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
6:00 am
Tue September 30, 2014

Wyden Talks Rural Funding, Paying For Wildfires

Credit Desmond O'Boyle

While in Eugene last week, Oregon U.S. Senator Ron Wyden spoke with KLCC's Desmond O'Boyle about funding for rural parts of the state and the rising costs of fighting wildfires.

Senator Wyden has worked to renew The Secure Rural Schools Act several times, most recently in 2013. The Act ensures funding to rural areas not collecting the timber revenue at the rate they once did. Oregon's share of the Secure Rural Schools Act is more than 2 billion dollars annually. Wyden says as far as providing financial assistance to the State, this is a very important bill.

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City Club of Eugene
6:00 am
Mon September 29, 2014

Oregon Senator Ron Wyden On Privacy And The Digital Age

Meeting Date: Friday, September 26th, 2014

Air Date: Monday, September 29th, 2014

Oregon Senator Ron Wyden discusses privacy in the digital age.

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Housing
11:58 am
Sun September 28, 2014

Seminars Being Offered To Landlords On New Low Income Housing Rules

Credit oregon.gov

Oregon's Bureau of Labor and Industries will be touring the state during the next few months updating landlords on new Section 8 housing rules.

A law recently passed in Oregon makes it illegal to deny housing for someone who qualifies for low income housing known as Section 8. The first of 15 seminars is September 29th in Portland. State Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian says the goal is to inform landlords about the changes so they don't accidently run afoul.

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College Football
10:50 am
Sun September 28, 2014

Beavs Still Can't Win In Los Angeles

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The Oregon State Beavers struggled in its first serious test of the season, losing 35 to 10 against the University of Southern California Trojans Saturday night. The Beavs have now lost 54 straight games at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Quarterback Sean Mannion threw for 123 yards and two interceptions.

The University of Oregon Ducks had a bye this week. They face The Arizona Wildcats Thursday night at Autzen.

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Law Enforcement
10:48 am
Sun September 28, 2014

Eugene Police Using Body Cameras To Record Interactions

When citizens and law enforcement encounter situations when there are no witnesses around, the judicial system is left with a "he said-she said" situation. New technology can help with that: body cameras. Use of the cameras has been growing nationally and the Eugene Police Department is leading the trend locally.

The Register-Guard reports 18 officers are currently using body cameras. A California study shows when officers were equipped with cameras, there was a 60 percent drop in complaints about the officer's use of force.

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Eugene
10:42 am
Sun September 28, 2014

Eugene 4J School District And Teachers Union Reach Agreement

The Eugene 4J School District and the Eugene Education Association teachers union reached a tentative agreement on a new labor contract on Saturday.

Bargaining teams met for several formal sessions in May and June after the previous contract expired.

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Privacy
2:54 pm
Fri September 26, 2014

Senator Ron Wyden Discusses Privacy In The Digital Age

Oregon U.S. Senator Ron Wyden at the City Club of Eugene
Credit Desmond O'Boyle

Oregon U.S. Senator Ron Wyden discussed protecting privacy in the digital age at the Club of Eugene, Friday.

As a longtime member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, the Democrat has been critical of government programs collecting large amounts of data on U.S. Citizens. Wyden is concerned the merging of communications systems worldwide will cause innocent Americans to be swept up in searches that target overseas terrorist threats.

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Oregon State University
3:02 pm
Thu September 25, 2014

New Exercise DVD Emphasizes Short Breaks for Elementary Students

Credit Oreson State Uninversity

A new exercise DVD adds short breaks of physical activity in elementary students' routine. It is proving to be popular with teachers. Oregon State University recently published research on applications in the classroom.

"Brain Breaks" features 5 to 7 minute segments focusing on stretching, physical activity, and relaxation. It's meant for situations in the classroom when the teacher notices students becoming distracted or rowdy. OSU Assistant Professor Gerd Bobe says current curriculum focused primarily on academics.

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Bee Health
5:25 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

Yellow Jackets, Not Honeybees, To Blame For Disrupting Outdoor Activities

Yellow Jackets on some meat.
Credit osumg.blogspot.com

People holding outdoor gatherings might be facing intrusions from wasps and yellow jackets. As summer winds down, the insects are likely searching for protein-rich food before overwintering.

According to the Oregon Department of Agriculture, many people assume applying pesticides to their flower beds will get rid of the nuisances. But many products end up harming honeybees instead. ODA spokeswoman Rose Kachadoorian says spraying insecticides around the yard won't do much good.

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Disasters & Accidents
6:00 am
Mon September 22, 2014

Disaster Preparedness Training For Eugene Citizens

Downtown Eugene during storms in 2014.
Credit KLCC

Disaster Preparedness Training is available free to the Eugene/Springfield community, Tuesday. Citizens can learn about simple ways to be ready for situations when first responders are limited.

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