Help The Dalles move up the grant ladder to repair 100-year-old wooden pipeline

The sourcde - Dog River

The source – Dog River

The Destination -reservoir behind Crow Creek Dam

The Destination -reservoir behind Crow Creek Dam

This century-old wooden pipeline carries water from Dog River to Wicks Reservoir. Photo courtesy The Dalles Public Works.

This century-old wooden pipeline carries water from Dog River to Wicks Reservoir. Photo courtesy The Dalles Public Works.

Citizens of The Dalles have an opportunity to help a badly needed water project move up the evaluation ladder for a chance at a state water grant.

The photo above shows a metal patch on the 100-year-old wooden pipeline that delivers half the drinking water to The Dalles. Yes, we said wooden.   It is a 20-inch diameter wooden-stave pipeline (made out of wooden “slats”) with a wire wrapping to hold it together.

It leaks. Badly.

In the height of the spring and summer flow it leaks one million gallons of water per day.

It needs to be replaced, and that will cost in the neighborhood of $8 million. The City already has $4 million, an unusually large 50 percent match

The city is currently ranked 23 out of 37 applicants seeking funds for infrastructure improvements.

Dave Anderson, director of The Dalles Public Works Department, believes community members can help boost the city’s ranking and improve chances of obtaining a state grant to replace the aging water line.

Anderson said the line runs about 3.5 miles and transfers about 54 percent of the city’s water supply from Dog River to the South Fork of Mill Creek.

“This pipeline is deteriorating and at risk of catastrophic failure,” he said.

He is asking people to email Jon Unger, grant program coordinator for the Oregon Water Resources Department at and urge action on The Dalles project. Unger can also be reached at 503-986-0869.

The deadline for comments on ranking is Friday, April 29, at 5 p.m.

Below is a section of the grant application. The whole application can be found here.

Dog River pipeline application combo


City will front money for three-concert series

Lewis & Clark Festival Park 1024

The City of The Dalles will sponsor three concerts this year in The Dalles after a proposal by Randy Haines and Nolan Hare passed by a three to two vote at The Dalles City Council Monday night. Two large concerts featuring name artists will be held July 3 on the Fourth of July weekend and August 13 in conjunction with the Cruise the Gorge event. A more modest concert will be held September 10, honoring local schools. The concerts will be held at the Lewis & Clark Park event site between First Street and I-84.

The city has agreed to spend up to $96,500 on the concert series, including $15,000 for publicity, and will receive all the proceeds from ticket sales. Haines and Hare said the city would likely retrieve all its costs, and could even make money on the deal.

Councilors Tim McGlothlin and Russ Brown voted against the proposal on the grounds the city did not have money to spare on a gamble.

Tanner Elliot, who originally sounded as if he was going to oppose the proposal, joined Councilors Dan Spatz and Linda Miller in approving the deal. He said later that he was convinced by the Haines and Hare track record and experience in staging concerts.

Paving on East 10th and Monroe streets

Heads up for drivers. The City of The Dalles Public Works will be repaving two streets this week, East 10th Street from Dry Hollow to Lewis Street and Monroe Street from 3rd Street north to the alley. Construction will take place from 6 am to 6 pm tomorrow and Wednesday. On both days no access or on-street parking will be allowed. Motorists are encouraged to use East 9th or East 11th Streets as alternative routes to avoid the East 10th Street work zone and Madison Street or Taylor Street as alternate routes avoid the Monroe Street paving project.

What to do when the Big Quake comes – meeting Thursday 4/21 at Springhouse Cellars, Hood River

Earthquake-damaged road in Washington State

Earthquake-damaged road in Washington State

Join Hood River County, Hood River Sheriff’s Office, Columbia Gorge Community College, public safety leaders from across Gorge communities and Oregon Office of Emergency Management this Thursday night 5:30- 8:30pm for a hands-on informational event in Hood River, THE BIG ONE, what Gorge residents need to know about Cascadia Subduction earthquakes.

This Earth Day event offers compelling speakers and more than a dozen hands-on “skill stations” where you can learn how to prepare for disasters and emergencies.

Enjoy the mini safety fair while you enjoy free hors d’oeuvres catered by Fresh Start Culinary Arts Program and the no-host bar wine from 5:30-8:30pm at Hood River’s Springhouse Cellar Winery.

At 6pm, State geological expert Althea Rizzo, Ph.D., offers an interesting and engaging presentation about Cascadia Subduction earthquake impacts on the Pacific Northwest and the Gorge.

Hood River County Sheriff’s Office of Emergency Management will offer a quick orientation on how our region is preparing and what you can do to prepare your home, family and business – then we’ll send everyone to skill stations to practice.

Cascadia earthquake is “Oregon’s greatest natural threat,” according to the Governor’s Task Force on Resilience. The Oregon Resilience Plan (Feb 2013) reported “very large earthquakes will occur in Oregon’s future, and our state’s infrastructure will remain poorly prepared to meet the threat unless we take action now to start building the necessary resilience. This is the central finding of the Oregon Resilience Plan requested by Oregon’s 76th Legislative Assembly.” As a result, Oregon has begun preparing for a magnitude 9.0 Cascadia quake, comparable to the 2011 Tohoku, Japan earthquake.

