Desmond O'Boyle

Weekend Edition Host / Reporter

Desmond O'Boyle is KLCC's local host of Weekend Edition Saturday and Weekend Edition Sunday.

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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Oregon Department of Agriculture

Fall is one of the best times of year for home canning. The practice is especially popular with Oregonians who maintain their own gardens. Although home canning is a process that has been done for generations, those new to it need to follow careful instructions to prevent food borne illness. The Oregon Department of Agriculture warns botulism can be deadly if food is prepared incorrectly. John Burr is with the ODA's Food Safety Program. He says just boiling water is not enough to prevent botulism.

Oregon Department of Environmental Quality

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality and Portland and Western Railroad Company are continuing work to clean up about 1,500 gallons of diesel fuel that spilled in Junction City, Tuesday. A locomotive ran over a rail clamp which was left on the tracks by a maintenance crew, causing the accident near Holly and 12th Streets. DEQ Spokesman Dave Balyea says there doesn't seem to be any wildlife or plant life affected.

goDucks.com

It wasn't a good day for college football in Oregon. The Ducks hosted Washington State Saturday afternoon, and after 8 straight losses to the Ducks, the Cougars finally won in double overtime, 45-38. This is the second home loss for Oregon this season. Head Coach Mark Helfrich denied the defeat was due to continued shuffling at the quarterback position.

www.cascaderamblings.com

As part of a unique effort to raise money for the family of one of the victims of last week's shooting at Umpqua Community College, Cooper Creek Reservoir is being stocked with extra trout for a special fishing derby. The fundraiser for Treven Anspach is being organized by the Oakland and Sutherlin High Schools' Student Councils. Greg Huchko is a Fish Biologist for the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Michael Sullivan, The News-Review

KLCC's Rachael McDonald talks with Desmond O'Boyle about her experience following President Barack Obama during his visit to Roseburg, Friday. Obama called for change and met with state dignitaries.

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Oregon's recreational marijuana sales were higher than Colorado and Washington during their first week of sales. Pot stores sold more than 11 million dollars worth of the drug. That's according to the non-profit trade group "Oregon Retailers of Cannabis Association." ORCA Executive Director Casey Houlihan says there were multiple factors contributing to the State's higher sales.

goDucks.com

The Oregon Ducks rebounded with a win against Colorado, following a blowout loss at home last week against Utah. The game in Boulder was delayed for about an hour due to lightning. Most of the early workload went to running back Royce Freeman, who rushed for 163 yards and scored twice. KLCC's Desmond O'Boyle says in addition to lingering problems on defense, the Ducks played carousel at the quarterback position.

KOIN.com

Oregon Governor Kate Brown headed for Roseburg this afternoon (Thursday) to help the community. She addressed reporters earlier today.

Brown: "Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families. We are holding the community of Douglas County in our hearts today. The work that first responders have done is harrowing. To our first responders: Thank you for your work, as this community reels from grief."

President Obama has also been briefed on the shooting.

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Brandon Nelson Hubbard

A male shooter went on a rampage at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg this morning.

www.komonews.com

1:57 pm UPDATE: Shooter exchanged gunfire with first responders. Press conference happening how.

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