Amanda Butt

Reporter

Amanda is a volunteer reporter at KLCC. She is a student at the University of Oregon where she studies Journalism and French. She hopes to one day use these two degrees as an international correspondent
broadcaster for radio or television.

At the University of Oregon, Amanda is specializing in broadcast journalism and is developing her multimedia and documentary skills as well. She enjoys telling stories with both video and audio. She is a producer for Duck TV News, the student-run, weekly news production on campus. She has also reported for Oregon News and interned as a reporter for KECI 13, an NBC news affiliate in Missoula, Montana. This summer Amanda worked with faculty and students at the U of O to produce a show called Northwest Stories for OPB.

In her free time, Amanda enjoys hiking, skiing, reading, and playing soccer.

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Nature
1:48 pm
Mon February 23, 2015

ODFW Looks To Acquire 10,000 Acres On Lower Deschutes River Canyon

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) is looking to acquire 10,000 acres of land on the Lower Deschutes River Canyon.

ODFW's purchase of this massive plot of land would add to the existing eight thousand acre Lower Deschutes Wildlife Area. The plot encompasses most of the Oak Creek Watershed.

ODFW wildlife biologist Jeremy Thompson explains why this is appealing:

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Other News
3:39 pm
Mon February 9, 2015

Jefferson Westside Neighbors Hold Panel With Capstone

The Jefferson Westside Neighbors will hold a panel discussion during their monthly meeting Tuesday evening. Neighborhood residents plan to meet with representatives from Capstone – the business responsible for the new 13th and Olive apartments in Eugene.

Some residents in the downtown area are not pleased with the tenants and management of the new 1,300 bedroom complex.

Tom Happy is on the Jefferson Westside Neighborhood board. He shares some concerns:

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Disasters & Accidents
2:58 pm
Mon February 9, 2015

Strong Winds Cause Structure Damage On Oregon Coast

Heavy rains pounded the Oregon coast Monday Several schools and businesses lost power including the Adobe Inn in Yachats.

General Manager Anthony Muirhead says the lasting damage is to the front door. The strong winds blew it completely off its hinges.

“It was about seven o’clock this morning and certainly got our attention quickly. I think for our guests, it was just an impressive scene for what nature can do here on the coast.”

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Health
12:27 pm
Wed February 4, 2015

Third UO Student Shows Symptoms Of Meningococcemia

UPDATE: Lane County Health officials said Wednesday a third person has been hospitalized with a potential case of Meningococcemia.

Lane County health officials are looking for connections between the recent diagnosis of Meningococcemia– a blood infection that causes meningitis - and the case diagnosed last month. Both women with the diagnosis are University of Oregon Students.

An epidemiological team will collect samples from the two women and send them to the state lab where they will be compared. The results will be released in a few days.

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Local Food
4:13 pm
Mon February 2, 2015

Local Food Connection Conference Brings Together Producers And Buyers

Listeners sit in on a workshop at the Local Food Connection Conference.
Credit Amanda Butt

Over 200 food producers and buyers gathered at Lane Community College for the annual Local Food Connection Conference Monday.

The Center for Meeting and Learning was buzzing with people talking about local food. Those in attendance were eager to put their products on shelves or to find someone growing a needed ingredient.

Many had attended in years past and say they keep coming back for the same reason, to network.

David Clark owns Cousin Jack’s Pasty Company in Eugene:

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Education
3:18 pm
Wed January 28, 2015

State Education Leaders Visit Eugene To Discuss Standardized Testing

Tuesday evening state education leaders visited Eugene to hear thoughts from parents and teachers on the new Smarter Balanced standardized tests.

Tensions were high at North Eugene High School as many teachers from around the region spoke out against using the Common Core state testing standards in their classrooms.

The Smarter Balanced tests are conducted on computers. This is one concern of Looking Glass Riverfront School teacher Laura Farrelly.

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Environment
12:53 pm
Wed January 28, 2015

Construction Nears Completion On Charleston Marine Museum

A view from the Charleston Marine Life Center.
Credit Lou Sennick / The World

Construction is wrapping up on a new marine museum and aquarium on the Southern Oregon Coast.

After seven years of planning, the Charleston Marine Life Center expects to open its doors to the public this spring. The 6,000 square foot museum overlooks the Charleston Harbor. It’s a part of the University Of Oregon Institute Of Marine Biology.

Director Craig Young explains how the design of the building incorporates the landscape:

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Crime & Law
3:29 pm
Mon January 26, 2015

Super Bowl Sunday Not Linked To Domestic Violence Increase

The long-lasting claim linking domestic violence and Super Bowl Sunday doesn't hold true for Lane County.

Peggy Whalen from Womenspace in Eugene says in her 25 years of work in the field, she has never once seen rates spike because of the game.

"There definitely isn't a correlation between Super Bowl Sunday and domestic violence. I do, however, think that this is a really important thing to be discussing, especially this year."

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Economy
12:53 pm
Mon January 26, 2015

Unemployment Rates Drop In Oregon Counties

Unemployment rates fell in the month of December for several Oregon counties. Recent numbers show Lane County's rate at six point seven percent, Deschutes at seven point six percent and Douglas at nine point three percent.

Deschutes and Douglas rates remain well above the statewide average. Regional Labor Economist Brian Rooney explains why:

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Transportation
3:51 pm
Wed January 21, 2015

Eugene City Council Considers Changing Public Passenger Vehicle Code For Uber

Credit Uber

Eugene City Council held a hearing Tuesday night to discuss the ride sharing app, Uber. It's been violating city code since it arrived in Eugene. The council is considering changing the code to accommodate Uber.

If Eugene's public passenger vehicle code is updated, it would allow ride sharing, smart phone applications to charge fares and would require the services to be licensed by the city.

Eugene asked Uber to cease its services in November and has been fining the business 2,000 dollars a day since December 15th.

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