Hands-on skill stations include:

What’s in your “Go kit” – how do you prepare for emergencies? Sample survival kits on display and talk to the experts

* OSU – with Lauren Kramer, Asst. Professor of Extension Family and Community Health and Lynette Black, Oregon’s rep to Extension Disaster Education Network
* Red Cross
* Hood River County Emergency Management

What to do when is the power is out. How do you shut off utilities and water? How do you switch safely from electric to generator power?

* Pacific Power will stage their Hazard Hamlet – a 5-foot long display that is interactive and shows how community hazards come into play in emergencies – Pacific Power showcases this prop at Hood River Harvest Fest some years and it’s very popular. Presenting is Ricky Walker, Transmission Distribution Manager, Pacific Power.
* Find out about safe shut off of your natural gas from NW Natural — Tonya Brumley
* Hood River County Public Works Dept. — where are your shut off values? Check out a solar power generator or other alternative power display – Nate Lain

Hood River County Sheriff’s Office — public safety, water sports safety, search and rescue

* With Hood River County Sheriff Matt English and Deputy Quintin Nelson, marine safety officer

Hood River County — David Meriwether, Barb Ayers, Belinda Ballah, Sandi Lain, Heidi Ochsner

* Family safety — checklists, Go-kits, family communication plans. How does your family reconnect if separated? Talk through some scenarios and take home a family communications plan template
* What’s in the County’s Emergency Operations Plan? What is an EOC (Emergency Operations Center,) when is it activated and how does it support our region in disasters? Find out how responders work together with regional, state and federal teams.
* Learn about some of our major planning assumptions / concerns (cut off in disasters, landslides, reduced access to fuel and groceries, medical and emergency supplies, volunteer and donation management needs, damage assessment and recovery.)
* Learn about statewide (OR/WA/ID/CA) Cascadia Rising earthquake drills June 6-10 in Hood River and other communities
* Seismic retrofitting grants are coming up soon for Oregon public buildings (schools, fire agencies, county and city buildings) — some of our buildings need work.
* Is your home or business quake-ready? Unreinforced masonry (old brick) buildings and those built before earthquake codes are a concern.

Hands-only CPR and fire extinguisher practice with Hood River Fire Department

* CPR skill station – Kip Miller and the HRFD Fire/EMS team bring manikins – learn how to and practice hands-only CPR
* Fire extinguisher practice – we all have them, when have you ever used one?

Hood River County Health Dept. — vaccines and drinking water safety – tetanus shots offered

* Inoculation station – get your tetanus shot and we’ll bill your insurance right there at the event – most vaccines have no co-pay. You can request that specific vaccines by contacting Alison, 541-387-7119 or
* How do you quickly/easily purify water if it’s contaminated? With Ian Stromquist.
* Quick and easy hand wash station to set up – prevents health problems from escalating

911 — with Commander Erica Stolhand

* What we do and when to call 911
* Sign up in person for the countywide Citizen Alert System for emergency notification (aka evacuations or other emergencies) before wildfire season. All local safety agencies use this phone/email notification system to reach you with important information. We can’t reach you on your cell or email if you don’t opt in. We can only access your land line, if you have one.

Health care tips:

* Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital’s ER Manager Jane Burke and MCMC Nurse Manager Liesl Peterson — when to go to the ER
* What’s in your first aid kit – Dr. Michele Beaman

OSU Extension – Food safety and Preservation

* What to do if your freezer or fridge stops working
* Storing Food for safety and quality
* Water storage for emergencies

Waucoma Bookstore will showcase books on earthquakes and preparedness

Catering by Fresh Start Culinary Arts Program. Menu:

* Crostini with a trio of spreads; white bean and herb, beet hummus, deviled egg and bacon spread.
* Vegetable Crudités with lemon and dill yogurt dip
* Cacahuates, chili and garlic roasted Spanish peanuts
* Brownie bites

Hood River County Sheriff’s Office offers a broad array of emergency response services to communities across the county, including Emergency Management, Search and Rescue, Marine Patrol, 911 dispatch, patrol division, Animal Control, Forest Patrol, civil division and management support for the NORCOR regional jail.

Best viewing sites and times for Rally Oregon April 23-24

Photo courtesy Oregon Road Rally

Photo courtesy Oregon Road Rally

Overview map compositePlease use the provided details and directions to aid in your Oregon Trail Rally spectating adventure.

Times listed are rough times at which the first competitor car leaves the stage. You should plan to arrive within a hour ahead of the listed time if possible for best viewing location.

Some stage roads are scheduled to run multiple times through-out the weekend. Example, Oak Flat on Saturday. Both start times are listed.

Saturday, April 23:

Parc Expose – 9:00am – Riverfront Park Marina, The Dalles Oregon (I-84 exit 85)

SS5 Columbia Hills – 10:15am
Excellent vantage point to view downhill approach thru 90* right into hairpin left and power away across the finish line.
Directions: Turning west onto Centerville Highway from Hwy 97 (between I-84 and Goldendale), continue to Centerville roughly 4 miles. Turn Left onto Dalles Mountain Road. Continue 2.93 miles, follow right 4 miles upon arrival at spectator access. Park on right side of Dalles Mtn Rd only, and obey marshals instructions.

