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 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
Local 'If we ask these questions, we're going to find quite a lot of violence on this campus' 'If we ask these questions, we're going to find quite a lot of violence on this campus' (Photo Gallery) (Video)
Three local researchers say they've designed a way to accurately measure the problem of sexual violence on college campuses but they're not getting support from their institution.

The proposal asked University of Oregon for funding as well as the email addresses of a thousand randomly selected students.

The school refused. No one from the University responded to requests for comment on the issue Wednesday.
Local Woman sets out to house homeless veterans Woman sets out to house homeless veterans (Video)
Lorie Perks started Housing Our Veterans in 2005.

The non-profit’s goal is to secure housing for vets struggling with PTSD or drug and alcohol abuse.

Today, she manages five residences in Eugene, housing 27 men.

Watch #LiveOn KMTR for more on this story
Sports NCAA track championships start Wednesday at Hayward Field NCAA track championships start Wednesday at Hayward Field (Video)
Track Town welcomes 1,100 athletes from Division 1 programs to historic Hayward Field at the University of Oregon this week for the 2014 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships.

Competition starts Wednesday, June 11, and continues through Saturday, June 14.

Athletes from around 200 colleges nationwide will compete.

Watch #LiveOnKMTR for more on this story
Local 4 development groups vie for EWEB waterfront acreage 4 development groups vie for EWEB waterfront acreage (Video)
Four development groups submitted proposals to redevelop 17-acres of waterfront property currently owned by the Eugene Water and Electric Board.

After reviewing each proposal, EWEB officials will hear from some or all of the developers at the end of July.

At that time, the top development teams will make public presentations to EWEB’s board of five commissioners.

Commissioners are expected to choose one of the finalists to develop the prime piece of real estate by the end of the summer or early fall.
Local Food for Lane County farming vacant land Food for Lane County farming vacant land (Photo Gallery) (Video)
Land originally intended for a prison is being used by a local non-profit to feed the community.

“This year we were notified by the Department of Corrections they had 100 acres out here that they knew they were not going to be building on for at least 10 years and they asked if we’d be able to use it,” said Beverlee Hughes with Food for Lane County.

Now, the non-profit is paying $1/year for the empty lot, hoping it can help fill gaps in their food supply while cutting costs long-term.
Local Beer Week campaign urges visitors to 'Respect the Neighborhood' Beer Week campaign urges visitors to 'Respect the Neighborhood' (Photo Gallery) (Video)
Eugene Beer Week started in earnest Monday, with events planned across the city leading up to the annual Sasquatch Brewfest on Saturday.

This year, Sasquatch and many Beer Week events are being held in what is being touted as Eugene's "Fermentation District" - that area of the Whiteaker neighborhood that is now home to several breweries and tasting rooms.

Businesses in the neighborhood have joined residents and local government to spread a message of responsibility.

A poster campaign kicks off this week, reminding regulars and visitors alike to "Respect Yourself. Respect the Neighborhood."
Local 'We are on a mission to create smiles on children’s faces' 'We are on a mission to create smiles on children’s faces' (Video)
Love Your Melon, a non-profit organization helping children battling cancer, visited Eugene this week.

The non-profit began as a school project until two Minnesota students decided their idea could make a real impact.

Love Your Melon is currently visiting 20 cities across the Western United States, selling hats.
Local From Opportunity to Emerald: A new kind of village for the unhoused From Opportunity to Emerald: A new kind of village for the unhoused (Photo Gallery) (Video)
Opportunity Village opened its doors in August in an attempt to improve the lives of 31 formerly homeless peole, like Robin Horn.

"You're no longer homeless," Horn said of the village. "You have a home."

Residents maintain the property and govern themselves, living in bungalows designed as transitional housing.

But organizers are planning another project after seeing a need.