Melorie Begay

Reporter

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.

Ways to Connect

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The Eugene Civil Liberties Defense Center filed an amended federal lawsuit against the city of Eugene and its police department this week. The filing names several officers whom they claim violated the rights of individuals during last year’s May 31st protest.

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A new mobile app developed by PeaceHealth and the Eugene Marathon takes users on a guided tour highlighting Black History throughout Eugene. The program includes audio, video and descriptions of several events and landmarks.

Centers for Disease Control

Winter storms in the southern U.S. have delayed the shipment of COVID-19 vaccines reserved for some in need of second doses in Lane County. But, officials say this won’t harm the effectiveness of the vaccine. 

Left: Photo courtesy of Ashley Easter | Middle: Melorie Begay /KLCC News | Right: Photo Courtesy of Gallen Pierce-Lackey

 

Video calls, car dates, and hallway bowling alleys. These are a few ways people in Eugene are dating during the pandemic.

City of Eugene

 

Negotiations over whether the City of Eugene will renew a franchise, or right-of-way agreement with NW Natural gas remain ongoing after Monday, Feb. 8, council meeting. Neither the city or the company want to budge on carbon reduction terms that align with Eugene’s climate goals.

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Eugene’s Homes for Good celebrated the grand opening of their latest development, the Commons on MLK on Thursday.

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The City of Eugene recently adjusted policies on urban camping given COVID-19. But, advocates say the rules only dictate where the unhoused can’t stay, not where they can.

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As of Thursday Jan.28, nearly 22,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been administered in Lane County. And more than 5,000 individuals have been fully vaccinated.

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While communities across the country have delayed or cancelled their annual homeless point-in-time counts because of COVID-19, Lane County will proceed with theirs this year. They’re relying on a database to conduct the count safely.

Normally, Lane County counts the unsheltered with hundreds of volunteers who find and survey people who may be homeless. 

City of Eugene

The Eugene City Council approved a resolution condemning white nationalism, seditious activities, and extremist groups during a Jan. 20 work session.

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To show their ongoing commitment for racial justice, the Eugene-Springfield NAACP celebrated Martin Luther King Jr. Day with a drive-thru rally on Monday. The event saw more than 200 vehicles pass through.

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Eugene Police Auditor Mark Gissiner will retire at the end of January. Gissiner has served in the position for 12 years.

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In preparation for possible pro-Trump protests in Eugene in the coming days, Police Chief Chris Skinner briefed city councilors on plans during a Jan. 13 work session.

City of Eugene Zoom Meeting

Eugene city councilors and the mayor heard from dozens of residents who called for greater action in addressing climate change, Monday night.

Studio C Architecture

A new affordable housing development in Roseburg is set to open in April this year, and will begin accepting applications for eligible renters on Jan. 15

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The advocacy group, Stop Death on the Streets held their 2nd annual vigil in Eugene on Friday Jan. 8. About 100 people came to mourn the lives of homeless people who died in the past year. 

City of Eugene

The Eugene City Council welcomed two new members on Jan. 6 during the State of the City Address. The event was held virtually and carried on as usual despite insurrection at the nation’s capitol. 

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The City of Eugene plans to distribute millions of units of Personal Protective Equipment, or PPE, to small businesses and nonprofits for free this month. Eligible businesses and organizations can begin applying on Jan. 12.

Top two photos: Melorie Begay | Bottom three: Zoom

 

This year has been unlike any other year in recent history. Full of challenges, grief and hard truths. As we head into 2021, KLCC’s Melorie Begay checked in with a few people around Eugene and asked them about their year.


Lane County & Better Housing Together

Lane County Board of County Commissioners approved an affordable housing action plan conducted by Better Housing Together on Wednesday. The goal is to increase housing options and reduce the risk of homelessness.

Photo by Mick Haupt on Unsplash

A recent report from the Oregon State University Policy Analysis Laboratory showed the pandemic has “reversed” some of the state’s efforts to decrease food insecurity. About 25% of Oregonians faced food insecurity in 2020, which is double the number of last year.

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One of Eugene’s most popular vegan restaurants is looking for community donations to stay open. Cornbread Cafe, like many restaurants in the area, has struggled to keep revenue flowing during the pandemic.

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More than a dozen mayors across the western U.S. signed a letter Dec. 2 urging Congress to approve additional COVID-19 relief aid. Signees included the mayors of Seattle, Boise, Portland and Eugene Mayor Lucy Vinis. 

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After reaching a land agreement last week to lease land from the Oregon Department of Transportation, the city of Eugene removed homeless campers living near the I-105 bridge, on Wednesday, Dec. 2.

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Every weekend without fail, Burrito Brigade volunteers prep, cook, and distribute hundreds of vegan burritos across Eugene and Springfield. While some adjustments were made, COVID-19 hasn’t slowed or prevented operations. KLCC’s Melorie Begay stopped by a volunteer session to learn more.

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Lane County has begun dispersing Pallet shelters to its cities, including loaning several to smaller communities. The temporary structures are part of an effort to increase non-congregate shelter options for the unhoused.

Willamalane

The Willamalane Park and Recreation District in Springfield announced on Wednesday they're issuing another round of furloughs, affecting 144 employees. An official says the decision is a result of the two-week ‘freeze.'  

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Following Gov. Kate Brown’s 14-day "freeze" placing restrictions on some businesses and activities, the Eugene Family YMCA will pause all on-site services except for childcare. Gyms are required to remain closed during the "freeze" in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19.

OSPIRG Trouble in Toyland Report

The Oregon State Public Interest Research Group released their annual Trouble in Toyland report, week. Findings warn holiday shoppers of potential safety hazards for children.  

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