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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Former University of Oregon president Dave Frohnmayer died Monday in Eugene. The 74-year old was also former State Attorney General. Lawmakers in Salem held a moment of silence Tuesday morning. Democratic Representative Phil Barnhart of Eugene spoke on the house floor.

A bill introduced last week in Salem would give Oregonians and lawmakers more tools to regulate aerial spraying of chemical pesticides on private forest land.

Lisa Arkin is Executive Director of Beyond Toxics, based in Eugene. She says the bill, called the Public Health and Water Resources Protection Act, was inspired by cases in Triangle Lake and Curry County where residents believe they were poisoned by spraying of pesticides on nearby private forestland.

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Oregon's new governor has asked for a delay in a hearing on a youth lawsuit over climate change. Governor Kate Brown wants time to look over the case in which she is a defendant. The hearing had been scheduled for this week.

Emerald People's Utility District

The Emerald People's Utility District is raising its rates effective April first. Like many utilities in the northwest, it's paying more for electricity and receiving less income from selling surplus power.

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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

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