Rachael McDonald

Reporter / News Host

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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A landslide has closed U.S. Highway 20 west of Toledo. The State Department of Transportation says both lanes were blocked Thursday morning on the road between Corvallis and Newport.

Rachael McDonald

The frigid temperatures will stick around the Willamette Valley through Saturday according to the National Weather Service.

Medical (1)

• Oregon Medical Group - Opening at 10 am Posted: Wed. 4th, 05:01 PM

Transportation (1)

• Lane Transit District - Buses on snow routes. 13 LTD routes on detour and 2 routes not running. On detour: Routes 1, 24 (heavy snow), 27 (heavy snow), 28, 33, 36, 73 (heavy snow), 76 (light snow), 78, 81, 91, and 92 (LCC closed) and 98. Not running: Routes 82 and 85. See LTD.org/Service-Alerts for more detail. UPDATE Posted: Thu. 5th, 05:52 AM

Lane Blood Center

The combination of winter weather and holidays means a shortage for blood banks in the northwest.  The Red Cross has issued an emergency call for blood and platelet donors because of a nationwide scarcity.

Medical (2)

• Oregon Medical Group - Opening at 10 am (For Thu. Jan 5th) Posted: Wed. 4th, 05:01 PM

• Planned Parenthood of Southwestern Oregon - Closed. All Health Centers in Lane County and Rogue Valley will remain closed today. Please call 541-344-9411 to reschedule appointments. UPDATE Posted: Wed. 4th, 11:53 AM

Transportation (1)

U.S. Coast Guard

As of January 1st, the whole Oregon coast will be open for commercial Dungeness crabbing. It’s one of the most profitable fisheries on the west coast and, the most deadly.

Oregon Employment Department

The employment outlook in Lane County is positive as the New Year gets started.

Jon Rosman / OPB

In the New Year some Oregon cities and counties will be collecting local taxes on recreational marijuana. This voter-approved 3% percent tax is in addition to the state’s 17% retail pot tax that also takes effect on January 1st.

Rachael McDonald

The New Year will bring a prolonged cold snap to Oregon and Washington. We could even see a little snow in the valleys.

Egan Warming Center Facebook Page

More frigid weather is coming to the South Willamette Valley.  The Egan Warming Centers in Eugene and Springfield plan to activate Friday night and be on standby through next week.