Desmond O'Boyle

Weekend Edition Host / Reporter

Desmond O'Boyle is KLCC's local host of Weekend Edition Saturday and Weekend Edition Sunday.

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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Lane Community College

A ruptured water line Thursday at Lane Community College forced the campus to remain closed close today (Friday).

It’s spring break so the closure doesn't affect classes.

Repairs are underway, the college said.

Spring term classes begin on Monday.

The break in the water main was reported around 4 p.m. Thursday.

Desmond O'Boyle

Farmworker Union members stopped in Eugene last weekend as part of a west coast protest of the major berry production company Driscoll's.

Desmond O'Boyle

Army veteran Laurlei Lowe had plans to return to Fiji with her native friends, the Ligavatu’s. The Creswell, Oregon, resident was accepted as part of their family and tribe. Then Cyclone Winston hit. The three are disheartened but determined to return to the island nation.

goDucks.com

The University of Oregon men's basketball team continued their storybook season Saturday night winning the Pac-12 championship in Las Vegas. The 8th ranked Duck's defeated the University of Utah Utes 88 to 57.

This is the fourth Pac-12 title for the Ducks. Tyler Dorsey scored 23 points, Dillon Brooks added 18. Defense played a big role. Oregon had 18 steals and scored 23 points off 17 offensive rebounds. It was the second-most lopsided game in tournament history. The Ducks' record is the best after 34 games since 1938.

Rachael McDonald

Marijuana cultivation and distribution zoning laws aren't perfect in Benton County. Officials are in the middle of a listening tour in hopes of being able to craft changes that benefit businesses and residents. Recently passed legislation puts non-profit medical grow sites at odds with selling to recreational dispensaries. Benton County Assistant Planner Linsey Godwin says in addition to zoning, residents have issues with terminology.

www.osha.gov

Oregon employers have a new thing to consider when it comes to workplace safety - legal marijuana. The State's Department of Consumer and Business Services or OSHA hosts a two day workplace safety event in Eugene Tuesday.

Civic Alliance

Architects have been selected to design facilities at the old Civic Stadium. The non-profit Eugene Civic Alliance selected Robertson / Sherwood and Skylab Architect firms to design the new site.

Chris Phan / Flickr

The Oregon Legislature wrapped up this year's short session, Thursday, approving a last batch of bills dealing with housing, phasing out coal power, and raising the state's minimum wage.

Oregon Democrats left the short legislative session today (Thursday) with at least two policy changes to be happy about. Governor Kate Brown signed a law that will increase the state’s minimum wage over the next five years. And lawmakers were able to approve a bill that will phase out coal fired power plants by 2030. KLCC’s Salem Correspondent Chris Lehman.

Lehman: “That’s something that Democrats say will contribute to cleaner air, but Republicans say, ‘well, it will just jack up electricity rates, and coal power is going to stick around regardless of what Oregon does.’”

landslides.usgs.gov

More than a third of Oregon has high or very high landslide susceptibility. That's according to a recently released map by the State Department of Geology. High risk areas are categorized by historic slide activity, slope, and land composition. This is the first time since 1982, when the U.S. Geological Survey published a nationwide overview, that Oregon's slide hotspots were identified. Ali Ryan Hansen is a spokeswoman for the State Department of Geology.

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