Tiffany Eckert

Reporter

Tiffany Eckert has been a reporter at KLCC since 2008.

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Housing
4:22 pm
Mon January 19, 2015

Habitat Family Pays Off Their Home Mortgage Early

Alfonzo and Edith Ramirez recently paid off their 20-year Habitat home mortgage 3 years early.
Credit Shanice Stringer

In the 25 years that Springfield Habitat for Humanity has helped build affordable homes for low-income families, only three have paid off their mortgages. The Ramirez family is one of them, and they did it early. KLCC’s Tiffany Eckert joined them to celebrate the achievement.

In a ceremonial act, Alfonso and Edith Ramirez lit a copy of their 20 year mortgage on fire (click) and let it burn.

(sound of burning paper)

Every month, they’ve sent in the payments on their zero-interest Habitat for Humanity loan. Now, three years early, they are owners free and clear.

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Economy
3:13 pm
Thu January 15, 2015

Swanson Group Plans To Rebuild Plywood Mill By Mid 2016

Springfield location where Swanson Group plans to rebuild its plywood mill after devastating fire.
Credit Angela Kellner

Six months ago, a devastating fire completely destroyed a plywood mill in Springfield. Today (Thursday), Swanson Group announced their plans to rebuild.

Once the smoke cleared, investigators ruled a lot of things out but could find no definitive cause for the fire. In October, the insurance company wrote out a settlement check. Swanson Group President and CEO Steve Swanson says that’s when they began the process of deciding the best way to use the insurance money.   

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Politics & Government
11:26 pm
Wed January 7, 2015

Eugene Mayor Recalls Successes, Predicts Challenges in 2015 State Of City Address

Eugene Mayor Kitty Piercy gives 2015 State of City Address.
Credit Tiffany Eckert

Eugene Mayor Kitty Piercy presented community and employee awards, watched the swearing-in of city councilors and gave her State of the City Address at the Hult Center last night (Wednesday.)

“Today begins my 11th year as mayor.”

Mayor Piercy has announced she will not seek another term as Eugene’s mayor.

“And I am grateful for the privilege to serve in 2015.”

Piercy then prepared the crowd for her “Saint Nicklaus-like” work style.

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Sports
4:50 pm
Mon January 5, 2015

Ducks Prepare To Face Buckeyes In First-Ever National College Championship Game

Oregon Duck quarterback Marcus Mariota meets the press.
Credit Tiffany Eckert

In a lead up to the first ever College Football Playoff National Championship Game, the Oregon Ducks gave members of the media some time. A few key players gave interviews then all mics pointed toward Heisman winner, Quarterback Marcus Mariota. KLCC's Tiffany Eckert was there and filed this report.

Mariota says as a boy growing up in Hawaii, he dreamed of winning a national championship game. Now he has the chance.

Mariota: "You know I'd trade the Heisman to win this. --no disrespect but it means a lot more because it's a team effort."

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Transportation
2:23 pm
Mon December 29, 2014

New Traffic Signal Installed Where Landslide Damaged Road

The roadway collapsed 18 to 24 inches on a stretch 12 miles north of Florence.
Credit Oregon Department of Transportation

Earlier this month, a portion of roadway collapsed-- 12 miles north of Florence. Traffic continues to be limited to one lane with delays of up to 20 minutes. Today (Monday), The Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) began installing a traffic signal to replace a pilot car and get vehicles through quicker.

Highway 101 along the Oregon Coastal Range is known as “landslide country.” The road collapse happened when water pressure built up in an existing active slide. The sunken roadway has led to weeks of traffic holdups as contractors stabilize and repave the segment.

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Environment
12:06 am
Mon December 22, 2014

Tons Of Trash Taken From Willamette Riverbanks

Credit Willamette Riverkeepers

Rising water and colder temperatures have driven many illegal campers from the banks of the Willamette River. Behind, they leave a remarkable amount of trash. Recently, 50 volunteers got together to clean up a one-mile stretch of river in Eugene. 

Volunteers are walking the riverbank along the railroad tracks off Franklin Blvd., and removing anything that doesn't belong. It's no easy task. The nearly 2 tons of trash collected by volunteers includes soiled mattresses and broken television sets. And that's just the debris they could touch.

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Health
6:00 am
Wed December 10, 2014

PeaceHealth Executive Discusses Nurses' Staffing Concerns

Credit PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend

Nurses at PeaceHealth Medical Center RiverBend and University District continue to seek public support through an online petition. Understaffing is at the core of their campaign. For years, the hospital has been cited in hundreds of staffing request forms filled out by floor nurses when patient care is affected because units are short-staffed.

Hospital management insists the problem is being resolved. I spoke with PeaceHealth’s new Chief Administrative Officer, Rand O’Leary, about nurses’ workplace concerns and how the hospital is addressing them.

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UO Graduate Teaching Fellows
5:46 am
Tue December 2, 2014

UO Grad Students Go on Strike Today

The GTFF unveiled a banner at their rally at Johnson Hall Tuesday.
Credit Tiffany Eckert

15-hundred Graduate Teaching Fellows at the University of Oregon are set to go on strike Tuesday.  This is the first labor strike in the 38-year-old union's history. About 200 GTFs and their supporters rallied Monday evening  in front of Johnson Hall, the Administration Building on campus.

Chanting: "GTFF, GTFF, GTFF,…. "

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Health
4:25 pm
Mon December 1, 2014

PeaceHealth Nurses Call Staffing Policies Inadequate And Dangerous

Nurses and other caregivers say Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend has inadequate staffing policies.
Credit PeaceHealth RiverBend

Nurses and doctors PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center have a problem with inadequate staffing. They say "staff to patient ratios" are insufficient and lead to more errors, infections and injuries. Now they've started an online petition to get the community involved.

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Military & Veterans
3:33 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

Veteran Gets New Home For The Holidays

Standing on their new front porch, Logan and Rebecca Murrill (far right) joined by donors Joe and Cathleen Karcher, Eugene City Manager, John Ruiz and Saint Vinney's Terry McDonald (far left.)
Credit Tiffany Eckert

A soldier, his wife and five kids will experience the holiday season in a new home-- thanks to a veterans housing program in Lane County. KLCC’s Tiffany Eckert visited the family and has this report.

Recently, military veteran Logan Murrill and his wife Rebecca were renting a house in Oakridge. But it was being sold and they had to move. Logan called Lane County Veteran’s Services.

Logan Murrill: ”We weren’t expecting a house or anything. We were just wondering if there were some volunteers who could help us pack.”

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