Franziska Monahan

News Volunteer

Franziska is a UO Journalism Student and KLCC News Dept Volunteer for the 2016-2017 school year.

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After a short break from the heat and smoke, high temperatures and haze are forecast for much of Oregon over the Labor Day weekend.

City of Eugene

Eugene’s Community Court is celebrating its one year anniversary Friday, September 1st. The program responds to low level crimes by providing offenders with access to social services and sentencing community service instead of jail time. Court administrator Cheryl Stone says since it began last summer, Community Court has helped almost 300 people and produced over 60 program graduates.

Oregon U.S. Congressman Peter DeFazio visited Eugene Wednesday to preview the long anticipated EmX West corridor and the many infrastructural improvements that were a part of the project.

Franziska Monahan / KLCC

Governor Kate Brown is touring the state this week to celebrate the passage of Oregon’s new transportation funding package. She visited Alton Baker Park in Eugene this Tuesday morning for a ceremonial signing of House Bill 2017.

Anni Katz

Heavy smoke from fires in the Cascades has led to “unhealthy” and “very unhealthy” air quality ratings in Lane County over the last few days.

The Chetco Bar Fire has been burning for over a month and is now the top priority fire in the nation.


August is the peak of Oregon’s fire season but cooler weather and higher humidity this week helped with suppression efforts for the Milli Fire near Sisters. The nearly 13,000 acre fire is now 32 percent contained.

Lane County

Lane County is seeking nearly $12 million to build a 50 unit housing complex for at risk and chronically homeless people in the area.


In the months leading up to the eclipse, everyone was inundated with warnings and projections about the unprecedented number of visitors expected in Oregon. Luckily many of the reports proved to be exaggerations. However for towns like Depoe Bay, the lower turnout was somewhat of a disappointment.

Brian Bull

The 2017 solar eclipse has come and gone, capping off months of hype and anticipation.  In Eugene, people had a view of a little more than 99 percent of totality. KLCC reporters Brian Bull and Franziska Monahan spoke with eclipse watchers around town.