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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Military & Veterans
7:17 am
Wed December 24, 2014

Veterans Finding Housing Despite Lackluster Fundraiser

Major Thomas Egan, who died on the street in Eugene in 2008, inspired The Egan Warming Centers.
Credit Egan Warming Center

St Vincent de Paul of Lane County has received federal funds to help end veteran homelessness within three years. Spurred by this, the Mayors of Eugene and Springfield and Lane County Commissioners have been raising money this holiday season to help with the project. Their effort is called Veterans Home for The Holidays-- the idea is that each day a homeless veteran will be permanently housed.

St. Vinnie's Executive Director Terry McDonald says fundraising for has been slow.

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Arts & Culture
6:52 am
Wed December 24, 2014

Theaters in Eugene, Corvallis and Florence Plan To Show The Interview

Credit Rachael McDonald

The controversial Sony picture "The Interview" will open Christmas Day at several Oregon independent theaters.

The Bijou in Eugene and Darkside Cinemas in Corvallis are among the theaters planning to open "The Interview" Thursday. Lane County's newest Movie Theater, City Lights, in Florence also plans to show the movie.

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Disasters & Accidents
10:56 am
Tue December 23, 2014

Highway 101 Repairs May Take A While

Credit Oregon Department of Transportation

US 101 will likely remain at a single lane of travel for as long as 2 months 12 miles north of Florence. A landslide this weekend damaged the roadway near Heceta Head.

Heavy rains caused a landslide that did extensive damage to the northbound lane of 101. One lane is open to traffic with flaggers and a pilot car. Rick Little with the Oregon Department of Transportation says drivers should expect a 20 minute delay.

He says the road will be restricted until a fix to the landslide can be designed and put in place.

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Health
9:16 am
Fri December 19, 2014

Blood Bank Experiences Shortage During Holidays

Credit Lane Blood Center

During the holiday season, blood banks around the county tend to have shortages. Lane Blood Center in Eugene is hoping to inspire people to donate blood with the promise of free beer.

Kristi McElhinney is with Lane Blood Center. She says with schools closed for winter break, and other changes due to the holiday season, fewer people give blood this time of year.

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City of Eugene
11:05 am
Wed December 17, 2014

Kitty Piercy Won't Run For Fourth Term As Eugene Mayor

Mayor Kitty Piercy
Credit City of Eugene

Eugene Mayor Kitty Piercy has announced she won't run for mayor after her term expires in two years.
Kitty Piercy was first elected Mayor of Eugene in 2004.

Piercy formerly served in the Oregon legislature. During her tenure as mayor, she oversaw the revitalization of Eugene's downtown. Several people have expressed interest in running, including city councilors Chris Pryor, Alan Zelenka and Mike Clark.  
 

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Lane County
12:16 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

Lane County Board Bans E-Cig Sales To Minors

Credit Lane County

Lane County Commissioners Tuesday voted 3 to 2 to regulate the sales of e-cigarette products. The ordinance would establish tobacco retail licensing and ban e-cigarette sales to minors.

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The Simpsons
9:00 am
Mon December 15, 2014

Self-Guided Tour Of Unofficial Hometown Of The Simpsons

The Simpsons mural in Springfield
Credit Jes Burns

The Simpsons animated TV series is 25 years old this week. Matt Groening  is believed to have based the fictional home of the Simpsons family on Springfield, Oregon, in his home-state.

Lane County's tourism agency has created a self-guided tour of landmarks believed to be the inspiration for places in the show. Lisa Lawton is with Travel Lane County.

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UO Graduate Teaching Fellows
10:23 am
Wed December 10, 2014

UO Graduate Teaching Fellows Call Off Strike

Credit Rachael McDonald

The Graduate Teaching Fellows at the University of Oregon called off their strike Wednesday after reaching a tentative agreement with administration. Bargaining teams worked through the night.  The GTFs were on strike for 8 days.

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University of Oregon
1:00 pm
Tue December 9, 2014

UO Senate Bristles At Threats To Authority

Credit Jes Burns

Amidst the ongoing Graduate Teaching Fellows strike at the University of Oregon, faculty is bristling over threats to its academic authority from the recently formed U of O Board of Trustees.

The University Senate Executive Committee held an emergency meeting Monday. There's concern the Board of Trustees was given sweeping powers by the state legislature.

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UO Graduate Teaching Fellows
11:39 am
Mon December 8, 2014

UO Grad Students In Second Week Of Strike

Credit Rachael McDonald

It's finals week at the University of Oregon and Graduate Teaching Fellows are in their second week of a labor strike.  

University of Oregon spokeswoman Julie Brown says with Graduate Teaching Fellows on strike the school is giving faculty options for administering finals and giving grades.

Brown: "In some cases, finals are continuing as have been planned all term. In other situations, students may have the option to be able to take the grade earned on course-work to date."

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