Rachael McDonald

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 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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City of Newport

Out of Oregon’s list of unsafe dams, 2 of the 7 are in Newport. The Lower and Upper dams on the Big Creek Reservoir are deemed unsatisfactory by the state.

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The University of Oregon may raise in-state tuition by more than 10% next year if the state doesn’t increase its higher ed budget. Under the proposal, out-of-state tuition would go up 3%.

The Eugene 4J School District is starting a Mandarin Chinese immersion program next fall. Enrollment is by lottery. There’s a parent information session Monday evening. (2/13)

Rachael McDonald

Student groups held a rally Friday on the University of Oregon campus to show support and solidarity for Muslim Students. The action is in response to President Donald Trump’s immigration ban.

Lane Community College

The Lane Community College Board of Education Wednesday declared the Eugene college a sanctuary campus.

The Lane Community College Board of Education Wednesday announced it has hired Doctor Margaret Hamilton to be the 7th president of the college. She’ll fill the position Mary Spilde has held for nearly 16 years. 

Rachael McDonald

Every year, the KLCC Microbrew Festival gives Eugene’s craft brewers a chance to collaborate on small batches of beer. The theme this year is KLCC’s 50th Anniversary. KLCC’s Rachael McDonald sat down with a couple local brewers to find out more about what they’re cooking up.

City of Eugene

The Eugene City Council is considering restricting smoking and dogs downtown in an attempt to make the neighborhood safer. The council will hear from the public on the two proposals at its February 27th meeting.

Rachael McDonald

The lawsuit brought by 21 youth plaintiffs against the federal government over climate change could go to trial this summer. [Today,] Tuesday, Eugene Federal Magistrate Judge Thomas Coffin met with attorneys in a pre-trial conference. The courtroom was packed with local climate activists.

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Eugene residents are still cleaning up from the ice storm in December which downed hundreds of trees and put 22-thousand households in the dark. This week, the city is hosting a debrief on lessons learned.

  

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