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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Politics & Government
1:34 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

Lincoln County Library District To Vote On Measure 21-156

Credit Newport Public Library

Lincoln County libraries are hoping voters will say “yes” to ballot Measure 21-156. The measure asks the Library District to renew the levy that’s been funding the county’s five public libraries since the mid-90s.

Measure 21-156 asks county voters living outside of Lincoln City, Newport, Toledo and Yachats to renew the levy taxing nine cents on every 1,000 dollars of property value. These voters make up the Lincoln County Library District. The tax allows residents throughout the county access to the library. Ted Smith, the director at Newport Public Library explains:

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Disasters & Accidents
12:16 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

Oregon Participates In The Great ShakeOut

Credit eraelmundo

On October 16 at 10:16 a.m., Oregonians will have a chance to practice “drop, cover, and hold” as a part of the international Great ShakeOut exercise.

When a major earthquake hits Oregon, residents need to be prepared. The state lies in the Cascadia Subduction Zone, putting the area at risk of an earthquake.

To get people prepared, the state will be holding “The Great Oregon ShakeOut." This drill gives communities, schools, and other organizations a chance to practice their immediate responses to a tremor.

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Disasters & Accidents
10:50 am
Sun October 12, 2014

Eugene Holds Second Disaster Relief Trials

Cyclists make their final preparations before the trial begins.
Credit Amanda Butt

Saturday, dozens of bicyclists gathered in Alton Baker Park for the second annual Disaster Relief Trials.

If a natural disaster strikes in Eugene, cargo bikers are prepared to help the community. Around 60 cyclists gathered in Alton Baker Park - eager to begin the obstacle course modeled after an earthquake disaster. Emma Stocker is with the University of Oregon Emergency Management Team, she explains the course’s design:

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Other News
4:23 am
Fri October 10, 2014

Eugene Public Library Holds Community Conversations

Credit Eugene agogo

Throughout October, The Eugene Public Library will be holding five open discussions on how it can better satisfy visitors’ needs in the next 10 years.

The Eugene Public Library has looked at what improvements other libraries are making and explored the role of libraries in the future. But director Connie Bennett said there was a big piece missing from their visioning, the community’s voice.

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Crime & Law
12:06 pm
Wed October 8, 2014

UO President's Review Panel Hears Student Input On Sexual Misconduct

President's Review Panel listens to students' input.
Credit Amanda Butt

Tuesday night, the University of Oregon President's Review Panel met to hear students' perspectives and ideas of how to prevent and respond to sexual misconduct on campus.

More than three dozen students filled the Global Scholars Great Hall on campus to voice their thoughts at the second of two listening sessions Tuesday. Senior Chloe France:

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Other News
6:00 am
Tue August 26, 2014

Kombucha Sales Taking Off In Oregon

Credit Amanda Butt

Kombucha businesses have been popping up around Oregon and flourishing in Portland, Bend and Eugene. This ancient fermented drink is earning new fans as it gains popularity in a state well-known for its breweries. The sales numbers show that more people are drinking kombucha, but there are many people who still don’t know what the drink is.

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Wildfires
12:14 pm
Tue August 12, 2014

Fire Crews Anticipate More Lightning

Credit USDA

Thunderstorms are expected to continue today and tomorrow in the Willamette Valley and Central Oregon. The chance of lightning will keep the red flag warning in effect and fire troops on the lookout for new starts.

More than 40 new fires started in the Willamette National Forest during the recent thunderstorms. Jean Nelson-Dean, with the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center explains how fire crews anticipate these new blazes.

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Arts & Culture
2:59 pm
Wed August 6, 2014

54th Annual Scandinavian Festival Receives Award

Credit Scandinavian Festival Association

The 54th Annual Scandinavian Festival kicks off Thursday in Junction City. Recently, the festival was honored with an award for its ongoing legacy.

The “Oregon Heritage Tradition Designation” was awarded to the Scandinavian Festival this year. The award is bestowed to festivals and fairs that have been running for 50 years or longer. Mark Crenshaw, president of the Scandinavian Festival explains it’s not just the age of the festival that makes it stand out.

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Education
1:31 pm
Wed August 6, 2014

Backpacks For Back To School Kicks Off

Colton Reynolds admires his new school supplies.
Credit Amanda Butt

Wednesday, St. Vincent de Paul along with sponsoring partners met at Bi-Mart in Eugene to kick-off the “Backpacks for Back to School Drive.”

The “Backpacks for Back-to-School Drive” gives backpacks filled with basic school supplies to Lane County students for their first day of school. Ronnel Curry, executive director of the Springfield Education Foundation says new school supplies are vital to a child’s success.  

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Other News
4:02 pm
Mon August 4, 2014

Hop Valley Expands Into Washington And Idaho

Credit Brent MacCluer, Hop Valley Brewing

Hop Valley Brewing is expanding into Washington and Idaho later this month. A new distribution partnership is making it possible to supply these states with the Eugene business' beer.

Hop Valley is adding four new beer tanks ranging in size from 4,000 to 6,000 gallons to its Whiteaker facility. In October, additional 12,000 gallon tanks will arrive. Jonas Kungys, a Hop Valley owner says the tanks are needed to meet demands in the Northwest.

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