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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A local hobbyist is helping clean up rivers, creeks, and other bodies of water in the Eugene and Springfield area, one catch at a time.

City of Eugene

Eugene city councilors voted unanimously on Wednesday to boost capacity at temporary shelter sites for tents and parking. The city aims to prioritize people living in areas unsanctioned for camping. 

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Vehicle camping in Eugene has surged over the past year with the city receiving hundreds of complaints from community members and businesses owners. The city council will consider how to solve this problem and where to allow vehicle campers Monday night.

PeaceHealth Rides

A new nonprofit will oversee PeaceHealth’s bike share program, PeaceHealth Rides in Eugene. Cascadia Mobility, a company within Forth Mobility, was selected by the city and will begin operations in May.

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The Eugene City Council voted unanimously Monday to hold a public hearing on an ordinance that would increase the capacity of temporary camping and parking sites.

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Lane County will add two new microsites in Eugene for the unhoused at the end of April. While temporary, the county plans to reuse the sites for emergency shelter during the winter season.

Saturday Market

 

The Eugene Saturday Market opens this weekend on April 3. With its return comes a few changes.

Lane County Farmers Market

For the first time in decades, the Lane County Farmers Market will temporarily move to a new location in Eugene. The change comes as the city plans to begin work on its town square project in May.

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The City of Eugene Parks and Open Space, along with a group of volunteers planted 240 roses at the Owen Rose Garden on March 26. The new flowers will add more hues and resilience.

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The city of Eugene and Community Supported Shelters unveiled a new rest stop for the unhoused on Thursday. The Westmoreland Park site is one of five locations that will go up around the city.

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A group of Bushnell University students, along with Project Hope are spending part of their spring break in Eugene building sheds for survivors of last year’s wildfires.

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Willamalane Park and Recreation District in Springfield is looking to hire dozens of lifeguards in an effort to reopen their waterpark and expand hours.

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Funding for emergency rental assistance for Lane County residents will be available once again. Eligible applicants can apply Friday March 19 between 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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The Hult Center in Eugene is set to return next week with limited capacity. The center’s staff spent their time behind closed doors working on upgrades for a better - and COVID-friendly - experience.

McKenzie School District

 

The McKenzie School District welcomed Grades 1, 2 and 3 back to the classroom, this week. The district and its students have been challenged by both the pandemic and the Holiday Farm Fire.

Tiffany Eckert

 

A Douglas County Health Official says COVID-19 vaccination efforts seem to be going well, but he warns against complacency.

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The Civil Liberties Defense Center filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against the City of Springfield, its police chief, and 28 officers on Monday in regards to a Black Lives Matter protest last year.

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The City of Eugene is conducting a Community Safety Survey through the end of March. It comes as city council works to finalize funding priorities for the Community Safety Payroll Tax.

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It’s been a week since Oregon Gov. Kate Brown lowered Lane County’s coronavirus risk level from extreme to high, putting indoor dining back on the table. Owners in Springfield and Eugene say although capacity is limited, they’re seeing a sharp increase in business.

Photo courtesy of Robin Meacher, McKenzie River Trust

The McKenzie River Trust recently acquired more than a hundred acres through a conservation easement located between Junction City and Monroe.

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A Eugene couple who began offering free food nearly a year ago are readying to open a community café with similar goals of addressing food insecurity. They’re hoping to offer more than a meal.

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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.

Tiffany Eckert

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.

Brian Bull / KLCC

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. 

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