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.

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Lane Regional Air Protection Agency

An air quality advisory is in effect for parts of Lane County for the next two days. Smoke from the Middle Fork Complex Fire is expected to make its way to the Oakridge and Westfir area.

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A new mural outside Memos Mexican Restaurant in Springfield is nearing completion. The art celebrates the city’s Latinx community and was inspired by personal stories.

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People in need of respite from heat can get a free ride to a cooling center on any LTD bus route. On July 30 and 31st starting at 1 p.m. riders can tell drivers they’re traveling to a cooling center and their fee will be waived. 

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KLCC spoke with Lane County Public Health's Emergency Program Coordinator Selene Jaramillo about how to prepare for emergency situations and what to pack in a go bag. 

Lane Community College

Lane Community College employees, students, and staff will return to a fully vaccinated campus this fall. Board members voted unanimously to require COVID-19 vaccines Wednesday.

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The City of Eugene announced the purchase of carbon offsets July 7 in an effort to meet their 2020 carbon neutrality goal outlined by the Climate Recovery Ordinance.

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A nonprofit that helps the unhoused endured last month's record breaking heatwave with a broken refrigerator and without air conditioning. Now, St. Vincent de Paul is preparing for future emergencies.

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Affordable housing would increase across Oregon and the nation, under a bill introduced by U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley Tuesday.

Oregon Center for Public Policy

 

Undocumented workers in Oregon have been disproportionately affected by the pandemic not only their health but economically as well, according to a new report.

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Eugene City Councilors held one of two Work Sessions focused on reparations for Black and Indigenous People of Color and Asian Americans Wednesday.

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Eugene city councilors passed an ordinance, 7-1, Monday restricting how long people can park in one spot. The move is meant to deter people living in vehicles from staying more than three days in one area.

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On day one of the U.S. Track and Field Olympic Trials in Eugene, Ryan Crouser broke the world record for shot put.

City of Eugene

 

Eugene City Councilors took a step toward a compromise with Northwest Natural Gas on their new right of way franchise agreement, Wednesday. A stalemate over carbon reduction goals led to the expiration of a previous agreement on May 11.

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The Lane County History Museum opened its doors Wednesday with a new exhibit featuring a mid-century boat and the McKenzie River.

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  Eugene-based Arcimoto recently opened a rental program for it’s Fun Utility Vehicles or FUVs. Director of Communications Jonathan Miller shared why Arcimoto opened the rental center. 

  

City of Eugene

The city of Eugene has identified 11 potential 'Safe Sleep Sites' for the unhoused to legally stay while receiving services. The city aims to approve and open selected sites this fall.

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Eugene ranked second for best cities for cycling in America according to a recent report by Apartment Guide.

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Eugene city councilors accepted a proposal to construct a mixed-income building downtown called the Montgomery on Wednesday.

Lane Transit District

Lane Transit District will host a pop up vaccination clinic June 8 through June 10 at the Springfield Station.

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Springfield Police Department’s new Interim Police Chief, Andrew Shearer says he’s focused on building trust and transparency with the community. Shearer replaces former Chief Richard Lewis who retired.

Enchanted Forest website

After a challenging year, Enchanted Forest near Salem is reopening this weekend. Operating at just 15 percent capacity and by online reservation only, the park has already sold out.

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The University of Oregon announced Wednesday every graduate and law student who requested to renew their Graduate Village contract by June 1 will be accommodated.

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The Mehl Creek Fire, burning southwest of Elkton, is about 50 percent contained as of Wednesday morning.

Tiffany Eckert

In an update on COVID-19 risk levels Tuesday, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown announced Lane County will move from High to Moderate Risk for transmission starting Friday June 4 through June 10.

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The Springfield History Museum and the Springfield Public Library are holding an art contest to celebrate the city and surrounding rural areas using the alphabet.

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The Springfield Public Library will open by appointment starting June 1. While the library has continued service for most of the pandemic, it’s the first time community members will be allowed to browse for books indoors.

City of Eugene

 

 

Eugene City Councilors will consider a ban on the use, and eventual sale of fireworks in parts of the city to mitigate wildfire risk in the South Hills.

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The University of Oregon’s fall COVID-19 plans have left some graduate students in Eugene with uncertainty about their living situations. A group of students are protesting the university’s decision to not renew leases.

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Relief is making its way to small businesses affected by the pandemic in Lane County by way of $2.4 million in grants from the State of Oregon. This is the seventh round of funding disbursed by the county and CommunityLending Works.

Rachael McDonald

Officials are reminding registered voters in Lane County, who have not cast their ballots yet, to submit them to official drop box sites after Wednesday. Mailed ballots sent after May 12 might not arrive in time for the May 18 Special Election.

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