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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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Douglas County Public Health officials report one person has died and another remains hospitalized as a result of meningococcal disease. This is not considered an outbreak and as KLCC’s Tiffany Eckert reports, doctors are confident the disease is contained.  

Meningococcal disease is caused by a bacteria present in the noses and throats of about 10% of the population. When it is  spread—it’s through very close, prolonged personal contact. Symptoms include high fever, headache and stiff neck.

Wikipedia

Syphilis has increased by 1,500 % in Oregon since 2007. Public health officials announced the disturbing trend after Lincoln County reported its 12th case this year.

Auction.com

Following weeks of speculation, the buyer of the former Hynix manufacturing plant in Eugene has been announced. Avago Technologies-- a developer of semiconductor products-- will close the deal sometime this month.


Hult Center

"The City of the Arts and Outdoors" is losing another visual art space. Jacobs Art Gallery at the Hult Center in Eugene has announced plans to close. They say the community gallery doesn't receive the financial support necessary to operate.

The last few days have been tough for Alex Brokaw. After being a part of the decision to close, the Jacobs Gallery Board President is still coming to terms.

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When tragedy strikes a region, it is up to The Head of City--the mayor--to respond with empathy along with prompt, reliable information and a plan of action. This is no easy task. The recent mass shooting at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg has city leaders reflecting on the past and uncertain about the future.

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Lane Transit District wants to devote more than half of its bus fleet to hybrid and all-electric by next year. A small group of community members and environmental activists gathered at the busy Eugene bus station Tuesday to show support of the move.

update 4 p.m. Monday: Eugene Police report 911 lines are fully operational.

Update: Eugene Police report 911 is now operational at back up center. Century Link is not on site yet and does not know why the 911 lines went down. Because the 911 lines have not been stabilized, if you can't get through to 9-1-1, please go to your area fire station. These stations have been asked to staff for individuals to respond there in case they cannot use the emergency line.

 

Flu season is upon us. Typically it starts in Southeast Asia and makes its way around the globe. Oregon is one of the last states to see flu outbreaks— they start appearing in mid-October.

People underestimate the common flu—it can be deadly-- especially to those with compromised immune systems. Jason Davis is with Lane County Public Health.

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A group called "Citizens for Protecting Corvallis" wants to see regulations on where homeless shelters can open and how they operate. A petition committee has begun collecting signatures to get an initiative on the ballot.

Supporters of the petition say shelters for the homeless should not be located in the downtown core of Corvallis. They also want to see sobriety requirements to limit what they call "damp" shelters. Paul Cauthorn is a chief petitioner who lives a couple blocks from the "Men's Winter Shelter" on 4th Street.

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President Barack Obama arrived in Eugene on Air Force One just before noon today (Friday)-- before heading to Roseburg to meet with victims of the mass shooting at Umpqua Community College. KLCC's Tiffany Eckert joined the Whitehouse Press Pool at the Eugene Airport.

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President Barak Obama is greeted by Eugene Mayor Kitty Piercy at Mahlon Sweet Field Airport. Friday, October 9, 2015.Credit Tiffany EckertEdit | Remove

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Two of the four Eugene boys charged with setting the fire that destroyed Civic Stadium made admissions to a judge today (Tuesday) in Lane County Juvenile Court. These two youth are also charged with arson for a dumpster fire outside a convenience store. KLCC's Tiffany Eckert was in the courtroom and has this report.

Civic Alliance

Eugene's Civic Stadium property was open to the public yesterday (Sunday) for the first time since a fire destroyed the historic grandstand in June. About 1,500 people visited for "Civic Community Day" to play games, reminisce and get a look at the master plan to rebuild the site. Civic Alliance Advisory Board member Derrick Johnson tells KLCC's Tiffany Eckert about the fire's effects and what the future holds.

Lane Transit District

Lane Transit District has selected their next General Manager.

Aurora “A.J.” Jackson has been chosen to lead LTD. She was picked from a three person candidate pool. Jackson started her career as a bus operator working her way up the ranks to management. LTD Board President Gary Wildish says her ascent was a strong selling point.

Wildish: “It takes tonicity, poise, energy, leadership and that really does fit perfectly with the direction that we wanna go.”

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About 3,000 new and returning students flocked from far and wide to the University of Oregon Thursday for the annual "Unpack the Quack" move-in day.

MCAA

The Oregon State Psychiatric Hospital has made progress during a decade of change. But more can be done to improve mental health treatment and staff safety. That's according to a recent audit by the Secretary of State's office.

OPB

A longtime Oregon lawmaker has died. Ed Fadeley passed away Sunday evening of complications from heart failure. KLCC’s Tiffany Eckert has this remembrance.

In the state legislature, Ed Fadeley represented the people of Lane County for 26 years. He started his political career in the Oregon House in 1960 then joined the Senate. He rose to Senate President in ’83 but lost the post to John Kitzhaber after two years.

