Melorie Begay


Melorie Begay is a multimedia journalist for KLCC News. She was the Inaugural KLCC Public Radio Foundation Journalism Fellow. She has a bachelors in Multimedia Journalism from the University of New Mexico. She previously interned at KUNM public radio in Albuquerque, NM and served as a fellow for the online news publication New Mexico In Depth.

The Journalism Fellow position was created in 2018 and is funded by the KLCC Public Radio Foundation.

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The Portland-based Home Share Oregon, a non-profit, is working on rehousing wildfire evacuees in Lane County. The program matches homeowners with spare rooms with renters. 


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Chances of precipitation and thunderstorms could create additional hazards for the Holiday Farm Fire area. The National Weather Service issued a Flash Flood Watch early Thursday morning for areas east of Springfield, starting from 5 p.m. until 5 a.m. Friday morning. 

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As of Tuesday afternoon, the Urban Search and Rescue Team working on the Holiday Farm Fire announced they completed 431 structural evaluations in the area. Results showed 308 structures were destroyed, 7 were failed, and 14 were damaged. The remaining 102 structures had no reported damage.

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People hoping to get back on Highway 126 will have to wait much longer than expected. The road has been closed for the past week to make room for emergency crews working on the Holiday Farm Fire and for public safety.

Beachie Creek Fire Information Facebook Page


The Beachie Creek Fire, burning east of Salem, is currently 188,935 acres, with a total of 563 personnel working on the fire, as of Sunday afternoon.

Lincoln County


Fire officials working on the Echo Mountain Complex Fire on Sunday morning said much of the fire line has been completed. The fire, near Lincoln City,  is 20 percent contained and is about 2,435 acres in size. 


Lionshead Fire Information Facebook


As of Sunday morning, the Lionshead fire burning 20 miles west of Warm Springs, was 5 percent contained. The fire is approximately 138,718 acres.


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As of Sunday afternoon, the Holiday Farm Fire has been 5 percent contained and is approximately 161,826 acres, according to fire officials. There are 628 personnel assigned to the fire.

Archie Creek Fire Information Facebook Page

Wildfire officials working on the Archie Creek Fire, east of Roseburg, said they contained 10 percent of the 121,379 acre fire.

Archie Fire Information Facebook Page

The Archie Creek Fire in Douglas County east of Roseburg is now at 115, 857 acres and is 0% contained as of Friday afternoon. Officials say the fire is currently burning in the North Umpqua drainage on the west slope of the Cascades. 

Marion County Sheriff's Department

Crews battling the Beachie Creek fire east of Salem spent Thursday morning mopping up areas along the southern fire front along Highway 22. The fire size, as of Friday morning, is 186,856 acres, according to a fire officials.

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Pre-pandemic, electric bikes, or E-bikes, were already one of the fastest growing sectors in the transportation industry. Now, with more people taking an interest in outdoor recreation, sales have skyrocketed globally. A new Eugene e-bike store is hoping to be a part of the trend, and the shift experts predict will be the future of commuting.

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Several families of people killed by police officers in Oregon gathered yesterday in Eugene for a vigil. The event was hosted at Alton Baker Park by Pacific Northwest Family Circle and Stephanie Babb.

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At least 300 people joined a march in Eugene in solidarity with the 2020 March on Washington on Friday. The event joined similar marches across the country, all of which were held to commemorate the 1963 March on Washington.

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A small group of volunteers called Visible Helpers have placed several red heart-shaped pantries around Eugene. The idea is to make food, water, and other supplies easily accessible for people in need.

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Slug Queen's didn't let the pandemic cancel their 38th annual SLUG Queen Celebration event this year. Last Friday, organizers and contestants gathered virtually to sing, dance and reminisce about pre-pandemic times.



The 38th annual Slug Queen Eugene competition and coronation is going virtual this year. Organizers say they plan to bring the same level of energy and quirkiness online as they would have in-person.

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Dozens of protesters showed up outside the Eugene Federal Courthouse on Saturday in support of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA. This comes after the Trump Administration’s move to defy a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling reinstating the program.

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At least 100 protesters marched in solidarity with Black Unity (B.U.) in Springfield on Thursday. Marchers criticized the Springfield Police Department for hitting and dragging some protesters while making arrests at Wednesday’s B.U. protest. They also claim SPD failed to fairly police counter protesters. 

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A group of at least 100 protesters gathered at Peterson Park in Eugene on Monday in remembrance of Summer Taylor, who was killed during a hit and run at a protest in Seattle over the weekend. 

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A Black Lives Matter protest in the unincorporated community of Deadwood on Saturday attracted up to 60 attendees. Organizers planned the event as an outlet for children to stand in solidarity with the widespread movement. It's only one step organizers said they are taking in the fight for racial justice in their community.

Elizabeth Gabriel (Top & Bottom Left Photos & Top Right Photo)/ Melorie Begay Bottom Right Photo)

On this episode of the Northwest Passage podcast, tensions between police and protesters in Springfield flair, a hit-and-run during a peaceful children's march leads to increased friction between protesters and the Eugene Police Department, meanwhile EPD says they have plans for reform.

Top Left & Bottom Left Photos by Melorie Begay, Top Right and Bottom Right Photos Taken By Elizabeth Gabriel

The May 25 death of George Floyd while in Minneapolis Police custody has sparked national outrage, and has reignited the Black Lives Matter Movement in towns and cities across the country. In Eugene and Springfield protesters have held marches nearly every day since May 29.

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A Black Unity activist, Isiah Wagoner, was hit by a driver with a vehicle on Sunday during a children’s protest in Eugene. He was taken by medics and treated for non-life threatening injuries at a nearby hospital. The Eugene Police Department says they've detained the suspect involved in the incident.


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Eugene city officials are weighing next steps after hearing demands from protesters to reduce or eliminate funding for police. Protesters have sent hundreds of emails, voiced concerns during city meetings, and some have shown up outside the homes of city officials.


City of Eugene


Eugene City Councilors unanimously voted (8-0) to adopt the City Budget without any amendments Monday night. Councilors made the decision after facing heavy criticism from speakers who demanded the city reallocate police funds to other services. 


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Eugene joined nationwide Juneteenth observations on Friday. An event hosted by the organization Black Unity saw hundreds of attendees who celebrated and learned about the holiday through, speakers, music, art, and food.

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For many immigrant rights advocates in Oregon, Thursday’s Supreme Court ruling on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals –or DACA- was a victory. But, the decision is only one step in the ongoing fight for the permanent citizenship of undocumented immigrants.

Photo courtesy of the City of Eugene

In a unanimous decision Monday evening, Eugene City Councilors voted to appoint Sarah Medary as City Manager. Medary has served in an interim role for the position since October 2019, following Jon Ruiz's retirement.


A local Code for America Brigade in Eugene is helping people navigate business and services, while Lane County works toward economic recovery.