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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Civc Stadium
4:01 pm
Sat January 18, 2014

Fans Want Soccer At Civic Stadium

Credit Desmond O'Boyle

Proponents of refurbishing Eugene's historic Civic Stadium into a soccer venue are continuing to gather community support. About 50 people attended a rally Saturday that started downtown and ended at the Stadium.

Fans of the Lane United Football Club and the group, Save Civic Stadium hope the 4-J District considers an option to turn the aging venue into a soccer field. Protester Jac Thomas says soccer is popular in Oregon, and Eugene could support a semi-pro team.

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Home Health
11:07 am
Sat January 18, 2014

Winter Is A Good Time To Check Radon Levels

Credit Oregon News Service

The Oregon Health Authority is encouraging residents to check levels of Radon levels in their homes this month. They say winter is the best time to test for the cancer-causing agent.

Radon occurs naturally in the soil and is a byproduct of decaying uranium. It has also been identified as the second leading cause of lung cancer deaths for non-smokers. Brett Sherry, the state radon coordinator for the Oregon Health Authority says when windows and doors are closed in the colder months, levels are easier to detect.

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Transportation
5:00 pm
Fri January 17, 2014

RV Retail Industry Adapting To Changing Demographics

Credit Desmond O'Boyle

Lane County's RV industry was once thriving, until the Great Recession hit in 2008. Since then, major manufacturers have laid-off thousands of employees, scaled down production, and re-structured ownership. But, the retail industry is starting to see a comeback.

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Budget
4:40 pm
Fri January 17, 2014

Tack Sale Hopes To Keep 4-H On Track

Credit KVAL News

Enrollment resumed for Lane County’s 4-H Program in October following a three year hiatus. The return of the *Tack Sale this Saturday (tomorrow/today) seeks to raise funds to keep the program going.

Lane County cut funding to its 4-H Extension Program in 2010. During that time, interested youth had to go to Benton County to participate. Program Coordinator Kate Hammarback says for the past three years, they’ve been gauging interest in bringing 4-H back to Lane County.
 

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City Club of Eugene
8:11 am
Mon January 13, 2014

2013 Oregon Values & Beliefs Survey

Recorded on: January 10, 2014

Air Date: January 13, 2014

The City Club of Eugene opens the New Year with a program on what Oregonians think about fundamental issues. The 2013 Oregon Values & Beliefs Survey gathered the views of more than 9,000 Oregonians from all parts of the state and all walks of life on education, health and wellness, conservation and climate change, crime, public transportation, economic development, and taxes.

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Nutrition
6:29 am
Sun January 12, 2014

Veggies, Enthusiasm Sprout In Oregon's School Gardens

There are about 500 vegetable gardens planted at Oregon schools, and the state's first School Garden Summit takes place on Mon., Jan. 13 near Salem.
Credit Linda Colwell

Growing food at schools is part of a new trend in Oregon. Proponents say the practice teaches kids about science and maintaining a healthy diet. Monday, the First School Garden Summit in Salem hopes to educate and expand on the movement. 

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Bike Path
3:41 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

Fern Ridge Bike Path Gets A Facelift

Credit KVAL News

The Fern Ridge Bike Path between Green Hill Road, Royal Ave, and Terry Street Bridge in Eugene is getting a facelift this month.

The bulk of the work includes fixing large cracks and grade breaks caused by ground settling. The project also includes installing solar powered LED lights along the bike path. Public Affairs Manager Eric Jones says the lights are unique because each one has its own solar panel.

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Foreclosures
4:35 pm
Fri January 3, 2014

New Rules Slow Foreclosures In 2013

Credit oregonlive.com

For the forth consecutive month, court foreclosure filings decreased in 20 Oregon counties. The trend was a reflection of activity in 2013, but a swell in foreclosures might be ahead for this year. 

The Oregon Legislature passed changes to judicial foreclosures in August. That slowed down the process for lenders. Eugene based Gorilla Capitol purchases distressed real estate and tracks Oregon's home foreclosure market. CEO John Helmick says the changes include sending out "pre-foreclosure" notices to homeowners.

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Benefit Companies
3:13 pm
Thu January 2, 2014

Oregon Exceeds Expectations For Benefit Company Registrations

Rogue Valley Creamery. One of the 29 businesses that registered as a Benefit Company on January 2, 2014.
Credit TripAdvisor.com

Environmentally sustainable or socially conscious companies in Oregon can now register as “Benefit Companies.” On the first day of the new law, the number of companies that enrolled exceeded projections.

Benefit companies, or B-Companies, are for-profit businesses that offer environmental or social benefits. The Oregon legislature passed House bill 2296 last year allowing B-Company registrations to begin January 2. Secretary of State Spokesman Tony Green says Oregon is the only state that allows both corporations and limited liability corporations to register as B-Companies.

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Hunting
10:32 am
Mon December 30, 2013

Sauvie Island To Open To Waterfowl Hunters

Waterfowl hunters will soon have a new location at their disposal. The former duck hunting club, Flight's End on Sauvie Island opens to hunting January 1st. 

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife acquired the property in September through the Willamette Wildlife Mitigation Program. The agreement guarantees more than $117 million for fish and wildlife habitat conservation and restoration, protecting a minimum of 16,880 acres of important native habitats.

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