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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Eugene’s 4J School Board unanimously approved a motion on Wednesday to increase compensation for transportation employees. 

City of Eugene

More officers and youth intervention programs were among some of the needs discussed at a Eugene City Council work session on Oct. 11. The meeting focused on the Community Safety Initiative.

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Climate activists drove a fleet of electric vehicles around Eugene Saturday in support of the electrification of transportation, and to push the city to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

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City councilors voted unanimously Wednesday to permanently ban the use and sale of fireworks in Bend.

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A new report tracking air quality across the country found Eugene and Springfield experienced 73 days of elevated air pollution in 2020. 

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Parts of downtown Eugene are brighter at night thanks to some recent upgrades. Hundreds of light bulbs were replaced in an effort to increase safety and draw more people to the area. 

Oregon Department of Transportation

The Oregon Department of Transportation’s proposal to build a new bridge, and redo another, to ease traffic over the Willamette River in Eugene may be years out, but the U.S. Coast Guard has begun taking public comments on possible impacts to navigation.

City of Eugene

The City of Eugene voted, 7-1, Wednesday to approve three Safe Sleep sites for the unhoused adding to two other sites approved over the summer. The new sites could provide up to 150 spaces for a mix of tents or vehicles.

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A new airline will begin flying out of the Eugene Airport starting Nov. 1. Aha!, owned by ExpressJet, will fly once a day, three times a week to the Reno-Tahoe International Airport in Reno, NV.

Lane County

The Lane County Board of Commissioners passed a resolution, 4-1, on Tuesday declaring the second Monday of October Indigenous Peoples' Day. This is the first time the county has made this declaration.

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Volunteers collected 26,815 pounds of litter and marine debris from Oregon’s coast, rivers, and neighborhoods during SOLVE's 38th annual Beach and Riverside Cleanup this year.

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The University of Oregon saw an estimated 2,700 students descend on-campus in Eugene for UO's Move-in Day on Thursday. Classes start Sept. 27 with the university touting a readiness for COVID-19.

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Lane County received $3.5 million in federal funding to support services to reduce youth homelessness.

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The Eugene Police Department’s Special Investigations Unit arrested a suspect Tuesday for a bias crime and assault that left the victim with a severe stab wound.

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Oregon’s Medicaid Program will receive nearly $1 million dollars in federal grants to support mobile crisis intervention services, like Eugene’s CAHOOTS.

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A Eugene bakery and local advocates celebrated international PARK(ing) Day. The idea is to raise awareness about how much space in a city is taken up by parking.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Lane County announced Thursday that all county employees and volunteers must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 by Nov. 30. Those who miss the deadline could face provisional layoffs.

Willamalane

  

Willamalane Parks and Recreation District in Springfield is facing a staffing shortage that’s left several programs on hold as they look for new hires.

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A man who fell into the ocean at Devils Churn on Thursday in Lincoln County has been presumed dead by the Oregon State Police.

Roseburg Fire Department

The Roseburg Fire Department announced Thursday, they may have to intermittently close one of their fire stations due to COVID-19 related staffing shortages.

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Oregon Gov. Kate Brown and other state officials say they're determined to get students back in the classroom this year. They’re asking for the public’s help to curb COVID-19 by following recommended advisories. 

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An affordable housing project was unveiled in Springfield, Wednesday. The “C-Street Co-op” is the first of its kind in Oregon that allows low-income households a form of homeownership.

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The Douglas County Sheriff says he won’t be enforcing Oregon’s mask mandate that goes into effect Aug. 27. The county has one of the highest rates of COVID-19 in the state.

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The Lane County Board of Commissioners passed a motion on Tuesday banning fireworks in unincorporated areas during fire season.

Bloodworks NW

Blood donations have fallen to a critical low for Bloodworks Northwest. The shortage has the center cutting back on deliveries to hospitals. 

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Incidents of hate and bias are on the rise again in Eugene, according to the city’s annual report. 2020 showed an increase of 13 percent since the previous year.

Elizabeth Gabriel / KLCC News

  Most students in the Eugene 4J school district will return full time this fall to new COVID-19 mandates. Others have the option of taking online classes.

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Catholic Community Services of Lane County's Refugee and Immigration program says they’re prepared to help any incoming Afghan refugees. 

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PeaceHealth’s Sacred Heart Medical Center at Riverbend announced they’re halting elective and scheduled surgeries for Tuesday because of an increase in COVID-19 patients. The hospital's had to expand their COVID-19 units to add more space.

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Fire officials are warning the public to take extra care over the next few days to not add to extreme fire danger brought on by high temperatures and forecast lightning.

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