Claude Offenbacher


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


U of O Women's Basketball
3:55 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

Kelly Graves Is New U of O Women's Basketball Coach

Kelly Graves
Credit ESPN

Fans of both the U of O women's and men's basketball teams have something to celebrate. The women's team has a new coach.  Kelly Graves, 51, led the Gonzaga women Bulldogs for 14 years.  He took them to seven NCAA tournaments and three straight Sweet Sixteens:

"I'm absolutely thrilled and privileged to be here," Graves told reporters Tuesday.  He was asked about how he planned to work with Jillian Alleyne, the Ducks' honorable mention All-American:

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4:00 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

Florence Resident Concerned About Potential Landslide

Collard Lake Watershed

A resident of Collard Lake Heights in Florence is requesting a landslide risk assessment in light of the recent devastating mudslide in Oso, Washington.  

Shauna Boyd, who lives in the Heights, says her neighbors share her concern.  A recent clear cut on hills above and surrounding the neighborhood, together with ongoing rains, have made the area particularly vulnerable, she says.  Boyd and her neighbors want the forestry department, which approved the clear-cut, to prohibit further cutting and to assess the area’s current and future vulnerability to landslides.  Shauna Boyd:

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Fern Ridge Superintendency
6:00 am
Tue April 1, 2014

Dr. Sally Storm Named to Head Fern Ridge School District

Dr. Sally J. Storm

Dr. Sally J. Storm is superintendent of the 230-student McKenzie School District 40 miles east of Eugene/Springfield.  On March 31st, she was appointed superintendent of the 1,500-student Fern Ridge School District, serving  Elmira, Veneta, Noti and Walton.  Dr.  Storm will succeed  current superintendent Dennis Friedrich.  She speaks with KLCC's Claude Offenbacher

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A Piece of My Mind
6:00 am
Wed March 26, 2014

A Piece of My Mind: Marriage


Not that long ago in Oregon and America, marriage evoked a simple narrative.  A man and his “intended” would exchange vows. The woman would take the man’s name. They’d commit to each other for life.

Today, divorce is on the rise. Heterosexual marriage is a shaky proposition.  Many partners forgo it.  They simply live together.  The woman may choose to take the man’s name… or not.  Either one may insist on a prenuptial agreement to protect assets should the marriage not take.  Divorce, once stigmatized, is as accepted these days as scrapping an old car.

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Class Size
10:39 am
Wed March 19, 2014

Eugene 4J Principal, Students, On Class Size Increases

Eugene 4J Principal Chris Mitchell
Credit Eugene 4J Schools

In a recent research study, Oregon was reported to have the third largest public school classes in the country.  KLCC's Claude Offenbacher speaks with Eugene 4J’s Roosevelt Middle School principal Chris Mitchell and two of his students to discuss the impact of larger classes on their school.

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Oregon Court of Appeals
6:45 am
Thu March 13, 2014

A Talk With Oregon Appelate Court Judge Joel DeVore

Oregon Court of Appeals Judge Joel DeVore

Oregon Court of Appeals Judge Joel DeVore spoke with KLCC’s Claude Offenbacher this week in the KLCC Studios.  Judge DeVore, a Eugene resident with a U of O law degree and a background in civil litigation, was named to the Court by Governor Kitzhaber five months ago.  He fills one of three new positions on the Court created in 2012. What, he was asked,  is the role of the state’s Court of Appeals?

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6:00 am
Mon March 10, 2014

Pilot Seeks To Keep People Out of MD Offices

Community Health

A new state health care initiative in Portland seeks to keep people out of doctor’s offices. 

CareOregon administers the state’s Medicare and Medicaid.  It has formed four “Community Innovations” teams to reach out with pilot programs to people with issues that impact their health. The first pilot, “Give to Get,” is an informal network of neighbors seeking to reduce social isolation among people with chronic conditions.  Rose Englert, a senior CareOregon manager, says this involves everything from simply checking in on older people to raking leaves for those with disabilities:

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6:00 am
Wed February 26, 2014

Storm Impacts Mt. Pisgah, OR Country Fair

Many trees at Mt Pisgah Arboretum were affected by the ice storm earlier this month.
Credit Mt Pisgah Arboretum

The 1999 fire that burned Mt. Pisgah grasslands also benefited the site by eradicating poison oak. Similarly, the winter storm earlier this month both damaged and enhanced the Lane County arboretum.  Tom LoCascio, Mt. Pisgah site manager, says the deciduous forest got hit:

LoCascio:  “We saw a lot of tops breaking out of trees.  It seemed like the oaks in particular took it pretty hard, and some of the big leaf maples as well.”

In assessing damage, LoCascio says, sometimes we consider only the individual species, the single oak tree,

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Piece of My Mind
6:00 am
Fri February 21, 2014

A Piece Of My Mind: The Olympics

Jeremy Abbott: Study in Perseverance

The Olympics are compelling.  They're available on every media platform.  It’s the thrill of victory, agony of defeat, and, of course, the U.S. medal count.

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Freedom of Press
6:41 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

4J Wants Journalists Out Of Internal Labor Discussions

The Eugene 4J School Board is expected to vote Wednesday to exclude media from its executive sessions on labor negotiations. 

Past practice has permitted media members to attend meetings at which the 4J board planned its negotiations positions and strategy.

The decision to meet privately in the future was initially made in closed session.  The Register-Guard, citing the State's public meetings law, informed 4J their decision must be arrived at openly.  The District will now therefore review the matter at its regular meeting.

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