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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Fish & Rivers
2:00 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Lower Water Level Means Hazardous Waterways

Buell-Miller Boat Ramp
Credit oregon.gov

Less snow pack and below average rainfall is exposing previously unseen hazards on Oregon's waterways. The Marine Board says a fatality on the North Santiam River last weekend was directly related to the lower water level.

Shallow conditions mean more stumps, rocks, logs, and other obstacles exposed or just beneath the surface. Oregon Marine Board Spokeswoman Ashley Massey says a concerning area is a section of the North Santiam just after the Buell Miller Boat Ramp.

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City Of Eugene
12:39 am
Tue July 22, 2014

Eugene City Council Gets An Earful Of Comments On Proposed Sick Leave Ordinance

Most of the supporters included minorities, women, and labor advocates. The majority of the opposition came from business owners and commerce representatives.
Credit Desmond O'Boyle

An overwhelming number of people attended the Eugene City Council's public comment hearing Monday night. Citizens packed Harris Hall to voice their concerns, support, or opposition to the proposed sick leave ordinance.

About 60 people commented on the proposed sick leave ordinance. Lindy Moore heads the Emerald Executive Association and opposes the ordinance.

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Fish & Rivers
9:19 am
Sun July 20, 2014

Update - Warning To Avoid Willamette River Lifted

Lane County Emergency Management has been notified by the Department of Environmental Quality the lab results for the water samples taken from the confluence of the Springfield Mill Race and Willamette River at Island Park down to Alton Baker Park do not show any past or present public health threat.  The advisory to stay out of the water has been canceled as of Sunday (7/20)  morning.

An abnormal number of fish deaths prompted the State of Oregon to warn people from eating the fish or going in the water Friday. The cause of the fish deaths is still unknown.

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Pests
3:23 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Mosquitoes Still A Problem In Bandon Despite Larvicide Application

Bandon Marsh National Wildlife Refuge
Credit Earthfix

Bandon residents continue to have mosquito problem. Another round of larvicide was applied Sunday by air to a section of the Bandon Marsh National Wildlife Refuge.

Residents living near the marsh started noticing a drastic increase in mosquitoes last year. Coos County officials approved the use of the larvicide Bacillus thuringiensis israelensis, or Bti, to deal with the problem. Bti is designed to gum-up mosquito's digestive systems after they hatch but before they become adults. Environmental Health Manager Rick Hallmark says the timing of a Bti application is crucial.

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Healthcare
6:00 am
Tue July 15, 2014

Affordable Care Act Covers Foster Youth Until They Are 26

Credit oregon.gov

Young people can remain on their parent's health insurance programs until they are 26, and thanks to a provision in the Affordable Care Act, so can foster kids.

Oregon's program is called Former Foster Care Youth Medical Program, or F-CY. It's estimated more than 3,000 youth are eligible. Valerie Rucks is a Program Manager for Oregon's Department of Human Services. She says before the Affordable Care Act, it was more difficult for youth leaving foster care to obtain medical coverage.

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Science & Technology
6:26 am
Mon July 14, 2014

Multi-State Price Fixing Settlement Includes Oregonians, Includes Refund.

A DRAM Computer Chip
Credit www.digitaltrends.com

Oregonians have until August 1st to file claims as part of a 310 million dollar multi-state settlement. If you purchased an electronic device between 1998 and 2002, you are eligible to submit a claim, and you don't even need a receipt.

Major manufacturers of Dynamic Random Access Memory computer chips or DRAM were accused of fixing prices. Oregon and 35 other states are involved in the lawsuit. Most devices qualify for at least a 10$ refund. Oregon Department of Justice Spokesperson Kristina Edmunson says the 4 step process to apply is simple.

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Wildfires
11:09 am
Sat July 12, 2014

Extreme Fire Danger Status In Central Oregon

The 59-acre Algoma Fire burned in the Klamath-Lake District during the first week of July.
Credit http://wildfireoregondeptofforestry.blogspot.com

The Fire status for bend, rural Deschutes county, crook and Jefferson counties have now entered Extreme Fire Danger Status. This weekend is calling for another round of significant lightning. The Oregon Department of Forestry is under regulated closure restrictions and those will remain in place for the duration of fire season. Currently, no backyard, commercial or agricultural burning is allowed within city limits of bend, and rural Deschutes County. Central Oregon residents are asked to contact local, state or federal fire agencies for specific requirements and closures.

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Nature
7:35 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

Oregon Country Fair - Wild Edibles And A Living Beehive

Jen Hornaday
Credit Desmond O'Boyle

Oregon Country Fair's Community Village is a collection of booths providing information about social issues.

Tucked away is a booth called Wild Edibles. Here people can learn about natural foliage that can be consumed or used as medicine. There's also a small section dedicated to a vital component to wild edible plants: Bees.

KLCC's Desmond O'Boyle took some time to visit the Fair's only living bee hive and found some women bringing attention to saving the bees.

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Oregon Coast
3:47 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

Yachats Vacation Property Owners And Residents Trying To Find Common Ground

Downtown Yachats
Credit bluebook.state.or.us

Vacation property owners and residents in Yachats are looking to find common ground for how to deal with the growing use of vacation rental units. Tuesday, the city council discussed two proposals that stemmed from public forums in May. 

The first proposal limits the number of days in a year property owners could rent to clients; the second would require a $500 rental license fee. Candy Neville is a realtor and property owner in Yachats. She says it's wrong to assume home owners are just renting units to make profits.

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Law Enforcement
10:20 am
Sun July 6, 2014

Two Warrants Issued During "No Refusal Weekend" In Eugene.

Credit www.eugene-or.gov

Two "blood draw warrants" were sought during the July 4th "No Refusal Weekend" in Eugene. Extra officers were on patrol looking for intoxicated drivers during a six hour block, Friday. 9 drivers were cited for impaired driving, 7 of those voluntarily agreed to a breath sample. The Eugene Police Department says during "No Refusal Weekend" not a single crash was reported, there were no fatalities, or property damage as a result of impaired driving. EPD was joined by Springfield Police Department and Oregon State Police as part of the state-wide effort to obtain blood samples.

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