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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Immigration
10:17 am
Sun July 27, 2014

Groups Gather To Show Support For Young Immigrants

Dave Fidanque with the ACLU of Oregon says Central American children who have come to the U.S. seeking asylum have a right to legal representation and an immigration hearing before being summarily deported.
Credit Photo courtesy of the Oregon AFL-CIO.

Some Oregonians are concerned for the thousands of children crossing the southern U.S. border from Central America. Last week, a small group gathered in Portland to express concerns holding up signs welcoming the young immigrants.

Dave Fidanque is member of Oregon's American Civil Liberties Union. He describes a class action lawsuit filed earlier this month in Seattle.

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Search and Rescue
9:21 am
Sun July 27, 2014

Marion County Sheriff's Office Searching For Lost Hikers

Credit Marion County Sheriff's Department

UPDATE at 10:20 AM: All three hikers were located at approximately 10:00 AM, Sunday. All three were unharmed and have been returned to their families.

The Marion County Sheriff's Office is searching for three teenagers who are overdue from a hiking trip in the Opal Creek Wilderness. Bodie Teeple, age 17, Alex Ruiz, age 16 and Allen Carrillo-Mejia, age 17 went hiking Saturday around noon and have yet to return from their trip.

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City Club of Eugene
9:24 am
Sat July 26, 2014

Eugene Marathon Means Traffic Delays

Credit http://eugenemarathon.com/marathon/

Approximately 5,500 people are participating in the Eugene marathon Sunday. The route includes parts of Centennial Boulevard, Kellogg and Aspen Roads and concludes at Hayward Field at the University of Oregon. Motorists should exercise caution while driving in the area. 

http://eugenemarathon.com/marathon/

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Oregon Coast
1:43 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Oregon Beaches May Soon Be Smoke Free

cigarette butts on a beach
Credit marinedebrisblog.wordpress.com

Oregon Beaches may soon be smoke free. The Parks and Recreation Department is seeking public input on proposed rules that would restrict smoking on shorelines.

Smoking is already restricted in all Oregon State Parks. You can smoke in your campsite or vehicle, but that's about it. Parks and Recreation Spokesman Chris Havel says people were inquiring about restricting cigarette use on beaches during the last public comment period about smoking on State Parks. He says if you restrict smoking in a park, people on the coast can just walk down to the beach.

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Fish & Rivers
2:00 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Lower Water Level Means Hazardous Waterways

Buell-Miller Boat Ramp
Credit oregon.gov

Less snow pack and below average rainfall is exposing previously unseen hazards on Oregon's waterways. The Marine Board says a fatality on the North Santiam River last weekend was directly related to the lower water level.

Shallow conditions mean more stumps, rocks, logs, and other obstacles exposed or just beneath the surface. Oregon Marine Board Spokeswoman Ashley Massey says a concerning area is a section of the North Santiam just after the Buell Miller Boat Ramp.

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City Of Eugene
12:39 am
Tue July 22, 2014

Eugene City Council Gets An Earful Of Comments On Proposed Sick Leave Ordinance

Most of the supporters included minorities, women, and labor advocates. The majority of the opposition came from business owners and commerce representatives.
Credit Desmond O'Boyle

An overwhelming number of people attended the Eugene City Council's public comment hearing Monday night. Citizens packed Harris Hall to voice their concerns, support, or opposition to the proposed sick leave ordinance.

About 60 people commented on the proposed sick leave ordinance. Lindy Moore heads the Emerald Executive Association and opposes the ordinance.

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Fish & Rivers
9:19 am
Sun July 20, 2014

Update - Warning To Avoid Willamette River Lifted

Lane County Emergency Management has been notified by the Department of Environmental Quality the lab results for the water samples taken from the confluence of the Springfield Mill Race and Willamette River at Island Park down to Alton Baker Park do not show any past or present public health threat.  The advisory to stay out of the water has been canceled as of Sunday (7/20)  morning.

An abnormal number of fish deaths prompted the State of Oregon to warn people from eating the fish or going in the water Friday. The cause of the fish deaths is still unknown.

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Pests
3:23 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Mosquitoes Still A Problem In Bandon Despite Larvicide Application

Bandon Marsh National Wildlife Refuge
Credit Earthfix

Bandon residents continue to have mosquito problem. Another round of larvicide was applied Sunday by air to a section of the Bandon Marsh National Wildlife Refuge.

Residents living near the marsh started noticing a drastic increase in mosquitoes last year. Coos County officials approved the use of the larvicide Bacillus thuringiensis israelensis, or Bti, to deal with the problem. Bti is designed to gum-up mosquito's digestive systems after they hatch but before they become adults. Environmental Health Manager Rick Hallmark says the timing of a Bti application is crucial.

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Healthcare
6:00 am
Tue July 15, 2014

Affordable Care Act Covers Foster Youth Until They Are 26

Credit oregon.gov

Young people can remain on their parent's health insurance programs until they are 26, and thanks to a provision in the Affordable Care Act, so can foster kids.

Oregon's program is called Former Foster Care Youth Medical Program, or F-CY. It's estimated more than 3,000 youth are eligible. Valerie Rucks is a Program Manager for Oregon's Department of Human Services. She says before the Affordable Care Act, it was more difficult for youth leaving foster care to obtain medical coverage.

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Science & Technology
6:26 am
Mon July 14, 2014

Multi-State Price Fixing Settlement Includes Oregonians, Includes Refund.

A DRAM Computer Chip
Credit www.digitaltrends.com

Oregonians have until August 1st to file claims as part of a 310 million dollar multi-state settlement. If you purchased an electronic device between 1998 and 2002, you are eligible to submit a claim, and you don't even need a receipt.

Major manufacturers of Dynamic Random Access Memory computer chips or DRAM were accused of fixing prices. Oregon and 35 other states are involved in the lawsuit. Most devices qualify for at least a 10$ refund. Oregon Department of Justice Spokesperson Kristina Edmunson says the 4 step process to apply is simple.

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