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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Labor and Wages
2:42 pm
Thu December 26, 2013

Oregon's Minimum Wage Set To Increase in 2014

Credit www.oregon.gov

Nearly 100,000 Oregonians will see an increase in their wages beginning January 1st. Those making the current $8.95 will soon be making $9.10 an hour.

Legislation passed in 2002 matches the State’s minimum wage to the Consumer Price Index. The increase is projected to generate more than $20 million in new economic activity. Charlie Burr is the Communications Director for Oregon’s Bureau of Labor and Industries. He says most small business owners don’t complain about the increase.

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Wildlife
6:00 am
Thu December 26, 2013

Rodent Poisoning Harms Wildlife, Raptors

Credit audobonmagazine.com

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife noticed an uptick of wild animals killed by rodent poison this fall.

ODFW Veterinarian Julia Burco says a lot of times, the problem stems from people not reading directions carefully enough. She says people may notice they have rodent problems but might not think of the consequences of other animals directly or indirectly ingesting bait.

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Glass Art
9:35 am
Mon December 23, 2013

Holiday 'Glass Art' Hunt Features Northwest Artists

Credit oregoncoast.org

For those spending the holidays near Lincoln City, scouring the beaches might prove to be fruitful. More than 100 colorful glass floats will be hidden throughout 7.5 miles of the Oregon coast. And if you find one, you can keep it.

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Eugene Police
7:54 am
Fri December 20, 2013

DA Calls Eugene Officer Heroic in Extraordinary Shooting Case

The shooting took place on Churchill High School grounds. This photo was taken on Bailey Hill Road a few hours later.
Credit Rachael McDonald

Lane County District Attorney Alex Gardner says a Eugene Police officer acted appropriately when he fatally shot a suspect on the campus of Churchill High School last month.

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Utility Bills
8:26 am
Sun December 15, 2013

Record Lows Will Mean Higher Utility Bills

Credit NWCU.com

Last week's record lows will mean higher-than-normal utility bills for Eugene Water and Electric Board customers. The cold also wreaked havoc on plumbing for many residents.

EWEB Public Affairs Manager Lance Robertson says between 70 to 80 percent of homes in the area are heated by electricity. He says EWEB noticed a 30% increase over a five day period compared to average usage.

Robertson: "Whenever temperatures drop to a really extreme temperature, people are going to use more electricity no matter how much insulation they have in their house."

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Veternas' Affairs
8:21 am
Sat December 14, 2013

Holiday Greenery For Oregon Veterans

Credit Oregon News Service

The words 'Remember, Honor, and Teach' are the goals of Saturday's "Wreaths Across America Program." Hundreds of special ceremonies are taking place all over the nation, including three in Lane County that place wreaths on Veterans graves. Civil Air Patrol Captain and Organizer Roxanna Cole says Saturday's events offer a meaningful pause during a sometimes hectic holiday season.

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Track and Field
3:22 pm
Fri December 13, 2013

Hayward Field To Host NCAA Track And Field Championships Thru 2021

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Eugene gets to keep its Track Town USA title all the way to 2021. Earlier this week the University of Oregon and the NCAA reached a long term agreement to keep the Outdoor Track and Field Championships at Hayward Field.

When any Championship event concludes, the NCAA conducts a survey of the student athletes who participated. The resounding feedback is the ability to compete in a crowded stadium with a knowledgeable fan base. UO Associate Athletic Director Vin Lannana says Hayward Field delivers that atmosphere to spectators and competitors.

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Water Contamination
3:02 pm
Wed December 11, 2013

Newport Residents Need To Boil Water

Due to a loss of water pressure in a section of Newport's distribution system, residents are being asked to boil their drinking water until tests can confirm it is safe to drink. A water main break at NE 5th and Eads St. Tuesday evening forced the City to de-pressurize the system in that area. Newport's Director of Public Works, Tim Gross, says the State requires a boil water notice to go out after they de-pressurize any water system.

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Transportation
9:30 am
Sat December 7, 2013

Cold Temperatures Will Keep Snow On Roads

Credit ODOT

Yesterday's (Friday's) winter storm kept The Oregon Department of Transportation busy. Snowy and Icy conditions caused multiple fender benders and some crashes. An overturned semi-truck with multiple trailers delayed drivers for hours on Highway 126 near Mapleton. And a chain requirement was issued for multiple sections of I-5. O-D-O-T Spokesman Rick Little says freezing temperatures will keep the snow pack on the ground thru the weekend. 

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Transportation
9:25 am
Sat December 7, 2013

Driving On Snow And Ice Trecherous

Credit KVAL News

Winter weather has arrived in and the Eugene Police Department has some tips on driving in snowy and icy conditions. The first tip is SLOW Down. Melinda McLaughlin is E-P-D's Public Information Officer. She says even if you drive a truck of S-U-V, conditions can be deceiving.

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