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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ODOT

The weekend’s storms brought 20 to 30 inches of new snow to Oregon’s high cascades. Forecasters say another warmer, wet storm is coming.

Rachael McDonald

The largest mental health facility in Lane County isn’t a hospital. It’s the county’s only nightly shelter for homeless folks. That’s according to Eugene Mission Executive Director Jack Tripp. Earlier this month, he took county leaders on a tour of the mission.

ODOT

UPDATE: 4:00 pm: Highway 126 has re-opened at Cushman, about 3 miles east of Florence.

Visit tripcheck.com, or call 511 for the latest road conditions.
 

Rachael McDonald

There are 6 Syrian refugees in Oregon. One of them lives in Eugene. Ali Turki Ali came here in June. He’s learning English at Lane Community College.  Ali left his home country in March 2014.

Oregon Congressman Peter DeFazio says the Newport Air Station is safe from closure, at least for the next two years.The Coast Guard Reauthorization Act, passed Thursday in the House, secures funding for the rescue helicopter.

Casper Journal

Umpqua Community College Wednesday appointed Dr. Walter Nolte as its new interim president.
Nolte is 67.

Rachael McDonald

At a meeting Wednesday the Eugene City Council and Human Rights Commission talked about ways to move forward to end the homeless crisis in the community.

WA Fish & Wildlife

Oregon crab fishers are ready to go out in the water but the latest tests have shown toxin levels in the crustaceans off the south coast that are still a cause for concern. The state has continued its delay of the commercial Dungeness crab season coast wide. 

Oregon Department of Transportation

The state Department of Transportation says parts of several highways in western Oregon were closed Tuesday because of high water from heavy rainfall.

Catholic Community Services

During the recent cold snap around Thanksgiving, Catholic Community Services of Lane County exhausted its supply of motel vouchers for families seeking overnight shelter. Efforts are underway to prepare for the next cold snap.

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