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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Pollution
12:49 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

Toxic Chemicals In Oregon's Waterways

Willamette River
Credit Wikipedia

Oregon's industrial facilities dumped more than 1 million pounds of toxic chemicals into the state's waterways in 2012. In a new report, Environment Oregon ranks the state 33rd worst in the nation for water pollution.

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Bees
1:23 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

Another Large Bee Die-off Attributed to Pesticides

One of hundreds of bees that died at an apartment complex in Eugene Tuesday. The ODA found out about the die-off from a report on KVAL
Credit KVAL

Several hundred honey bees and bumblebees died at a Eugene apartment complex Tuesday after trees on the property were sprayed with pesticides. The state is investigating.

The State Department of Agriculture found out about the bee deaths from a TV report and sent an investigator out Wednesday. Bruce Pokarney is with ODA:

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May 2014 Primary
12:23 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

Stewart, Bozievich Will Keep Board Seats

Jay Bozievich won re-election for the West Lane County Commission Board seat after a re-count in the May primary.
Credit Lane County

Faye Stewart and Jay Bozievich will not face run-off elections this fall. The Lane County Elections office finished re-counting votes in the West and East Lane County Commissioner races from May.

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May 2014 Primary
11:46 am
Tue June 17, 2014

Recount Underway in Lane County Commissioner Races

Elections officials in Lane County are re-tallying votes from the May primary. Both East Lane and West Lane County Commissioner races were so close that the Secretary of State said recounts are necessary.

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Lane County Sheriff
12:27 pm
Mon June 16, 2014

Sheriff Patrol Hours Reduced this Summer In Lane County

Credit Lane County Sheriff

Deputies are not patrolling Lane County 24-7 this summer-- that's because of several retirements. The Sheriff says it's hard to respond to emergencies throughout the vast county… even with full-time patrols.

That's because at any given time there might only be a few deputies on the roads. Sergeant Carrie Carver is Public Information Officer with the Lane County Sheriff.

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Arts & Culture
12:51 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

Festival of Eugene Taking Shape

A view of downtown Eugene.
Credit Wikimedia Commons

A lot of people were disappointed last week when Kesey Enterprises announced the Eugene Celebration is taking a hiatus this year.  Now, an alternative event is in the works.

Krysta Albert runs the Eugene Health and Wellness Celebration which has been part of the Eugene Celebration over the years.  She says when the news came out community members contacted her about putting on a Festival of Eugene instead.

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Disasters & Accidents
11:48 am
Thu June 12, 2014

Reward Climbs For Info On Cause of Two Bulls Fire

Smoke from the Two Bulls Fire west of Bend.
Credit Central Oregon Fire Info

A wildfire that burned nearly 7-thousand acres and threatened hundreds of homes west of Bend is now 55 percent contained. Officials suspect the Two Bulls Fire was human caused. A reward for information that leads to a conviction of whoever's responsible is now nearly $2-thousand.

The reward was boosted Wednesday by a contribution from Eric and Robin Coats of Shevlin Sand & Gravel. The City of Bend, Deschutes County Sheriff's office and several businesses and individuals have contributed.

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May 2014 Primary
1:03 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

Lane County Will Have to Conduct Recounts in Two Commissioner Races

Lane County Elections will have to conduct a recount in *two commissioner races. That's the latest from the Oregon Secretary of State who Tuesday said the East Lane County seat race was close enough to trigger an automatic recount. Now, it's been found the West Lane race also requires one.
Lane County spokeswoman Anne Marie Levis:

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Climate Change
11:42 am
Wed June 11, 2014

Oregon Appeals Court Sends Climate Suit Back to Lane County Judge

Judges on the Oregon Court of Appeals.
Credit courts.oregon.gov

A lawsuit brought by two Eugene teens against the state over climate change will get a second hearing in Lane County Circuit Court. The Oregon Court of Appeals Wednesday  ruled the case has merit.

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Climate Change
6:42 am
Wed June 11, 2014

Eugene Teen Continues Work to Combat Climate Change

18-year old Kelsey Juliana will graduate from South Eugene High School Saturday.
Credit Rachael McDonald

The Oregon Court of Appeals is expected to issue its ruling Wednesday in a lawsuit filed by two teens who want the state to do more to prevent climate change. One of the plaintiffs in the case, Kelsey Juliana, is about to graduate from high school. KLCC's Rachael McDonald spoke with her recently about what's next.

I met up with Kelsey Juliana at Amazon Park. As we walked the 18 year old told me her plans.

Juliana: "I will be graduating from South Eugene High School June 14th. And then, I will be leaving mid-July to join the Great March for Climate Action."

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