Rachael McDonald

Reporter / Interim News Director

As of 7/1/17 Rachael is KLCC's interim News Director.  A search for a new News Director will begin soon.

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 returned to KLCC in 2007. She reports on city and county government, politics, the environment, homelessness  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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Inciweb

Oregon is in the thick of active fire season. Nearly 2 dozen blazes are burning around the state. This weekend’s hot, dry conditions make it especially challenging for fire crews.

Rachael McDonald

Lane County has restricted access to Mount Pisgah because of fire danger.

Lane Community College

Lane Community College in Eugene has joined the chorus of groups urging the Trump Administration to maintain DACA, or the Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals program.

inciweb

Over recent days, air quality has been unhealthy through much of Oregon due to wildfire smoke. Those most vulnerable are the very young, the elderly and people with chronic health conditions.

lrapa.org

Residents of the South Willamette Valley should get relief from poor air quality this afternoon (Tuesday). But the smoky air is expected to return for Labor Day weekend.

Devan Schwartz / Earthfix

Sunday Is Deadline For Cheap Senior National Park PasSunday is the deadline to purchase a lifetime senior pass to national parks for $10 dollars. After that, the price shoots up to $80.

City of Corvallis

The City of Corvallis is now running its airport on solar power. They’ve installed and switched on a new 110-thousand kilowatt hour solar array.

Rachael McDonald

Advocates say one of the best ways to approach the problem of homelessness is to provide housing first. Then, issues around drug addiction and physical and mental health can be addressed in a safe, stable situation. One organization in Lane County is working to provide housing to those in need.

inciweb

Tens of Thousands of people have to change their plans for next Monday’s solar eclipse because wildfire has closed some prime viewing sites in the Willamette National Forest.

Wikipedia

The total solar eclipse is just a week away and Oregon transportation officials are bracing for the influx of up to one million visitors to the state. They’re urging travelers to treat it as a 3 or 4 day event even though the eclipse itself will only last 3 hours. 

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