Tiffany Eckert

Reporter

Tiffany joined the KLCC News team in 2007. She studied journalism at the University of Missouri-Columbia and has worked in a variety of media including television and daily print news. For KLCC, Tiffany reports on health care, social justice and local/regional news. She has won awards from Oregon Associated Press, PRNDI, and Education Writers Association.

When not tracking down a story, Tiffany spends time growing food and flowers, traveling, singing, and having fun with her family and friends.

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Oregon State Police

A 47-year old man was swept off the rocks into the ocean north of Depoe Bay this morning (Thursday.) Witnesses say he crossed over a sea wall to look at the water and was then hit by a wave and knocked into the frigid water.

Linus Pauling Middle School

There is another confirmed case of meningococcal disease in Corvallis. This time it’s a middle school student. Health officials say the bacterial infection is rare to occur in young kids. KLCC’s Tiffany Eckert reports.

Medicinenet

An influx of patients with the flu is putting pressure on medical staff. Hospital systems in many parts of Oregon are currently operating at full capacity.

Within the Oregon Network of hospitals in Eugene, Springfield, Cottage Grove and Florence, medical staff have treated about 570 cases of influenza so far. At PeaceHealth RiverBend, the emergency department has seen a jump from 150 to well over 200 patients a day.

Tiffany Eckert

Starting her 8th year as Springfield Mayor, Christine Lundberg wanted to do something different. So she “hit the road” to give her annual State of the City address at multiple locations. KLCC’s Tiffany Eckert asked Mayor Lundberg to explain why.

Centers For Disease Control

Health officials know that the influenza virus spreads from Southern to Northern Hemisphere. That puts Oregon pretty late in the game and means the flu season here doesn’t end until May. KLCC’s Tiffany Eckert sits down with Lane County Public Health nurse Cindy Morgan, to talk cold and flu symptoms, possible immunity and flu shot effectiveness.

Oregon Horse Rescue

The founders of a non-profit horse rescue organization near Eugene recently sent a plea to the public for help. They say they will be forced to close their stable doors without donor support for abandoned, abused and neglected horses.

Lane Transit District

Three months after launching the new EmX bus line in west Eugene, Lane Transit District reports initial numbers for ridership and route connections are  “right on track.”

healthcare.gov

The deadline quickly approaches for Oregonians who want coverage through the Oregon Health Insurance Marketplace. There is one week left to enroll.

lifedaily.com

With the freezing overnight temperatures continuing in the Willamette Valley, Egan Warming Centers are providing shelter to anyone who needs it. This life-saving outreach requires a constant flow of volunteers.

Cyd Cannizzaro

Guests of the Sylvia Beach Hotel in Newport had a bit of a shock last Sunday during breakfast. A piece of the roof above them was ripped off by a powerful storm.

Tiffany Eckert

Lane County Human Services is hosting a holiday dinner for hundreds of senior citizens—--many who might otherwise be alone on Christmas Day. This annual, volunteer-driven event is seeking community support.

Oregon Live

A task force just released the “Vision Zero Action Plan.” It has a goal to eliminate all deaths and life-changing injuries on Eugene’s streets by 2035.

The Eugene City Council officially adopted the Vision Zero policy in the Fall of 2015. That’s after three young children were hit and killed while trying to cross Main Street in Springfield with their mom. Transportation advocates throughout Lane County put more pressure on city governments to make streets safer.

wired.com

Neighborhoods will be swarming with children tonight as they perform the annual ritual of trick or treating. Kids, parents, residents and motorists are encouraged to follow some Halloween safety tips.

It’s a school night, so kids are expected to be out early, walking along roadways and knocking on doors. Debbie Janecek supervises the Crime Prevention Unit with the Eugene Police Department. She wants to remind drivers to look out for excited little ones who may be in costumes that obstruct hearing or vision.

The Domestic Violence Clinic at the University of Oregon was awarded $500,000 by the U.S. Department of Justice. The funds will be used to expand services throughout Lane County.

Tiffany Eckert

This is the time of year many of us are looking at health insurance coverage and making decisions. There is a non-traditional medical model being embraced by healthcare policymakers on both the left and the right. One doctor in Eugene offers direct-to-patient care for a flat monthly fee.

