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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Medical Technology
12:49 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

Sacred Heart At RiverBend Gets New Surgical Robot

The Da Vinci Xi
Credit Desmond O'Boyle

Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend in Springfield recently obtained an updated version of their robotic Da Vinci Surgical System. KLCC’s Desmond O’Boyle stopped by to check out what the new X-i system can do.

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Oregon Economy
3:01 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

Oregon's Economy Experiencing Average Growth.

U of O Economist
Credit oregonquarterly.com

The state's economy continues to experience average to above average growth. Desmond O'Boyle reports on the latest economic indicators to come out of the University of Oregon.

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Cooking
9:26 am
Sat June 28, 2014

Study Says Many People Don't Handle Food Properly At Home

Credit oregon.gov/oda/Pages/index.aspx

A new study says many consumers aren't handling food properly, particularly at barbecues. According to the University of California, Davis, 64% of people cooking at home didn't wash their hands before preparing a meal and 38% didn't wash their hands after handling raw chicken. The study also found many people still wash chicken before cooking it, which can cause pathogens to spread easily. Oregon Department of Agriculture Director Katy Coba says many times people don't see a connection between salmonella and their own kitchen.

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Lane County
6:00 am
Fri June 27, 2014

Law Enforcement To Focus On Boating Under The Influence

Credit lanecounty.org

This weekend, the Lane County Sheriff’s Department is focusing on waterways to prevent boating under the influence. Operation Dry Water is a nationwide effort from law enforcement agencies to catch and prevent BUI’s. 

The leading factors in boater deaths are directly related to alcohol and drug use. Lane County Sheriffs' Spokeswoman Carrie Carver says drinking a beer or two on a boat isn’t the same as having one at the house.

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Oregon State University
9:30 am
Sun June 22, 2014

OSU To Offer MOOC Class This Fall

Credit oregonstate.edu

Oregon State University is poised to launch its first Massive, Open Online Course, or MOOC. The popularity of the free and credit-less classes have risen in recent years.

The eight-week course is called "Supporting English Language Learners under New Standards." It's targeted to K-12 educators. OSU Assistant Professor Karen Thompson says the course is designed to help implement the new Common Core Standards States are required to adopt. She says it's doubtful MOOC's will replace or threaten traditional education.

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Bend
9:17 am
Sat June 21, 2014

Bend Officially Appoints New Police Chief

Police Chief Jim Porter
Credit Bend Bulliten

Bend has a new Police Chief, and it's a familiar face. Jim Porter has been serving as the interim Police Chief since January. Now, after 23 years on the force, Porter officially accepted the job as Bends Police Chief, Friday. City Manager Eric King felt it was best for the department to continue the momentum Porter built during his 6 months on the job.

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Bee Health
5:01 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

Eugene Company's License Suspended Following Bee Deaths

Credit victoriaaft.com

The Oregon Department of Agriculture has suspended the license of the company responsible for more than 1,000 bee deaths earlier this week in Eugene. Glass Tree Care and Spray Service applied pesticides at an apartment complex in North Eugene on 17 linden trees, the same types of trees involved in thousands of bee deaths last year in Oregon. Bruce Pokarney is the Communication Director for the ODA. He says before the company can resume applying pesticides they must adhere to certain conditions.

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Eugene
6:30 am
Fri June 20, 2014

Flurry Of Activities At Washington Jefferson Park Saturday

Catching some air
Credit Desmond O'Boyle

Construction barriers were removed from Eugene's Washington-Jefferson park in April, ushering in hundreds of skate boarders, bicyclists, and in line skaters. Saturday's official opening hopes to show the park is not just for kids, its part of a revitalization of downtown Eugene.

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Wildfires
6:36 pm
Mon June 16, 2014

Wildfires Pose Threat To Sage-Grouse

a sage grouse
Credit Oregon News Service

Wildllife managers want to focus on protecting sage grouse habitat for the birds’ 11-state range including Oregon. Habitat destruction is the biggest threat to the bird and intense wildfires in the West are not making it easier.

The U.S. Interior Department told governors at a meeting last week in Colorado, the sage-grouse could end up on the endangered species list if more isn’t done to protect forests.  Bend Fire Captain Karl Findling is a former worker for the Bureau of Land Management. He says firefighters are noticing changes to wildfires themselves, and in weather patterns.

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Track and Field
5:19 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

Track Athletes Share Superstitions, Rituals Before They Compete

Credit Desmond O'Boyle

It was a windy second day at the NCAA Track and Field Championships at Hayward Field. Many athletes have superstitions or rituals before they compete, and track is no different. KLCC’s Desmond O’Boyle went out in search of some of those stories and has this audio postcard.

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