entertainment, the World Cup seemed to have it all.

Pay it Forward: Families & Communities Together

Pay it Forward Families Communities Together

Each month, NewsChannel 21 and local sponsors are giving away $500 to a nominee who then pays it forward to a worthy group or individual on the High Desert. Travis Knudsen surprised Dee Ann Lewis and the Giggles Learning Center of La Pine.

Pay it Forward: Ken's Bikes

Pay it Forward Ken s Bikes

Each month, NewsChannel 21 and local sponsors are giving away $500 to a nominee who then pays it forward to a worthy group or individual on the High Desert. Travis Knudsen on Tuesday surprised Ken Cardwell of Redmond, who rebuilds and restores bikes to donate to those in need.

Pay it Forward: A Redmond girl's lasting legacy

Pay it Forward A young girl s legacy

In this month's Pay it Forward, we're honoring the memory of one very special Redmond girl after she lost her battle to leukemia in October.

Pay it Forward: Ochoco Elem. library needs books

Pay it Forward Ochoco Elem Library gets boost

Students at Ochoco Elementary spend time every day reading in the library. But what do the kids do when some of the shelves are bare and the books are outdated? In this segment of Pay it Forward, we help give the Mustangs a little library makeover.

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Is this Apple's new iWatch?

Possible Apple iWatch

Apple was granted a patent for a smartwatch Tuesday, lending credence to rumors that the company will unveil a new "iWatch"…

Gun maker relocates fearing stricter state laws

Beretta handguns

The fear of stricter state gun laws is pushing Beretta USA to move all of its manufacturing from Maryland to Tennessee.

The…

Chrysler recalls 792,000 older Jeeps

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Chrysler recalled about 792,000 older SUVs Tuesday for ignition switch problems.

The flaw affects Jeep Commanders from…

Apple profit soars, but iPad sales slump

Apple store in mall

Apple sales and profit soared last quarter despite a steep decline in demand for the iPad.

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Lead foot: Palin gets speeding ticket

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Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin was ticketed last week in her hometown of Wasilla, where she once served as mayor, for going…

Justice Dept. suspends most poll-watching

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For the first time in decades, voters in Georgia are going to the polls Tuesday without the chance of having Justice…

Split decisions on ACA: The impact on 4.7M Americans

Affordable Care Act website

Two opposing court rulings issued Tuesday sowed confusion about whether 4.7 million Americans can keep their health care…

Obama criticized for fundraising during tumult

President Obama in Tennessee

Republicans and some political pundits have taken sharp aim at President Barack Obama for maintaining his fundraising…

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Appeals courts differ on health care

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It was a tale of two rulings -- the best of times and the worst of times for Obamacare in the federal appeals courts.

First,…

Red Cross issues urgent blood donor plea

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While helping victims of fires and other disasters across the Northwest, the Red Cross has its own crisis to tackle - and…

Split decisions on ACA: The impact on 4.7M Americans

Affordable Care Act website

Two opposing court rulings issued Tuesday sowed confusion about whether 4.7 million Americans can keep their health care…

'XL Love': How fat is affecting our sex lives

XL Love How the Obesity Crisis is Complicating America's Love Life

When it comes to what she deems the American "obesity crisis," Sarah Varney says, it's easy enough to focus on the raw…

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Obama offers rules for success as he expands program for young minority men

Obama in Oval Office

Setting daily goals. Keeping an open mind. Separating honest criticism from blind "hating."

Asia grads searching for Google jobs

Sign at Google campus

Asia's top students are hoping to hook up with Western firms such as Google, Apple and Deloitte when they enter the…

John Wayne's family, university 'Duke' it out

John Wayne in True Grit

John Wayne's family is fighting Duke University in federal court over the use of "Duke" to sell whiskey.

Want to study pot? There's a school for that

Medical marijuana 101

A new school is launching this fall that will teach you everything you've ever wanted to know about pot.

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Is this Apple's new iWatch?

Possible Apple iWatch

Apple was granted a patent for a smartwatch Tuesday, lending credence to rumors that the company will unveil a new "iWatch"…

Verizon's offer: Let us track you, get free stuff

Verizon Wireless

Are you comfortable having your location and Web browsing tracked for marketing purposes? If so, Verizon's got a deal for…

Israeli tech talent tapped to fight in Gaza

West Bank, Gaza

When Israeli soldiers wrap up their three years of mandatory service, many go on to launch tech startups.

