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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Eugene Media
5:36 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

Register Guard Reporter Fired While On Pregnancy Disability Leave

Serena Markstrom-Nugent
Credit Desmond O'Boyle

The Register Guard Newspaper in Eugene has fired pregnant reporter Serena Markstrom Nugent. About 30 people, including former and current employees, met in front of the newspaper’s headquarters  Thursday to show support. 

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City Club of Eugene
10:42 am
Mon March 24, 2014

The Value Of A Liberal Arts Education

Meeting Date: Friday, March 21, 2014

Air Date: Monday, March 24, 2014

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University of Oregon Athletics
11:36 am
Sun March 23, 2014

Ducks Out of NCAA Tournament

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The University of Oregon Men's Basketball team has won an NCAA Tournament game in consecutive seasons for the first time in program history. But, the University of Wisconsin Badgers ended the Ducks' season Saturday 85 to 77 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

The Ducks had a great first half despite Wisconsin's five offensive rebounds. Oregon went into the locker room with a 12-point lead and a lot of momentum.

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Gambling
11:28 am
Sun March 23, 2014

Lane County, U.S. Government Focus On Gambling Problems During March

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Gambling addiction is not new in Oregon. An estimated 2.7 percent of the State's population identify as having struggled with the issue at some point. For the first time, the U.S. government is bringing attention to the subject by highlighting March as Problem Gambling Awareness Month. That may be due to the millions of people filling out brackets for the NCAA's basketball tournament. Julie Hynes is Lane County's Gambling Prevention Coordinator. She says March Madness can exacerbate problems for recovering gamblers, but it's usually not an issue for the average person.

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Clean Air Trucking Technology
3:45 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

Cascade Sierra Solutions To End Operations

An electronic charging station for semi-trucks, a technology developed by Cascade Sierra Solutions.
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Cascade Sierra Solutions, a non-profit that developed clean air technology in trucks, is closing following a series of financial difficulties.

Cascade Sierra Solutions formed in 2006 and says it has saved truckers more than 67 million gallons of diesel fuel since. In 2009 the Environmental awarded the non-profit a $9 million dollar grant. Following an audit the EPA found the grant was misused and the company found itself unable to sustain operations. Loren Scott is CSS’s legal counsel. He says the non-profit’s board of directors is concerned about responsibly shutting down.

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Parks and Recreation
2:21 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

Don't Jump The Fence. The Park Will Open Soon.

The evolution of Washington-Jefferson Skate Park
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Skateboarders in Eugene can barely wait to use the new skatepark under the Washington-Jefferson bridge. It’s scheduled to officially open in June, but some have already been testing it out. 

The concrete is poured, the rails are up, and the major contractors are done. But that doesn’t mean the park is ready to ride. Emily Proudfoot is a landscape architect for the City of Eugene. She says even though they turn off the lights at night, people have been jumping the fence.

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Safety
10:50 am
Mon March 17, 2014

Spring Can Be Dangerous On The Coast

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The arrival of warmer temperatures means more people headed to Oregon's beaches. But, the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department says March can be a dangerous month for the coast. Parks and Rec Safety Coordinator Robert Smith says driftwood or other logs on the beach can be dislodged quickly with just a few inches of water. He adds sneaker waves can come out of nowhere and are deadly.

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University of Oregon Athletics
10:44 am
Sun March 16, 2014

Ducks Earn Reputation As "Track Town USA."

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Eugene's reputation as "Track Town USA" was well earned Saturday. Both the women's and men's teams were crowned NCAA Indoor Champions. It was the men's first title since 2009. This was the women's fifth consecutive championship. They are only the second team to accomplish this.

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Eugene 4J
1:00 pm
Sat March 15, 2014

Elementary Students Show Off Culinary Skills

Oria Winkler making her "Sweet Monkey Spice" Sandwiches
Credit Desmond O'Boyle

How young do you start teaching children how to cook? The Eugene 4J School District thinks 4th and 5th grades are a good time to start.

Elementary Students faced off in a culinary competition Saturday at Sheldon High School. Future Master Chef Oria Winkler was working on a sandwich called "Sweet Monkey Spice."

Winkler: "It has honey, peanut butter, bananas, and cinnamon."

Reporter: "What is your favorite part about doing this today?"

Winkler: "Just like seeing how many people are doing all the sandwiches', and trying new things. And it just seems really fun."

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Oregon Coast
2:34 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

Springtime Is Snowy Plover Nesting Time

A Western Snowy Plover and its nest
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Springtime on the Southern Oregon Coast means more people traveling to beaches to catch some sun, or perhaps fly a kite. But, beachgoers share the sand with the Western Snowy Plover, which means observing new restrictions to ensure a successful nesting season for the endangered species.

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