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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Wildfire
12:28 pm
Tue June 10, 2014

Officials Say Fire Near Bend Human Caused

Credit Central Oregon Fire Info

Updated 6:17pm.

Firefighters had to scramble Tuesday afternoon to extinguish another wildfire on the outskirts of Bend.

Fire spokeswoman Lisa Clark says a lookout on Lava Butte spotted the smoke a near the trailhead of a popular mountain-biking area known as Phil's Trails on the western outskirts of Bend.   Helicopter and engine crews quickly put it out.

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School Shooting
12:15 pm
Tue June 10, 2014

Two Dead in Shooting at Portland-Area High School

"Reynolds High School students exit TriMet bus after being transported from the school to the Wood Village Fred Meyer to meet up with their parents." -- OPB
Credit John Rosman / OPB

Updated at 2:01pm

Officials say a lone shooter killed one student and injured a teacher at Reynolds High School this morning.  The shooter is also dead.

Troutdale Police Chief Scott Anderson said authorities have tentatively identified the gunman, but aren't ready yet to release the name.

Anderson: "I can tell you that the weapon used was a rifle. one teacher was injured, with non life-threatening injuries. The teacher was treated at the scene."

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Wildfire
6:42 am
Mon June 9, 2014

Fire Crews Brace For Windy Conditions In Central Oregon

Credit Central Oregon Fire Info

Fire crews are bracing for more warm, windy weather as they battle a 68-hundred acre blaze in Central Oregon. The Two Bulls Fire west of Bend prompted evacuations over the weekend. About 50 people are still not able to return home. Crews have built a preliminary line around the blaze. Fire Information Officer Lisa Clark says winds up to 20 miles per hour may cause flare-ups. She says weather conditions are more like mid-summer.

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Track and Field
6:00 am
Mon June 2, 2014

Eugene Will Live Up To Its Track Town USA Rep This Summer

Hayward Field will host the World Junior Championships this summer among other Track & Field events.
Credit CollegeOvals.com

The Prefontaine Classic just wrapped up at Hayward Field and there's more to come in Eugene for Track & Field fans.

Track town USA will live up to its nickname this summer.

The World Junior Championships is the marquee event in late July. It's the first time this competition has been held in the United States. The World Juniors coincides with the Eugene Marathon on July 27th.  

Kari Westlund, President and CEO of Travel Lane County says she thinks visitors will be able to find lodging in and around Eugene.

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Homeless Issues
11:12 am
Fri May 30, 2014

Group Plans Permanent "Village" For Homeless People

Opportunity Village Eugene.
Credit Opportunity Village

The folks who created Opportunity Village Eugene, a pilot project that gives short-term shelter to people without homes, are now looking to branch out.  "Emerald Village" would provide long term housing at an affordable price.

Opportunity Village opened last August and is home to 31 people in micro-houses or Conestoga Huts. Reverend Dan Bryant is president of the Opportunity Village board. He says the spin-off would be for people who are ready to transition out of temporary shelter.

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Lane Community College
12:13 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

Lane Community College Plans to Raise Tuition

Mary Spilde is President of Lane Community College.
Credit Lane Community College

Lane Community College will raise tuition but has avoided lay-offs to cope with its financial shortfall. The LCC Budget Committee passed a spending plan Thursday night.

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Natural History
10:40 am
Thu May 29, 2014

UO Museum Digs Into Millions Of Years Of Oregon's History

A sculpture of the saber-tooth salmon that lived in Oregon millions of years ago. The replica of it's skull made with a 3D printer is on the counter below.
Credit Rachael McDonald

A giant sloth and an even larger saber-toothed salmon once lived in Oregon, millions of years ago. These creatures are some of the highlights of a new exhibit at the U of O's Museum of Natural and Cultural History in Eugene. The grand opening is Friday evening.

"Explore Oregon" features a collection of fossils and other geologic items the museum has had for a long time but never put on display. Project Director Ann Craig says, with the museum's recent expansion, there's finally enough space to share the collection with the University and greater community.

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City of Eugene
8:18 am
Wed May 28, 2014

Eugene Considers Climate Recovery Plan

At the urging of the community's young people, the Eugene City Council is considering an ordinance that would make its carbon emission reduction goals mandatory instead of voluntary. The council voted Tuesday to hold a public hearing July 21st on the Climate Recovery Proposal. It would call on the community to cut fossil fuel use in half by 2030 compared to 2010 levels. City Councilor Alan Zelenka spoke in support of the ordinance.

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Eugene Water & Electric
12:31 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

Four Suitors Court EWEB Riverfront

Artist's rendering of EWEB site.
Credit EWEB

Four groups have expressed interest in developing a 27-acre tract along the Willamette River in Eugene. Eugene Water and Electric Board envisions a vibrant, mixed-use "people place" at their Riverfront site.

EWEB has moved most of its operations to West Eugene and has been working for years on a vision for the property along the Willamette River.  Jeanine Parisi is Community Relations Coordinator at EWEB. She says choosing a developer is a key step in transforming the riverfront from an industrial site to something else.

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Eugene 4J
3:00 pm
Mon May 26, 2014

4J Seeks Input on Plans For New Roosevelt Middle School

Roosevelt Middle School in South Eugene.
Credit Eugene 4J School District

The public is invited to participate in designing a new Middle School in South Eugene. Voters approved a bond measure last spring to pay for improvements in the 4J district. There's a public meeting Tuesday at Roosevelt Middle School.

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