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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Oregon's congressional delegation is hoping to secure a two year extension of timber payments to rural counties. The Secure Rural Schools provision is in a bill the U.S. House is voting on this week.

The Secure Rural Schools Act provides payments in lieu of taxes for timber-dependent counties in Oregon and other states. Oregon Democratic Congressman Peter DeFazio says this bill helps counties while lawmakers try to find a long term solution to funding shortfalls.

Cascadia Wildlands

The Forest Service is looking for public comment on a nearly 25-hundred acre logging proposal in the Willamette National Forest near McKenzie Bridge. The Goose Project has already been blocked by a federal judge.

University of Oregon

The life of former University of Oregon President Dave Frohnmayer was celebrated Saturday in a public memorial service at Matthew Knight Arena on the U of O campus in Eugene. Frohnmayer served as state Attorney General, was a state legislator and was dean of the U of O law school. Oregon U.S. Senator Ron Wyden, State Senator Betsy Johnson and family members spoke of Frohnmayer's accomplishments and character.

His son Mark Frohnmayer quoted one of his father's students:

firstsource.com

A call center planning to open next month in Eugene is hiring up to 250 people. Chris Autry, Site Director for Firstsource Solutions says the company is a businesses process outsourcer.

They're looking to hire people to provide live web-chat services to telecommunications customers. Autry says they want employees with good people skills.

The Eugene 4J School Board voted unanimously Wednesday to hire Doctor Gustavo Balderas as new superintendent.

City of Eugene

Eugene Mayor Kitty Piercy met with Uber this week. The city has filed a lawsuit against the ride-sharing service because it has refused to comply with rules around permitting. KLCC's Rachael McDonald talks with the mayor about Uber, train quiet zones, and the passing of former University of Oregon president Dave Frohnmayer.

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There are 4 confirmed cases of pertussis, or whooping cough, at the Village School in Eugene.

The charter school notified students and parents last week. Andy Perra is Executive Director of the Village School. He says 2 of the cases were kids that were up to date on their vaccinations. The other two were not completely vaccinated. Perra says the school has been in close contact with Lane County Public Health.

City of Florence

Lane County Sheriff Tom Turner has been chosen as the new Chief of Police in Florence. Contract negotiations are still underway but Turner is expected to start his new job May 1st.

Sheriff Turner was instrumental in convincing voters to approve a funding levy for the Lane County Jail in 2013. Erin Reynolds is Florence City Manager. She says Turner has established good relationships in the region and will be an asset to the city.

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Lane Transit District is considering expanding its routes in the Eugene-Springfield area. Ideas include longer hours and possible bus service to the airport.

LTD is in talks with the City of Eugene about providing bus service to the airport. Russ Arnold, Marketing Manager with LTD says this is still just in discussion. He says the agency has heard from more than 2-thousand people with suggestions for improving service.

Rachael McDonald

The University of Oregon's possible violation of a student's privacy when it accessed her therapy records has garnered national attention. This week Oregon's Congressional Delegation got involved.

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