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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Bend
9:17 am
Sat June 21, 2014

Bend Officially Appoints New Police Chief

Police Chief Jim Porter
Credit Bend Bulliten

Bend has a new Police Chief, and it's a familiar face. Jim Porter has been serving as the interim Police Chief since January. Now, after 23 years on the force, Porter officially accepted the job as Bends Police Chief, Friday. City Manager Eric King felt it was best for the department to continue the momentum Porter built during his 6 months on the job.

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Bee Health
5:01 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

Eugene Company's License Suspended Following Bee Deaths

Credit victoriaaft.com

The Oregon Department of Agriculture has suspended the license of the company responsible for more than 1,000 bee deaths earlier this week in Eugene. Glass Tree Care and Spray Service applied pesticides at an apartment complex in North Eugene on 17 linden trees, the same types of trees involved in thousands of bee deaths last year in Oregon. Bruce Pokarney is the Communication Director for the ODA. He says before the company can resume applying pesticides they must adhere to certain conditions.

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Eugene
6:30 am
Fri June 20, 2014

Flurry Of Activities At Washington Jefferson Park Saturday

Catching some air
Credit Desmond O'Boyle

Construction barriers were removed from Eugene's Washington-Jefferson park in April, ushering in hundreds of skate boarders, bicyclists, and in line skaters. Saturday's official opening hopes to show the park is not just for kids, its part of a revitalization of downtown Eugene.

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Wildfires
6:36 pm
Mon June 16, 2014

Wildfires Pose Threat To Sage-Grouse

a sage grouse
Credit Oregon News Service

Wildllife managers want to focus on protecting sage grouse habitat for the birds’ 11-state range including Oregon. Habitat destruction is the biggest threat to the bird and intense wildfires in the West are not making it easier.

The U.S. Interior Department told governors at a meeting last week in Colorado, the sage-grouse could end up on the endangered species list if more isn’t done to protect forests.  Bend Fire Captain Karl Findling is a former worker for the Bureau of Land Management. He says firefighters are noticing changes to wildfires themselves, and in weather patterns.

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Track and Field
5:19 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

Track Athletes Share Superstitions, Rituals Before They Compete

Credit Desmond O'Boyle

It was a windy second day at the NCAA Track and Field Championships at Hayward Field. Many athletes have superstitions or rituals before they compete, and track is no different. KLCC’s Desmond O’Boyle went out in search of some of those stories and has this audio postcard.

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Douglas County Politics
6:27 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

Douglas County Commissioner Resigns

County Commissioner Doug Robertson
Credit nrtoday.com

Douglas county commissioner Doug Robertson announced his resignation Wednesday, June 11th.

KQEN reports Robertson has had the job since January 1981. He spent years focused on timber management issues and their effects on counties in Oregon. He was the president of the association of O&C Counties and said he felt the time spent visiting Washington took away from his regular work as a county commissioner.

Robertson also acknowledged the timber issue is not yet solved and knows the timing is not perfect for making an exit.

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Agriculture
9:52 am
Sun June 8, 2014

Oregon Farmers More Likely To Sell Directly To Consumers

A new study shows Oregon farmers are more likely to sell product directly to consumers compared to other states. The Census of Agriculture says Oregon ranks 6th in the nation with more than 6,000 farms reporting direct-to-consumer sales. State Board of Agriculture member Barbara Boyer isn't surprised by the findings.

Alternative Energy Education
9:08 am
Sun June 8, 2014

Middle School Students Design, Build, And Race Solar Cars

The race begins!
Credit Desmond O'Boyle

Solar powered cars? There may be problems driving at night, but during a perfectly sunny day in Eugene Saturday, middle school-ers tried their models out during the annual Solar Challenge.

The competition held at Cal Young Middle School, is sponsored by the Eugene Water and Electric Board and featured about 250 students. Cars were entered into four categories: Speed racing, a hill climb, and art and science concept cars. Tim Whitley is EWEB's grant coordinator. He says the project increases awareness of alternative energy and gives kids a hands-on opportunity.

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Oregon Economy
8:45 am
Mon June 2, 2014

What RAIN Can Bring To The Southern Willamette Valley

Meeting Date: May 30th, 2014
Air Date: June 2, 2014

Last summer, the Oregon legislature approved $3.5 million seed funding for the South Willamette Valley Regional Accelerator and Innovation Network (RAIN). RAIN’s goal is economic development for our area, which is slowly making the transition from a dependence on natural resources to a knowledge-based economy.

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Springfield
11:00 am
Sun June 1, 2014

Simpsons Mural To Be Painted In Springfield

Credit NPR.org

The Simpsons are coming home to Springfield. Well, on a mural at least. The city is partnering with Simpsons production crew with input from series creator Oregon native Matt Groening. Springfield Community Relations Manager Niel Laudati says the show is a cultural icon now, and it's great the City has a role to play.

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