This was such a phenomenal event! A big thank-you to Jonathan Marvel and Brent Clapp media for speaking at our event! This was a wonderful opportunity for our Mid-Columbia Employment First team to showcase our local employers and employees! ... See MoreSee Less
Note: A full photo slideshow from the Mid-Columbia Employer/Employee Recognition Event is online at: flic.kr/s/aHsm6uwbEc
On October 3, the Mid-Columbia Employment First team held “Working in the Gorge! Mid-Columbia Employment First Employer/Employee Recognition Event,” to celebrate National Disability Employment Awareness Month.
This was the first employer/employee recognition event held by the local Employment First team. An innovation grant from the Office of Developmental Disabilities Services/Employment First helped create the event.
More than 120 attendees, including employees and employers from Hood River, Cascade Locks, and The Dalles, celebrated Employment First accomplishments in the area.
Robert Crooks from Eastern Oregon Center for Independent Living served as the emcee for the evening. The keynote speakers included Jonathan Marvel and his employer Brent Clapp, with Brent Clapp Media/Anything 2 Digital; Ashley DeRushe, employee with Mid Columbia Medical Center, Kurt Cochran, an employee with two jobs in the local area including Beachwood Eatery and the Wasco County District Attorney’s Office, and Eric Nisley, District Attorney for the Wasco County District’s Attorney’s Office.
Kurt Cochran works in two community jobs, as a dishwasher at Beachwood Eatery and as an office assistant at Wasco County District Attorney’s Office.
“I believe in contributing to my community and earning a paycheck,” Kurt said. “I’ve got one blue collar job and one white collar job so I like to say that together, I am sky blue.”
Kurt’s employer said his work is highly valued.
“Kurt arrives early and stays late,” said Eric Nisley. “His work ethic is incredible.”
Awards were presented to both employees and employers to recognize local accomplishments.
Mid-Columbia Employment First Employer/Employee Recognition Event Awardees:
Large Employer of the Year: Safeway, Hood River
Small Employer of the Year: Thunder Island Brewing, Cascade Locks
Longevity Award (employer): Best Western Hood River Inn
Longevity Award (employees): Brad Divish with St. Vincent DePaul in The Dalles and Ashley DeRushé with Mid Columbia Medical Center.
Best New Employer: Wasco County District Attorney’s Office and Aromé
Dream Job: Kurt Cochran with Beachwood Eatery and Wasco County District Attorney’s Office.
Most Dedicated Employee: Sierra Bigelow, with Aromé
Most Resilient Employee: Brandy Riggs, with the Hood River Hotel.
Congratulations to all the employers, employees, providers, Vocational Rehabilitation counselors, service coordinators, personal agents, educators, families and others who are working to improve employment outcomes in their local areas. We appreciate your efforts.
We had another mini Sprout festival last night in La Grande at Side A brewing! This Sprout was made possible through ROCCO's who obtained an Innovation Grant to show Sprout Films in 6 Eastern Oregon Counties! We had a lot of fun and we had 2 wonderful guest speakers! ... See MoreSee Less
Sprout Film Fest on the patio at Side A! #lagrandelife #easternoregon #sideabeer
This is the final fire briefing from Rick Miller. We have experienced periods of rain which began yesterday afternoon and continued through the night into today which has helped significantly in reducing the fire impact. The Hood River Sheriff's department just lifted all evacuation notices for the Hood River Valley. For the residents of Cascade Locks they remain on a level 1 evacuation notice. Yay for precipitation! ... See MoreSee Less
Here is the final video briefing from Operations Section chief Rick Miller. The fire, as of last night, was 43,387 acres and 32% contained. There are 626 personnel on the fire. To read a transcript of this briefing continue below:
Good morning, Rick Miller with your operations update today. Today I'm going to start with the Archer Fire over here. I've been remiss in giving you much information on that. So, the Archer fire on the Washington side in the last several days, that fire has not grown, has not shown any smoke and we have been working on suppression repair efforts. And what that means: any of our dozer lines, hand lines that we put in, we're trying to make sure that we put water bars and such in there so that we do not lose soil. And so that's what suppression repair has been looking like for us. So that fire is looking really good.
Coming around to the Eagle Creek Fire, starting over here on the west end, yesterday we had clear skies and no rain for most of the day, so until the rain started we continued to strengthen our lines, mop up and do suppression repair on our dozer lines and hand lines out there. Coming all the way up the highway corridor, same with that yesterday. No activity until we got clear up here on Shellrock Mountain. Shellrock Mountain, the fire continued to back down to the interstate on the east side and in fact there was a rollout of debris and logs that were coming down and impacting the eastbound lane in there. Fire was very visible from the highway. We did run some helicopters to slow the fire down from reaching the interstate yesterday. That was effective. [We did] suppression repair on all of our handlines through all that. One thing I noticed in the morning when there was still sunshine and no rain, the upper headwaters on the east side of Herman Creek were pretty active, and that continued till about one o'clock in the afternoon, and the RHs (relative humidity) came up and that died down.
Then the rest of the way out here on our indirect line piece, the folks worked on suppression repair. They were prepared to do any kind of firefighting efforts in the event it was needed, and it was not. So, big story yesterday starting about three o'clock in the afternoon, we got a lot of assistance in the form of rain. Decent rain amounts across the entire fire, more so on the west side, but enough to really knock the smoke out of it and knock the threat of further growth in the near term and so we're pretty comfortable with the predicted weather for the next several days we will not have any firefighting efforts, mostly on the repair side. So, with all of that and the outlook with the weather this will be my last update as we transition out of here, our team. End of report. [NOTE: another team will be transitioning in to take over the Eagle Creek Fire before the current team departs.]
We had a wonderful time on Saturday at our annual meeting! Thank you to everyone who attended! We conducted business and then spent the rest of our time having fun with the Jeff Carman band wicked mary. ... See MoreSee Less