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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Deschutes County Jail
9:45 am
Mon November 18, 2013

Deschutes County Sheriff's Department Pleased With Progress Of Jail Expansion

The Deschutes County Sheriff's Office is pleased with the progress of its new jail expansion.

The expansion will add 22,000 square foot to the existing jail. It includes six additional housing units, and an improved mental health facility. Sheriff Larry Blanton says the project is being funded by a revenue bond and $2.6 million the county set aside.

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Oregon Football
9:34 am
Sun November 17, 2013

Ducks Get Back To Business, Beavers Struggle On The Road

The University of Oregon Ducks looked much-improved Saturday, while the Oregon State Beavers faced a tough road opponent in Arizona. 

The Ducks rebounded from last week's loss to Stanford with a 44-21 victory over the University of Utah Utes. Quarterback Marcus Mariota went into the game with questions about the health of his left knee, but threw for 288 yards and three touchdowns at Autzen Stadium.

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City Club of Eugene
6:30 pm
Mon November 11, 2013

City Club of Eugene: GMO's - State or Local Control?

Recorded on Friday, November 8, 2013

Airing on Monday, November 11, 2013

Farmers and consumers don’t always see eye-to-eye when it comes to genetically modified organisms (GMOs). Two viewpoints on the business and politics of 21st-century Lane County agriculture are on tap for the City Club of Eugene on November 8.

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Gun Control
3:00 pm
Mon November 11, 2013

Moms Unhappy With Decision To Lift Gun Ban In St. Helens School District

Credit courtesy of Moms Demand Action

The decision to lift a firearms ban in Oregon’s St. Helens School District near Portland has some moms unhappy. 

The newly-elected school board decided to reverse its decision to ban firearms on campus for teachers who have Concealed Handgun Licenses. The ban was implemented by the previous board last March. Sarah Finger McDonald is a spokeswoman for the Oregon chapter of Moms Demand Action, a gun control advocacy group. She says the District was vague about its intentions to lift the ban.

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Human Interest
2:23 pm
Fri November 8, 2013

Oakridge Donates Old Ambulance To African Nation

Oakridge ambulance to be donated.
Credit KVAL

The City of Oakridge is passing its good fortune on to the Democratic Republic of Congo. Thursday, the City Council voted to donate an old ambulance filled with surplus medical supplies to the African nation.

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City Club of Eugene
6:34 pm
Mon October 28, 2013

The Science of Forest Management and Conservation

Friday, October 25, 2013 from 12:00 to 1:30 pm

Air Date: October 28, 2013

Guest Speakers: Professor Jerry F. Franklin, University of Washington; and Professor K. Norman Johnson, Oregon State University

Roughly half of Oregon’s 61 million acres of land area is forest land. The federal government owns about 60 percent of the forests, the state owns about 3 percent, Native American tribes about 2 percent, and private citizens the remaining 35 percent.

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Affordable Care Act
6:33 am
Mon October 28, 2013

5-Year-Study To Focus On Expansion Of Medicaid In Oregon

The Centers for Disease Control wants to study the impact of expanding the Oregon Health Plan to more people.

Oregon State University and the Oregon Health Authority have received $1.25 million to study the impact of expanding Medicaid as part of the Affordable Care Act. Marie Harvey is the Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Programs at OSU. She says the main objective of the study is to link data together.

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Oregon Football
10:40 am
Sun October 27, 2013

Ducks Stay Undefeated. Beavs Fall Short.

The University of Oregon Ducks and the Oregon State Beavers both faced tough Pac-12 opponents Saturday.

At Autzen Stadium, the UCLA Bruins went into halftime tied at 14, but were shut out by the No. 3-ranked Ducks in the second half. Running back Byron Marshall ran for 133 yards and three touchdowns in the 42-14 victory.

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Zero-Emission Vehicles
4:56 pm
Fri October 25, 2013

Oregon Governor Joins Initiative To Put More Zero-Emission Vehicles On The Road

A Nissan Leaf charging.
Credit Photo courtesy of electriccarsport.com

This (last) week, governors from eight states including Oregon’s John Kitzhaber joined an initiative to put 3.3 million zero-emission vehicles on the road by 2025.

The governors met in Sacramento, to sign a joint memorandum to purchase more electronic vehicles, or E-V’s, increase infrastructure, and offer financial incentives. U.S. electric car sales more than tripled in 2012. Oregon’s Chief E-V Officer, Ashley Horvat says the state has more fast chargers than any other who has them, and that’s helping E-V sales.

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Budget Gap
6:35 am
Mon October 14, 2013

City Of Eugene To Host Meetings Addressing Budget Problems

Eugene City Councilor Claire Syrett
Credit Photo Courtesy of The City of Eugene

The City of Eugene is facing a multi-million dollar gap in its budget, so it's asking residents' help to shape a solution. A series of community meetings starting this week are being held at local high schools to discuss the situation.

Last year, Eugene voters defeated a City service fee. To balance the budget, funds were transferred from its Reserve account. But, that fix was only supposed to fill the gap for one year. City Councilor Claire Syrett says if they are not able to find some new solutions, they might be back in the same position as last year.

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