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.

Pages

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.

Read more
Food & Nutrition
10:55 am
Sun June 1, 2014

Food Rx Program Brings Together Food, Doctors, And Patients

A patient filling a prescription for healthy food.
Credit CareOregon

A pilot program in Portland is hoping to prescribe healthy meals for low income families and individuals. Oregon Health Plan members at select clinics can get a $15 prescription for healthy food and fill it at their doctor's office. 

The Food Rx (Prescription) program features a trolley car parked in select doctors' parking lots filled with healthy food. Patients obtain a voucher from their doctor to use at the trolley. CareOregon spokesman Tom Wunderlich says the response has been positive so far.

Read more
Oregon Politics
2:31 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

U.S. Senator Ron Wyden On Emissions, Future Of Logging Revenue

U.S. Senator Ron Wyden
Credit Desmond O'Boyle

U.S. Senator Ron Wyden participated in a ceremony Thursday (today) in Springfield highlighting the expansion of a new EmX bus stop. The Senator also talked about the importance of increasing access to public transportation, and cutting emissions as well.

Wyden: “It’s clear to me that we need the Executive Branch playing offense on this issue and to put in motion the steps that really only Congress can work with Executive on and that is the challenge of dealing with climate change when you have to bring in India, China, and so many of the developing nations.”

Read more
Lane Transit District
2:25 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

EmX Expands To Riverbend

Sen. Wyden cutting the ribbon
Credit Desmond O'Boyle

Sacred Heart’s RiverBend hospital in Springfield has a new EmX stop that is closer to the facility. About 50 supporters and dignitaries attended a ribbon cutting ceremony Thursday (today).

Land Transit District’s EmX now stops at the Pavilion station located on RiverBend Drive. It provides direct access to Lane County’s largest medical center for thousands of patients and employees. U.S. Senator Ron Wyden stressed the importance of expanding public transportation.

Read more
Oregon Coast
10:40 am
Sat May 24, 2014

Don't Disturb The Seal Pups

An Oregon Seal Pup
Credit salem-news

This time of year, numerous young seal pups are venturing onto the Oregon coast. People visiting the coast this Memorial Day weekend need to remember to avoid the animals. Jim Rice coordinates the Oregon Marine Mammal Stranding Network. He says there have been instances where beach-goers remove lone seal pups because they think they have been abandoned.

Read more
Scooter Life
7:06 am
Fri May 23, 2014

Checker Board Mud Flaps, Ska, And Eugene's Scooter Scene

May Day Rally
Credit Desmond O'Boyle

Many people like to ride scooters. A small engine and a step through design make them enticing for people who want to save some money while zipping around town. Some scooter enthusiasts combine their love for the machines with a unique culture. It includes fashion, distinctive mud flaps, and ska. The top speed is around 70 mph. KLCC’s Desmond O’Boyle examines what, and who makes up the Eugene scooter scene.

Geoff: “You turn on the key, you turn on the gas, if you need to, you choke it, and it usually starts in a kick or two.”

Read more
Crime & Law
2:38 pm
Thu May 22, 2014

Suspicious And Aggressive Door-To-Door Sales Reported In Eugene / Springfield

Credit www.theinsideteam.co.uk

Police say aggressive and suspicious door-to-door sales have been on the rise in the Eugene-Springfield area. Citizens have reported activities at homes near Coburg Road, South Eugene, and Delta Highway / Ayers Road. 

Eugene Police say solicitors have tried to sell obscure cleaning solutions and magazine subscriptions. In one case during March, one report claimed the person was using “highly aggressive” sales tactics. EPD spokeswoman Debbie Jannecek  says many solicitors are legitimate, but there are certain requirements they have to fulfill.

Read more
Transportation
7:26 am
Mon May 19, 2014

Click-It Or Ticket Campaign Begins Monday

A statewide campaign to focus on drivers wearing seatbelts and minors in open-bed pickup trucks kicks off Monday.

Oregon's "Click-it or Ticket" campaign continues through June 1st. Drivers should notice more traffic officers on the road. The campaign provides *federal funding for overtime allowing officers to join together and offer high-visibility enforcement. Public Information Coordinator John Hankemeier says the goal is not just to give people tickets, but to create awareness.

Read more
University of Oregon Athletics
7:32 am
Sun May 18, 2014

Number 1 Seeded Ducks Advance To Softball Super Regional

Credit GoDucks.com

The #1 ranked University of Oregon softball team advanced to the NCAA Super Regions with a win Sunday over Wisconsin.  The Ducks won 6-0 in the Regional tournament final in Eugene. 

Now Oregon advances to the next round of the post season, which begins at 7pm Saturday at Howe Field on the University of Oregon campus.  They'll take on #16 ranked Minnesota.

__________

Read more
Water Contamination
9:25 am
Sun May 11, 2014

Eugene Springfield Wastewater Facility Fined For Sewage Spill

An areal view of Metropolitan Wastewater Management Treatment Plant
Credit http://www.mwmcpartners.org

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality has fined a Eugene Springfield sewage treatment company for a spill that occurred during a harsh February storm.

Metropolitan Wastewater Management Commission was fined $7,800 dollars for releasing approximately 54,000 gallons of sludge into a drainage ditch connected to Flat Creek. The reason for the overflow was a pump failure caused by a power outage. Esther Westbrook is a Compliance and Enforcement Officer for the Oregon DEQ.

Read more

Pages