Claude Offenbacher


Claude Offenbacher has been a reporter/host at KLCC since 1999.

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Jeanne Atkins has served two months as Oregon’s 25th secretary of state.  She’s completing Kate Brown’s term; Brown is now Oregon’s governor. Atkins speaks about her selection, her priorities, and why she won’t be a candidate for a full term in 2016.

Lane County Commissioner Sid Leiken talks about “exploring” a run for governor in 2016.  The Springfield Republican discusses what will influence his decision, and why he wants the job.

Betsy Miller Jones, executive director of the Oregon School Boards Association, presses the need for more -- and more racially diverse -- school board candidates.  She also offers her views on the Common Core curriculum and Smarter Balanced test.

Tariq Malik, managing editor of, writes and is a media spokesperson on new advancements in space science and space flight.

Malik will present Thursday evening at the Science Factory's gala at the Eugene Hilton.

US Forest Service

The U.S. Forest Service has engaged the public in Seattle, Portland and Redding, California on the need for a new Northwest Forest Plan.  Now it’s moving its road show to smaller communities.

Lisa Romano, speaking for the Siuslaw National Forest Research Station, says at least a dozen local community sessions will be held in upcoming weeks. After introductions from forest service staff, participants will be called on to discuss three questions:

Anya Kamenetz, who writes about education for NPR and is the author of several books on education, says parents are losing patience with standardized testing.

She'll present April 1st at 7 p.m. at Tsunami Books in Eugene on this and other educational topic.

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Republican State Senator Jeff Kruse of Roseburg speaks on such topics as mandated vaccinations, statewide sick leave and climate change.

The Springfield City Council has asked staff to act promptly to improve safety on Main Street following a vehicle incident last month that killed three children.

The children, ages 4, 5 and 8, were in the crosswalk at Main and 54th on February 22nd when a pick-up driver struck and killed them.  The children’s mother, also struck, is recovering.  The incident is under investigation. 

In the past decade, 14 people have died on the wide corridor in collisions involving a mix of pedestrians, motorists and bicyclists:

(Grimaldi) “The goal is to get that to zero.”

Jobs are on the rise in Oregon. Unemployment is on the decline. That’s the takeaway from State Employment Department’s just-issued January report. 

Oregon employment reached a record level in January, with more than 55 thousand jobs above a year ago. State Employment Economist Nick Beleiciks:

(Beleiciks)  “The sectors that added the most jobs were the broad ranging professional and business services, manufacturing, retail trade and construction.”

U.S. State Department Courtesy Photo

Portland veterinarian Stacey Addison, who was detained in East Timor for five months, is on her way home. She boarded a plane to the U.S. after being released Monday night.

Although never charged with a crime, Addison was arrested last September in the southeast Asian country when she shared a taxi with a stranger who was arrested for possessing methamphetamine. She was told investigation of the incident might take a year. In December, KOIN-TV captured her despair: