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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Jeremy Fox/Owyhee Coalition.

A new proposal to protect about 2 million acres of the Owyhee Canyonlands in Eastern Oregon needs a sponsor in Congress to move forward.

Half of the proposed region is already designated as a Wilderness Study Area. The biggest opposition so far has come from ranchers. Brent Fenty is with the Oregon Natural Desert Association. He says farmers shouldn't be concerned about the future of grazing rights under the proposal.

Firefighters continue to battle two large wildfires in Douglas County. The Cable Crossing fire is located just east of Glide. It's currently burning at more than 1,000 acres. Tom Fields is a Public Information Officer for The Department of Forestry. He says the hot dry weather helped to fuel the fire Thursday and Friday.

Fields: "Also, it's very tough, steep terrain. It's tough to put firefighters down in those positions. So, some of our tactics that we will be using is to do some control burnout operations with established containment lines."

A 6,000 acre wildfire 10 miles from Canyonville has initiated level 3 evacuations for residents near the upper Cow Creek area. Level 3 is a mandatory warning to leave. The Stouts Fire was spotted early Thursday afternoon. Drought conditions and temperatures hovering around 100 degrees caused the blaze to grow quickly.

City of Newport

The City of Newport is examining two urban renewal plans. One is located near U.S. Highway 20 and 101 near Agate Beach. The other is by the Port of Newport in the McClain Point area. Part of the plan includes providing resources to business owners and residences affected by any changes. Community Development Director Derrick Tokos says community feedback so far has been centered on the City's role in economic development.

Desmond O'Boyle

Union representatives, business owners, and volunteers took part in a statewide effort to raise Oregon's minimum wage Saturday.

The "Raise the Wage" Coalition is proposing increasing the minimum wage to $13.50 an hour, a boost from the current $9.25.

Jes Burns

Eugene's minor league baseball team, the Emeralds, will be paying homage to Civic Stadium tonight (Friday) at their new home, PK Park near Autzen Stadium. Civic Stadium was the longtime ballpark of the Emeralds prior to their relocation. The historic venue burned down last month, four minors have been charged for starting the fire.

Chris Kirzeder/Alzheimer's Association.

Funding for caregiver training and networking has been preserved in the recently concluded Oregon legislative session.


There have been moves in Congress to limit protections under the Endangered Species Act recently, and that may not sit well with voters. A new poll shows a majority of Americans support the current version of the ESA.

Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife

Oregon is reviewing how it protects wildlife and habitat. This means reviewing numerous planning documents and asking the public's input.

Wildfires burning in Oregon started early this year, and could be active late into the fire season. Most blazes in 2015 have been lightning-caused so far. The biggest is the Corner Creek Fire burning near the South Fork John Day River in the Ochoco National Forest. It's about 15 percent contained and has burned more than 26 thousand acres. Oregon Department of Forestry Spokesman Rod Nichols is very pleased with the lack of fireworks-related fires on forest lands this year during the 4th of July Holiday.