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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The Oregon Legislature wrapped up this year's short session, Thursday, approving a last batch of bills dealing with housing, phasing out coal power, and raising the state's minimum wage.

Oregon Democrats left the short legislative session today (Thursday) with at least two policy changes to be happy about. Governor Kate Brown signed a law that will increase the state’s minimum wage over the next five years. And lawmakers were able to approve a bill that will phase out coal fired power plants by 2030. KLCC’s Salem Correspondent Chris Lehman.

Lehman: “That’s something that Democrats say will contribute to cleaner air, but Republicans say, ‘well, it will just jack up electricity rates, and coal power is going to stick around regardless of what Oregon does.’”

More than a third of Oregon has high or very high landslide susceptibility. That's according to a recently released map by the State Department of Geology. High risk areas are categorized by historic slide activity, slope, and land composition. This is the first time since 1982, when the U.S. Geological Survey published a nationwide overview, that Oregon's slide hotspots were identified. Ali Ryan Hansen is a spokeswoman for the State Department of Geology. Phgotographer Kate Brooks

The trafficking of certain animal parts around the world continues to encourage the black market poaching of endangered species. Following the failure of a bill in the State legislature to ban the commercial sale of certain animal parts, the group Save Endangered Animals Oregon, have decided to put the bill directly to voters. KLCC’s Desmond O’Boyle speaks with Campaign Director, Scott Beckstead.

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The Oregon Department of Revenue says nearly a quarter of the recreational marijuana dispensaries haven't registered to pay the first installment tax on pot sales.

Kaiser Permenante officially joined Eugene's healthcare community in January, and since then, the provider has given $290,000 in grants to local non-profits, including two Latino programs.

Oregon's Army Corps of Engineers will have adequate funding for dredging projects on the coast.

A construction crew accidentally hit a gas line today (Monday)  in downtown Eugene. Reports came around 9:00 am from multiple residents and businesses in the area near the future site of Whole Foods. Police temporarily closed roads in the surrounding area until it was determined it was safe. Mellissa Moore is a spokesperson for Northwest Natural Gas. She says this is a good time to remind construction crews and homeowners how important it is to call before you dig.

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The solar energy sector continues to grow in Oregon, and a new census shows jobs in the industry are booming as well.

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Oregon delegates continue to react to the occupation at the Malheur Wildlife Refuge in Harney County. Democratic Senator Jeff Merkley was in Eugene Friday and said the occupation has been a tremendous cost to the State, and federal government because of the FBI time and local community expenses.