City of Springfield

Renowned author and Merry Prankster Ken Kesey grew up in Springfield. The city recently commissioned a two-story, photo-realistic mural to honor their hometown son.

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When Oregon families lose their homes in a wildfire, they can now get a little help rebuilding. The new “Wildfire Damage Housing Relief Account” is open.

Oregon Representative Mike McLane calls it a way to “fill the gap” when families lose everything to wildfire. He sponsored House Bill 3148 to provide assistance in the form of small grants to those eligible. 

The money, $5,000 per household, is meant to supplement insurance and personal savings. Eligibility is based on income levels.

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Unemployment is up in Lane and Douglas counties. But as KLCC’s Tiffany Eckert reports, the numbers can be deceptive.

Both counties have seen increases in seasonally adjusted unemployment rates at the same time they’re *adding jobs.

Brian Rooney is a Regional Economist. He says the rate of joblessness can be volatile this time of year with schools out for summer break. People can come from outside the county to compete for available jobs. And, some employees just decide to quit.

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Of all the natural elements—fire seems to elicit our most primal responses. Human fascination with fire starts early and some research reveals the less we learn about fire as kids—the stronger our curiosity grows into adulthood. KLCC's Tiffany Eckert takes a look at societal views and how we educate children about the function and the dangers of fire.

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Monday night, the Roseburg City Council voted narrowly to allow the sale of recreational pot in medical marijuana dispensaries starting in October. Following passionate testimony and deliberations, the Council decided--5 to 3— not to ban recreational pot sales through the city's five medical marijuana dispensaries.

Steve Kaser has been a Roseburg city councilor for 6 years. He says the arguments went back and forth. One was that neither the city nor Douglas County supported Measure 91 to legalize marijuana statewide. So, the city should be allowed to choose its own fate now.

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The Eugene-Springfield Fire Department is being praised today (Thursday) for saving the two businesses closest to the Southtowne Lanes Bowling Alley that was completely destroyed by fire Wednesday. KLCC's Tiffany Eckert spoke with business owners as they assessed the damage.

Dave Nelkin owns Eugene coin and jewelry. A day after the fire, staff were packing up merchandise so that they can begin cleaning up the smoke and water damage.

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The Eugene-Springfield Fire Department is being praised today (Thursday) for saving the two businesses closest to the Southtowne Lanes Bowling Alley that was completely destroyed by fire Wednesday. KLCC's Tiffany Eckert spoke with business owners as they assessed the damage.

Dave Nelkin owns Eugene coin and jewelry. A day after the fire, staff were packing up merchandise so that they can begin cleaning up the smoke and water damage.

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UPDATE: Thursday 3:30pm

Today fire investigators, insurance adjusters, clean-up crews and business owners are assessing the damage from Wednesday's fire that destroyed Southtowne Lanes bowling alley on Willamette Street.

Over the past two years, the number of households reporting domestic violence has more than doubled in Lane County. That’s according to Womenspace, a crisis center that serves victims of Intimate Partner Abuse. The agency also reports that more than half of those households include children. Advocates say violence has long-lasting, often devastating impact on kids.

Residents in the rural community of Pleasant Hill have a new option when it comes to health care. As KLCC’s Tiffany Eckert reports, an urgent care clinic is now open for business.

Pleasant Hill Urgent Care may not have an expensive cat-scan or ultrasound. They don’t admit patients or perform surgery. But they do provide primary care. They offer x-ray services and can give I-V fluids and meds. If you need a bone set or a wound sutured, medical staff at this clinic can do it.

And no one will be turned away, even the uninsured.

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Imagine overseeing a cultural event that employs hundreds of staff, raises millions of dollars and draws as many as 60-thousand people in a single weekend. That’s the Oregon Country Fair—and Charlie Ruff has been its General Manager since 2008. This summer, he’s passing the torch to longtime fair volunteer, Tom Gannon. KLCC’s Tiffany Eckert speaks to both men about the leadership transition and what the historic Oregon Country Fair means to them.

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About 5,500 Oregonians live with HIV/AIDS. A quarter of them reside in rural areas. Eugene-based HIV alliance is the only AIDS service organization helping patients in the eastern and southern parts of the state. The agency recently received a grant to fund a unique, telehealth project for HIV-positive people in remote places.

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Eugene's historic Civic Stadium burned to the ground Monday evening around 5:30 PM. Fire crews were able to extinguish most of the flames around 7:30 PM. KLCC's Tiffany Eckert arrived at the scene and found smoke billowing from the structure. The cause of the fire is still under investigation. Eckert spoke with eye witness Danny Sales, who is a varsity baseball coach at nearby South Eugene High. He says he saw the flames coming from the grandstands and called 9-11.

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