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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Lane County
1:41 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

Pat Farr Elected Chair Of Lane County Board Of Commissioners

The Lane County Board of Commissioners elected Pat Farr as chair Tuesday for 2014. He will set the agenda for the governing body that represents more than 350 thousand people.

Farr says one of the first things the board will do is hire a new County Administrator:

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Lane County
12:18 pm
Mon January 6, 2014

Board Chair Brings His Rock & Roll Soul To State Of Lane County

Lane County Board Chair Sid Leiken delivers the "State of the County" address.
Credit Rachael McDonald

Last year, Lane County voters passed a levy to fund jail beds.  This was one of the successes touted Monday morning. It was a "rockin" State of Lane County event.

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flu
12:51 pm
Fri January 3, 2014

Lane County Sees Increase In Cases Of Swine Flu

An image of the influenza virus.
Credit Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Oregon Health officials say it's not too late to get a flu shot. They hope you will because there's been an uptick in cases in the past week. A number of people in Lane County have tested positive for swine flu, or H1N1.

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weather
10:16 am
Tue December 31, 2013

2013 Was A Dry Year For Oregon

2013 was the driest on record in Eugene, despite a soggy September.
Credit wikimedia

2013 was a really dry year for Oregon. Climate scientists at Oregon State University say it was the driest on record for Eugene despite a soggy September.

Deputy Director of the Oregon Climate Service at OSU Kathie Dello says Eugene saw less than half of its normal precipitation this year. Dello says September brought a lot of rain but not enough to make up for the rest of the year. The snow-storm in early December was very dry. Dello spoke by cell from a ski trip in the Cascades.

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November 2014 Election
11:51 am
Mon December 30, 2013

Group Gathers Signatures For Oregon Equal Rights Amendment

Alice Paul (1885-1977) Author of the Equal Rights Amendment
Credit Photo from Alice Paul Institute -Alice's house in NJ.

Supporters are gathering signatures to put an Equal Rights Amendment against gender discrimination on the Oregon Ballot in November 2014.

The federal government has failed to pass an Equal Rights Amendment, but 22 states have the ERA in their constitutions. Leann Litrell DiLorenzo heads the ERA-Oregon campaign. She says women's equality isn't protected in the state's constitution. It's been up to the courts to preserve it.

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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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