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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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

Credit ltd.org

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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Food & Farms
10:46 am
Mon April 21, 2014

Oregon Following Some High Beef Price Trends In The U.S.

Cattle at the Deck Family Farm in Junction City
Credit deckfamilyfarm.com

Beef prices are at an all time high in the U.S. Industry officials are pointing to extreme weather, particularly drought as the main cause. Oregon's beef industry is seeing some, but not all of those trends.

USDA choice-grade beef jumped to a record high $5.28 a pound in February. That's up from $4.91 the same time a year ago. Will Weise is the CEO of the Oregon Beef Council he says Oregon isn't following the trend like other states.

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Environment
12:51 pm
Sat April 19, 2014

Eugene Celebrates A Windy Earth Day

A tent in distress!
Credit Desmond O'Boyle

Despite rainy and windy conditions, hundreds of people celebrated Earth Day Saturday in the Eugene Water and Electric Board's downtown parking lot. The wind seemed to be more of a factor than the rain. Elizabeth Brown is with the organization "Our Children's Trust" who operated a booth at Earth Day. She says they tied their booth next to two adjacent ones.

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Infrastructure
1:46 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

Three Major Upgrades Needed For Bend's Sewer System

Three major upgrades are needed for Bend's sewer system, and they need to happen soon. That's according to results from two private engineering firms hired to provide modeling solutions.

Bend's Sewer Infrastructure Advisory Group was presented the results Thursday. The upgrades include a large gravity pipeline, a sewage pumping facility, and several pipe capacity upgrades in the northern part of the city. Assistant City Manager Jon Skidmore says in some areas, existing sewer pipes routinely approach overflow levels.

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Labor and Wages
4:18 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

McKenzie Willamette Employees Protest In Front Of Hospital

Protesters at Willamalane Park in Springfield across from McKenzie Willamette Hospital.
Credit Desmond O'Boyle

About 75 health care workers and union members protested in front of McKenzie Willamette Hospital in Springfield Thursday. The employees have been trying to negotiate a new labor contract since January when the last one expired.

Workers chanted, played drums, and marched around the hospital. Ken Charpie  is a Medical Laboratory Scientist at McKenzie-Willamette. He says the raise employees are slated to receive won’t offset higher health care costs.

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Underage Party
11:10 am
Sat April 12, 2014

Police Use Social Media To Try And Stop Party

Credit Marion County Sheriff's Department

The Marion County Sheriff's Department tapped into social media to extinguish a party before it started. Early Friday, the sheriff's office says it began receiving tips from community partners about a large party set to take place somewhere in Marion County. Police say the party was organized via Twitter using the trend #Project NAT. The Sheriff's office tried to prevent the party from happening by broadcasting information and contacting the organizer. Around 9:30 PM, police located the party near Packsaddle Park with a stage, bonfire, and alcoholic beverages.

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Housing
11:01 am
Sat April 12, 2014

Foreclosure Filings Spike In March

Home foreclosure filings in Oregon spiked last month. Four hundred and seventy four court foreclosures were filed in March compared to 295 in February. According to John Helmick, CEO of Gorilla Capitol, the increase was anticipated.

Helmick: "These are homes that have gone through the required mandatory mediation process, and so now they are able to file the foreclosures because under the new statute you have to go thought this mediation process before you can file the foreclosure."

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