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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Mountain Biking
7:36 am
Mon January 5, 2015

Oregon's Trails Featured In National Magazine

Credit Tyler Roemer / Bike Magazine

Oregon's mountain biking trails are featured in a national magazine this month. Lane County tourism boosters hope the exposure will bring more visitors to the region.

Bike Magazine puts out its Bible of Bike Tests issue every January. In this month's issue, cyclists tested bikes on trails in Oakridge, along the McKenzie River, and in Central Oregon.
Kari Westlund is with Travel Lane County.

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Eugene 4J School District
11:52 am
Fri January 2, 2015

Eugene School District Sues Newspaper

Eugene 4J School Superintendent Shelly Berman resigned last spring but is still in the job through this school year. The Register Guard requested emails regarding the school board's decision to not evaluate Berman.
Credit Eugene 4J School District

The Eugene 4J School District is suing the Register-Guard newspaper to avoid releasing emails about the superintendent. 

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Leaburg Dam
11:47 am
Fri January 2, 2015

EWEB Hopes To Have One Rollgate Fixed On Leaburg Dam Soon

Leaburg Dam with floodgates operating.
Credit EWEB

The Eugene Water and Electric Board is hoping to get one of two malfunctioning roll gates on the Leaburg Dam repaired by mid-January.

One of three roll-gates broke down on the 85-year old dam on the McKenzie River in 2012. EWEB has been working on repairs and hopes to have it back in operation in a couple of weeks. Late last month, a 2nd roll-gate malfunctioned. EWEB spokesman Lance Robertson says the utility hasn’t yet determined why.  He says the dam is basically out of commission- with only one gate working.

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Transportation
10:35 am
Wed December 31, 2014

Drivers Cautioned To Take Time Traveling Over The Mountains

Santiam Pass
Credit ODOT

Crews have cleared most of the snow from roadways in Oregon's mountain passes, but transportation officials are cautioning drivers to take their time.

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Environment
10:19 am
Tue December 30, 2014

Dam Malfunction Good News For Anglers

Leaburg Fish Hatchery
Credit Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife

Willamette Valley anglers will be delighted to find an early bonanza of hatchery trout in local waterways.  A dam malfunction turns out to be good news for folks who want to go fishing for New Years.

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Health
7:28 am
Fri December 26, 2014

Eugene Library Says Bedbugs Are Gone

Credit Eugene agogo

A bedbug problem at the Eugene Public Library seems to have been solved. But, the pests are popping up in rentals in Lane County.

St Vincent de Paul Executive Director Terry McDonald says bedbugs do not discriminate.

McDonald: "You can be in a very expensive place or a very modest home or facility and bedbugs can find their way in."

McDonald says he's heard of bedbugs in some of St. Vinnie's rental properties.

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Transportation
5:53 am
Thu December 25, 2014

Eugene Airport Busy For Holidays, Rose Bowl Travel

Credit Eugene Airport

About 33-thousand travelers are expected to go through the Eugene Airport during the holiday period. Cathryn Stevens, Assistant Airport Director, says upcoming peak travel days are Friday December 26th and Sunday December 28th. She says to arrive 2 hours ahead of time on those days.

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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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