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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Rachael McDonald

A lawsuit brought against the state by two Eugene teens will finally get its day in court Tuesday. The suit asks the Oregon governor to do more to prevent climate change.

Olivia Chernaik and Kelsey Juliana will appear in Lane County District Court before Judge Karsten Rasmussen. Their case asks the judge to recognize that lawmakers hold natural resources, including air and water, in public trust and those resources must be preserved for the future.

Kelsey Juliana was a freshman in high school when she first filed the lawsuit. Now she's a freshman in college.

Albany Police

Albany police arrested a 28-year old man who they say is responsible for a fire that destroyed a high school cafeteria Wednesday.

City of Springfield

Springfield is growing and changing. The city won an award this week from the American Planning Association for its Phase I Glenwood Refinement Plan. KLCC's Rachael McDonald speaks with Mayor Christine Lundberg.

City of Florence

There's a job opening for a new sheriff in town. Whoever wants it needs to act fast. The Lane County Board of Commissioners Tuesday decided to open the position currently held by Tom Turner.

City of Springfield

Springfield Mayor Christine Lundberg plans to run for another term in 2016. She has led the city since 2010.

Lundberg is proud of the economic development underway in Springfield and possibilities for Glenwood. She's excited about a U of O Architecture School project. It's the design of a parking structure built with advanced wood products-- she'd like it to be in Glenwood

Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife

A wildlife advocacy organization says the shooting of a cougar at a Bend park this weekend was unnecessary and a gross over-reaction.

Bend Police shot the cougar after it was sighted at Pilot Butte State Park Saturday. Brooks Fahey of Predator Defense in Eugene says there were other options than shooting and killing the big cat.

National Park Service

It's snowy plover nesting season. Wildlife managers are asking the public to observe restrictions in place on Oregon beaches to protect the threatened shorebird.

Four public agencies manage snowy plover nesting areas in Oregon. Lisa Romano with the Siuslaw National Forest says during nesting season certain areas are cordoned off to prevent people and their pets from disturbing the nests.

Bethel School District

In a letter to state legislators from Lane County, local school superintendents say the K-12 budget proposed for the next two years is "woefully inadequate".  The $7.3 billion spending plan is headed for votes in the full House and Senate, likely next week.

Colt Gill is superintendent of Bethel School District in Eugene. He says the district is preparing to offer state-mandated full-day kindergarten in September. It's also trying to keep up with rising costs of maintaining the district's services.

Benton County prides itself on its public health programs. It’s been ranked the healthiest in Oregon four of the past six years. Now it’s fallen behind Washington and Hood River counties. Deputy Director of the Benton County Health Department Charlie Fautin says an increase in deaths before age 75 cost them the top spot:

Fautin: “We'll need to go back into our death records and take a closer look at what's behind that during that period. It wasn’t a statistic we were really aware of before this.”

City of Eugene

Eugene is hoping to be the first Oregon city with a bike-share program. The city received a $900-thousand grant last week from the Oregon Transportation Commission to help launch the project.

The grant would help pay for initial start up costs. But Eugene still needs a plan to fund operations. The idea is to initially put bike-share stations downtown, at the University of Oregon and in the Whitaker neighborhood. Reed Dunbar, a transportation planner for the City, says the bikes would be for short trips.

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