Police: 1 dead in space plane crash

One person died and another was seriously injured as a result of Friday's crash of the Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo space plane, California Highway Patrol Officer Jesse Borne said.

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    Special report: Air ambulance safety on the High Desert

    When an ambulance can't move fast enough, here in Central Oregon, we rely on air ambulances. But as NewsChannel 21's Katie Higgins reports, it turns out those fast-moving helicopters have shaky safety records across the United States, leading to tighter federal rules.

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Special report: Air ambulance safety on the High Desert

Central Oregon air ambulance safety

When an ambulance can't move fast enough, here in Central Oregon, we rely on air ambulances. But as NewsChannel 21's Katie Higgins reports, it turns out those fast-moving helicopters have shaky safety records across the United States, leading to tighter federal rules.

Death with Dignity: Bend woman tells of painful decision

A painful promise kept

Recently, the story of a woman with Stage 4 brain cancer who moved from California to Oregon to utilize the Death with Dignity law has gone viral. The subject is not an easy one, but for one Central Oregon woman, it brings back a flood of personal memories.

Two years, plus pain: Bend family waits for justice, answers

Bend man s mysterious death still haunts family

It's been more than two years since Shane Munoz was found shot to death in a Bend home. There have been few answers since, and a growing frustration for a family that says it's tired of waiting for justice.

Skin cancer rates high on the High Desert

Sun s fun but too much is trouble

Oregon has the fifth-highest rate of melanoma in the country,and the High Desert has some of the highest rates of skin cancer in the state, according to the American Cancer Society.

Missing adults: A 'silent mass disaster'

The Silent Mass Disaster revisiting a missing persons case

One morning in 2009,  Justin Burkhart left his Bend apartment to grab a bite to eat.  It was the last time he was seen alive.  For 10 months, he became another number in what the U.S. Department of Justice calls “the silent mass disaster” -- tens of thousands of missing adults.

After suicide: Moving forward, as a family

Bend family rocked by suicide speaks

Matt McDonald concludes our week-long series of special reports marking National Suicide Prevention Week with a conversation with the mother and sister of Bend High student Zack Leyes, whose on-campus suicide shocked the community.

Bringing suicide out of the shadows

I am the face of suicide

"I am the face of suicide," Katherine Benson said. And it's a brave face the Redmond woman shares on a still-tough-to-discuss topic. NewsChannel 21's Matt McDonald begins our special week of reports marking National Suicide Prevention Week.

‘In-cider’s view: The apple of your taste buds

Brew News Cider the apple of many eyes

Watch out beer, there's a new trend that could take a bite out of business. Oregon's cider boom has made its way to Bend.

'Central Oregon Beer Angels' going strong

Brew News C Oregon s Beer Angels

It’s not your average cocktail hour. Women from around Central Oregon are getting together several times a month to discuss beer.

Not just lightning: Sneaky fire starters pose risk

Sneaky fire starters cause concern

Fire officials say human-caused fires, which can often be accidental, tend to burn more acreage than the expected lightning-caused fires.

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