Melorie Begay

Diversity Fellow

Melorie Begay is the Diversity Fellow for KLCC News. 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 Diversity Fellow position was created in 2018 and is funded by the KLCC Public Radio Foundation.

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A Portland couple charged in the murder of Lane Community College student, Alex Oyombe Gradin, pleaded guilty on Wednesday. Gradin was fatally wounded in a shooting last May behind Taylor’s Bar and Grill in Eugene.

Onward Eugene/Eugene Area Chamber of Commerce

The multinational outfit Philips announced last month they’re closing Electrical Geodesics, Inc, a medical device company in Eugene. About 60 people are expected to lose their jobs by the end of this year. But, a local effort aims to retain their talent.

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While Oregon is home to some of the top outdoor destinations in the country, not everyone who lives here gets a chance to visit them. The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department is launching a pilot program to close that gap this summer.

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In response to President Donald Trump’s acquittal, more than 80 protestors attended a rally at the federal courthouse in Eugene, on Wednesday. They aimed their frustration at U.S. Congressional Republicans. 

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The owner of a Creswell horse training facility, where 61 horses were seized last year, pleaded guilty on Tuesday to 11 counts of Animal Neglect.

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The Lane County Board of Commissioners voted Tuesday to move forward with plans to turn 0.74 acres of fairground land into affordable housing.

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The tiny home community, called Jeffrey Commons, was a project started by Sponsors. The Eugene nonprofit aims to reduce recidivism through affordable housing.

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A new nonprofit funded by the Eugene Area Chamber of Commerce launched this week. Onward Eugene is aimed at sustaining and building economic growth in the city.

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While tensions between the U.S. and Iran appear to have eased, local Eugene activists and politicians remain intent on preventing possible war. Protestors filled a downtown church on Saturday for a global day of action rally. 

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The Eugene City Council announced Wednesday they’ll pilot new rules during public forums beginning January 27. The changes are aimed at increasing equity and accessibility, while ensuring council has time to conduct business.

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The cities of Eugene and Springfield celebrated Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday with marches that attracted hundreds of participants at both events. In Eugene, the local NAACP chapter centered their event on women’s suffrage.

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In 2017, Eugene joined the first national Women’s March in defiant protest of President Trump’s inauguration. It attracted 7,000 marchers. This year around 40 people showed up on Saturday.

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Eugene’s White Bird Clinic will release a free comprehensive guide book for Lane County’s unhoused population. The pilot project combines a list of about four hundred resources.

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As relations between the U.S. and Iran waver, Eugene protesters gathered downtown Thursday calling for peace, not war. This comes after President Donald Trump announced Wednesday that Iran is “standing down.”

City of Eugene

Cities with scarce housing across the county are grappling with how to regulate short-term rental businesses like Airbnb. Eugene City Council this week moved to create an advisory committee for further guidance.

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Personal experiences with natural disasters often influence support for climate change policies. An Oregon State University study surveyed 10 communities from around the country.

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The Volcanic Listening Project features a group of scientists and artists who transform volcanic data into music. It works through a process called sonification, where mathematical algorithms turn plots on a graph into sound.

KLCC’s Melorie Begay caught up with a violin playing volcanologist in Eugene who’s highlighting Mount Kīlauea in this audio postcard.

Recorded On: November 8, 2019

Air Date: November 11, 2019

From the City Club of Eugene:

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The Environmental Protection Agency has awarded the Northwest Center for Alternatives to Pesticides (NCAP), a $30,000 Environment Justice grant. The Eugene-headquartered organization will use the funds to help Benton County and Lane County farmworkers.

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Several Oregon legal rights groups, advocates, and law professors filed amicus briefs in support of a Eugene resident, Thursday. This comes after a Lane County Circuit Court Judge denied their petition to identify as nonbinary.

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This story has been updated.

Lane County Sheriff’s Deputies, Oregon State Police and the Eugene Police responded to a shooting in the River Road area at 1:13 p.m. Wednesday. Three adults were wounded and the shooter is confirmed to have killed himself with a gun.

Lebanon Fire District

The Lebanon Fire District will move forward with plans to build a new replacement station after Linn County voters approved a $16 million bond, Tuesday night.  

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More than 70 percent of unincorporated residents in Lincoln County voted to renew a levy to retain access to libraries in nearby cities, Tuesday night. The measure is estimated to generate around $ 1,975,083 in property taxes over the next 5 years.

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Douglas County voters approved an increase in property taxes to hire a full-time Fire Chief/Paramedic for the Tenmile Fire District, Tuesday night. 

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A group of at least five horse owners is looking to pursue legal action against Lane County. Their horses are part of the 61 horses that were seized from a Creswell property last week. 

Lane County Sheriff’s Office

Of the 61 severely neglected horses removed from a Creswell property this week, 60 are en route to Portland. The group taking them in said this is the largest case they’ve handled, and the most expensive.

City of Eugene

Eugene City Councilors have approved a new concept plan for the Town Square. The design team, under the Planning and Development Department, will move forward to make a more detailed design plan.

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Averting a November 4 strike, the University of Oregon’s graduate employees reached a tentative bargaining agreement with the administration, Tuesday night.

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California’s Kincade Fire has burned more than 76,000 acres, causing one of the largest evacuations in that state’s history. Hundreds of volunteers are aiding relief efforts, including 14 Red Cross volunteers from Southern Washington and Oregon. 

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The City of Eugene now has the authority to file amicus briefs in federal lawsuits that ban abortions. That’s in accordance with a new resolution city councilors approved Monday night.