Rachael McDonald

Reporter / News Host

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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As of Tuesday morning about 3,000 Eugene Water and Electric Board customers are without power. Crews are working to restore full power, but some residences might be without electricity for a few more days.


UPDATE:  As of 4:30 pm Monday, EWEB now says 3,000 customers are without power. Utility crews continue to to work around the clock to restore power to affected areas. 

As of 11 a.m. Monday, 5,000  Eugene Water and Electric customers were still without power. The utility calls last week’s ice storm the most severe seen in decades with more than 20,000 customers losing electricity because of ice and tree damage.


Utility crews continue to work to restore power in the Eugene area. More than 20-thousand Eugene Water and Electric customers lost power in Wednesday’s ice storm, but with temperatures lingering at or below freezing, more outages are possible this weekend.

KLCC 89.7 Eugene is operating at reduced power due to the bad weather. Our Florence, Oakridge, and Cottage Grove signals may be off the air. Our engineer is working on it. We'll resume full power as soon as possible.



• Lane Transit District - Buses on snow routes. 6:30 A.M. The following routes are on detour due to hazardous road conditions and closures: 1, 24, 27, 28, 40, 51, 73, 76, 92, 98. For more details: www.ltd.org/service-alerts or @LaneTransit UPDATE Posted: Fri. 16th, 06:28 AM



• Lane Transit District - Buses on snow routes. 6:45 AM:

Transportation • Lane Transit District - Buses on snow routes. Rte. 91 not serving all stops on Mckenzie River Dr. Latest at: www.LTD.org/service-alerts or @LaneTransit UPDATE Posted: Wed. 14th, 10:11 AM Counties/Regional• LCOG - Meals on Wheels & Cafe 60 Dining Rooms in Lane County - Closed. Please use emergency meals. UPDATE Posted: Wed. 14th, 11:05 AM• Oregon Cascades West Council of Governments - The Albany and Corvallis offices will close at 3:00 p.m. today UPDATE Posted: Wed.

Dave Busenbark County Park Facebook page

A Parks Master Plan will be presented to the Douglas County Board of Commissioners Wednesday in Roseburg. A conservation group is protesting the plan.

LMManz / CoastWatch

Tides will be higher than usual this week [12/12 – 12/15] on the Oregon coast. A coalition of conservation groups seeks photos of the King Tides to record sea level rise.


Willie Taggart is the University of Oregon’s new head football coach. At a press conference Thursday in Eugene he promised to make the team winners again.