Tiffany Eckert

Reporter

Tiffany Eckert has been a reporter at KLCC since 2008.

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Social Justice
6:23 pm
Mon September 1, 2014

Annual Labor Day Picnic Draws Hundreds

Members of local unions were in charge of grilling burgers for the picnic.
Credit Tiffany Eckert

At the behest of a burgeoning labor movement, Oregon became the first state to adopt Labor Day. That was in 1887. Today, workers of all ilk celebrate the first Monday of September by taking the day off. At a park in Springfield, hundreds of union supporters gathered for the annual Labor Day Picnic.

(Hear: sizzling on a grill and singer playing "America")

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Education
5:42 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

U of O Sexual Assault Panel Hears From Public

Panel members and audience listen to public comment at Ford Alumni Center on U of O campus.
Credit Tiffany Eckert

After three student athletes were suspended for sexual misconduct violations, the University of Oregon began taking steps to prevent sexual violence on campus. Today (Wednesday) the President’s Review Panel for Prevention and Response to Sexual Misconduct held a public input session.

Residence Hall advisor training, and a sex ed smart phone app and self defense. These are just some of the ideas people offered for preventing sexual assault on campus.

Before U of O Interim President Scott Coltrane welcomed comments from the audience, he made this point:

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Health
6:00 am
Tue August 26, 2014

New Community Health Center To Open In West Eugene

Credit Lane County Health and Human Services

A new primary healthcare facility is opening this week in West Eugene. The Brookside Clinic is the fifth Community Health Center to serve new patients in Lane County.

A Community Health Center is much like any other doctor’s office except *these clinics focus not only on individual health but the well being of the entire community. Jason Davis is with Lane County Health and Human Services.

Davis: “As you, a patient, are going in and seeing your doctor you’re also being challenged toward prevention.”

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Crime & Law
6:00 am
Mon August 25, 2014

Campus Sexual Assault Prevention Panel Requests Input

In June, the University of Oregon suspended three student athletes for violating sexual misconduct policies. Soon after, a panel of specialists convened to review those policies. Now, the panel is seeking input from the community.

If people have anything to say about sexual assault on the UO campus, this is their opportunity.

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Crime & Law
4:21 pm
Mon August 4, 2014

Police Auditor Finds Misconduct On The Rise In EPD

Mark Gissiner is Police Auditor for the City of Eugene.
Credit Tiffany Eckert

The rate of Eugene Police misconduct is up-- according to the newly released annual report by the Police Auditor.  The Auditor attributes the increase, in part, to a new prevalence of video evidence.

Last Fall, an inmate in the Lane County Jail was beaten by a Eugene Police officer and it was caught on camera. The officer was subsequently fired. Eugene Police Auditor Mark Gissiner says that case is an example of how technology has improved his ability to do his job.

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Crime & Law
7:03 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Two Bodies Discovered After Creswell House Fire

Human remains have been found in what's left of a rural Creswell home destroyed by fire last Wednesday. Sergeant Carrie Carver is with the Lane County Sheriff's office.

Carver: "Since the fire we have been out there sifting through debris and it's taken a little bit of time but we were able to recover two bodies. The bodies have yet to be identified though. The missing persons report that we put out on the 16th (July) for Mr. Dennis Michael Kelley and Mr. Carl Rob McFarland still stands. We are still looking for those two individuals."

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Disasters & Accidents
3:56 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

Management Assesses Fire Damage At Springfield Mill

Chuck Wert is Swanson Group's Chief Operating Officer.
Credit Swanson Group

Thursday's catastrophic fire at the Springfield Plywood and Veneer Mill has left 250 employees jobless and owners of the parent company accessing their options. Swanson Group acquired the mill on F Street in Springfield in 2007. It is a total loss. The fire is under investigation. KLCC's Tiffany Eckert spoke to Swanson Group's Chief Operating Officer Chuck Wert as he arrived from company headquarters in Glendale to access the still-smoldering site.  

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Politics & Government
5:19 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Deadline Extended For Civic Stadium Fundraising

Credit Jes Burns

The effort to save historic civic stadium in Eugene continues. Yesterday (Wednesday) supporters were given an extension to raise money to renovate the dilapidated ball park.

The Eugene City Council voted 5 to 4 to extend the fundraising deadline from September 5th to December 1st. Earlier in the year, the city of Eugene won a bid to purchase the site for 4.5 million dollars. That selection was contingent upon the success of groups like “friends of civic stadium” to raise      $3 million dollars *and find an entity to operate the facility. So far they’ve raised about $200,000.

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Oregon Country Fair
7:13 am
Mon July 14, 2014

Em's Cosmic Limo: Pedaling The Paths Of Country Fair For 30 Years

Emery Blackwell's feet are secured to his bike pedals before a night of riding people around in his Cosmic Limo.
Credit Tiffany Eckert

KLCC reporters walked the paths of the Oregon Country Fair this weekend to find stories. Emery Blackwell was born with cerebral palsy and is unable to walk or do many of the things many of us take for granted. But he's able to ride a tricycle that he custom designed for his body. It's known as Em's Cosmic Limo, and with the help of a dedicated crew, he spends nights at the Country Fair pedaling people around. KLCC's Tiffany Eckert has the story.

    

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Health
4:01 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

Stopping The Summer Slide: Free Meals For Hungry Kids While School Is Out

Two youngsters take free lunch at the Summer Meals Program at Cezar Chavez Elementary in Eugene.
Credit Tiffany Eckert

Oregon continues to rank among the most "food insecure" states in the nation. Dependency on food stamps is at an all time high. According to the Children's Defense Fund, more than 315-thousand Oregon kids were eligible for free or reduced school lunches last year. So, what happens when school is out? KLCC's Tiffany Eckert looks at the problem of childhood hunger and what some agencies and school districts are doing to meet the need over the summer.

"B" Loftis has been feeding school kids for 27 years.

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