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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Homelessness
6:00 am
Mon September 8, 2014

Lane County Poverty And Homelessness Board Meets For First Time

Credit lanecounty.org

Lane County's new Poverty and Homeless Board recently met for the first time. The 17 member panel is charged with finding solutions to persistent homeless problems.

Last year Lane County Board of Commissioners formed the board following the removal of two homeless camps in Eugene. The board consists of elected officials, community leaders, and a formerly homeless person. Lane County Human Services spokeswoman Pearl Wolfe is excited for the diversity of board members.

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Wildfires
8:49 am
Sun September 7, 2014

Smoke Lingers In Willamette Valley, Corvallis Fire Extinguished

Areal view of fire near Corvallis
Credit Corvallis Gazette-Times

The Yellow Point Fire, which broke out Friday afternoon, is roughly 220 acres. It's located about 25 miles west of Cottage Grove. No homes or structures are threatened and the cause of the fire is under investigation.

The blaze is burning in timber and logging slash in a remote area near the historic 1966 Oxbow Fire. Due to excessive traffic, smoky conditions and narrow roads, the public is encouraged to stay clear of the area. A late-night wildfire that tore through brush near Corvallis was extinguished Saturday morning after it forced the evacuation of more than 200 homes.

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College Football
8:42 am
Sun September 7, 2014

Ducks Soar Beating Michigan State, Beavs Hold Off Hawaii

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The number 3 ranked Oregon Ducks settled criticism Saturday about the teams toughness on defense, as they defeated 7th ranked Michigan State 46 to 27. Quarterback Marcus Mariota threw for 318 yards and three touchdowns at Autzen. The Ducks rallied after being down 24 to 18 at halftime. Mariota's three touchdown passes in what was considered a premier nonconference matchup gave him 69 for his career, a new Oregon record. Freshman Royce Freeman finished with 89 yards rushing on 13 carries.

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Wildfires
6:52 am
Sat September 6, 2014

UPDATE: 10:30 A.M. Wildfire Near Corvallis Forces Evacuations For 200 Residents

Credit @FOX12Oregon via twitter

10:25 AM UPDATE:

Firefighters have the fire 70% contained at 3:00 a.m., and the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) used a bulldozer to fully contain the fire by 5:00 a.m.

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Election 2014
6:19 pm
Fri September 5, 2014

Republican Challanger Dr. Monica Wehby Visits Campaign Rally In Eugene

Republican Challenger Dr. Monica Wehby
Credit Desmond O'Boyle

The Republican nominee for Oregon’s U.S. Senate seat, Doctor Monica Wehby, stopped by a campaign kick-starter rally Friday. About 25 supporters applauded as the challenger arrived in a small office near downtown Eugene. Wehby is running against incumbent Democrat Jeff Merkley. Wehby’s campaign is focusing their strategy on the State’s failed Cover Oregon health exchange. Wehby says the biggest problem with the health exchange was it was overreaching. She favors a free market “patient-centered” approach that includes more collaboration with doctors.

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Child Development
12:46 pm
Fri September 5, 2014

Eugene Public Library Offers Service To Support Parents Reading To Children

Credit http://www.imaginationlibrary.com/

The Eugene Public Library is participating in a program aimed at supporting parents to read to their children. Friday, the library announced it's affiliation with The Dolly Parton Imagination Library. 

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College Football
8:22 am
Sun August 31, 2014

Ducks Roll South Dakota, Beaves Rally Against Portland State

Credit gtff3544.net

The University of Oregon Ducks kicked off the 2014 football season at home Saturday against the South Dakota Coyotes.

Quarterback Marcus Mariota threw for 267 yards and three touchdowns then ran for one more before sitting out the second half, leading the third-ranked Ducks to a 62-13 victory. The Ducks have won 10 straight home openers.

Mariota's 62-yard touchdown pass to Dwayne Stanford on Oregon's first series of the game gave him the Ducks' career record for touchdowns with 79, surpassing Joey Harrington.

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Wildfires
7:53 am
Sun August 31, 2014

Firefighters Continue Work On Deception Complex, Start Work On Lost Hubcap Fire

Smoke plume from the complex Wednesday evening, from downtown Oakridge looking west.
Credit Department of Forestry

The Deception Complex Fire burning west of Oakridge is now 55% contained. The 2,000 acre collection of wildfires was buffeted by strong winds late Friday causing the fire to burn near ridge tops, but ground lines held. The Deception Creek Mobile Home Park, the Middle Fork Ranger Station, and some houses along the La Duke Road remain on a level 2 evacuation notice.

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History
6:00 am
Sun August 31, 2014

Historic Coin Collection Returned To Benton County Museum

The recovered Presidential Coin Collection. It's on display at the museum in Philomath.
Credit Benton County Historical Society

A collection of rare presidential coins have been returned to the Benton County Historical Society. They were recovered following narcotics raid in Multnomah County in May.

In 2005, the Benton County Historical Society acquired the Horner Collection from Oregon State University when the campus branch museum closed. The collection was missing some rare presidential coins, which were stolen sometime during the late 1960’s or early 70’s. Irene Zenev is the Executive Director for the Benton County Historical Society. She’s happy to have the coins back.

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Agriculture
10:27 am
Sat August 30, 2014

Shorthanded Farmers In Oregon Say Drivers Cards Would Help Labor Force

Oregon agriculture groups say many farms are critically shorthanded. Some farmers say they'll support Measure 88, allowing Oregon residents who don't have the necessary paperwork for a driver's license to get a driver's card instead.
Credit PattieS/iStockphoto.com.

Oregon farmers say they are having difficulty putting laborers to work because many of them can't get drive legally. Voters could approve a law in November to help with that. Oregon Ballot Measure 88 would create a four year drivers card for those who meet other qualifications other than proof of legal presence in the U.S. Opponents are worried access to drivers cards' will enable drug trafficking and encourage illegal immigration. Oregon Farm Bureau President Barry Bushue disagrees and supports Measure 88.

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