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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There have been no new reports of University of Oregon students becoming ill with a bacterial infection that causes meningitis. A student who was diagnosed with the infection has been hospitalized and is reported to be in stable condition. 

Predator Defense

Hunters in Eastern Oregon are having another Coyote Derby this weekend. Predator advocates say these contests highlight an outdated approach to wildlife management in Oregon.

The Harney County Coyote Classic offers prizes of guns and cash for teams of hunters who kill the most coyotes.
Brooks Fahy heads Predator Defense of Eugene.

Cascadia Wildlands

Two environmental groups are challenging a timber sale outside of Springfield that they say is the largest clear-cut on federal land in 20 years. The lawsuit was filed Thursday in federal court in Eugene.

The project, called The Second Show Timber Sale, is on nearly 260 acres of Bureau of Land Management Land near Shotgun Creek outside Springfield. Nick Cady is with Cascadia Wildlands, one of the conservation groups which filed the lawsuit. He says the BLM neglected to analyze the effects of the project in relation to other private logging projects in the area.

City of Eugene

The Eugene City Council is considering a local option levy to improve public library services. The council heard Wednesday from Library Director Connie Bennett. She described options for a local funding levy. She also told a story of an elderly man who is a regular at the library. He'd been estranged from his family.

Bennett: "Library staff was able to connect him with his sister within a few weeks of her death. With your help we can multiply this kind of story by a thousand-fold by increasing access to library services in Eugene."

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Since last summer, national attention has shifted away from the plight of Central American youth coming to the United States to escape violence. The U-S Government says the situation at the border has improved. But the violence in Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador has not abated. Some kids from Central America have ended up in the northwest, including Lane County.

City of Eugene

Eugene is reminding Uber drivers that they will be penalized if they operate in the city without certification. The city has asked the ride-sharing app to cease its services.

Uber drivers will receive notices this week that they're violating city code when they operate without a license or certification in Eugene or Springfield. Uber has refused to get taxi licenses for its drivers since it came to Eugene last summer. City spokeswoman Laura Hammond says the council is looking at its rules around public passenger vehicles.

The wait is over! Oregon plays Ohio State tonight in the first ever national College Football Championship Game. Eugene area eateries are preparing for a big night.

What goes better with football than pizza? Pizza delivery drivers will be busy tonight.  Tim Hill is General Manager at Track Town Pizza. His crew was rolling out dough this morning in preparation. The restaurant near campus already has an order for 75 giant pizzas for a watch party on campus. Hill expects they'll make and deliver about 500 pizzas.

LERC

Despite Oregon having the 2nd highest minimum wage in the nation, low-wage workers in the state are finding it increasingly difficult to make ends meet. That's the finding of a new report from the University of Oregon.

Lane County

The Lane County Board of Commissioners is considering asking voters to approve a vehicle registration fee to pay for maintenance of county roads.

The proposed fee would amount to an additional $35  a year for Lane County residents. That would almost double what it currently costs to register your car. Board Chair Jay Bozievich says the fee could be passed by commissioners but they wanted to go to voters.

Lane County

Lane County Board of Commissioners Chair Pat Farr delivers his State of the County address Monday evening at 5 o'clock at the Lane Events Center.

Farr spoke earlier Monday with KLCC's Rachael McDonald. He says drafting a strategic plan for the county was one of the big accomplishments of 2014.

At Tuesday's meeting, the board will elect a new chair and take care of other New Year housekeeping items.
 

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