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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Smoke will soon be returning to Douglas County, only this time, it won't be from a wildfire. Farmers will be utilizing *prescribed burns to prepare fields and pastures for next spring. Prescribed burns help remove noxious weeds, insects, and diseased plants, and they help firefighters by reducing the buildup of brush and other flammable vegetation. The effects on populated areas should be minimized by allowing burns only to take place when conditions are appropriate and weather patterns favorable.

The University of Oregon Ducks entered the 2015 season with a 61-42 win against the Eastern Washington Eagles, Saturday.

UPDATE: Child's mother contacted police after seeing Amber Alert on her own cell phone.

The 4-year-old's mother, Dana Morgan, contacted police after her cell phone notified her about the Amber Alert for her son Sunday morning. Eugene Police made contact with Morgan and returned the child, Lucien Triplett, to his father.

In an effort to keep kids interested and informed about farming, the non-profit educational foundation, "Agriculture in the Classroom" is continuing to build on its success from the last three years.

A Sisters woman has been fined $140,000 and faces additional charges for misleading at least a dozen people to invest $700,000 in her business. Rebecca Castle, also known as Rebecca Groins allegedly spent investor's money on jewelry, spa services, and made purchases for her children and boyfriend. The Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services claims the business she was representing either did not exist or was financially unsuccessful. Jake Sunderland is a spokesman for the OCBS.

Lane County Youth Services is launching a new program focused on improving results for youth dually involved in Child Welfare and Juvenile Justice Systems.

High winds are fueling the Canyon Creek Complex Fires this weekend.

Northwest Permaculture Convergence

This weekend Eugene is hosting the 8th annual Northwest Permaculture Convergence. The idea of meeting human needs in ways that also are good for the environment is a philosophy that has resonance in Eugene. At the event people can participate in workshops and tour local homes to see examples of sustainable gardens and yards. Jan Spencer is the Coordinator of Northwest Permaculture Convergence. He hopes people understand permaculture is a lifestyle choice.

Joe Eilers

Blooms of toxic cyanobacteria, or blue-green algae, is increasingly creating a global health threat and poorly monitored in the U.S. That's according to a report released by scientists at Oregon State University and the University of North Carolina.

KLCC's Desmond O'Boyle speaks with Festival of Eugene organizer Krysta Albert about the happenings at the festival, located in Skinner Butte Park.

Festival of Eugene, August 21st, 22nd, and 23rd.

The event features 3 band stages, a youth music stage, a dance performance stage and a poetry stage. A Kid Zone and a silent art auction featuring unknown artists, and a make and model car show featuring unique car art.