Tiffany Eckert

Reporter

Tiffany joined the KLCC News team in 2007. She studied journalism at the University of Missouri-Columbia and has worked in a variety of media including television and daily print news. For KLCC, Tiffany reports on health care, social justice and local/regional news. She has won awards from Oregon Associated Press, PRNDI, and Education Writers Association.

When not tracking down a story, Tiffany spends time growing food and flowers, traveling, singing, and having fun with her family and friends.

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A task force just released the “Vision Zero Action Plan.” It has a goal to eliminate all deaths and life-changing injuries on Eugene’s streets by 2035.

The Eugene City Council officially adopted the Vision Zero policy in the Fall of 2015. That’s after three young children were hit and killed while trying to cross Main Street in Springfield with their mom. Transportation advocates throughout Lane County put more pressure on city governments to make streets safer.

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Neighborhoods will be swarming with children tonight as they perform the annual ritual of trick or treating. Kids, parents, residents and motorists are encouraged to follow some Halloween safety tips.

It’s a school night, so kids are expected to be out early, walking along roadways and knocking on doors. Debbie Janecek supervises the Crime Prevention Unit with the Eugene Police Department. She wants to remind drivers to look out for excited little ones who may be in costumes that obstruct hearing or vision.

The Domestic Violence Clinic at the University of Oregon was awarded $500,000 by the U.S. Department of Justice. The funds will be used to expand services throughout Lane County.

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This is the time of year many of us are looking at health insurance coverage and making decisions. There is a non-traditional medical model being embraced by healthcare policymakers on both the left and the right. One doctor in Eugene offers direct-to-patient care for a flat monthly fee.

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Friday afternoon, a Lane County jury awarded the mother of Lauren Jones $1.5 million in a malpractice case against PeaceHealth Medical Center.

Lane County jurors heard closing arguments Thursday in the wrongful death lawsuit brought by the mother of University of Oregon student athlete Lauren Jones. The jury is now in deliberations.

Oregon Women, Infants and Children

Women, Infants and Children, or WIC, is more than a food program. A new study finds while serving families with health and nutrition services, WIC employees frequently recognize and address developmental and behavioral concerns in children.

The study, published in the Journal of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics, found WIC staff go outside their scope of work to talk with families about problems beyond nutrition. Study co-author Julie Reeder has been with WIC for 16 years. She says staff members tend to hear most about developmental delays related to speech and behavior.

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“My state is on fire.” Those are the words of Oregon’s Senate President Peter Courtney, as he joined other congressional representatives to ask for federal funding for wildfire suppression. Twenty six fires continue to burn around the state.  Thousands of fire fighters are dispatched—working in harsh conditions for weeks at a time. One of them is Sam Swetland. I’ve known Sam a long time—but not as long as he’s been fighting fires.

On the first day of testimony, a Lane County jury heard evidence involving the death of Lauren Jones, a University of Oregon student athlete who died in 2015 during an outbreak of meningicoccal disease.

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Right now (Tuesday afternoon)- the communities of McKenzie Bridge, Rainbow and Belknap Springs are at Level 1 (that’s “get ready”) evacuation notice.

Fire behavior analyst, Stewart Turner, told residents the moisture in the atmosphere forecast for the next couple days-- is a “give and take.”

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UPDATED 8:30pm Tuesday:

The Lane County Sheriff's Office has upgraded the evacuation levels for the Upper McKenzie Valley.

Level 3 "GO" Evacuate Now: East of the junction of Hwy 242 and Hwy 126, including Belknap Hot Springs, Camp Yale and campgrounds in the area of Hwy 242 and Clearlake Cutoff Rd., north to Deer Creek. Level 3 means leave now, do not wait. The recommended route is Hwy 126 WEST.

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McKenzie School District has again pushed back the start of the school year to Monday, Sept. 11 due to wildfires in the area and evacuations.

Bridgeway House

Teachers and staff of Bridgeway House, a center for children and families affected by autism, made a distressing discovery Wednesday. The school was robbed. Thieves stole dozens of computers crucial to the instruction of students on the autistic spectrum.

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A Eugene man was killed early Thursday when his car was hit by a driver allegedly fleeing a sheriff’s deputy.

