Desmond O'Boyle

Weekend Edition Host / Reporter

Desmond O'Boyle is KLCC's local host of Weekend Edition

He graduated from Colorado Mesa University with an AA in 2006. Shortly after, he moved to Eugene and continued his education at the University of Oregon studying Journalism. He started working as a volunteer at KLCC in 2011 and graduated with a BS later that year.

Desmond plays the Great Highland Bagpipe and is Pipe Major of the Eugene Highlanders. He has been playing since he was 12.

Other interests include skiing, hiking, disc golf, and cooking.

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College Football
9:55 am
Sun December 14, 2014

Oregon Quarterback Marcus Mariota Wins Heisman Trophy

Marcus Mariota striking the Heisman Pose during the Civil War.
Credit ESPN.com

University of Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota has won college football's most prestigious award, the Heisman Trophy.

Mariota is the first Oregon player, and the first Hawaiian native to win the award. Mariota was the definitive favorite to win. He accounted for a Pac-12 record 53 touchdowns and led the Ducks to a spot in the first College Football Playoff. In an emotional acceptance speech, Mariota thanked his team, his coaches and the Polynesian community.

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Oregon Economy
6:46 pm
Mon December 8, 2014

Oregon Economy On Par With Nationwide Positive Growth Trends

Credit econforum.uoregon.edu

Economic indicators recently released by the University of Oregon show the state are showing improvement. October employment data was stronger in all areas except natural resources and mining sectors.

Manufacturing was particularly strong during the fall, suggesting the State is on par with national growth trends. The household sector is also stabilizing after years of negative data. Tim Duy is Director of the Economic Forum at the U of O. He says employment services, or temp resources are on the rise.

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Agriculture
6:00 am
Mon December 8, 2014

Oregon Looking At Conservation Easements To Protect Farmland

Credit oregon.gov

Oregon is looking to protect farmland by the use of conservation easements. The voluntary agreement between a land owner and a land trust or government agency limits the use of land for conservation purposes.

Conservation easements are popular in other states to protect farming and could give Oregon a strong tool to keep farms from disappearing. Tom Salazer is General Manager of the Clackamas Soil and Water Conservation District. He says the state should look at easements to protect farm land on a permanent basis.

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College Football
3:03 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

Riley Leaves OSU To Coach Nebraska

Mike Riley
Credit Oregon State University

Oregon State's longtime football coach Mike Riley has accepted the head coaching job at the University of Nebraska.

Riley is taking over for Coach Bo Pelini, who was fired over the weekend.  Nebraska Athletic Director Shawn Eichorst announced Riley's hiring today. Steve Tannen is host of the daily sports radio show "Crunch Time" on 95.3 The Score in Eugene. He says Riley’s departure could affect recruiting.

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College Football
9:15 am
Sun November 30, 2014

Ducks Rout Beavers In 118th Civil War

Credit gtff3544.net

The University of Oregon Ducks continued their winning streak against in-state rival Oregon State in the 118th Civil War game yesterday (Saturday). The Ducks routed the Beavers 47 to 19 in Corvallis.

The Ducks went into Reeser Stadium focused on finishing the regular season with a victory against their arch-rivals. The Beavers needed a win just to be bowl eligible. Quarterback Marcus Mariota put on a show throwing for 367 yards and four touchdowns and ran for 39 yards and two more scores. The Heisman candidate praised his teammates for the season they've shared.

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Health
1:40 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

Oregon's Rate Of Unneeded Prescribed Antibiotics Among Nation's Lowest

Credit public.health.oregon.gov

Oregon's rate of unneeded prescribed antibiotics is among the Nation's lowest. Growing resistance to the drugs is a concern for physicians. The tendency of doctors not to prescribe antibiotics is part of a trend in other western states.

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Poverty
6:00 am
Mon November 17, 2014

Helping Impoverished Children Starts With Parents

Kids from lower-income families are more likely to escape the cycle of poverty when programs are also coordinated to serve their parents, according to a new report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation.
Credit Bridge Meadows

Helping children in poverty needs to start with their parents. That's according to a new report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation. There are approximately 126 thousand Oregon children under age 8 living below the poverty line. Most of their parents don't have a higher education degree and many don't have year round work. Children First for Oregon Spokeswoman Tonia Hunt says the State needs to work on ways to improve the family budget.

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Agriculture
9:14 am
Sun November 16, 2014

Oregon Looking For Ways To Increase Aquaculture Production

Aquaculture in Oregon
Credit seagrant.oregonstate.edu

Roughly 90% of the fish consumed in the U.S. is imported. Half of that is farmed fish, a practice known as aquaculture farming. Compared to neighboring Washington, California, and Idaho, Oregon produces less than 6% of the total value of aquaculture products.  Jerry Gardner is a Business Developer for the Oregon Department of Agriculture. He says increasing aquaculture production could be an economic boost for the state.

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College Football
8:15 am
Sun November 16, 2014

Beavers Upset 6th Ranked Arizona State In Corvallis

Credit gtff3544.net

The Oregon State Beavers upset number 6th ranked Arizona State 35 to 27 Saturday night in Corvallis. Quarterback Sean Mannion's 66-yard touchdown pass early in the fourth quarter gave the Beavers the lead. With 1:38 left, Michael Doctor's 35-yard interception return for a score sealed win. The Beavers snapped a four-game losing streak, while the Sun Devils snapped a five-game winning streak. The loss to the slumping Beavers hurt A-S-U's shot at a second straight berth in the Pac-12 championship game.

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Fish & Rivers
1:36 pm
Fri November 14, 2014

Fish Passage Upgrades Proposed For Fall Creek Dam

Fall Creek Dam and Lake
Credit U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is proposing to upgrade the fish collection facility at Fall Creek Dam. The enhancements would improve passage for Willamette River Chinook, steelhead, and other native fish. Scott Clemans is a Spokesman for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Portland. He says the proposed upgrades are designed to reduce the amount of contact with the fish.

Clemans: "Because physical handling means stress, and stress often results in fish dying before they are able to spawn."

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