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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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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School Closures
5:16 am
Thu December 12, 2013

Winter Weather Closure Information for Thursday

Public Colleges & Universities
• Lane Community College - LCC Eugene and Cottage Grove locations are closed. UPDATE Posted: Thu. 12th, 05:46 AM
• University of Oregon - The UO is on its regular operational and final exam schedule. Check alerts.uoregon.edu for more detailed information. UPDATE Posted: Wed. 11th, 04:44 PM

Private Colleges & Universities
• Pioneer Pacific College - Springfield - School closed for Thursday Dec. 12th. UPDATE Posted: Thu. 12th, 06:27 AM

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School Closures
11:26 am
Wed December 11, 2013

LCC Students Will Have to Make Up Finals

The snow and frigid cold snap couldn't come at a worse time for students at Lane Community College. The Eugene and Cottage Grove campuses have been closed for most of the time since Friday's snowstorm.

This is finals week.  Many students are still waiting to find out when their makeup tests will be. Brian Kelly, Vice President of College Services says the public safety and facilities staff have been on campus during the closure:

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Homeless Issues
11:21 am
Wed December 11, 2013

Record Numbers Take Shelter at Warming Centers

The Egan Warming Center is named for Major Thomas Egan. He died outdoors on a freezing night in Eugene in 2008.
Credit Egan Warming Center

  The Egan Warming Center in Eugene / Springfield has been open to homeless people seeking shelter from the frigid cold for the past 8 nights. They're not planning to open Wednesday night because the low is not expected to dip below 30.

More than 300 people volunteer their time to help operate the Egan Warming Centers. Program Director Doug Bales:

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Winter Weather
2:45 pm
Tue December 10, 2013

Winter Weather Closure Information For Wednesday

Lane County:
Lane County Sheriff Tom Turner has canceled his Community Meeting Scheduled for Wednesday evening at the Cottage Grove Community Center

• Lane Council of Governments - LCOG - Meals on Wheels in Lane County are closed except in Florence. Cafe 60 Dining Rooms in Lane County are closed except in Florence. Posted: Wed. 11th, 07:45 AM

City of Eugene:

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Homeless Issues
8:55 am
Tue December 10, 2013

Advocates Urge Eugene Leaders To Allow Whoville To Stay

Several dozen homeless advocates spoke at Monday's Eugene City Council Meeting urging councilors to allow Whoville residents to remain at their camp near downtown. The camp is made up of about 50 homeless people in tents, who've been at Hilyard and West Broadway for a couple of months. There's fear the camp will be closed once the city opens it's pilot "rest stop" later this month at another location. Laura O'Hannion was among the speakers who asked that Whoville remain open.

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Forest Management
9:58 am
Mon December 9, 2013

State Considers Selling Parcels of Elliott State Forest

The Elliott State Forest in the coast range in southwest Oregon.
Credit Oregon Department of Forestry

The state of Oregon may decide to sell up to 3-thousand acres of the Elliott State Forest. The Land Board meets Tuesday in Salem.

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School Closures
5:16 am
Fri December 6, 2013

Snow Prompts School Closures, Delays

Public Colleges & Universities• Lane Community College - In addition to the closure of LCC Eugene and Cottage Grove locations today, Friday Dec. 6 (Florence center open), the Powwow for tomorrow, Saturday, Dec. 7. has been canceled. UPDATE Posted: Fri. 6th, 08:30 AM• Linn-Benton Community College - Open at 10 a.m. UPDATE Posted: Fri. 6th, 06:55 AM• University of Oregon - Normal opening Posted: Fri.

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