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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Passenger Rail
1:52 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

Talk Trains In Eugene Tuesday

Credit Jes Burns

A report out Monday says Americans are increasing their use of public transportation. This is true in the northwest where the Cascade Line between Eugene and Vancouver, BC is one of the fastest growing rail lines in the country. Tuesday, there's a conversation about rail in Eugene.

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Lumber Industry
12:07 pm
Fri March 7, 2014

Southern Oregon Sawmill To Reopen Thanks to State Help

Lumber stacked in the yard at Rough and Ready before it closed about a year ago.
Credit Amelia Templeton / Earthfix

Governor John Kitzhaber Friday announced a $5 million funding package that will allow Josephine County's last sawmill to re-open.
 
The Rough & Ready Sawmill in O'Brien closed a year ago. It will now be able to open with upgraded equipment thanks to a combination of tax credits and a state loan. At a press conference in White City, Owner Link Phillipi said he expects the mill will be able to hire more than 60 people.

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City of Eugene
12:08 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

Sheldon Library Will Stay Open Under Latest Budget Plan

Eugene's Sheldon Branch Library.
Credit City of Eugene

Eugene's Sheldon Branch Library has been spared from closure. The Budget Committee Wednesday night agreed to keep both branch libraries open and cut back Sunday hours at the main downtown building.

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Homeless Issues
1:14 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

Whoville Folks Say Proposed Site Is Not Going To Work

Ken Laini and others watch the train go by a proposed site for a homeless camp in North Eugene.
Credit Rachael McDonald

Homeless advocates say a grassy area between a busy highway and the main line railroad in north Eugene is not a good place for the residents of Whoville. The City Council last week voted to approve a 3rd pilot "rest stop" for the people who've been at a camp near downtown for months.

It's a narrow piece along Northwest Expressway, near its intersection with River Road. No sidewalks. As vehicles whiz by, Ken Lainy sits in his wheelchair on a gravel driveway.

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Eugene Budget
1:33 pm
Tue March 4, 2014

Eugene Budget Committee Looks At Ways To Cope With Shortfall

The city is considering reducing Sunday hours at Eugene's downtown library to cope with budget shortfalls
Credit Eugene agogo

The public has the chance this week to comment on the latest ideas for shoring up Eugene's $2.5 million deficit. The budget committee will have a public hearing Wednesday.

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Profile
6:00 am
Thu February 27, 2014

Eugene Attorney Represents Activists

Lauren Regan at her office in Eugene.
Credit Rachael McDonald

The northwest is famous for political activism-- WTO protests, tree-sits, Occupy… When activists get arrested, there's a law firm in Eugene that might represent them for no little or no money. Lauren Regan's Civil Liberties Defense Center celebrates its tenth year at the Public Interest Environmental Law Conference this weekend.

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Public Interest Environmental Law Conference
1:21 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

Law Conference Explores 6th Extinction

The Public Interest Environmental Law Conference is an annual event at the UO Law School.
Credit uo lawblog

Thousands of Environmental activists, lawyers and students will be at the University of Oregon in Eugene this weekend for the Public Interest Environmental Law Conference. The 3 day event begins Thursday afternoon.

The theme of the law conference this year is "Running into Running Out"

Brinson: "With the 6th largest mass extinction currently happening, we've got to do something. So hopefully, this conference can be an opportunity for people to figure some of this stuff out."

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Employment
8:47 am
Tue February 25, 2014

Eugene Council Discusses Sick Leave Ordinance

Credit City of Eugene

The Eugene City Council is considering an ordinance that would require employers to provide sick leave to their workers.

The proposal was brought forward Monday night by Councilors Alan Zelenka and Claire Syrett. Eugene would follow Portland and Seattle, which have sick leave ordinances in place. Syrett said 25-thousand workers in Eugene don't have sick leave.

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Homeless Issues
6:00 am
Mon February 24, 2014

Whoville Won't Have To Move After 30-day Reprieve Is Over

Eugene City Councilor Claire Syrett.
Credit City of Eugene.

The Eugene City Council plans to extend its sunset date for a program that allows homeless people to camp in designated 'rest-stops'. This means Whoville residents have more time at their camp near downtown.

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Arts & Culture
1:06 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

New Light Coming To Downtown Eugene

This and 43 other light poles will be illuminated Valentine's night in downtown Eugene during the rescheduled First Friday Art Walk.
Credit Rachael McDonald

Eugene's First Friday Art Walk was postponed to this Friday, Valentine's Day, because of the snow last week. Downtown will be graced with new light for folks who come to the Art Walk.  

A brand new light display will be turned on at dusk Friday.
Sarah Bennett is President of Downtown Eugene Incorporated, or DEI. She says the lighting treatment is a permanent year-round installation.

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