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 is being praised for its efforts to remove invasive juniper trees, which are harmful to the greater sage grouse.

A report issued from the Natural Resources Conservation Service says Oregon has been a leader in removing juniper and replanting native grasses and sagebrush. NRCS Agency Chief Jason Weller says sophisticated mapping has helped the State locate the invasive plant.

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Oregon may soon join Washington and 2 other states by requiring tougher regulations on products used by children ages 12 and under. Public hearings were held last week on Senate Bill 478.

The Toxic-Free Kids Act would require manufacturers and importers to report children's products containing 66 toxic chemicals to the State. In 6 years the use of those chemicals would be phased out.  Eugene Senator Chris Edwards is the Chief Sponsor of SB-478.

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Oregon lawmakers are considering legislation which would require workers who don't currently have a savings plan set up, to set aside money for retirement. House Bill 29-60 and Senate Bill-615 would create a Retirement Savings Board and a payroll deduction plan for workers in the State. Joyce DeMonnin says people are more likely to save money if it's deducted from their paychecks.

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Nuclear Forensics can be described as the investigation of materials to find evidence of the source, trafficking, and enrichment of nuclear material. Oregon State University is now offering a new graduate student training initiative as an expanded part of its Nuclear Engineering and Radiation Health Physics Department. OSU Assistant Professor of Research Camille Palmer says the Introduction to Nuclear Forensics course will allow students to actually test samples of material.

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Sunday the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife begun the process of collaring about 500 mule deer in the Southern Blue Mountain Range near Prineville.

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Lane Transit District has received the final piece of funding from the federal government for the West Eugene Em-X Expansion. The Federal Transportation Administration has apportioned the remaining $50.54 million needed to continue the project.  LTD Director of Customer Services Andy Vobora says they were fortunate to get the funding they requested because there is a lot of competition at the federal level.

Egan Warming Center

As temperatures are expected to drop this evening to the upper 20's in Lane County, Egan Warming Center locations will be activated. All Egan volunteers are asked to check in through the Egan Warming Center website.  There is also a new site opening tonight at Lane Community College. For more information call (541) 689-6747, or visit eganwarmingcenter.com.

And Cottage Grove's Beds for Freezing Night Coalition are activating their warming center located at the Perpetual Help Catholic Church.

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The 77th Annual Oregon Logging Conference returned to Eugene last weekend. Industry professionals, equipment, and networking are the main attractions. Saturday morning featured family activities and some friendly competition.

All the heavy equipment is on display and demonstrations are ongoing here at the 2015 Oregon Logging Conference. This mobile wood splitter can dissect a tree into firewood fast.

Big toys and industry information sharing aren't the only activities going on Saturday.

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Airline Service Subcontractors at the Port of Portland are asking officials to adopt "meaningful minimal standards" for wages and working conditions at the city's International Airport.

PDX workers spoke with the Port Commission last week and presented a draft titled: "Workplace Initiatives for Airport Service Providers." Lead Ramp Agent Nick Campbell describes the discussion with Port officials.

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Lane County Republicans are pleased Oregon Democratic Governor John Kitzhaber is resigning. Challenger Dennis Richardson lost handily to Kitzhaber in the 2014 election. Now a special election in 2016 could mean a boost in support for a Republican candidate. Cindy Land is the Lane County Republican Chair. She says young voters are tired of corruption in government.

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