Service 1 – Goldendale, WA – 10:53am at Goldendale High School
Directions: From The Dalles, Oregon. Travel east on I-84 to Biggs Junction. Turn Left onto Highway 97 North into Washington, toward Goldendale. In Roughly 12.3 miles, turn Left onto E. Simcoe Dr. Turn Right at S. Roosevelt Ave. Service is on your left at the high school. Spectator Parking available near tennis courts.

SS7/SS10 Oak Flat – 12:45pm and 3:50pm
High speed approach into negotiated tight right turn carrying optimum speed through hairpin and to the flying finish.
Directions: From Goldendale, Washington. Go East on Bickleton Highway about 9 miles. Turn right onto Fenton Lane. In 1 mile turn Left on Saxton Bane Rd. Continue for roughly 2.5 miles. Parking located on North side of roadway only. Follow directions of Rally Marshals and Safety Personnel at all times. Leave enough room on roadway for emergency vehicles.

Service 2 – Goldendale – 1:15pm at Goldendale High School

Service 3 – Goldendale – 4:23pm at Goldendale High School

Sunday, April 24:

Parc Expose – 9:00-10:30am – Main Street, Dufur Oregon

SS14/SS17 Deere Run – 10:30am and 1:45pm
Panoramic view of stage as cars negotiate acute left turn with surface change including tarmac and dash to finish.
Directions: From Dufur – Travel North on Highway 197 roughly 4.2 miles. Turn Right onto Ward Rd. Transition onto a field access and parking near the stage.
From The Dalles – Travel South on Highway 197 roughly 6.7 miles. Turn Left onto Ward Rd. Transition onto a field access and parking near the stage.

SS15 New Endersby – 11:16am
Fan favorite. Cars approach on steep downhill at 70+ mph into 90* hairpin left in front of fans and dash to finish.
Directions: From Dufur, Or – Travel North on Highway 197 1.8 miles to left at Endersby Cutoff and into parking field.
From The Dalles, Or -Travel South on Highway 197 10.1 miles to right at Endersby Cutoff and into parking field.

SS16/SS18 Boyd Loop – 11:43 and 2:10pm
Excellent action in front of the fans as cars twist and turn, dip and churn their way thru some technical driving at this junction. In the distance is the famous culvert jump as the cars approach along the ridgeline.
Directions: From Dufur, Oregon – Travel East on NE 1st Street. Cross Highway 197 and continue onto Boyd Market Rd. Continue for roughly 1.8 miles and turn Right onto Long Hollow Rd. Continue roughly 5.9 miles onto Center Ridge Rd. In 3 miles, turn Left onto Hastings Ridge Road where you will continue for 1 mile upon arrival at spectator access into adjacent field.

Service – Dufur – 12:15-1:00pm Main Street – Dufur Oregon

Video: Veterans’ clinic in The Dalles named for Loren Kaufman, Medal of Honor winner

Loren Kaufman was born and raised in The Dalles. He joined the army the week after Pearl Harbor and served in both World War II and Korea. He was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor posthumously. The citation reads:

Rank and organization: Sergeant First Class, U.S. Army, Company G, 9th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division

Place and date: Near Yongsan, Korea, 4 and September 5, 1950

Entered service at: The Dalles, Oregon. Born: July 27, 1923, The Dalles, Oregon.

G.O. No.: 61, August 2, 1951.


Sfc. Kaufman distinguished himself by conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty in action. On the night of 4 September the company was in a defensive position on 2 adjoining hills. His platoon was occupying a strong point 2 miles away protecting the battalion flank. Early on 5 September the company was attacked by an enemy battalion and his platoon was ordered to reinforce the company. As his unit moved along a ridge it encountered a hostile encircling force. Sfc. Kaufman, running forward, bayoneted the lead scout and engaged the column in a rifle and grenade assault. His quick vicious attack so surprised the enemy that they retreated in confusion. When his platoon joined the company he discovered that the enemy had taken commanding ground and pinned the company down in a draw. Without hesitation Sfc. Kaufman charged the enemy lines firing his rifle and throwing grenades. During the action, he bayoneted 2 enemy and seizing an unmanned machine gun, delivered deadly fire on the defenders. Following this encounter the company regrouped and resumed the attack. Leading the assault he reached the ridge, destroyed a hostile machine gun position, and routed the remaining enemy. Pursuing the hostile troops he bayoneted 2 more and then rushed a mortar position shooting the gunners. Remnants of the enemy fled to a village and Sfc. Kaufman led a patrol into the town, dispersed them, and burned the buildings. The dauntless courage and resolute intrepid leadership of Sfc. Kaufman were directly responsible for the success of his company in regaining its positions, reflecting distinct credit upon himself and upholding the esteemed traditions of the military service.

Sfc. Kaufman was killed in action February 10, 1951.