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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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.”

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

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

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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.

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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.

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

Number 1 Seeded Ducks Advance To Softball Super Regional

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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.

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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
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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.

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Science & Technology
10:46 am
Sat May 10, 2014

Eugene Arts And Technology School Receives Grant

Eugene's Arts and Technology Middle School in Churchill has been awarded nearly $700,ooo dollars from a state STEM grant. STEM refers to studies in science, technology, engineering, and math. Principal Jeffery Johnson says the purpose of the grant is to create an environment where students and teachers focus on STEM classes in a project rich atmosphere. He says they will be acquiring new tools to make that happen.

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Tourism
1:40 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

Tourism Continues To Rise In Lane County

Credit lanecounty.org

Tourism in Lane County continues to improve according to a recent report. Visitor spending pumped more than $757 million into the local economy in 2013.

The report released from Travel Lane County says most of the spending occurred in local restaurants followed by accommodations and entertainment. Travel Lane County spokeswoman Lisa Lawton says room tax revenues are a good reflection of the health of the tourism industry.

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May 2014 Primary
6:49 am
Mon May 5, 2014

Benton County Commissioner Position 1 Candidates

Benton County Commissioner Candidates at an April Forum
Credit Corvallis Gazette-Times

There are four candidates vying to become Benton County's next commissioner. The position is currently held by Linda Modrell, who is retiring after 15 years. Three Democrats and one Republican are seeking their party’s nomination for the May 20 primary. In November voters will decide who will work with current Commissioners Jay Dixon and Annabelle Jaramillo.

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Lane Transit District
10:30 am
Sun April 27, 2014

EmX Pre-Construction Begins In May

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Pre-Construction activities are scheduled to begin in May for the West Eugene Em-X transit project.

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Teen Crime
7:53 am
Sat April 26, 2014

19-Year-Old Accused Of Soliciting Minors For Sexual Photos And Videos

Last week, Eugene Police arrested a 19-year-old Sheldon High School student accused of soliciting minors for sexual photos and videos. Eugene Police Lieutenant Doug Mozan says Elliot Thomas Cumer is charged with two counts of "Use of a Child in A Display of Sexually Explicit Conduct."

Mozan: "And to put that in lay terms, what that means is: 'Compelling a person or facilitating a person who is under that age of 18 to take sexually explicit photographs.'"

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