Rachael McDonald

Morning Edition Host / Reporter

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 reported on the progress of cleanup at Hanford Nuclear Reservation, chemical weapons destruction at the Umatilla Chemical Depot, agriculture and wine. Rachael returned to KLCC in 2007 to be the host of Morning Edition. She also reports on Lane County, forest issues 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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Utilities
6:00 am
Mon February 16, 2015

EPUD Votes To Raise Power Rates

EPUD General Manager Scott Coe (left) was recently reinstated. Jim Theabolt (right) served as interim General Manager during Coe’s absence
Credit Emerald People's Utility District

The Emerald People's Utility District is raising its rates effective April first. Like many utilities in the northwest, it's paying more for electricity and receiving less income from selling surplus power.

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University of Oregon
1:52 pm
Thu February 12, 2015

250 Nominations In UO Presidential Candidate Pool

Credit KLCC

The search for a new University of Oregon president has collected 250 nominations so far. The deadline for applicants is March 9th.

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Oregon Legislature
11:37 am
Wed February 11, 2015

Oregon Lawmakers Consider Statewide Sick Leave

Credit tallasiandude / Flickr

The Oregon legislature could pass a paid sick leave law during this session. The City of Eugene recently passed its own ordinance effective July first.

The Eugene City council this week discussed putting a hold on implementation of the sick leave ordinance in case the statewide law differs from theirs. City Councilor Alan Zelenka:

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Health
12:43 pm
Mon February 9, 2015

Third Case of Bacterial Infection Confirmed In Lane County

A third UO student has been diagnosed with the bacterial infection.

Lane County Public Health has confirmed a third case of a University of Oregon student with the deadly bacterial infection that can lead to meningitis. Public Health spokesman Jason Davis says the young man lives off campus. He says the U of O has reached out to students and others who may have been in contact with the patient.

"The good news is it is a relatively confined population of people and so we're confident that we're going to be able to get a handle on this."

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Power Outage
11:53 am
Mon February 9, 2015

Winds Knock Out Power to 18,000 In Lebanon Area

OR 34 (Corvallis-Lebanon Hwy.) is closed approximately one mile west of Lebanon (MP 15.7)in Linn County, due to multiple power poles and power lines down across the highway. Travelers should take an alternate route or expect delays.
Credit Lebanon Police Dept.

Winds knocked down as many as a dozen power poles and lines on Highway 34 between Corvallis and Lebanon. The highway is restricted to one lane of traffic as crews repair the damage. The downed lines have caused outages for about 18-thousand customers in Lebanon, Sweet Home, Cascadia and Foster.

Some schools are closing early due to the outage. Pacific Power says on its website it's hoping to have the power back by 1:30 this (Monday) afternoon.

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City of Eugene
7:43 am
Mon February 9, 2015

Eugene Looks North For Growth

Credit City of Eugene

Eugene and Springfield have been sharing an Urban Growth Boundary since 1982. In 2007, the state legislature passed a law requiring the two cities to establish separate UGB's.  Eugene's Principle Planner Teri Harding speaks with KLCC's Rachael McDonald.

City of Eugene website

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Beer
7:35 am
Fri February 6, 2015

The Science of Brewing Beer

Dana Garves is owner and founder of Oregon Brew Lab
Credit Rachael McDonald

Beer is big in the northwest. And lots of people are making it… commercially and at home. A new business is geared toward helping home-brewers with improving the beer they make in their kitchens and garages.
I spoke with Dana Garves, owner and founder of "Oregon BrewLab".  She worked in Ninkasi's beer lab for 4 years before starting her own business this fall.

Oregon Brew Lab

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Military & Veterans
10:05 am
Thu February 5, 2015

Truffle Shuffle Will Benefit Veteran's Housing

Credit Veterans' Housing Project

A long-time tradition in Eugene, The Truffle Shuffle, is this Sunday. What's new is that the fun-run is a fundraiser for Saint Vincent de Paul's Veteran Housing Program. Terry McDonald is Executive Director of Saint Vinnies:

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Yaquina Head
10:55 am
Tue February 3, 2015

Yaquina Head Lighthouse Has A Fresh Coat Of Paint

Yaquina Head Lighthouse with it's new paint job.
Credit Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area

Yaquina Head Lighthouse re-opened last weekend to tours after being closed for 3 months. The 1872 lighthouse in Newport has been repainted.

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weather
12:27 pm
Mon February 2, 2015

Oregon Will Have An Early Spring Based On Forecasters, Human and Hedgehog

Oregon Zoo curator Michael Illig with Whiskers J. Hedgehog.
Credit Oregon Zoo

It's been a really warm winter so far in Western Oregon. On this Groundhog Day, we checked in with the National Weather Service for a forecast.

Punxutawny Phil of Pennsylvania saw his shadow, which means 6 more weeks of winter. That's may be true for the east coast, but not in Oregon. Meteorologist Amanda Bowen:

Bowen: "Any local groundhogs likely would not have seen their shadow, since it was fairly cloudy so that would theoretically indicate an early arrival of spring for us and sure enough we're expecting warmer than usual weather over the next month or so."

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