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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College Football
3:03 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

Riley Leaves OSU To Coach Nebraska

Mike Riley
Credit Oregon State University

Oregon State's longtime football coach Mike Riley has accepted the head coaching job at the University of Nebraska.

Riley is taking over for Coach Bo Pelini, who was fired over the weekend.  Nebraska Athletic Director Shawn Eichorst announced Riley's hiring today. Steve Tannen is host of the daily sports radio show "Crunch Time" on 95.3 The Score in Eugene. He says Riley’s departure could affect recruiting.

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College Football
9:15 am
Sun November 30, 2014

Ducks Rout Beavers In 118th Civil War

Credit gtff3544.net

The University of Oregon Ducks continued their winning streak against in-state rival Oregon State in the 118th Civil War game yesterday (Saturday). The Ducks routed the Beavers 47 to 19 in Corvallis.

The Ducks went into Reeser Stadium focused on finishing the regular season with a victory against their arch-rivals. The Beavers needed a win just to be bowl eligible. Quarterback Marcus Mariota put on a show throwing for 367 yards and four touchdowns and ran for 39 yards and two more scores. The Heisman candidate praised his teammates for the season they've shared.

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Health
1:40 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

Oregon's Rate Of Unneeded Prescribed Antibiotics Among Nation's Lowest

Credit public.health.oregon.gov

Oregon's rate of unneeded prescribed antibiotics is among the Nation's lowest. Growing resistance to the drugs is a concern for physicians. The tendency of doctors not to prescribe antibiotics is part of a trend in other western states.

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Poverty
6:00 am
Mon November 17, 2014

Helping Impoverished Children Starts With Parents

Kids from lower-income families are more likely to escape the cycle of poverty when programs are also coordinated to serve their parents, according to a new report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation.
Credit Bridge Meadows

Helping children in poverty needs to start with their parents. That's according to a new report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation. There are approximately 126 thousand Oregon children under age 8 living below the poverty line. Most of their parents don't have a higher education degree and many don't have year round work. Children First for Oregon Spokeswoman Tonia Hunt says the State needs to work on ways to improve the family budget.

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Agriculture
9:14 am
Sun November 16, 2014

Oregon Looking For Ways To Increase Aquaculture Production

Aquaculture in Oregon
Credit seagrant.oregonstate.edu

Roughly 90% of the fish consumed in the U.S. is imported. Half of that is farmed fish, a practice known as aquaculture farming. Compared to neighboring Washington, California, and Idaho, Oregon produces less than 6% of the total value of aquaculture products.  Jerry Gardner is a Business Developer for the Oregon Department of Agriculture. He says increasing aquaculture production could be an economic boost for the state.

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College Football
8:15 am
Sun November 16, 2014

Beavers Upset 6th Ranked Arizona State In Corvallis

Credit gtff3544.net

The Oregon State Beavers upset number 6th ranked Arizona State 35 to 27 Saturday night in Corvallis. Quarterback Sean Mannion's 66-yard touchdown pass early in the fourth quarter gave the Beavers the lead. With 1:38 left, Michael Doctor's 35-yard interception return for a score sealed win. The Beavers snapped a four-game losing streak, while the Sun Devils snapped a five-game winning streak. The loss to the slumping Beavers hurt A-S-U's shot at a second straight berth in the Pac-12 championship game.

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Fish & Rivers
1:36 pm
Fri November 14, 2014

Fish Passage Upgrades Proposed For Fall Creek Dam

Fall Creek Dam and Lake
Credit U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is proposing to upgrade the fish collection facility at Fall Creek Dam. The enhancements would improve passage for Willamette River Chinook, steelhead, and other native fish. Scott Clemans is a Spokesman for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Portland. He says the proposed upgrades are designed to reduce the amount of contact with the fish.

Clemans: "Because physical handling means stress, and stress often results in fish dying before they are able to spawn."

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Springfield
2:45 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

Seavey Loop Residents To Fast In Front Of City Hall

The Springfield Urban Growth Boundary
Credit City of Springfield

Residents against Springfield's proposal to expand the Urban Growth Boundary to nearby Seavey Loop are using an old protest tactic: fasting.

The citizen's coalition known as "No Industrial Pisgah" is organizing the fast all day Friday (Nov. 14) and Saturday (Nov. 15) in front of Springfield City Hall. Charles Stewart owns an organic farm in Seavey Loop. He says the proposal isn't compatible with surrounding agriculture practices.

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Science & Technology
6:00 am
Tue November 11, 2014

Swarm Of Earthquakes At Oregon-Nevada Border Being Monitored By Scientists

An earthquake swarm began rattling northwestern Nevada near Lakewood in July.
Credit International Business Times

Geologists have been following a sequence of recurring earthquakes since mid-July in Southeastern Oregon and Northwestern Nevada. The activity increased significantly early last week.

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City Club of Eugene
6:00 am
Mon November 10, 2014

Experiencing Inequality In Law Enforcement

Recorded on: Friday, November 7, 2014

Air Date: Monday, November 10, 2014

Experiencing Inequity in Law Enforcement

An orderly civil society requires a law enforcement focus on an effective and efficient balance between prevention and intervention. In healthy communities, everyone depends on the professional judgment of sworn officers to ensure safety. When public funds are scarce, it is especially important to make every police action count.

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