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They take a dive to save forests and homes

Redmond Smokejumpers are Central Oregon s elite

Smokejumping -- it's the kind of firefighting adrenaline junkies fall for. But don't be fooled: This work is no walk in the park.

A look back: '96 Skeleton Fire destroyed 19 homes

A look back 1996 Skeleton Fire

The second story in NewsChannel 21's special series looking back at the wildfires that reshaped Central Oregon: We take a closer look at the 1996 Skeleton Fire.

Hot, dry -- but not necessarily more C.O. wildfires

Fire Outlook through October 2014

Central Oregon’s fire season is typically from July 1st through early October. Looking at the Southern Oscillation — most commonly referred to as El Niño and La Niña — through October, it favors an El Niño pattern, NewsChannel meteorologist Travis Knudsen says.

Two Bulls Fire: Looking at the lessons learned

Two Bulls Fire - lessons learned

A month after the Two Bulls Fire erupted, Central Oregon agencies held a meeting about what they can learn from the wildfire that forced evacuations of hundreds and threatened the same for thousands of residents on the west side of Bend.

Law change alone won't keep kids safe from predators

Keeping your kids safe

Oregon State Police say a new law will mean more predatory sex offenders' information will be available to the public. But police also warn that parents should not rely on maps or databases to keep their families safe.

Neighbor danger? Sex offenders down the street

Keeping tabs on sex offenders

NewsChannel 21 visited neighborhoods where predatory sex offenders live to find out if neighbors are informed.

OSU-Cascades: Weighing Westside pros, cons

OSU-Cascades Fact or fiction

OSU-Cascades officials had hoped to avoid a contentious land use battle over its choice for a four-year campus. Today, that doesn't appear to be the case. But are all of the university's arguments for, or opposing groups' arguments against the university's Westside plans based on facts?

Sex offenders: How many live near you?

Finding Sex Offenders

Only 2 to 3 percent of Oregon's registered sex offenders are available in the Oregon State Police's public database, while the information on thousands more predatory offenders are restricted from the public, NewsChannel 21's Kandra Kent reports

Special report: Is cursive handwriting a fading skill?

Handwriting becoming a lost art

These days, most kids are doing more learning on keyboards than they are on paper -- and for some, it's hurting their handwriting. High Desert teachers and students weigh in on the importance of cursive in this digital age.

No snow concerns on Mt. Bachelor for PPP

Race Day Snow Conditions Looking Good

Every year, there is worry about whether enough snow remains on the mountain for the downhill and Nordic legs of the U.S. Bank Pole Pedal Paddle. But Mt. Bachelor operations crews and skiers alike say, "Have no fear, the snow is still here."

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