Rachael McDonald

Reporter / News Host

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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Mt Pisgah Arboretum

The Lane County Board of Commissioners Tuesday approved a ban on smoking and tobacco use in all the county’s parks.

The ordinance includes an exception for ceremonial tobacco use by members of Native American tribes.

Egan Warming Center Facebook Page

The Egan Warming Center which opens to homeless people on freezing nights has activated 24 times so far this winter. That’s the most nights in a season since the program in Eugene and Springfield began 8 years ago, and winter isn’t over.

Eugene Opera

The Eugene Opera has cancelled its performances for the rest of the season. The opera cites disappointing ticket sales and a $165-thousand shortfall.

Oregon Institute of Marine Biology

Strong waves injured two people at the Oregon coast this weekend.
A high-surf advisory was in effect Saturday when firefighters responded to a vacation rental in Lincoln City.

ODOT

A second landslide has closed Highway 36 between the South Willamette Valley and the coast. It’s expected to take several days to clear.

State (1)

 

• State of Oregon - State agency offices are opening at 10am in these counties: Crook, Deschutes, Jefferson. State agency offices are closed in these counties: Clackamas, Columbia, Gilliam, Hood River, Multnomah, Sherman, Wasco, Washington, Wheeler. UPDATE Posted: Wed. 11th, 05:28 AM

Douglas County Libraries website

The Douglas County Board of Commissioners is preparing to close its 11 branch libraries later this year. The board says it can no longer afford to fund the system.

Transportation (1) • Lane Transit District - Buses on snow routes. 4 routes impacted: 1, 24, 76, and 91. See LTD.org/service-alerts for more. UPDATE Posted: Tue. 10th, 06:08 AM

Rachael McDonald

Board Chair Faye Stewart praised the work done by county public works staff dealing with winter weather in his state of Lane County address Monday.

Rachael McDonald / KLCC

As temperatures rise, the snow and ice are thawing Monday, in the Eugene area, but the National Weather Service says more snow may fall in the South Willamette Valley Tuesday night into Wednesday morning.

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