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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May 2014 Primary
6:43 am
Mon May 12, 2014

Bond Would Buy New Fire Station in Harrisburg

The Harrisburg Fire Station is 50 years old.
Credit Harrisburg Fire Dept.

Voters in Harrisburg are considering a 20-year bond to raise $ 4.2 million for a new fire station. The measure would cost the average home-owner 88 cents per thousand dollars of assessed value annually.
The current fire station was built 50 years ago. The 75-hundred square foot building has only one bathroom and no live-in quarters. Harrisburg Fire Chief John Goucher says there's not enough space for equipment to be stored inside.

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Tourism
1:40 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

Tourism Continues To Rise In Lane County

Credit lanecounty.org

Tourism in Lane County continues to improve according to a recent report. Visitor spending pumped more than $757 million into the local economy in 2013.

The report released from Travel Lane County says most of the spending occurred in local restaurants followed by accommodations and entertainment. Travel Lane County spokeswoman Lisa Lawton says room tax revenues are a good reflection of the health of the tourism industry.

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Crime & Law
12:42 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

UO Administrators Respond To Sexual Assault Case

From left, UO Vice President for Student Affairs Robin Holmes, UO President Michael Gottfredson, and UO Athletic Director Rob Mullens respond to questions from the media.
Credit Rachael McDonald

University of Oregon President Michael Gottfredson and Athletic Director Rob Mullens spoke to the media for the first time Friday about the allegations of sexual assault against 3 members of the men's Basketball team.

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Sexual Assault
2:50 pm
Thu May 8, 2014

Students Protest Sexual Assault At University of Oregon

Students rally outside Johnson Hall at the University of Oregon
Credit Rachael McDonald

Students occupied the administration building on the University of Oregon campus today [Thursday]. They were protesting the recent alleged sexual assault of a young woman by 3 members of the men's basketball team.

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McKenzie Highway
10:12 am
Wed May 7, 2014

McKenzie Highway Open to Bicycles

ODOT crews plow McKenzie Highway.
Credit ODOT

For about six weeks, bicyclists can travel the seasonal highway over McKenzie Pass without dodging cars. Transportation officials plan to open it to motor vehicles June 16th.

Each spring the Oregon Department of Transportation plows one lane of the old McKenzie Highway to allow for natural melting of snow. Peter Murphy is Public Information Officer for ODOT in Bend. He says the road is not yet free of hazards.

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University of Oregon
12:02 pm
Tue May 6, 2014

Outrage at UO About Rape Report

Credit KLCC

The University of Oregon is reeling after a report released Monday about the alleged sexual assault of a young woman by three members of the Men's Basketball team.

The Lane County District Attorney's office  says it will not file charges against Damyean Dotson, Dominic Artis and Brandon Austin because of a lack of evidence. Eugene Police investigated the three Ducks for first degree rape. A female student says they sexually assaulted her repeatedly over several hours on the night of March 8th and early March 9th during and after a party near campus.

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OSU Basketball
11:27 am
Mon May 5, 2014

OSU Fires Men's Basketball Coach Craig Robinson

OSU Men's Basketball Coach Craig Robinson has been relieved of his duties.
Credit Oregon State University Athletics

Update at 5:00pm (5-5-14)

Oregon State University has fired Men's Head Basketball Coach Craig Robinson.  

Just two months ago OSU Athletic Director Bob de Carolis announced Robinson would remain in his position.  He addressed the recent change of heart at a press conference Monday afternoon.  

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May 2014 Primary
11:33 am
Fri May 2, 2014

Ballots In The Mail For May Primary Election

Ballots go in the mail Friday for the May 2014 Primary. Election Day is May 20th. Even though it's an off-year election-- with no presidential primary-- officials hope for a good voter turnout.
 

Only 39 percent of Oregon voters participated in the 2012 primary.  Lane County Clerk Cheryl Betschart expects turnout to be comparable this year-- but hopes for better.

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May 2014 Primary
7:43 am
Thu May 1, 2014

Candidates Rely On Ground Game in Commission Race

Dawn Lesley canvassing in Veneta on a rainy Saturday.
Credit Rachael McDonald

Making an impression on voters one-at-a-time could make a big difference in the contest for West Lane County Commissioner this month. Conservative commissioner Jay Bozievich is being challenged by moderate candidate Dawn Lesley. Both are relying on the "ground-game" to reach voters.

Bozievich: "Hello. I'm Jay Bozievich. I'm your County Commissioner and I'm running for re-election. I'm coming around asking people for their support for May 20th."

Lesley: "Hi. Are you Nancy?" I'm Dawn Lesley and this is my son Clayton and I'm running for County Commissioner."

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Bees
1:10 pm
Wed April 30, 2014

Beekeeper Removes Swarm From Behind KLCC

Honeybees swarm the trellised gate behind the Starlight Lounge next door to KLCC.
Credit Rachael McDonald

Honeybees swarmed Wednesday morning behind the KLCC studios in downtown Eugene. They may have come from wild hives on the roof of the nearby Rogue Brewery. When bees swarm, there's a list of people who can come and take them away.

 
Brent Hefley is on the Lane County Bee Keepers Association Swarm list. He got a call from the Rogue and came out to the parking lot behind KLCC. He brought a wooden box.

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