Rachael McDonald

Reporter / Interim News Director

As of 7/1/17 Rachael is KLCC's interim News Director.  A search for a new News Director will begin soon.

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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Monday, community members celebrated the kick-off of a $1.85 million dollar remodel project on a former Eugene church that will provide housing to homeless teen girls. KLCC’s Rachael McDonald has more from what was called a “ground-shaking” with a musical theme.

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When you’re wandering the paths at the Oregon Country Fair, you may come across Ark Park or Archeology Park. There you can learn about the fair’s educational, research and preservation efforts. Ann Rogers is an Oregon Country Fair archeologist.

The Lane County Sheriff has extra patrols on duty in the Veneta area during the Oregon Country Fair through Monday.

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U.S. Democratic Senator Ron Wyden is in Oregon this week while the Senate is on break. He stopped by the KLCC studios Wednesday morning. KLCC’s Rachael McDonald asked him about a wide range of issues including President Trump’s upcoming meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the G20 Summit in Germany.

Oregon Dept. of Forestry

Conservation groups are cheering Monday after the Joint Ways and Means Committee in Salem advanced $100 million in bonds to protect the Elliott State Forest.  Eugene-based Cascadia Wildlands has been fighting for years to keep the forest from being logged.

Rachael McDonald

The Oregon Legislature approved a bill this session that authorizes ports to operate shipyards. For the Port of Toledo, it is one of many steps in efforts to restore an economic driver for the region. But, some private shipyards in Oregon fear they’ll lose millions of dollars in business.

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A trial date has been set for the climate lawsuit brought against the federal government by 21 young people. Federal Judge Ann Aiken  will hear the case beginning February 5th in Eugene.

Rachael McDonald / Butterfly lot

The Lane County Board of Commissioners and Eugene City Council have agreed to a land swap.
The agreement will provide for a site for a new County Courthouse on the former City Hall Site. The New City Hall will be built on the current Butterfly parking lot at 8th and Oak downtown.

Rachael McDonald

The City of Eugene is making changes to a major street downtown that intersects Saturday Market. The goal is to improve safety and a sense of connection between the park blocks.

A group of social justice and human rights organizations is urging the City of Eugene to involve them in the hiring process for a new police chief.

columbiariverreview.com

Thousands of Oregonians could lose Medicaid coverage under the Senate Republican’s health care proposal. Oregon Democratic Senator Ron Wyden says he is prepared to fight the latest version of Trump-Care in what he calls a “battle for the ages”.

Rachael McDonald

This week a Lincoln County Circuit judge issued a preliminary injunction that prevents enforcement of a provision of a voter passed aerial spraying measure.

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On Saturday, Land Trusts around Oregon are encouraging people to “Walk the Land”. The idea is to bring people to special natural areas that aren’t always open to the public and highlight the work of conservation groups. For a preview, McKenzie River Trust Executive Director Joe Moll took KLCC’s Rachael McDonald to their largest property, Green Island, north of Eugene on a windy day.

Oregon State Police

Lane County has the unhappy distinction of having the highest rate of traffic fatalities of any Oregon county. Leaders hope to increase road safety and heighten awareness of the problem.

Central Oregon Fire

The first weekend of summer is going to be a hot one in Oregon. Clear, sunny skies are forecast with highs in the mid-90s in the Willamette Valley.

NASA

The total solar eclipse is 2 months away. Scientists shared their excitement at a NASA briefing Wednesday, but transportation officials in Oregon, and other states the eclipse will pass over, are bracing for cosmic traffic jams.

plannedparenthood.org

The Republican health care bill approved in the House of Representatives makes Planned Parenthood providers ineligible to participate in Medicaid. It’s expected the Senate version, now being crafted behind closed doors, will do the same. 

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The Trump Administration’s travel bans have put a damper on refugee resettlement efforts in the United States, despite the fact they’ve been successfully challenged in court. Still, advocates will celebrate World Refugee Day Tuesday in Eugene.

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A new study by Oregon State University finds an increase in marijuana use in college students since pot was legalized 2 years ago.

Rachael McDonald

The Trump Administration is trying to get the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals to throw out the federal climate lawsuit brought by 21 youth plaintiffs. In the latest move, it’s asked for a writ of mandamus, a rarely used legal maneuver.

Oregon RAIN

Oregon Regional Accelerator and Innovation Network, or RAIN, helps connect entrepreneurs with resources to get their business ideas to reality. The non-profit works in Lane, Linn, Benton and Lincoln Counties. Next week, a group of start-ups on the Central Coast will graduate from RAIN’s pre-accelerator program.

Karen Richards

The State’s Joint Ways and Means Committee Tuesday voted to preserve funding for the Oregon State Hospital in Junction City. The full House and Senate are expected to vote on the deal later this week (likely Thursday).

Oregon Employment Department

Oregon's unemployment rate is at a record low.
The state Employment Department says the jobless rate for May was 3.6 percent, a slight drop from April's rate of 3.7.

EWEB

The State Department of Environmental Quality (or DEQ) says, with soil contaminants now removed, the city of Eugene can move ahead with development of property along the Willamette River. The 17-acre site was formerly the operations yard for Eugene Water and Electric Board.

OPB News

A lawsuit was filed this week against a Lincoln County ordinance that was narrowly passed by voters last month. The suit challenges a ban to aerial pesticide spraying.

Oregon Agriculture in the Classroom Foundation

Grass pollen is wreaking havoc for allergy sufferers in the Willamette Valley. This region is home to some of the highest pollen counts in the world.

http://defazio.house.gov/

Oregon 4th District Congressman Peter DeFazio is among lawmakers decrying President Trump’s decision to pull out of the Paris Climate Accord. He compares it to the U.S. invasion of Iraq.

University of Oregon

The University Of Oregon Board Of Trustees Friday voted unanimously to re-name a building on campus after the first African American to graduate from its school of Architecture. 

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The Roseburg Library locked its doors Wednesday. It’s the final location in the Douglas County Library System to close since the Board of Commissioners announced it can’t afford to fund the service anymore. There is no plan yet in place for a way to re-open the library.

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A ballot measure that bans the aerial spraying of pesticides in Lincoln County has passed by a margin of 61 votes. Supporters say theirs is the first county in the U.S. to enact such a ban by a vote of the people.

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