You're not cool enough for Facebook's newest app

Facebook Mentions

Call it Facebook for the famous. Facebook has unveiled a new standalone app called "Mentions," which is designed to help…

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California beach goes heavy on the anchovies

Anchovies at California beach

Who ordered the anchovies? That's what beach-goers may be asking after a huge swarm of the oily fish descended on the…

Golfing green: Bend course goes electric

Golf course goes electric

One Bend golf course has made some new improvements to make golfing more enjoyable, putting "green" vehicles on the greens.

Manatees may lose endangered status

Snooty oldest manatee

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has begun a review of the status of the manatee to determine whether the lovable sea cow…

Is this the green coffee cup revolution?

Recyclable cup

Chances are if you bought your favorite coffee in a paper cup this morning, that cup cannot be recycled.

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Queen's horse Estimate fails drugs test

Queen Elizabeth with Estimate

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II cheered Estimate on to success at the Gold Cup in 2013 but now her her 5-year-old filly is in…

Yankees land 3B Headley in trade

Baseballs, sports, MLB

The New York Yankees acquired third baseman Chase Headley and cash considerations from the San Diego Padres on Tuesday in…

Dungy addresses Sam comments

Michael Sam smiling

A day after Tony Dungy was largely skewered for saying he would not have drafted openly gay linebacker Michael Sam, the…

Mudiay has $1.2 million deal in China

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Southern Methodist University signee Emmanuel Mudiay has reached a deal to play for Guangdong Southern Tigers in the China…

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Judge spins rhymes in puppy-napping case

OREGON CITY, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon man accused of stealing an English bulldog puppy at gunpoint was convicted of the crime…

HSCO: Half off adoption fee for older pets

Maturity has its rewards, and at the Humane Society of Central Oregon that means all animals six years and older will have…

City to veteran: Get rid of therapeutic ducks

Domesticated duck

An Iraq War veteran is trying to convince his Ohio village to let him keep his 14 therapeutic ducks.

8 unlikely, adorable city mascots

Hamish McHamish

The world's most adorable city mascots have some heady responsibilities and impressive lines on their CVs, from running a…

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Chrysler recalls 792,000 older Jeeps

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Chrysler recalled about 792,000 older SUVs Tuesday for ignition switch problems.

The flaw affects Jeep Commanders from…

Fiat: We're not talking merger with VW

Fiat

Fiat denied Thursday it was in merger talks with Volkswagen, but its shares held on to strong gains in a weaker Italian…

Classic VW Beetle goes electric

VW Beetle electric

If you want an electric car with some personality, how about a classic Volkswagen Beetle? Not many cars have more…

Here's what's so outrageous about the GM debacle

GM HQ Detroit with Chevrolet sign

Senators didn't hold back Thursday as they grilled General Motors CEO Mary Barra.

It is the fourth time she's been called…

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Casey Kasem's remains flown to Canada

Casey Kasem

Casey Kasem's body was flown to Canada a month after he died, a funeral home director told CNN Tuesday.

Kasem's corpse was…

Robert Downey Jr.: Highest-paid actor (again)

Robert Downey Jr, Susan Downey

Robert Downey Jr. is once again the most highly paid actor in Hollywood, according to Forbes magazine.

Tree dedicated to Beatle killed by beetles

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A tree dedicated to the memory of Beatle George Harrison, whose solo career included the hit "What is Life," has met a…

Ray J Norwood charged with sexual battery

Ray J Norwood

Ray J Norwood has been charged with four misdemeanors in a case in which he's accused of grabbing a woman's buttocks,…

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Selena Gomez: On and off set

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As Selena Gomez celebrates her birthday take a look at images of the actress and singer on and off set.

Bust a move for best dance flicks ever

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Dance flicks can make for an entertaining movie. Take a look at some of the best dance movies of all time.

Cameron Diaz through the years

Cameron Diaz, What to Expect premiere 2012

As Cameron Diaz stars in "Sex Tape," take a look at images of the actress throughout her career.

Gold standard: Celebrated animated films

Planes Fire and Rescue

As "Planes: Fire and Rescue" opens in theaters this week take a look at some of the top animated films of the last decade.

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Pranksters smear Ore. cars with doughnuts

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Police in Oregon are on the hunt for vandals smearing cars in one neighborhood with doughnuts and other baked goods.

D'oh! Fleeing man runs into police academy

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A Mississippi man fleeing a traffic stop unknowingly runs into a law enforcement academy.

Oops: Fake bus bomb mistaken for real one

Fake bomb Washington

A suspicious bag that sparked the evacuation of a city bus and several roads in Washington state turns out to be a fake bomb.

Pilot makes emergency landing on same highway twice in 8 days

Pilot makes emergency landing on same highway twice in 8 days

A veteran pilot was forced to make his second emergency landing in eight days on the same Long Island, New York, highway.

