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 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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• Lane Transit District - Buses on snow routes. 6:45 AM:

Transportation • Lane Transit District - Buses on snow routes. Rte. 91 not serving all stops on Mckenzie River Dr. Latest at: www.LTD.org/service-alerts or @LaneTransit UPDATE Posted: Wed. 14th, 10:11 AM Counties/Regional• LCOG - Meals on Wheels & Cafe 60 Dining Rooms in Lane County - Closed. Please use emergency meals. UPDATE Posted: Wed. 14th, 11:05 AM• Oregon Cascades West Council of Governments - The Albany and Corvallis offices will close at 3:00 p.m. today UPDATE Posted: Wed.

Dave Busenbark County Park Facebook page

A Parks Master Plan will be presented to the Douglas County Board of Commissioners Wednesday in Roseburg. A conservation group is protesting the plan.

LMManz / CoastWatch

Tides will be higher than usual this week [12/12 – 12/15] on the Oregon coast. A coalition of conservation groups seeks photos of the King Tides to record sea level rise.


Willie Taggart is the University of Oregon’s new head football coach. At a press conference Thursday in Eugene he promised to make the team winners again.

Rachael McDonald

A three judge panel of the Oregon Court of Appeals will hear arguments Friday in a lawsuit brought by two young people against the state over climate change. this is a case related to a federal climate lawsuit that’s also underway.

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• State of Oregon - State offices in the Portland-metro area will be closed today, 12/8/2016. Portland-metro includes these counties: Clackamas, Columbia, Multnomah, Washington.
Clatsop County: State offices will be closed today, 12/8/2016.

Democratic Party of Lane County

A former Lane County Commissioner got a favorable ruling from the Oregon Supreme Court last month. Rob Handy sued Lane County in 2012 claiming 3 commissioners violated Oregon’s public meeting laws.

Shanda Miller

One in 35 Lane County adults has a severe or persistent mental illness. That’s according to a community mental health program audit released this month.

Egan Warming Center

With temperatures expected to drop into the 20s, the Egan Warming Centers will activate tonight (12/6) in Eugene and Springfield. They’re on standby for Wednesday night.