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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Oregon
4:23 pm
Fri January 30, 2015

Oregon Law Enforcement Agencies Will Be Out Super Bowl Sunday

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Law enforcement agencies across Oregon will be on the road looking for drunk drivers this Super Bowl Sunday. Benton County, Deschutes County Sheriff's, and the Eugene Police Department are among the agencies participating in DUII saturation patrols.

Also, EPD spokeswoman Melinda McLaughlin says if your party gets out of control, don't be afraid to call the police.

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Benton County
6:00 am
Mon January 26, 2015

Pathway Would Connect Two Largest Cities In Benton County

Credit http://www.co.benton.or.us/index.php

Benton County is looking to connect its two largest cities, Corvallis and Albany, with a pedestrian bike path. The County has been approved to receive $2 million dollars from a state grant for the project.

Benton County is still in the planning stages to connect Independence Road in Albany to an already completed section in Corvallis. Commissioners are in the process of reviewing a conditional use permit application for the path. Benton County Spokesman Rick Osborn says in addition to linking the two cities, the pathway would create a safety corridor.

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Agriculture
6:00 am
Sun January 25, 2015

Oregon's Department Of Agriculture Recommends Changes To Legislators

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The Oregon Department of Agriculture is recommending changes to water supply levels, access to markets, and more pressure on Congress to pass immigration reform. It's all in the ODA's recently completed biennial report for the governor. Steve Van Mouwerik is the Board of Agriculture Chair.

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Healthcare
8:36 am
Sun January 18, 2015

Oregon's Medicaid System Adds Members, Reduces Emergency Room Visits

Fewer Oregon Health Plan members are seeing this sign. Emergency room visits by Medicaid recipients are down by 21 percent, according to a new state report.
Credit Chris Bradshaw/FeaturePics.com.

Despite Oregon's decision to abandon its own health exchange system in favor of the federal portal, the State's Medicaid program is doing well.

A new report from the Oregon Health Authority says costs for inpatient hospital services decreased by about 5.5% since 2011. And there are 380,000 Medicaid enrollees in the new system. CareOregon's Director of Public Policy, Martin Taylor, says developing the State's Coordinated Care Organizations, or CCO's, helped ease the changeover to the federal exchange.

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Oregon
6:59 pm
Fri January 16, 2015

Oregon Agencies Hope To Clarify Response To Pesticide Incidents

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Over the past five years Oregonians have reported pesticide misuse, now there is a clear path to address their concerns. The State has created a document describing how information is exchanged and which state agency will be assigned to a person's case. Oregon's Pesticide Analytical and Response Center, or

PARC, serves as the liaison between state agencies and citizens. Dale Mitchell is with the Department of Agriculture. He says people need to know who to contact and what to do if they are exposed to pesticides.

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College Football
11:30 pm
Mon January 12, 2015

Duck Fans Deflated After Loss To Ohio State

Duck fans Enrique Munoz and Annie Galloway smoking outside Sideline Grill and Sports Bar after Oregon lost to Ohio State 42 to 20.
Credit Desmond O'Boyle

Oregon fans were deflated following the 42 to 20 loss to Ohio State in the National Championship Monday night.

Trailing 35 to 20 halfway through the fourth quarter, the Ducks began playing desperate football. The defense was unable to stop Ohio's running game, and the offense couldn't find their rhythm. When a comeback was obviously out of reach, people began closing their bar tabs and the sour taste of defeat was pasted on everyone's faces. Oregon student Enrique Munoz describes the loss.

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Marijuana
6:00 am
Mon January 12, 2015

OLCC Looking To Oregonians On How To Regulate Pot

On July 1, recreational use of marijuana becomes legal in Oregon. The process to create and implement regulations to sell it, however, will take about a year.
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The Oregon Liquor Control Commission will be in charge of managing the State's upcoming recreational marijuana market. The agency is seeking input on how the law should work.

OLCC Commissioners and staff will be traveling across Oregon later this month asking local communities about how they want to see pot regulated. About 10 thousand people have already commented through an online survey. Some of the issues include advertising restrictions and accessibility to the product. Karynn Fish is a spokeswoman for the OLCC.

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Higher Education
8:25 am
Sat January 10, 2015

President Obama Proposes Free Community College, LCC President Reacts

Lane Community College President Mary Spilde
Credit Lane Community College

President Barack Obama announced Friday he plans on proposing free education at community colleges for the first two years. The President spoke on Air Force One and later posted to Facebook as part of a preview for his upcoming State of the Union Address.

Obama: "It's something that we can accomplish, and it's something that'll train our workforce so that we can compete with anybody in the world."

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Springfield
8:12 pm
Tue January 6, 2015

Springfield Mayor Christine Lundberg Delivers Her 5th "State Of The City Address."

Mayor Christine Lundberg
Credit Desmond O'Boyle

About 200 people packed Springfield’s Wildish Theater Tuesday evening to hear Mayor Christine Lundberg deliver her 5th “State of the City” address.

Mayor Lundberg began her speech by turning on a street lamp on the stage. This was to bring attention to the revitalization of downtown Springfield. The city is continuing to invest in infrastructure projects such as updated street lamps. Lundberg introduced a video highlighting the creation of its new Simpsons mural, which was unveiled last August. And she revealed a new project set to begin this year.

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Oregon Waterways
6:00 am
Mon January 5, 2015

Oregon To Consider Allowing Barbed Hooks In Certain Areas

Credit Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife is recommending a rule change making barbed hooks legal inside certain areas of the lower Willamette River as well as Youngs Bay and Gnat Creek near Astoria.

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