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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Homeless
11:53 am
Mon November 17, 2014

Lane County Offers Site For Eugene's Third 'Rest Stop'

Eugene has 2 'rest stops' that provide a temporary place for homeless people to live.
Credit Rachael McDonald

Lane County has offered a site for a temporary rest stop for people who are homeless and have mental and physical disabilities. The Eugene City Council must approve the site before it can be established.

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Egan Warming Center
12:17 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

Egan Warming Center On Standby For Saturday

The Egan Warming Center is named after Major Thomas Egan who froze to death on a cold night in Eugene in 2008.
Credit Egan Warming Center

The Egan Warming Center, which offers shelter for homeless people in Eugene and Springfield on freezing nights, is on standby to activate this Saturday night.

Bill Winkley is the newly appointed coordinator for the Egan Warming Center. He says they were taken by surprise by the early onset of cold weather this week. Their season runs from the 15th of November through March 31st.

Winkley: "We don’t want anybody unnecessarily to be having to spend the night out in the cold when we could be ready to go with a warm bed and 2 hot meals and shelter."

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Weather
1:10 pm
Wed November 12, 2014

Frigid Weather Likely To Bring Snow To The Mountains

Snow forecast for the Cascades is good news for ski areas.
Credit Tom Banse

An east wind is pushing arctic air from the central U.S. to the Pacific Northwest. Temperatures have plummeted in the last couple of days. 

The cold front is forecast to bring snow to the mountains and central Oregon and even into the Willamette Valley overnight and into Thursday. Laurel McCoy is a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Portland. She says the snow isn't likely to stick around in the South Willamette Valley. But it's good news for Oregon's ski areas.

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Military & Veterans
10:51 am
Mon November 10, 2014

Lane County Groups Vow To End Veteran Homelessness

Credit St Vincent de Paul

In time for Veterans Day, Groups in Lane County are launching an effort to end veteran homelessness by 2016. Operation 365 aims to house one veteran each day between now and a year from now.

The local effort is part of a nation-wide program. St Vincent de Paul of Lane County has been awarded a federal 3 year grant of 3-million dollars to help. St. Vinnies Executive Director Terry McDonald:

McDonald: "We have the outreach and the opportunity to make this ambition goal and we're going to make a run at it."

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Arts & Culture
7:17 am
Mon November 10, 2014

Anarchist Writer Visits Eugene

Author Chris Dixon is in Eugene to talk about his book "Another Politics: Talking Across Today's Transformative Movements"
Credit http://writingwithmovements.com

Originally from Alaska, Chris Dixon has been involved in social and environmental activist movements along the west coast for years. The self-described anarchist attended graduate school at the University of California Santa Cruz and now lives in Ottawa, Ontario in Canada. Dixon's new book is called "Another Politics: Talking Across Today's Transformative Movements". Dixon spoke with KLCC's Rachael McDonald.

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University of Oregon
6:57 am
Mon November 10, 2014

Search Underway For New UO President

Credit Jes Burns

The search for a new University of Oregon President may take some time. The University has hired a recruitment firm and set up a search committee and an advisory group.

This will be the first U of O President hired under the University's new independent governing board.
Tobin Klinger is a spokesman for the U of O.

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University of Oregon
1:23 pm
Fri November 7, 2014

UO Approves New Mission Statement

Credit Jes Burns

The University of Oregon has a new mission statement. This week the new U of O Board of Trustees approved the document.

Barbara Altmann is Senior Vice Provost for Academic Affairs. She says every institution of higher education needs to have a mission statement. The mission has to reflect everyone in the organization including students, faculty, staff and the larger University community. Altmann says the process involved getting a lot of input from that community.

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Transportation
11:17 am
Fri November 7, 2014

After Fatal Crash State Looks At Safety Of Highway 126

Credit Oregon State Police

After a tragic accident Thursday which killed 2 Mapleton High School students and injured 3 others, the state is looking at ways to improve safety on Highway 126. The road winds through the coast range between Eugene and Florence.

Little: "In this year alone, in 2014, we've had 10 fatalities. That's more than we've experienced in all of the past 5 years. And that's just unacceptable."

Rick Little is spokesman for the Oregon Department of Transportation. He says they're studying the highway to see how to make it safer.

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November 2014 Election
11:38 am
Thu November 6, 2014

Oregon Voter Turnout Better Than National

Nationally, turnout for this week's election was at an all-time low -- about 42 percent. But in Oregon it was on par with previous midterm elections at just under 70 percent. Election officials attribute this to the state's vote by mail system.

Tony Green is spokesman for Oregon Secretary of State Kate Brown.

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November 2014 Election
12:00 pm
Wed November 5, 2014

Oregon's GMO Lableling Law Narrowly Defeated

Credit Lindsay Eyink

A measure to require labeling of genetically modified foods was narrowly defeated by Oregon voters. Measure 92 was rejected by nearly 51 percent of voters with 49 percent approving. Opponents called the measure's failure a decisive victory. Spending on both sides was historic for Oregon. Opponents raised nearly $20 million, according to the Oregonian. Supporters raised about $8 million.

Supporters of Measure 92 said Oregon has the right to know if their food contains genetically engineered ingredients. Opponents said the labeling would increase food costs.

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