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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Wildlife
6:00 am
Mon October 6, 2014

More Grant Funds Availble For Non-Lethal Preventative Measures For Wolves

A wolf with an electronic collar in Colorado. The same system is used in Oregon
Credit howlingforjustice.wordpress.com

More funds will soon be available to Oregon farmers and landowners who choose to use non-lethal deterrent techniques for wolves.

The Oregon Department of Agriculture just received a $53,000 grant from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to be used for non-lethal preventative measures. Those may include barriers, alarms, or animals to guard the livestock. ODA Program Director Jason Barber says the most efficient method to prevent wolf attacks are range riders.

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Crime & Law
6:00 am
Sun October 5, 2014

Womenspace Brings Attention To Domestic Violence During October

Credit womenspace.org

During October many people may notice pink themes on clothing to raise awareness for breast cancer. For years, Eugene's Womenspace uses this month to focus on domestic violence awareness.

Domestic violence has been in the national spotlight recently in professional sports and college campuses. Womenspace Executive Director Peggy Whalen says it's great to see the issue being discussed openly, but many times the wrong question is being asked.

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University of Oregon
12:18 pm
Fri October 3, 2014

Adolescents With Attention Problems Likely To face Substance-Abuse Issues Later

Credit Jes Burns

Impulsive adolescents who lack focus, and show signs of weak memory skills are more likely to have substance abuse problems, according research from the University of Oregon.

The findings are drawn from a study of more than 350 teens ages 11 to 13. The data shows early drug experimentation will probably lead to consistent use among youth who are habitually distracted. Atika Khurana is an Assistant Professor of Counseling Psychology and Human Services at the U of O.  

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Crime & Law
1:22 pm
Thu October 2, 2014

Police Seek Help Locating Stolen Painting

The boy in front of the painting is not part of the piece. this was the only picture the owner had available.
Credit Eugene Police Department

The Eugene Police Department is asking the public for any information about a stolen painting. Between May and August, a person purchased a painting from a Eugene second-hand store. It had been stolen in a burglary from a residence in West Eugene. The painting features a Vietnam countryside and according to the victim; it is a quilt-style.  

EPD is not looking for the suspect, as he has already been arrested. The store and the purchaser would be considered victims also. Anyone with any information on the piece is asked to contact EPD.

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Oregon
6:00 am
Tue September 30, 2014

Wyden Talks Rural Funding, Paying For Wildfires

Credit Desmond O'Boyle

While in Eugene last week, Oregon U.S. Senator Ron Wyden spoke with KLCC's Desmond O'Boyle about funding for rural parts of the state and the rising costs of fighting wildfires.

Senator Wyden has worked to renew The Secure Rural Schools Act several times, most recently in 2013. The Act ensures funding to rural areas not collecting the timber revenue at the rate they once did. Oregon's share of the Secure Rural Schools Act is more than 2 billion dollars annually. Wyden says as far as providing financial assistance to the State, this is a very important bill.

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City Club of Eugene
6:00 am
Mon September 29, 2014

Oregon Senator Ron Wyden On Privacy And The Digital Age

Meeting Date: Friday, September 26th, 2014

Air Date: Monday, September 29th, 2014

Oregon Senator Ron Wyden discusses privacy in the digital age.

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Housing
11:58 am
Sun September 28, 2014

Seminars Being Offered To Landlords On New Low Income Housing Rules

Credit oregon.gov

Oregon's Bureau of Labor and Industries will be touring the state during the next few months updating landlords on new Section 8 housing rules.

A law recently passed in Oregon makes it illegal to deny housing for someone who qualifies for low income housing known as Section 8. The first of 15 seminars is September 29th in Portland. State Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian says the goal is to inform landlords about the changes so they don't accidently run afoul.

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College Football
10:50 am
Sun September 28, 2014

Beavs Still Can't Win In Los Angeles

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The Oregon State Beavers struggled in its first serious test of the season, losing 35 to 10 against the University of Southern California Trojans Saturday night. The Beavs have now lost 54 straight games at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Quarterback Sean Mannion threw for 123 yards and two interceptions.

The University of Oregon Ducks had a bye this week. They face The Arizona Wildcats Thursday night at Autzen.

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Law Enforcement
10:48 am
Sun September 28, 2014

Eugene Police Using Body Cameras To Record Interactions

When citizens and law enforcement encounter situations when there are no witnesses around, the judicial system is left with a "he said-she said" situation. New technology can help with that: body cameras. Use of the cameras has been growing nationally and the Eugene Police Department is leading the trend locally.

The Register-Guard reports 18 officers are currently using body cameras. A California study shows when officers were equipped with cameras, there was a 60 percent drop in complaints about the officer's use of force.

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Eugene
10:42 am
Sun September 28, 2014

Eugene 4J School District And Teachers Union Reach Agreement

The Eugene 4J School District and the Eugene Education Association teachers union reached a tentative agreement on a new labor contract on Saturday.

Bargaining teams met for several formal sessions in May and June after the previous contract expired.

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