Tiffany Eckert

Friday afternoon, a Lane County jury awarded the mother of Lauren Jones $1.5 million in a malpractice case against PeaceHealth Medical Center.

Lane County jurors heard closing arguments Thursday in the wrongful death lawsuit brought by the mother of University of Oregon student athlete Lauren Jones. The jury is now in deliberations.

Oregon Women, Infants and Children

Women, Infants and Children, or WIC, is more than a food program. A new study finds while serving families with health and nutrition services, WIC employees frequently recognize and address developmental and behavioral concerns in children.

The study, published in the Journal of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics, found WIC staff go outside their scope of work to talk with families about problems beyond nutrition. Study co-author Julie Reeder has been with WIC for 16 years. She says staff members tend to hear most about developmental delays related to speech and behavior.

Cookie Swetland

“My state is on fire.” Those are the words of Oregon’s Senate President Peter Courtney, as he joined other congressional representatives to ask for federal funding for wildfire suppression. Twenty six fires continue to burn around the state.  Thousands of fire fighters are dispatched—working in harsh conditions for weeks at a time. One of them is Sam Swetland. I’ve known Sam a long time—but not as long as he’s been fighting fires.

On the first day of testimony, a Lane County jury heard evidence involving the death of Lauren Jones, a University of Oregon student athlete who died in 2015 during an outbreak of meningicoccal disease.

Tiffany Eckert

Right now (Tuesday afternoon)- the communities of McKenzie Bridge, Rainbow and Belknap Springs are at Level 1 (that’s “get ready”) evacuation notice.

Fire behavior analyst, Stewart Turner, told residents the moisture in the atmosphere forecast for the next couple days-- is a “give and take.”

Tiffany Eckert

UPDATED 8:30pm Tuesday:

The Lane County Sheriff's Office has upgraded the evacuation levels for the Upper McKenzie Valley.

Level 3 "GO" Evacuate Now: East of the junction of Hwy 242 and Hwy 126, including Belknap Hot Springs, Camp Yale and campgrounds in the area of Hwy 242 and Clearlake Cutoff Rd., north to Deer Creek. Level 3 means leave now, do not wait. The recommended route is Hwy 126 WEST.

Tiffany Eckert

McKenzie School District has again pushed back the start of the school year to Monday, Sept. 11 due to wildfires in the area and evacuations.

Bridgeway House

Teachers and staff of Bridgeway House, a center for children and families affected by autism, made a distressing discovery Wednesday. The school was robbed. Thieves stole dozens of computers crucial to the instruction of students on the autistic spectrum.

Lane County Jail

A Eugene man was killed early Thursday when his car was hit by a driver allegedly fleeing a sheriff’s deputy.

Pintrist

Here’s an eclipse story for the books. On August 11, 1999, a total eclipse touched the tip of the United Kingdom at Cornwall. Oregonian author and counter-cultural icon, Ken Kesey, and his band of Merry Pranksters planned a festival to coincide with the solar event. They loaded their techno-color bus on a ship and forty Pranksters traveled “across the pond” to see what they could see.

Vincent Mays

The Eugene/Springfield LGBTQ community, along with sponsors and allies, will gather this Saturday for the 26th Annual Pride Festival. The event at Alton Baker Park is expected to draw thousands.

St. Charles Health Systems

As the date of the solar eclipse approaches, hospitals across the state are in emergency preparedness mode. In central Oregon, St. Charles Health System anticipates a huge increase in demand for medical services and supplies.

A unique medical transportation program for Oregon veterans has just cleared a major milestone.

500,000 miles. That’s more than the distance to the moon and back. Oregon’s Highly Rural Transportation Program has logged that many miles on the ground, driving vets to doctor appointments or medical facilities.

The program, as its name implies, is for veterans living in the most remote parts of the state. According to the Census Bureau, “highly rural” is 7 or fewer people per square mile. Tyler Francke is spokesman for Oregon Department of Veterans’ Affairs.

William Bourget

HIV Alliance has a new address in Eugene: 1195A City View Street. The agency made the move to increase capacity for additional services. Since 1994, HIV Alliance has operated out of a comfy but crowded, two story house on Garden Avenue. The organization, provides care and advocacy for thousands of people living with HIV/AIDS. 

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