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 Coast
6:00 am
Tue October 21, 2014

Oregon Unveils New Tools To Help Anglers Navigate Marine Reserves

Credit www.nmfs.noaa.gov

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife has some new tools to help anglers avoid fishing in designated marine reserve areas off the coast. There's a new app for both apple and android smart phones called "Fish Alerts" that displays borders for all protected areas and includes rule summaries. Stacy Galleher is ODFW's Community Outreach Coordinator.

Galleher: "It's hard to pop out a paper map and know exactly where you are, and it's just more intuitive as we keep going with technology that people are looking to their electronic devices to know where they are."

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Politics & Government
6:00 am
Mon October 20, 2014

Challenger In Roseburg Mayor Race Thinks A New Face Would Be Good For City.

Credit cityofroseburg.org

The City of Roseburg has two candidates on the ballot for mayor this year. Incumbent Larry Rich has served 8 terms as mayor. He is being challenged by Transportation Planning Manager, Mike Baker.

Larry Rich works as the Assistant Principle at Roseburg High School. He’s proud of infrastructure projects he’s worked on including the Highway 138 Corridor and Waterfront Improvements. Rich describes himself as the same person regardless if there is an election going on.

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College Football
9:15 am
Sun October 19, 2014

Ducks Run Over Northwest Rival Washington

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The 9th Ranked University of Oregon Ducks routed their Northwest Rival, the Washington Huskies, 45 to 20 Saturday night. Freshman Royce Freeman ran for 169 yards and four touchdowns, the most in a single game for a Duck since Kenjon Barner, who had five against USC in 2012.

The Ducks extended their winning streak over Washington to 11 straight games and celebrated the 20th anniversary of "The Pick." The interception turned touchdown against Washington in 1994 is considered by most Duck fans to be a pivotal shift in the football program, ushering in the current era of success.

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Coast Guard
4:43 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

Coast Guard Admiral To Attend Air Facility Closure Meeting In Newport

Credit Newport News Times

The public has a chance to give comment and hear from elected officials, Monday, regarding the imminent closure of the U.S. Coast Guard Air Facility in Newport. The closure would remove the rescue helicopter stationed there. Air rescue efforts would be directed to stations in Astoria or North Bend; both are about an hour flight away from Newport. Friday, it was announced Rear Admiral Richard Gromlich will be attending Monday’s meeting. Newport Mayor Sandra Roumagoux says the community has been torn apart from the announcement especially with crab season just around the corner.

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Environment
6:00 am
Tue October 14, 2014

Conservation Groups Urge Governor To Reject Black Bear Hunting Expansion

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Conservation groups are urging Governor John Kitzhaber and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife to reject part of a proposal to expand black bear hunting tags in Southwest Oregon.

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College Football
7:23 am
Sun October 12, 2014

Ducks Rebound After Arizona Loss Against UCLA

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The University of Oregon Ducks rebounded after last week's loss to Arizona. The Ducks knocked off the UCLA Bruins in Los Angeles 42 to 30, Saturday.

Quarterback MARCUS MARIOTA threw for 210 yards and two touchdowns, and ran for two more.

The Oregon State Beavers had a bye this week. They face Utah this Thursday night in Reeser Stadium.

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Youth Issues
1:20 pm
Fri October 10, 2014

Minority Children Face Disparity In Opporunity Throughout Oregon

Credit www.cffo.org

Minority children in Oregon have fewer opportunities to emerge from poverty than their white peers. That's according to a report released earlier this week from the advocacy group, Children First for Oregon.

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Wildlife
6:00 am
Mon October 6, 2014

More Grant Funds Availble For Non-Lethal Preventative Measures For Wolves

A wolf with an electronic collar in Colorado. The same system is used in Oregon
Credit howlingforjustice.wordpress.com

More funds will soon be available to Oregon farmers and landowners who choose to use non-lethal deterrent techniques for wolves.

The Oregon Department of Agriculture just received a $53,000 grant from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to be used for non-lethal preventative measures. Those may include barriers, alarms, or animals to guard the livestock. ODA Program Director Jason Barber says the most efficient method to prevent wolf attacks are range riders.

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Crime & Law
6:00 am
Sun October 5, 2014

Womenspace Brings Attention To Domestic Violence During October

Credit womenspace.org

During October many people may notice pink themes on clothing to raise awareness for breast cancer. For years, Eugene's Womenspace uses this month to focus on domestic violence awareness.

Domestic violence has been in the national spotlight recently in professional sports and college campuses. Womenspace Executive Director Peggy Whalen says it's great to see the issue being discussed openly, but many times the wrong question is being asked.

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University of Oregon
12:18 pm
Fri October 3, 2014

Adolescents With Attention Problems Likely To face Substance-Abuse Issues Later

Credit Jes Burns

Impulsive adolescents who lack focus, and show signs of weak memory skills are more likely to have substance abuse problems, according research from the University of Oregon.

The findings are drawn from a study of more than 350 teens ages 11 to 13. The data shows early drug experimentation will probably lead to consistent use among youth who are habitually distracted. Atika Khurana is an Assistant Professor of Counseling Psychology and Human Services at the U of O.  

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