Rachael McDonald

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 returned to KLCC in 2007. She reports on city and county government, politics, the environment, homelessness  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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University of Oregon

The University Of Oregon Board Of Trustees Friday voted unanimously to re-name a building on campus after the first African American to graduate from its school of Architecture. 

Rachael McDonald

The Roseburg Library locked its doors Wednesday. It’s the final location in the Douglas County Library System to close since the Board of Commissioners announced it can’t afford to fund the service anymore. There is no plan yet in place for a way to re-open the library.

Rachael McDonald

A ballot measure that bans the aerial spraying of pesticides in Lincoln County has passed by a margin of 61 votes. Supporters say theirs is the first county in the U.S. to enact such a ban by a vote of the people.

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Communities in the path of totality for the upcoming solar eclipse are preparing for huge crowds on August 21st. Roughly half-a-million people are expected to converge on the Corvallis area for the eclipse.

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President Trump’s proposed budget would cut funding for an earthquake early warning system along the west coast. The cut would effectively kill the potentially life-saving program.

EugNet

With a federal grant, a project to create a high speed fiber network in downtown Eugene is now fully funded. The U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration awarded a $1.9 million dollar grant to the city this week.

The grant, along with the city’s urban renewal money, will help Eugene realize its goal of being one of the best places in the country for internet access.

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Next fall, the University of Oregon will enact a new reporting policy in cases of sexual assault and gender-based discrimination. The policy puts victims in charge.

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The City of Eugene throws away over 40 million pounds of food every year, half of which comes from homes. The south university neighborhood will be joining Eugene’s growing food waste collection pilot program this week.

A group of public safety advocates have formed a new non-profit to help out the Eugene Police Department.

Rachael McDonald

We won’t know the final vote count on a ballot measure to ban aerial pesticide spraying in Lincoln County until early June. The ordinance is currently passing with a 27 vote margin.

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