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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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.

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

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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.

Milken Educator Awards

A Bend High School teacher was given the Milken Educator Award for excellence in education this week. Andria Lindsey is the only Oregon teacher among 44 across the country to receive the national prize.

A program that offers homeless families in Eugene / Springfield a warm place for the night is running out of money.

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A three judge panel of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals heard oral arguments Monday in a case brought by 21 youths against the federal government over climate change. The Trump Administration is seeking to quash the case before it goes to trial.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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