Ricky Maranon is Weekend Weatherman/Reporter for KMTR and is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication.
Ricky first started reporting in Oregon at KCBY in Coos Bay where he covered breaking news, crime, government and local politics for a year before moving to Eugene to be a part of the KMTR family.
Before going in front of the camera, Ricky was a producer at KWTV News 9 in Oklahoma City where he also covered a few court cases and breaking news events.
Before entering TV news, Ricky was a reporter for the Tulsa World newspaper in Tulsa, Oklahoma where he covered higher education and the state capitol.
Ricky also anchored and produced in college for his school’s newscast OU Nightly, and he also reported for the school’s newspaper The OU Daily. While in college Ricky also did some severe weather coverage where some golf ball sized hail did a number on his truck. He still has the pictures at home.
Ricky was named Top Male Journalism Student in 2011 by the Oklahoma Gridiron Foundation, and he was awarded first place for in-depth and enterprise reporting by The Oklahoma Press Association for his coverage of a typo in a hate crimes bill that drastically altered the meaning of a proposed bill that was moving through the Oklahoma legislature in Spring 2010. That bill would have taken away hate crimes protections based off race and religion. His story was later quoted by Oklahoma House members as a reason the hate crimes bill was killed in committee.
In addition to being recognized by The Oklahoma Press Association, Ricky has also been honored by the Oklahoma Society of Professional Journalists for criminal justice reporting after he followed a check fraud artist across the State of Oklahoma as he tried to establish a fake charity for abused children.
Ricky’s stories have also appeared on MSNBC and The Huffington Post.
By Ricky MaranonPublished: Mar 6, 2014 at 12:53 PM PDTLast Updated: Mar 6, 2014 at 4:41 PM PDT
The A-frame on Territorial Highway isn't very big, but the Post Office inside is of keen interest to residents south of Eugene.
"There are so many services that you couldn't get any other way than to go to the Lorane Post Office or to one that is at least 13 miles away if not more," said Barbara Dare, who lives in the unincorporated rural area.
The Lorane office was proposed for closure by the U.S. Postal Service.
Residents met with officials Wednesday night and got some good news - and some bad news.
"We are not scheduling to close this office," said Anthony Spina-Denson with USPS.
But the Lorane Post Office and others like it will see a reduction in customer service hours.
"This establishes, depending on the mail volume and certain level, offices - depending on the workload - as a 2, 4 or 6-hour office," Spina-Denson said of the new plan.
By Ricky MaranonPublished: Mar 3, 2014 at 6:15 PM PDTLast Updated: Mar 3, 2014 at 6:15 PM PDT
A wanted fugitive suspect of robbing a bank in Eugene on Friday has put police on high alert.
Kelly Swoboda is wanted in connection with a kidnapping in the Portland area. Investigators said they believe he is the man who robbed a West Eugene bank last week.
Officers who responded to a robbery at the US Bank on 29th and Willamette on Monday morning don't think it's the same man.
"He took off eastbound on foot from the bank," said Lt. Scott Fellman. "We are looking for anyone who may have seen where he went to or what kind of vehicle he got away in as he fled the bank. We asked local businesses in the area if they saw anything and not much resulted from that inquiry."
The description of the man who robbed the bank on Monday is very similar to Swoboda's description. But police said right now they are unable to connect the two crime.
"At this point it does not appear that Kelly Swoboda is the suspect," Fellman said. "But at this point, the preliminary investigation is still preliminary."
By Ricky MaranonPublished: Feb 26, 2014 at 6:33 PM PDTLast Updated: Feb 26, 2014 at 7:38 PM PDT
Even though there aren't security screeners, passenger trains have had their share of threats to public safety.
In the past decade, terrorists have targeted train depots and railway systems in London and Madrid. Police officials evacuated an entire train and the downtown Eugene Amtrak Depot last November because of a possible bomb threat.
Amtrak spokesman John O'Connor said the company uses tracks owned by Union Pacific - a freight train company with its own police force. O'Connor is a Police Chief with Amtrak's smaller police force, whose jurisdiction starts when a passenger steps aboard a train.
By Ricky MaranonPublished: Feb 10, 2014 at 1:14 PM PDTLast Updated: Feb 10, 2014 at 6:18 PM PDT
Classes resumed at Oregon State University on Monday.
OSU Vice President and Spokesman Steven Clark said the school felt weather conditions had improved and would continue to get better.
"Our weather team met every four hours to assess the situation over the weekend, and they've really been on top of our response efforts," Clark said.
"We can't keep campus closed until all the snow melts," he said. "There are midterms that need to be taken, items that need to be graded, classes that need to be taught, and research that needs to continue."
By Ricky MaranonPublished: Feb 5, 2014 at 8:10 PM PDTLast Updated: Feb 5, 2014 at 10:37 PM PDT
Lawmakers in Benton County are hoping to impose regulations on e-cigarettes, primarily to ban sales to minors and limit where people can use the nicotine devices.
"The goal is to have similar ordinances across the board with regard to e-cigarettes and tobacco laws,” said county spokesman Rick Osborn. “So we can have the same guidelines in the county that you do in the city."
By Ricky MaranonPublished: Jan 29, 2014 at 3:05 PM PDTLast Updated: Jan 29, 2014 at 3:05 PM PDT
The Eugene City Council unanimously supported adding the phrase "gender identity" to the city's non-discrimination policy.
Cass Averill is transgender and says the protections aren't special rights but right rights that help him become equal in the community.
"We are pinpointed in society. We are discriminated against actively. The reason why other classes aren't named is because there is privilege there. They aren't actively discriminated against in their day-to-day lives," Averill said.
Bill Sullivan, who fundraises as a performer with the group Damsels Divas and Dames, said he has experienced discrimination when he performs as a female. He welcomed the change.
"It's due. It's come full course, and the progress that's been made has been amazing, countrywide and globally as well," he said.
By Ricky MaranonPublished: Jan 13, 2014 at 4:00 PM PDTLast Updated: Jan 14, 2014 at 12:08 PM PDT
Former Lane County Commissioner Bill Fleenor is filing a lawsuit against the county in an attempt to gain full access to a report on an investigation into the conduct of the former county administrator.
Fleenor said Monday that he has received a copy of the 29-page investigation into former County Administrator Lianne Richardson but that a lot of it was redacted and unreadable.
"29 pages, and not a single verb was visible," Fleenor said.