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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Willamette Pass

After recent spring-like weather, Willamette Valley residents should brace for some colder temperatures coming Sunday into next week.

Karen Richards

Longtime childhood traditions went up against a school district’s efforts to increase equity this week. Eugene’s Bethel School District got an earful from parents and former students who object to the district’s move away from celebrating holidays, including Valentine’s Day.

Rachael McDonald

The public is invited to review a new habitat management plan for Lane County’s most popular Park on Thursday. KLCC’s Rachael McDonald joined Lane County’s Natural Areas Coordinator Ed Alverson at Buford Park to find out more.

Jes Burns

The Eugene City Council voted 5 to 2 Monday to refer a city auditor proposal to the May 15th ballot. Now, voters will have two competing measures to choose from.

Our Children's Trust

The 21 young people who are suing the federal government over climate change are waiting for an appeals court to rule on whether their case can go forward. Today, [Monday] would have been their first day in Eugene Federal Court in the lawsuit.

City of Eugene

Efforts are moving forward to transform the area along the Willamette River near downtown Eugene. Last week, the city council heard from a Portland firm tasked with developing the Eugene Water & Electric property.


roseburg.va.gov

The Director of the Veteran’s Administration Hospital in Roseburg, Doug Paxton, has stepped down. He’s the 2nd high profile resignation since a VA investigation of mismanagement at the facility.

Lindsey Hayward

Eugene’s bike share program has a title sponsor which will help it get on the road. The expected launch date is in April.

roseburg.va.gov

The chief of surgery for the Roseburg Veterans Affairs Medical Center has stepped down. The VA is investigating allegations of problems at its Roseburg and Eugene facilities.

joeberney.com

Incumbent Lane County Commissioner Sid Leiken has a challenger. All together, three board seats are in contention in the May Primary.

Rachael McDonald

A national company that owns more than 100 other dailies across the country has purchased the Eugene Register-Guard newspaper, which has been independent and family-owned for 90 years.

Carly Gabrielson

Monday, Congress came up with another temporary spending bill to stave off a government shutdown for three weeks. KLCC checked in with Oregon Democratic Congressman Peter DeFazio.

Kreston Reception on Flickr

The Eugene City Council voted 4 to 3 Wednesday to advance a city auditor measure to the May ballot. Voters may have a choice between two competing proposals.

Darryl Ivy

The Lane County Board of Commissioners will consider a ballot measure that would ban aerial spraying of pesticides. They’ve scheduled it for a May work session.

Briana Friden

Thousands of people joined the 2nd annual Women’s March in Eugene Saturday. The crowd’s overwhelming mood was anti- President Trump.

Rachael McDonald

It’s hard to find a place to live in Corvallis. The college town with a population of more than 58,000 is in the midst of a housing crunch.

city accountability

Eugene voters may have two auditor measures to choose from on the May ballot. The Eugene City Council this week agreed to consider a proposal that would be alternative to Measure 20-283.

A group of Eugene residents has asked the City Council to consider a proposal for a city auditor. They’re hoping to place it on the May ballot as an alternative to measure 20-283.

Rachael McDonald

The City of Eugene is installing “smart” parking meters downtown where parking has been free.

United Van Lines

Oregon is the 2nd most popular place for people to move according to United Van Lines.

Lane County

In the annual State of the County address, Lane County Board of Commissioners Chair Pat Farr called 2017 a year of stabilization and progress.

Willamette National Forest

Last week, a rockslide shut off access to a popular hot spring in the Willamette National Forest east of Eugene. There’s no timeline for when the road will re-open.

Congressman Peter DeFazio

As 2017 winds down, KLCC’s Rachael McDonald checked in with Oregon’s 4th District Congressman Peter DeFazio. She started by asking him about the G-O-P tax bill which President Donald Trump signed last week. DeFazio calls the bill partisan revenge against Democratic states like Oregon.

Rachael McDonald

The Douglas County Library in Roseburg has been closed since June first. But an agreement between the city and county is expected to help restore library services in Roseburg.

www.theoceanharvest.com

Officials with the state Department of Fish and Wildlife announced Thursday Oregon’s commercial Dungeness Crab season will open January 15th.

Rachael McDonald

The City of Eugene has just completed a new trail in one of its most visible parks, Skinner Butte.

Egan Warming Center on Facebook

With overnight temperatures forecast in the 20s tonight, the Egan Warming Centers will open  to offer a warm place for people who are homeless in Eugene and Springfield.

YouTube

Oregon State University will now require all its students age 25 or younger to get a vaccine against meningococcal disease by February 15th.

IRS

In its current iteration, the Republican tax plan will likely dis-incentivize charitable giving. This could have long term effects in Oregon where there are a larger than national average number of non-profits, which rely on philanthropy.

Devon Ashbridge / Lane County

Vandals on joyrides have done damage to a parking area at a popular Lane county park and officials are at their wits end.

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