Jared Tilbor

Reporter

Jared Tilbor
Jared Tilbor
Reporter
Jared Tilbor comes to KMTR from the East coast, following a career in teaching. After living in New York City for almost a decade, he is enjoying getting to know the people and places of the Pacific Northwest.

Jared received his Master’s degree in education, and taught third through fifth grade in the South Bronx. He remains in contact with some of the amazing students he had.

He loves talking and learning from the people around him, as well as traveling. His interest in different cultures was fueled while an undergraduate at Union College, in upstate New York. He studied East Asian politics, and spent an unforgettable period in Vietnam.

In his free time, you can find Jared hiking, beaching, and enjoying snow sports in Oregon.

If you have a story idea or suggestion, don’t hesitate to email Jared! He looks forward to becoming a part of the Willamette Valley community.

Recent stories by Jared Tilbor

Local Man charged with kidnapping, robbery Man charged with kidnapping, robbery (Video)
Brian Compton called an acquantence early Sunday morning to ask for a ride from Eugene to his Springfield home, police said.

When the pair reached the residence, Compton allegedly assaulted and threatened the driver for his treatment of a mutual friend, police said.

The situation quickly escalated, police said.

"The threats then turned and the assault turned to something worse where he threatened to kill him if he didn't give him his car," Sgt. Rich Charboneau of Springfield Police said. "The victim's title to the car was at his business in Eugene."
Local LCC 'Beer and Bounty' dinner aims to raise $50K LCC 'Beer and Bounty' dinner aims to raise $50K (Photo Gallery) (Video)
Lane Community College students are preparing for the inaugural “Al Fresco! Beer and Bounty” dinner.

Ninkasi’s founding brewer worked with culinary students on the project, but people across several departments are involved in the event.

Construction technology students designed and built tables; hospitality students are coordinating service for guests; and those studying diesel technology and fabrication welding prepared the site.
Local $50K upgrade to BMX track: 'I  believe this is the start of that new era' $50K upgrade to BMX track: 'I believe this is the start of that new era' (Photo Gallery) (Video)
The Emerald Valley Bike Track was built in 1981 and has remained largely the same since then.

This month, crews are making large-scale imrpovements, including paving the track's dirt corners and installing a new electronic starting gate.

The project will cost $50,000, paid through race fees, donations and revenue from offering parking to Duck football fans.
Local Roomies accused of Thurston crime spree Roomies accused of Thurston crime spree (Video)
Police arrested roommate Marcus Velasquez and Adam Young on Friday morning on 15 counts each of theft and other charges.

Investigators said the duo's criminal activity began around the Fourth of July.

"They managed to break into one neighbor's house and stole several guns," said Detective Dan Grive. "About a week and a half, 10 days ago, broke into another neighbor's house while they were on vacation."
Local UO president resigns after 2 years on job: 'His reason was pretty ambiguous' UO president resigns after 2 years on job: 'His reason was pretty ambiguous' (Video)
Michael Gottfredson, the 17th president of the University of Oregon, submitted his resignation Wednesday, giving the board of trustees one day's notice.

He said he wanted to "pursue other opportunities in academia" after two years on the job.

His announcement left many in the campus community stunned.
Local Peace Corps volunteer forced home from Africa by Ebola Peace Corps volunteer forced home from Africa by Ebola (Video)
When the outbreak started, Kathleen Conery was concerned. But the media attention back home has surprised her.

"It's understandable but really sad Ebola's getting this much attention because there are so many things that are much bigger issues to the people in these areas," she said. "I think malaria kills way more people than Ebola."
Local Americans in Africa amidst Ebola: 'We were concerned but not alarmed' Americans in Africa amidst Ebola: 'We were concerned but not alarmed' (Video)
The Ebola virus kills about half those it infects, but many myths surround the illness.

"I think the number one misconception is you can get it from sharing air with someone, or you can get it from casual contact by sharing a pen or something like that very readily," said Dr. Patrick Luedtke with Lane County Public Health, "and that doesn't appear to be the case at all."

While the CDC reports over 800 deaths in four West African countries, an outbreak in the U.S. is highly unlikely.
Local Vision tests required for all school children 7 and younger Vision tests required for all school children 7 and younger (Video)
Last year, the state legislature passed a law requiring children 7 and younger to undergo a vision screening before entering public school.

According to Joannah Vaughan, director of the preschool vision screening program at Elks Children’s Eye Clinic, this is critical. Approximately 15 percent of children have vision problems that can be corrected through early detection.
Local Fox tests positive for rabies Fox tests positive for rabies (Photo Gallery) (Video)
A fox tested positive for rabies for the first time in decades in Lane County.

"The 1960s would be the last confirmed, documented case that is well known," said Jason Davis with Lane County Health.

In Oregon, bats are often associated with the rabies virus.

An infected fox is unusual, and the community should be aware of the possible danger, Davis said.

"Foxes have more access to humans," he said. "Whereas a bat is airborne and while they do rest and interact with humans in some way, a fox could potentially pose more of a risk being in the bushes."
Local Tests of possible mill fire debris find asbestos on Pleasant Hill property Tests of possible mill fire debris find asbestos on Pleasant Hill property (Video)
Flames tore through the Swanson Mill on Thursday, July 17, nearly destroying the Springfield wood processing plant.

The next morning, Pleasant Hill resident Jenny Jonak said she found debris and ash on her 40-acre property that she believes floated downwind from the Swanson Mill fire. A contractor working on her land suggested she have it tested.

