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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Oregon History
6:57 am
Mon December 30, 2013

New Plan Would Preserve Oregon History

The saddle of famous Nez Perce cowboy Jackson Sundown in his 1916 Pendleton Roundup win is part of Oregon's rich western heritage. It's still on display and in mint condition, and a new Oregon Heritage Plan aims to ensure other rare artifacts also are preserved.
Credit Photo by W.S. Bowman, 1916.

Oregon needs to do more to preserve its history-- that's according to people who support a new state Heritage Plan. It would set many of the state's historic preservation priorities for the next five years.

The median annual budget for the many small museums around the state is less than a typical lower income household, and many depend on volunteers to keep their doors open. Kyle Jansson is with the Oregon Heritage Commission. He says more training for caretakers is one aspect of the plan.

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City of Eugene
5:43 am
Mon December 30, 2013

Six Scenarios to Solve Eugene Budget Shortfall

Credit City of Eugene

The City of Eugene Budget Committee has come up with six options to cope with a 3 million dollar shortfall anticipated in fiscal year 2015. They're hoping people will join the discussion at a series of public meetings in January.

Laura Illig is Chair of the City of Eugene budget committee. She says they considered a range of options for dealing with the shortfall and were able to narrow down the scenarios to 6.

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Oregon Parks and Recreation
9:17 am
Fri December 27, 2013

Smoking Could Soon Be Illegal At Oregon Parks

Credit oregonstateparks.gov

It could soon be illegal to smoke cigarettes outdoors in Oregon's Parks. The state is considering a rule change in the New Year.

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Oregon Health Plan
8:04 am
Thu December 26, 2013

Oregon Health Plan No Longer Using Lottery System

The state is no longer using a lottery-system for enrollment in the Oregon Health Plan.
Credit Oregon Health Authorigy

In Oregon, low-income adults used to have to get on a waiting list and enroll in a lottery-style drawing to get health insurance. But that's changed because of the federal Affordable Care Act.

Oregon is one of 26 states expanding its Medicaid program, called the Oregon Health Plan. This means up to 300-thousand more people are eligible for coverage. Erin Fair Taylor is with Care-Oregon.

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Eugene Police
7:54 am
Fri December 20, 2013

DA Calls Eugene Officer Heroic in Extraordinary Shooting Case

The shooting took place on Churchill High School grounds. This photo was taken on Bailey Hill Road a few hours later.
Credit Rachael McDonald

Lane County District Attorney Alex Gardner says a Eugene Police officer acted appropriately when he fatally shot a suspect on the campus of Churchill High School last month.

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Forest Management
7:57 am
Thu December 19, 2013

Wyden Introduces Eastside Forest Bill

Ponderosa Pines and Aspen in the Deschutes National Forest.
Credit Brett Cole, Oregon News Service

Senator Ron Wyden's long-awaited bill to promote logging on national forests in Eastern Oregon has cleared its first legislative hurdle.

The Oregon Democrat's Senate Natural Resource's Committee approved the bill Thursday in Washington, D.C.

Timber industry and conservation groups that had once supported Wyden's efforts to use logging to promote healthier national forests while helping small mills survive are not happy with the latest changes. Tom Partin of the American Forest Resources Council says it puts ecological restoration ahead of economic considerations.

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weather
11:06 am
Wed December 18, 2013

Snowstorm Costs Add Up for City of Eugene

Most Eugene streets were icy for a full week after the snow fell December 6th.
Credit Rachael McDonald

The snow storm and sub-freezing temperatures that hit the South Willamette Valley this month cost the City of Eugene about $125-thousand. Public Works is still cleaning up from the event.

 

Crews were on the job 24 / 7 for 7 days according to Eugene Public Works spokesman Eric Jones. Weather forecasters didn't predict the 8 inches of snow that fell in Eugene Friday December 6th, followed by temperatures that plummeted as low at minus 10. Many streets were covered in ice for a full week. Jones says the costs added up fast.

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Dungeness Crab
12:09 pm
Tue December 17, 2013

Oregon Dungeness Crab Now In Stores

Credit WA Fish & Wildlife

Oregon crab fishermen are out on their boats bringing in pots brimming with Dungeness crab. The season started at midnight Sunday.

Eugene's Fisherman's Market got its first load of Oregon Dungeness crab Monday afternoon from a boat out of Newport. Owner Ryan Rogers says the crustaceans are plump and tasty. And the shop has been busy.

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Winter Weather
3:42 pm
Thu December 12, 2013

Winter Weather Closure Information for Friday

Public Colleges & Universities

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Food Insecurity
10:08 am
Thu December 12, 2013

Cold Snap Hardest On Those Already Living On The Edge

The extended frigid winter weather has been hard on everyone. It's toughest on those who are already living on the edge. Food for Lane County is hoping those who are able can contribute to their food drive this Saturday.

The Letter Carriers Food Drive started last Saturday but was hampered by the heavy snow that fell Friday. Dawn Marie Woodward is with Food for Lane County. She says families who are suffering financially have taken a big hit from the extended cold snap.

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