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

At a meeting Wednesday the Eugene City Council and Human Rights Commission talked about ways to move forward to end the homeless crisis in the community.

WA Fish & Wildlife

Oregon crab fishers are ready to go out in the water but the latest tests have shown toxin levels in the crustaceans off the south coast that are still a cause for concern. The state has continued its delay of the commercial Dungeness crab season coast wide. 

Oregon Department of Transportation

The state Department of Transportation says parts of several highways in western Oregon were closed Tuesday because of high water from heavy rainfall.

Catholic Community Services

During the recent cold snap around Thanksgiving, Catholic Community Services of Lane County exhausted its supply of motel vouchers for families seeking overnight shelter. Efforts are underway to prepare for the next cold snap.

Rachael McDonald

Euphoria Chocolate is having its grand opening Friday at its new downtown Eugene store.

http://defazio.house.gov/

The House has overwhelmingly approved a five-year, 305 billion dollar transportation bill that boosts highway and transit spending. Oregon’s U-S Congressman Peter DeFazio was the lead Democratic Negotiator on the bill.

Eugene 4J School District

The Eugene 4J School District has agreed to an exclusive rights-contract with Nike for varsity uniforms. The school board voted 5 to 2 at their Wednesday meeting to approve the 5-year contract with the Beaverton-based company.

The state of Oregon is awarding back-pay and damages to a whistleblower who reported on an adult care home in Springfield. The employee was suspended after telling the county the home was not providing adequate food to its residents.

Junction City

Winnebago is coming to Lane County. The recreational vehicle company will move into the former Country Coach facility in Junction City.

Rachael McDonald

The question of what to do with Kesey Square in downtown Eugene has gotten a lot of attention lately. A developer proposed putting a new building there and the city is now looking for other ideas for the spot.

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