"They ran a test and found 20 percent Chrysotile in it - that's a type of asbestos. And my understanding is 1 percent or higher of asbestos is considered hazardous,” said Jonak.
Local Festival aims to fill Celebration void: 'All of the folks, they're all from Eugene' Festival aims to fill Celebration void: 'All of the folks, they're all from Eugene' (Photo Gallery) (Video)
After the decision to cancel the Eugene Celebration this year, business owners came together to produce an alternative event for the community.

This August 22 and 23 will be the first annual Festival of Eugene, a grassroots effort by businesses in the area of the Fifth Street Public Market.
Local Census: Many Oregonians plunge into poverty between 2000 and 2010 Census: Many Oregonians plunge into poverty between 2000 and 2010 (Video)
A new Census report indicates more Oregonians are living in poverty than a decade ago.

Between 2000 and 2010, the number of people in Oregon surged by 16 percent. Only North Carolina saw a larger increase.

Economist Tim Duy said the rankings don't surprise him.
Local EWEB narrows candidates for riverfront development: 'All 4 of them were good' EWEB narrows candidates for riverfront development: 'All 4 of them were good' (Photo Gallery) (Video)
The Eugene Water and Electric Board proposed to build a 17-acre retail and housing development along the Willamette River.

Since submitting the proposals in April, EWEB had four groups offer to help transform the riverfront property. The utility board rejected a Eugene-based Paradigm Properties on Tuesday, citing a lack of experience with similar large-scale projects.

"All 4 of them were good. It's just that the 3 that are moving on had so much more mixed use development on a large scale- had much more of that type of experience,” said Joe Harwood, a spokesperson for the Eugene Water and Electric Board.
Local Eugene's downtown library cuts some Sunday hours to help balance city budget Eugene's downtown library cuts some Sunday hours to help balance city budget (Video)
Last month, the Eugene City Council approved a plan to cut hours at the downtown facility to balance a budget shortfall.

“We've talked to about fifty people so far, who've come fully expecting to open the door,” said Carol Hildebrand, a member of the group Friends of the Eugene Public Library.

City officials estimate they will save over $300,000 a year if they open the library at 1 p.m. instead of 10 a.m. each Sunday.
Local Babysitter: 'I definitely didn't drug her kids' Babysitter: 'I definitely didn't drug her kids' (Video)
Katie started watching Colton and Evi a few months ago.

Early on, she says she asked their mom about her expectations.

"I called her one day and asked her if I could give her son melatonin, and she said it was OK," the 17-year-old said.

Colton and Evi's mother denies doing so.
Local Former school employee gets prison for sex abuse; victim opposed to sentence Former school employee gets prison for sex abuse; victim opposed to sentence (Video)
A former Willamette High School athletic trainer convicted of sexually abusing a student was sentenced to 3 years in prison Wednesday.

The court also ordered Timothy Schley to pay $15,000 and register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.

Judge Debra Vogt imposed a five year “no contact” provision preventing Schley from communicating with the victim, despite pleas from the victim and the victim’s mother to allow the two to remain in contact and pursue a relationship.
Local No Refusal for DUI suspects on Fourth of July No Refusal for DUI suspects on Fourth of July (Video)
Local police will be increasing patrols this weekend in an attempt to keep drunk drivers off the road.

And this Fourth of July, if you refuse to take a breath alcohol test, you can plan on giving blood instead.

"In Lane County, we're encountering an average of perhaps 1,000 people per year who are driving under the influence," said Amy Seely with the Lane County District Attorney's Office, "and large numbers are refusing to provide a breath sample."
Local You can report illegal fireworks via email in Eugene You can report illegal fireworks via email in Eugene (Video)
Starting next week, Oregonians will be able to purchase fireworks.

However, law enforcement across Lane County is taking proactive steps to inform residents about the laws - and dangers - surrounding fireworks.

Eugene has even set up an email address where residents can anonymously report complaints.
Local 18-year-old accused of murder, rape in crime spree 18-year-old accused of murder, rape in crime spree (Video)
An 18-year-old faces accusations that he murdered a woman in her home and raped another at gunpoint after entering her apartment through a 2nd-floor balcony in a deadly crime spree, police said.

Lucius Gentry Wilson III stands accused of murdering 36-year-old Angela Esther Stephenson.

Stephenson was found dead at 2 a.m. May 13 after her 8-year-old son reported his mother was bleeding.

Wilson is also accused of raping a woman at gunpoint May 7 after entering her second floor apartment through a balcony window. After the sexual assault, police say Wilson forced the victim at gunpoint to drive to a bank and withdraw money from her account.
Local Paid sick leave for part-time workers: Council calls for draft law Paid sick leave for part-time workers: Council calls for draft law (Video)
The Eugene City Council directed city staff to draft a law requiring paid sick time for part-time workers.

Details remain to be seen.

The basic proposal: Employees accrue one hour of sick time for every 30 hours worked.
An employee would be eligible for up to 40 hours/year of paid sick leave.

This is a developing story. Watch #LiveOnKMTR for more
Local Commencement speaker graduating from LCC after 18 years Commencement speaker graduating from LCC after 18 years (Video)
Alan Overwater has been attending Lane Community College for 18 years.

During that time, he's struggled with homelessness, mental health issues and learning disabilities.

But his tenure at the school is coming to an end thanks to a supportive campus community and hard work.

Watch #LiveOnKMTR for more on this story