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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Bend-La Pine Disctrict
10:24 am
Mon February 17, 2014

Former Principal Accused Bend-La Pine District Of Discrimination, Denial Of Due Process

Former Bear Creek Elementary Principal Matt Montoya is suing the Bend-La Pine School District.

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City Club of Eugene
9:34 am
Mon February 17, 2014

A Farwell To Newspapers: What I Learned In Four Decades On The Beat

Recorded On: February 14, 2014

Air Date: February 17, 2014

Farewell to Newspapers: What I Learned in Four Decades on the Beat

Guest Speaker: Bob Welch
Program Coordinator: Marlene Nesary

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Weather
2:06 pm
Fri February 14, 2014

Heavy Rain Slows Fallen Tree Recovery Process

The Eugene Public Works Department says it may take weeks to recover from extensive damage caused by last week's ice storm, and this weekend's heavy rain isn't helping. Carrie Peterson is a Spokeswoman for the Public Works Department. She says the heavy rain is over-saturating the soil and causing already weakened trees to uproot entirely.

Petterson: "So the areas we once had cleared for the roadways and bike paths are now having trees fall on them again."

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Bee Health
2:03 pm
Fri February 14, 2014

Major Retailers To Be Asked To Stop Selling Pesticides, Garden Plants.

A dead Honey Bee
Credit beyondtoxics.org

Valentine's Day celebrates the "birds and the bees." Lately, bees have not been doing so well. Saturday, thousands of people in five cities including Eugene will ask major retailers to remove certain pesticides and garden plants, blamed for killing bee populations.

Supporters want major retailers Home Depot and Lowes to stop selling pesticides and garden plants containing neonicotinoids . The chemical is used to fight aphids and other leaf eating insects. Lisa Arkin of the environmental group Beyond Toxics says neonicotinoids are found in the soil of plants sold at those stores.

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City Club of Eugene
9:57 am
Mon February 10, 2014

Electoral Reform In Eugene

Date of meeting: January 15, 2014

Air Date: February 10, 2014 

ELECTORAL REFORM IN OREGON

Guest Speaker: Kate Brown, Oregon Secretary of State

The City Club of Eugene welcomes Secretary of State Kate Brown to a special Wednesday meeting in Gerlinger Lounge at the University of Oregon.

copyright, 2014 KLCC

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Power Outages
10:34 am
Sun February 9, 2014

Ice Storm Causes Hundreds Of Downed Trees, Thousands Without Power

A fallen tree on Jefferson St.
Credit KMTR News, Eugene

Following last week's snow and freezing rain Saturday, utility companies have been dealing with power outages throughout the South Willamette Valley.

According to the Eugene Water and Electric Board, thousands of customers are without power particularly in the South hills, the Laurel Hill Valley, and a portion of southwest Eugene. EWEB Spokesman Joe Harwood says crews have been working through night.

Harwood: "It's one of those things where we take two steps forward and three steps back."

Harwood says multiple crews worked until around 3 AM trying to restore power.

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Weather
3:58 pm
Fri February 7, 2014

EWEB Has Some Tips To Keep Your Pipes From Freezing

The last winter storm in December left hundreds of Eugene residents with frozen or burst pipes. That means more work for plumbers and utility workers, but the costs can be expensive for homeowners or renters. Joe Harwood is the Communications Coordinator for the Eugene Water and Electric Board. He has some tips for keeping your pipes from freezing.

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Weather
3:20 pm
Fri February 7, 2014

Winter Storm Good News For Oregon Ski Resorts.

Credit traveloregon.com

The arrival of this week's winter storm may be difficult for businesses, but it's a boost for Oregon ski resorts.

It's been hard for Hoodoo Manager Mathew McFarland to trust the weather forecasts this year.

McFarland: "They've been saying we'll get, you know, three feet of snow; we get zero. They say expect no snow accumulation, and we get a foot or two. So, it's hard to say."

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Civic Stadium
5:08 pm
Mon February 3, 2014

School Superintendent Recommends The City Of Eugene Purchase Civic Stadium

Superintendent Sheldon Berman
Credit Desmond O'Boyle

Superintendent Sheldon Berman is recommending the 4J School Board select The City of Eugene's offer of 4.5 million dollars to purchase the Civic Stadium Properties.

Berman acknowledged the district is currently strained financially. He said there were three main reasons he came to his decision.

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Housing
7:43 am
Mon February 3, 2014

Oregon Receives Low Grade For Its Housing Market

Credit oregon newsservice.com

Oregon received a "D" grade for its housing market, according to the Corporation for Enterprise Development. The State's foreclosure rate is higher than the national average, and is considered to be sluggishly pulling out of the mortgage crisis.

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