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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The search for a new University of Oregon president has collected 250 nominations so far. The deadline for applicants is March 9th.

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The Oregon legislature could pass a paid sick leave law during this session. The City of Eugene recently passed its own ordinance effective July first.

The Eugene City council this week discussed putting a hold on implementation of the sick leave ordinance in case the statewide law differs from theirs. City Councilor Alan Zelenka:

Lane County Public Health has confirmed a third case of a University of Oregon student with the deadly bacterial infection that can lead to meningitis. Public Health spokesman Jason Davis says the young man lives off campus. He says the U of O has reached out to students and others who may have been in contact with the patient.

"The good news is it is a relatively confined population of people and so we're confident that we're going to be able to get a handle on this."

Lebanon Police Dept.

Winds knocked down as many as a dozen power poles and lines on Highway 34 between Corvallis and Lebanon. The highway is restricted to one lane of traffic as crews repair the damage. The downed lines have caused outages for about 18-thousand customers in Lebanon, Sweet Home, Cascadia and Foster.

Some schools are closing early due to the outage. Pacific Power says on its website it's hoping to have the power back by 1:30 this (Monday) afternoon.

City of Eugene

Eugene and Springfield have been sharing an Urban Growth Boundary since 1982. In 2007, the state legislature passed a law requiring the two cities to establish separate UGB's.  Eugene's Principle Planner Teri Harding speaks with KLCC's Rachael McDonald.

City of Eugene website

Rachael McDonald

Beer is big in the northwest. And lots of people are making it… commercially and at home. A new business is geared toward helping home-brewers with improving the beer they make in their kitchens and garages.
I spoke with Dana Garves, owner and founder of "Oregon BrewLab".  She worked in Ninkasi's beer lab for 4 years before starting her own business this fall.

Oregon Brew Lab

Veterans' Housing Project

A long-time tradition in Eugene, The Truffle Shuffle, is this Sunday. What's new is that the fun-run is a fundraiser for Saint Vincent de Paul's Veteran Housing Program. Terry McDonald is Executive Director of Saint Vinnies:

Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area

Yaquina Head Lighthouse re-opened last weekend to tours after being closed for 3 months. The 1872 lighthouse in Newport has been repainted.

Oregon Zoo

It's been a really warm winter so far in Western Oregon. On this Groundhog Day, we checked in with the National Weather Service for a forecast.

Punxutawny Phil of Pennsylvania saw his shadow, which means 6 more weeks of winter. That's may be true for the east coast, but not in Oregon. Meteorologist Amanda Bowen:

Bowen: "Any local groundhogs likely would not have seen their shadow, since it was fairly cloudy so that would theoretically indicate an early arrival of spring for us and sure enough we're expecting warmer than usual weather over the next month or so."

Re-Election Campaign

Oregon lawmakers go back to Salem Monday for the 2015 legislative session. Democratic Representative Val Hoyle was appointed to the Oregon House in 2009. Since then, she has been elected twice to House District 14, representing West Eugene and Junction City. She serves as House Majority Leader. Democrats have a majority in both houses this session. Hoyle talks with KLCC's Rachael McDonald.

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