Rachael McDonald

Interim Program Director

Rachael McDonald is interim Program Director at KLCC. She’s been with the station for more than 10 years. Previously, she established the Richland, Washington bureau for the Northwest News Network. She also worked as News Director at KAZU in Monterey, California. Rachael has won numerous awards for her reporting.
Rachael was named KLCC News Director in June, 2018.  She was immediately named interim Program Director until a permanent PD is hired. Rachael has a Bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Oregon.
 

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Amid the turmoil in Washington last week over Brett Kavanaugh, President Trump signed a re-authorization of the Federal Aviation Administration. Oregon Democratic Representative Peter DeFazio says this is good news for consumers and firefighters.

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A judge has given the go-ahead for Lane County and the City of Eugene for a land-swap that involves a remnant of the original land deeded to the county by Eugene and Mary Skinner.

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The Lane County non-profit Pro-Bone-O provides care for the pets of homeless people in the community.

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U.S. Representative Peter DeFazio of Oregon says after last week’s senate hearing, Judge Brett Kavanaugh should not be rejected as a Supreme Court Justice candidate, he should be disqualified from his seat on the Court of Appeals.

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In contrast to the partisan divisions that played out in Washington this week, Democrat Marty Wilde and Republican Mark Herbert were cordial during a City Club of Eugene forum  Friday.

The Nature Conservancy

People who care about a popular coastal headland near Lincoln City can help shape its future. There’s an open house this Thursday (9/27) in Lincoln City to discuss a sustainable trails plan for Cascade Head Scenic Research Area.

Willamette Wildfires

Crews are assessing the damage now that the more than 11-thousand acre Terwilliger Fire is approaching containment.

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CORRECTION: Containers that are marked with a 5-cent redemption value will still be accepted for return in Oregon.
The state bottle bill program has corrected a press release sent out Monday that incorrectly stated 5-cent containers would no longer be redeemable.
The sale of beverage containers with a 5-cent refund value will no longer be allowed after September 30th.
 

Time is running out for Oregonians who’ve put off turning in their bottles and cans for redemption. Beverage containers marked with a 5-cent refund value must be redeemed before the end of the month.

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Oregon’s sanctuary law was up for debate Friday at the City Club of Eugene. Measure 105 on the November ballot asks if Oregon should repeal the more than 30-year old law.

  

Mt. PIsgah Arboretum

Lane County Commissioners heard Tuesday about a new management plan for Buford Park and Mount Pisgah. The plan provides a long-term strategy for habitat conservation.

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Saturday people in Oregon and all over the world will take part in a demonstration against climate change.

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Eugene Water and Electric Board plans to eliminate its tiered rate system for electricity. The 5 EWEB commissioners indicated their support for a fixed rate at Tuesday night’s meeting.

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Many Oregonians will be experiencing a heat wave this week. The hottest days will be Wednesday and Thursday.

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Crews battling a complex of fires in southwest Oregon are facing heavy smoke, dry fuels, and windy conditions.

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The U.S. Supreme Court Monday rejected a Trump Administration attempt to throw out a lawsuit filed by 21 young people over climate change. This clears the way for a trial to begin in Eugene this fall.

Cascadia Wildlands

Representative Peter DeFazio this week introduced a bill to permanently protect a remote area of southwest Oregon, called the Devil’s Staircase.

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The South Umpqua complex of fires in southwest Oregon has grown to nearly 5,000 and is just 10 percent contained.

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The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals Friday denied a second attempt by the Trump Administration to stop a lawsuit brought by 21 young people over climate change from going to trial. 

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The 2018 winner of NPR's Tiny Desk Contest performed at the Oregon Country Fair last weekend. Naia Izumi stopped by the KLCC "hot tub" studio to talk with KLCC's Kyle Hughes and Downtown Deb.

860 homeless veterans have found housing since 2014 through a collaborative effort in Lane County. The goal is to house all veterans in the community.

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Two of the 21 young people who are suing the federal government over climate change came by the KLCC "hot tub" Friday. The youth plaintiffs were at the Oregon Country Fair to do a presentation about the lawsuit.

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Members of the All Star Opera stopped by the KLCC booth during the live broadcast from the Oregon Country Fair on Saturday. The hip hop band from Seattle played on the main stage. They spoke with KLCC's Kyle Hughes.

Animal Legal Defence Fund

With temperatures in the mid-90s this weekend, Eugene police are urging people not to leave their pets in vehicles. As of Thursday afternoon, they were out on their 5th call about a dog that was left in a hot car. 

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Lane County Commissioners voted Tuesday to provide land for a Housing First project in Eugene. It will be housing for people who are chronically homeless.

Oregon Bach Festival

As part of the Oregon Bach Festival, Eugene audiences will be treated to the world premiere of “The Passion of Yeshua” on Sunday.

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The Oregon Bach Festival began Friday in Eugene. The nearly 50 year old event attracts artists and fans from around the world.

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Most Oregonians pride themselves on being recyclers. After all, our state was a pioneer with the country’s first bottle bill. But, the market for recycling has tightened and many Oregon cities, including Eugene and Springfield, are no longer accepting most plastics for curbside recycling.

City of Eugene

A new City of Eugene ordinance would require dog-owners to have proof of their dog’s license when they’re downtown. The requirement took effect on May 31st.

East Grandstand Supporters

A group is trying to stop the University of Oregon from tearing down the East Grandstand at Hayward Field in Eugene. They’re reviewing their legal options.

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UPDATE: As of 10:05am today (6/6) Eugene Police report the bike was recovered thanks to local cyclists who tracked it down.

Someone stole a bike from a cyclist on a cross country bike race who stopped in Eugene Monday.

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