Claude Offenbacher


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


Eugene Business
6:00 am
Wed September 17, 2014

Euphoria Chocolate Company: Its Past, Present and Future

Bob Bury (left) has sold Eugene's Euphoria Chocolate Company to Van Glass (right). They spoke with Claude Offenbacher in the KLCC studios.
Credit Rachel McDonald

The Euphoria Chocolate Company of Eugene was founded in 1980 by Bob Bury and his wife, Sue Subbot.  They're retiring, having just sold the business to Van Glass, a software executive, and his wife, Bonnie.   Bob and Van, seller and buyer, joined us to discuss Euphoria...and all things chocolate.

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Election 2014
10:53 am
Tue September 16, 2014

Oregon Secretary of State Seeks Increase in Voter Registration

Postcards should arrive this week in nearly one million Oregon mailboxes.  They’re promoting a higher turnout in November’s election.  But they’re not being sent in support of a political party or candidate.  

Lane County spokeswoman Anne Marie Levis says the postcards will come from the Secretary of State’s office.  They’ll contain instructions on how to register to vote:

Levis:  “It’s a statewide effort to people who, through multiple different data bases, seem as if they’re not a registered voter and try to get them to register and be able to vote.”

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Springfield Public Schools
6:00 am
Wed September 10, 2014

Springfield Superintendent Reflects...And Looks Ahead

Springfield Schools Superintendent Hertica Martin

KLCC’s Claude Offenbacher speaks with Dr. Hertica Martin.  She’s in her second year as superintendent of the Springfield Public Schools.

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Eugene City Hall
12:13 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

City Hall Once More In Limbo

Last week Mayor Kitty Piercy helped remove a cedar slat from the old Eugene City Hall building.
Credit Corinne Boyer

The Eugene City Council pressed the pause button Monday night on taking down City Hall. 

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Disasters & Accidents
5:53 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

Four Family Members Drown In Oregon Lake

The bodies of three family members were retrieved Tuesday from Hagg Lake west of Portland. They were relatives of a 3-year-old boy who died Monday after being taken unconscious from the lake.

Washington County Sheriff’s Office Sergeant Bob Ray says the Hillsboro family members were found about 25 yards from where the boy’s body was found. They included his mother, grandmother, and the boy’s 13-year-old uncle.  

The victims were not wearing life jackets, Ray says. There was no evidence of foul play.  Sergeant Ray says the investigation is ongoing.

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Arts & Culture
6:00 am
Fri August 22, 2014

Oregon Printmaker Celebrated in U. of O. Exhibit, New Book

Joby Patterson

Joby Patterson of Eugene is an art historian. She has studied fine art prints for more than three decades, and recently taught the history of printmaking at the U. of O.  Patterson has just produced a book on the life and works of 20th century printmaker Norma Bassett Hall. It's called "Chipping the Block, Painting the Silk."  She joined KLCC’s Claude Offenbacher to discuss her book, as well as her role as curator of more than sixty prints by Hall at the U. of O.'s  Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art opening Saturday.

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Arts & Culture
7:42 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

Eugene Celebration Parade Hits The Streets Saturday

Although the Eugene Celebration isn't happening this year, there will be a parade. There's also a celebration concert Saturday evening as part of the festivities.

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Other News
6:00 am
Mon August 18, 2014

A Piece Of My Mind (#10): Wayne Morse and Courage

Senator Wayne Morse

I'm Claude Offenbacher, and this is "A Piece of My Mind."

Fifty years ago this month, Democrat Wayne Morse of Oregon took a courageous stand.  He was one of only two Senators to oppose President Johnson's request to use military force in Vietnam.

Senator Morse stood apart from his colleagues on a measure President Johnson said was an essential response to Communist aggression in Southeast Asia.

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Arts & Culture
3:14 pm
Tue August 12, 2014

Shedd Manager Reflects on Robin Williams

Robin Williams

Jan Easton is the Operations Manager at the Shedd Institute in Eugene.  He takes care of the building and assists in overseeing the performances.  But the favorite part of his job is transporting and meeting the artists. In January 12, 2013, that performer was Robin Williams.

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Politics & Government
6:00 am
Wed August 6, 2014

Oregon Treasurer Ted Wheeler Seeks Improved Retirement Savings Options


Oregon Treasurer Ted Wheeler, the state’s banker, was in Eugene Tuesday.  In his first full term, the 51-year-old Democrat leads the bipartisan Retirement Savings Task Force studying how to improve retirement savings options for Oregonians.  Before presiding over the first in a statewide series of conversations on the topic, Wheeler stopped by the KLCC studios and spoke with KLCC's Claude Offenbacher.

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