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  • Sun s fun but too much is trouble

    Skin cancer rates high on the High Desert

    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.

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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.

Special report: Wildfires are not all bad

Special Report Fires not all bad

Wildfires can cause concern about long-term damaging effects on the landscape we call home, but NewsChannel 21’s Samantha O’Connor spoke with some experts who say wildfire can be a good thing.

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.

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