Rachael McDonald

Reporter / Interim News Director

As of 7/1/17 Rachael is KLCC's interim News Director.  A search for a new News Director will begin soon.

Rachael McDonald started her career at KLCC as a volunteer in the newsroom in 2000.  Rachael was hired by the Northwest News Network to establish their Richland bureau in 2004. She returned to KLCC in 2007. She reports on city and county government, politics, the environment, homelessness  and a variety of other local and regional stories. Rachael has a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Oregon. Rachael has won numerous awards for her reporting including first place from PRNDI for her story "Garden Brings Community Together" and for her interview with Naseem Rhaka, author of "The Crying Tree".  Rachael enjoys reading, hiking, biking and cooking.

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A group of young people suing President Trump will present their case to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco Monday. The 21 youth are suing the federal government over climate change.

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An air stagnation advisory has been issued for the Willamette Valley. The inversion is expected to last through Monday according to officials.

City of Springfield

Last month, the city of Springfield unveiled a new memorial that’s dedicated to women veterans. It’s one of only a handful of monuments across the nation that honors women in the U.S. military. KLCC’s Rachael McDonald spoke with two veterans who helped create the memorial.

OSU College of Forestry

Oregon State University College of Forestry is constructing its new headquarters entirely out of engineered wood products. It will the first in the U.S. to use a “rocking wall” seismic design so it can survive a major earthquake.

Casey Boatman, Eugene Airport

An art exhibit called “Flight Patterns” is being re-installed this week at the Eugene Airport. A photo of the public radio personality Garrison Keillor will not be part of it after he was fired Wednesday for alleged inappropriate behavior.

City of Corvallis

The City of Corvallis is seeking public input in how it should grow in the future.  Thursday (11/30) is the deadline for an online survey on land use policies.

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Graduate Teaching Fellows at the University of Oregon held a rally Wednesday on campus to protest the GOP tax bill. It would require grad students to pay taxes on their tuition waivers.

UO Libraries

Oregon State University President Ed Ray announced Monday that the school will rename 3 buildings on campus whose namesakes have associations with racism.

Rachael McDonald

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals will hear arguments next month (December 11th) in the Trump Administration’s attempt to halt a climate lawsuit brought by a group of young people.

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Thanksgiving holiday weekend traffic is expected to be heavier this year across the nation.
I-5 in Oregon’s Willamette Valley is likely to be packed on Black Friday with shoppers. 

Eugene Airport

With nearly 2,388 departing passengers, the Eugene Airport is expecting Wednesday to be a record-breaking travel day.

Eugene Police

The Eugene Police Auditor has wrapped up an investigation of sexual harassment claims against a police captain.

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Representative Peter DeFazio calls the GOP tax overhaul one of the meanest-spirited bills he’s ever seen in his years in Congress. The bill passed the house last week along party lines.

U.S. Dept. of Energy

Local utilities are offering financial incentives for customers to make their homes more energy efficient.

Oregon State Parks

The Oregon Parks Commission this week voted 7 to 1 to sell a 38-acre wayside on Highway 99 between Eugene and Corvallis to a lumber company. The sale still has to be approved by another state agency.

Oregon State University

Oregon State University today, Wednesday, unveiled the plans for its new $55 million Marine Studies Building in Newport. It will be the Oregon coast’s first vertical evacuation building in case of tsunami.

Rachael McDonald

As leaves fall off trees in the autumn most cities and counties in Oregon have leaf pick-up programs. In the city of Eugene, leaf pick up starts the week  of Nov. 13.

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Friday, The City of Springfield will unveil a new monument honoring women veterans. It’s part of the city’s 5-year public art project.

After seven months of bargaining, 4J School District and the Eugene Education Association have reached a tentative contract agreement.

A Springfield jail and police levy appears to have been approved in Tuesday’s special election, by about 68 percent. It is a levy of $1.40 per $1,000 assessed value for five years beginning in July 2018. The levy is a renewal which funds the municipal jail and city police.

Chris Lehman

By a wide margin, voters in Douglas County rejected an attempt to transform their government. As of Tuesday night, the Home Rule Charter measure was failing by 15,000 votes.

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St. Vincent de Paul of Lane County has received a $2 million gift that will enable it to open a home for local teen boys who are homeless.

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Four Douglas County residents are calling on Oregon’s congressional delegation and the state attorney general to investigate how the county uses its federal timber money.

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The state approved Eugene’s new urban growth boundary this week. It’s the first major expansion in the city for 33 years. The project, called Envision Eugene, will develop 969 acres of land in the Bethel and Santa Clara areas.

One of the measures on the ballot for Eugene’s special election next Tuesday is an amendment to the City Charter. It has to do with what happens when a City Councilor is appointed.
Measure 20-274 amends a city charter amendment from 2005.

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One way to eat more healthy food is to grow your own veggies. The non-profit Huerto de la Familia helps low-income Latino families in Eugene and Springfield.

Eugene Public Works

Eugene voters are considering whether to renew a street repairbond in the November 7 th special election.


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Eugene’s ban on dogs in the downtown core expires Wednesday (November 1st). 

Desmond O'Boyle

Investigators from Veterans Affairs in Washington D.C. will be in Oregon next week to visit the Eugene and Roseburg V.A. healthcare facilities.

City of Springfield

Springfield voters are considering whether to renew a public safety levy in the November 7th special election. The levy was originally approved by voters in 2006 and it funds the city’s jail.

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