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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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. 

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Lane County Public Health activated an incident command system in response to the two confirmed cases of measles in Oregon, Monday. Officials say more cases could start developing within the next few days.

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Lane County’s Low-income Energy Assistance Program, or LIHEAP is still waiting for federal funding for the upcoming winter season. But, they’re still accepting waitlist applications starting November 1st 

Photo courtesy of Oregon Coast Aquarium

A recent study by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) found a 10,000 percent increase in purple sea urchins over the past five years. The spike threatens the Oregon coast kelp beds and diversity.

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City of Eugene

Eugene city councilors weighed in on a series of motions on Accessory Dwelling Units (ADU), on Wednesday. Councilors ended their work session by holding off on a final vote that would have loosened restrictions on owner occupancy and parking requirements.

Oregon State Police

The regional NAACP conference and the Corvallis-Albany NAACP chapter want prosecutors to drop all charges against Genesis Hansen in addition to 3 other demands. Hansen, a 21-year-old Oregon State University student, was charged with resisting arrest after riding her bicycle on the wrong side of the street.

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Note: This story will be updated as new developments occur. 

Monday evening, the Eugene Police Department and EWEB responded to a vehicle crash on Willamette Street and 29th Avenue.  The EPD closed off a portion of Willamette Street where the incident occured while the area was cleared, and through the night utility crews worked to restore power for roughly 700 residents.

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As temperatures begin to drop, St. Vincent de Paul is continuing preparations for their Egan Warming Center program. This season they’re opening two new shelter sites, including one in Springfield. 

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Dozens of racers sped down Skinner Butte this Saturday during the 2nd Annual EUGfun! Coffin Races. A few of the participants donned bathrobes, David Bowie outfits, a pumpkin suit, and more. 

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After 11 months of negotiations, over a thousand members of the University of Oregon’s Graduate Teaching Fellows Federation (GTFF) are now in favor of going on strike. The union and the institution still have 2 weeks to reach an agreement.


The arrest of an Oregon State University student by Oregon State Police on Oct. 13 has stirred controversy over the alleged use of force and racial profiling. OSU President Ed Ray released a statement to the campus, Friday, calling the incident "troubling," and stated he may reconsider the partnership between OSU and state police.

Bureau of Land Management

The Oregon-Washington Bureau of Land Management is accepting public comment on the reclassification of public domain lands in Oregon. A recent environmental assessment report found no significant impact related to the transition.

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Since 2017, the City of Springfield has proclaimed October 14 as Indigenous Peoples Day. This year, the city raised the flags of two of Oregon's nine federally recognized tribes. The flags, from the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde and the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians, were gifted to the city.

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The University of Oregon’s Sustainable City Year Program (SCYP) is recognizing 10 years of offering solutions to cities and communities across Oregon. This year, SCYP will partner with the Lane Transit District to explore projects like climate responsive design, bike shares, and tourism.

Lane County

Last year, Oregon Governor Kate Brown declared substance abuse addiction a public health crisis. Since then, Portland, Medford, Jackson County, and Klamath County have followed suit. Today Lane County joined in, but not without debate.