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Here’s an eclipse story for the books. On August 11, 1999, a total eclipse touched the tip of the United Kingdom at Cornwall. Oregonian author and counter-cultural icon, Ken Kesey, and his band of Merry Pranksters planned a festival to coincide with the solar event. They loaded their techno-color bus on a ship and forty Pranksters traveled “across the pond” to see what they could see.

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The Eugene/Springfield LGBTQ community, along with sponsors and allies, will gather this Saturday for the 26th Annual Pride Festival. The event at Alton Baker Park is expected to draw thousands.

St. Charles Health Systems

As the date of the solar eclipse approaches, hospitals across the state are in emergency preparedness mode. In central Oregon, St. Charles Health System anticipates a huge increase in demand for medical services and supplies.

A unique medical transportation program for Oregon veterans has just cleared a major milestone.

500,000 miles. That’s more than the distance to the moon and back. Oregon’s Highly Rural Transportation Program has logged that many miles on the ground, driving vets to doctor appointments or medical facilities.

The program, as its name implies, is for veterans living in the most remote parts of the state. According to the Census Bureau, “highly rural” is 7 or fewer people per square mile. Tyler Francke is spokesman for Oregon Department of Veterans’ Affairs.

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HIV Alliance has a new address in Eugene: 1195A City View Street. The agency made the move to increase capacity for additional services. Since 1994, HIV Alliance has operated out of a comfy but crowded, two story house on Garden Avenue. The organization, provides care and advocacy for thousands of people living with HIV/AIDS. 

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The Oregon Coast Aquarium has been ranked among the top ten in North America. As part of our 50th Anniversary Road Trip Series, KLCC’s Tiffany Eckert shares the sights and sounds during a private tour of Newport’s 25-year old aquarium.

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Forty years ago, John Hockenberry got his start in radio in Eugene as a volunteer at KLCC. Next, he joined national public radio, then worked in network television. Hockenberry returned to radio journalism as host of the Takeaway which airs on KLCC at 11am. He was in Eugene for the Presidential Lecture Series at Lane Community College.

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A new affordable housing community had its grand opening in Lane County, Monday. The Oaks at 14th will provide housing to an especially underserved population: people with criminal histories who have served their time and want to rejoin society.

The Eco Boutique

Behind the glitz and glitter, high fashion is a dirty business. According to Ecowatch, the clothing industry is the second largest polluter in the world—the first is oil. As KLCC’s Tiffany Eckert reports, a few designers in Eugene are promoting “conscious consumerism” this Saturday with a different kind of fashion show.

The 2ND Annual Eco-Couture “Trashion Show” is designed to shed light on just how much waste we make and toss away. Farale Nelson is with Of the Earth apparel and The Eco Boutique.

Womenspace

In 1977, Womenspace began helping victims throughout Lane County escape domestic violence. Today, the agency serves thousands of survivors and offers prevention services to school kids. In honor of their 40th year, Womenspace invited Tanya Brown to Eugene. She is the youngest sister of the late Nicole Brown Simpson.

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The Oregon State Parks Foundation hopes “eclipse fever” will help boost their membership. The non-profit will soon auction off 30 campsites within the path of totality for the solar eclipse on August 21st.


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Whether caused by birth defect, vascular disease or traumatic accident, the Amputee Coalition predicts 3.6 million people will be living with limb loss by the year 2050. KLCC’s Tiffany Eckert recently met four amputees in the Willamette Valley and she brings us their stories of struggle and accomplishment.


Susana Millman

“Long Live The Grateful Dead”!  The sentiment is still kept alive by Deadheads through shared music and memories.  As a member of the band’s extended family in the 1980’s and ‘90’s, Susana Millman had an insider’s access to take pictures.  Her recently released book is called “Alive with the Dead or A Fly on the Wall with a Camera”.

Lane County Public Health

Lane County Public Health and the County Board of Commissioners (acting as Health Board) have honored an individual and an agency for excellence in public health.

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About 1700 people in the south Willamette Valley are still without power this morning following an exceptionally strong spring storm. Flying limbs and falling trees brought down power lines across the territory serviced by Eugene Water and Electric Board.

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There’s a new non-profit in town-- but by design-- it won’t stick around.  Volunteers on Wheels is made up of people who travel from place to place in two brightly painted school buses. They find volunteer projects in every town they visit. As KLCC’s Tiffany Eckert reports, this mobile non-profit has already logged 2,000 collective hours helping out in and around Eugene.

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