Melorie Begay

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Melorie Begay is a reporter 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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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.

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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.

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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.

 

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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.

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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.

 

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

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On their eighth night of marching, Friday night, Black Lives Matter protesters aimed to keep the momentum going. While BLM organizers have their sights set on police reform, other protesters in Eugene want to abolish police altogether.

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After both the City of Eugene and Lane County decided to close temporary emergency COVID-19 respite centers and camps, more than 100 protesters convened at a parking lot on Friday. 

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For the 5th day in a row, protestors gathered in Eugene to denounce police brutality and the death of George Floyd. The crowd drew up to 1,200 marchers for a protest that started Tuesday evening, and lasted into the night.

 

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Temporary COVID-19 homeless respite centers in Eugene and Springfield are expected to close when Lane County enters Phase Two of reopening. County officials are eyeing a June 5 end date. The City of Eugene will also shutdown their Designated Temporary Shelter Sites, but they'll wait until the county has been approved to enter Phase Two.

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Eugene City Councilors took action on three housing ordinances Tuesday night. This includes the Downtown Riverfront redevelopment project, the Multi-Unit Property Tax Exemption Program (MUPTE) and the Low-Income Rental Housing Property Tax Exemption (LIRHPTE).

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In a unanimous decision, Eugene city councilors voted Tuesday night to adopt an ordinance condemning COVID-19 related bigotry aimed at people with Asian descent. Concurrently, the resolution recognizes May as Asian and Pacific Islander American Heritage Month.

Four Eugene City Council races saw three likely winners for Wards 2, 7, and 8, based on Tuesday night's unofficial election results. Meanwhile, the race for Ward 1 appears headed to the General Election. Tight primary results means incumbent Emily Semple and challenger Eliza Kashinsky will appear on November’s ballot.

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More than 120 crowlers, hand filled cans of beer, have made their way to doctors, nurses, and other healthcare workers after a Eugene brewery added the option to donate online.

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The 2020 Primary Election for Eugene City Council has 13 candidates running for Wards 1, 2, 7 and 8. Two of these wards are open seats, as councilors Betty Taylor and Chris Pryor have chosen not to run again. Meanwhile, Wards 1 and 7 have councilors Emily Semple and Claire Syrett looking to retain their current positions.

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As Lane County awaits Governor Kate Brown’s approval to enter Phase One of reopening, restaurants will see changes in food safety guidelines. Some eateries have already implemented many of the protocols the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) has laid out.  

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The Archaeology Channel International Film Festival is bringing its 17th annual series online for viewers this year. They’ve built their own video-on-demand platform to make it happen.

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At what might seem like the worst possible time ever, some local eateries have launched or expanded amid a global pandemic. Rather than pushing back dates, four business owners took the risk and pressed forward.

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Lane County staff is drafting plans to reopen. County officials say once approved by Governor Kate Brown, reopening will likely occur in three phases over the course of several weeks.  

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St. Vincent de Paul has re-opened two of their Eugene locations after in-store supplies have begun to dry up. The nonprofit says they’ve implemented a number of safety measures for customers and staff.

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The Benton County Health Department is anticipating a bump in positive COVID-19 cases after expanded testing in Corvallis. New results could be the outcome of Oregon State University’s door-to-door study.

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Lane County Public Health announced a second suspected death related to COVID-19, Friday morning. The 59-year-old Eugene-Springfield man had pre-existing medical conditions and was hospitalized for the virus.

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Donations poured in during a community run drive for the Eugene 4J School District, last week. Food, cleaning supplies, and basic hygiene items were collected, which all went to students and their families. Another drive is set for Friday.

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Federal loan programs were supposed to be a lifeline for small-businesses, but not all have received aid. For minority business owners, it only makes the road to full recovery steeper.

 

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Limited COVID-19 testing has made it difficult for officials and healthcare providers to determine the actual number of positive cases in the state. Oregon State University and the Willamette Valley Toxicology Labratory are looking to provide answers on how prevalent the virus is, starting with Corvallis. On Sunday, they began testing individuals' self-collected samples in select neighborhoods.

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