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Bloomberg flying to Israel to protest FAA ban

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Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg flew to Israel Tuesday night to protest a ban by the Federal Aviation…

An optimist's guide to travel bargains

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Just as every bull market has a bear, every tourist destination has a flip side, a season when prices go down and savvy,…

Doing time on Italy's prison islands

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For centuries Italy has housed its convicts and political enemies on some of the myriad tiny islands that dot its stunning…

Massive flight disruptions expected in China

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Hundreds of flights to and from eastern China were canceled or delayed Monday and state media warned that more disruptions…

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Europe's oldest pastry shops

Confeitaria Nacional

Here are nine of the world's oldest pastry shops -- tried and trusted by centuries of cake-hungry visitors.

Would you order this $78 taco?

Caviar tacos

Caviar is the new condiment.

In-flight gourmet fine dining possible?

In-flight fine dining

More and more airlines are teaming up with world-class chefs, hoping to solve that ultimate #firstworldproblem: how to…

Report: Americans want better quality fast food

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Americans want food their way, and a new survey shows that "their way" calls for a higher quality, more varied meal than…

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Waterman Complex; Highway 26E fully reopened

Hwy. 26E reopens near Waterman Complex Fires

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The over 12,500-acre Waterman Complex of wildfires near Mitchell improved to 80 percent containment Tuesday -- as first one, then both lanes of Hwy. 20E reopened between Prineville and Mitchell for the first time in a week, with some restrictions still in place - headlights on, no stopping.

New C.O. storms bring more lightning, fires

Sisters lightning Dylan Strasser

Dylan Strasser

As predicted – and feared – another batch of strong thunderstorms rumbled north through much of Oregon Tuesday afternoon and evening, raking the state with 11,000 lightning strikes and bringing more than 40 smoke reports on the High Desert that had initial attack crews on the run.

Behind-the-scenes look at a fire lookout

Busy days at fire lookout

A lot of people watched the storms roll through Tuesday, and with the high risk of fire, the fire lookouts have an important job. NewsChannel 21’s Samantha O’Connor got a behind-the-scenes look at Lava Butte Lookout.

Wildfire travel woes ease in Mitchell area

Evacuees prepare to head back

The Waterman Complex Fire closed Highway 26E east of Prineville to Mitchell for several days, but on Tuesday it reopened again, in limited fashion -- one less problem for residents, some of whom also were evacuated or under alert in recent days.

Weather break aids Shaniko Butte firefighters

Shaniko Butte sunset William Charba

William Charba

The weather gave firefighters a break Monday on the 42,500-acre Shaniko Butte Fire on the Warm Springs Indian Reservation, allowing for four miles of burnout on the southern boundary, and just damp enough elsewhere to tamp down fire activity. Here's Tuesday morning's update:

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Walking: Is it enough for weight loss?

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Can you lose weight if the only exercise you do is walking? Find out here.

What to hunt in the summer months

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While the summer months can be considered off-months for hunters, there are still some prey you might want to set your sights on over the summer.

GPS allows for modern day treasure hunts

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With GPS, hikers can participate in modern day treasure hunts while geocaching.

Must-haves for your tackle box

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When going fishing, don’t leave home without having these key must-have items in your tackle box.

Benefits of cycling

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Cycling is a great social activity to do with friends, and it provides you with a way to see some beautiful scenery and explore nature. It also has a lot of health benefits.

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How to fit carbs into your family's healthy diet

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Not all carbs are bad. Find out how to fit good carbs into your family's healthy diet.

Should children be tested for high cholesterol?

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As adults we get our cholesterol checked regularly, but should our children also be getting checked? Find out here.

Make the most of family time this summer

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Summer can be busy. To make the most of family time follow these tips to make time for family bonding.

What is autism spectrum disorder?

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Find out more about autism and how it impacts a child's life.

Study: BMI could be missing 25 percent of obese kids

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Researchers find that body mass index tests may miss children who have a normal BMI but also have excess body fat.

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Tour the Tin Pan Alley Art Collection

Discover great local artists and public art installations at the Tin Pan Alley Art Collection

Premier Art Show Coming to Bend!

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Come see why this event was recently ranked among the Top 15 shows in the nation

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Big Subaru sedan gets big changes

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Subaru has big plans for its big sedan.

New F-150 is key to Ford's future

Ford showed off the next generation of America's best-selling vehicle Monday morning at the Detroit Auto Show.

Corvette Z06: Now wiith even more umph

Do you want a Corvette with even more power? Then take a look at the all new Z06.

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