Tag Archives: First Quarter 2014

Presentation at Mid-Columbia Fellowship of Churches

In an effort to recruit volunteers and to spread the word about the programs and services available within the Area Agency on Aging, Melissa Howtopat was a guest speaker at a forum held by the Mid-Columbia Fellowship of Churches.

She discussed:

  • 13 Senior Nutrition Programs
  • Oregon Project Independence
  • Information and Referral
  • Living Well With Chronic Conditions
  • Friendly Visitor Program
  • Senior Health Insurance Benefits
  • Money Management
  • National Family Caregiver Support Program
  • Options Counseling

Contact Melissa at 541-298-4101 to find out more about having her present at your location.

Schedule a trip using The LINK Public Transit

Schedule a trip using The LINK Public Transit
The LINK Public Transit provides dial-a-ride, door-to-door service within the City of The Dalles and select areas in Wasco County. Use The LINK to travel to medical appointments, shopping, employment, Columbia Gorge Community College classes, and more!

Follow these steps to reserve your trip using The LINK:

  • Call 541-296-7595 to schedule your trip.
  • Call as early as you can – at least one day in advance to ensure The LINK can provide your trip. The LINK may be able to serve a same-day trip request but cannot guarantee availability.
  • When you call to request a ride, The LINK will provide you with a 30-minute pick-up window.

For example:

For an appointment at 9:00 a.m., The LINK will pick you up between 8:15 – 8:45 a.m. to make sure you arrive at your appointment on time.
The LINK will pick you up minutes after your appointment ends.

Please note: other passengers may be riding the bus with you to different destinations and there may be stops before you reach your destination.

Also, The LINK operates lift-equipped buses to serve customers who require the use of a wheelchair or have difficulty negotiating steps.

For more information about The LINK Public Transit, including fares and schedules, please visit http://gorgetransLINK.com/transit-wasco.html or http://mccog.com/transportation-network/

Recycling Center Distributes over 500 Computers to Local Schools

Recycling Center Distributes over 500 Computers to Local Schools
The Students Recycling Used Technology Program (StRUT) at MCCOG provides technology education, resources, and recycling to schools across Oregon. Generous donations from the public, corporate and organizational sponsors keep coming in. We can’t keep our doors open without them.

StRUT receives donated, reusable technology. Working with companies such as Google, Intel, Symantec, and OHSU, the program takes donated reusable technology equipment and redeploys it for use in schools.

  • Last fall StRUT distributed over 500 computers to member schools.
  • The Hood River Valley school system is overhauling 120 StRUT computers for the benefit of their technology lab and returning the replaced units to StRUT for recycling.
  • Students from Burns High School trekked to StRUT to help break down recycling and took the opportunity to visit The Dalles Google Data Center.
  • StRUT is on pace with its 500,000 pounds of recycling goal for the 2013-2014 year.
  • StRUT’s gross revenue has been steadily increasing over the last 6 months and on track for stability and growth.
  • StRUT has a new database to help us keep track of donations and recycling revenue. We can track a system unit through all its various uses to the end of its life.

Workshops and Classes Offered to the Public at No Charge

Workshops and Classes Offered to the Public at No Charge
The Workforce Department offers classes to the public at no charge. Classes generally begin at 9:30 a.m. and run 1-2 hours, depending on the topic. One of the first classes we recommend is our Resume Workshop. This class begins as an informational discussion and then evolves into hands-on resume creation. We also offer a cover letter class to go along with the resume class, so you can learn how to create an effective letter of introduction to accompany your resume.

Our next recommendation is usually the Interviewing class and Mock Interviews. In the Interviewing class you will learn what questions to expect at an interview, how to prepare for those questions, and how you can be sure to put your best foot forward at the interview. You will next have the opportunity to do an actual interview with a member of our staff and will receive feedback from that staff member.

Workforce also offers several computer-related classes. We offer a class on Online Applications, since so many employers are now requiring job applications to be completed online. This class will not only give you tips on completing these applications and how to follow up, but it will also offer assistance with those “ethics” types of questionnaires that are often included in an online application.

We have additional computer classes each month, such as Intro to Word, and Intro to Excel. Or, if you’re not computer savvy and aren’t ready for those classes, we also offer a Basic Computers class that is designed to help you feel more comfortable using a computer.

Even if you are not using Social Media–such as Facebook, Twitter, LINKedIn, etc.–employers are! So we offer a class that explores how employers are using Social Media not only to screen out applicants, but also to monitor employee online activity. In this class you will also learn how to use Social Media to your advantage in your job search.

Cutting Edge Transportation Scheduling System

New Scheduling System allows The LINK to provide a more personalized service

The LINK, a public transportation system provided by the Mid-Columbia Council of Governments, recently installed a new web-based scheduling system. This system automatically assigns and dispatches trips using real-time information, allowing LINK to schedule and reschedule trips more efficiently and to respond more effectively to service peaks and changes in demand.

LINK can also respond automatically to conditions on the road, such as weather, congestion and vehicle breakdowns.  By automating existing processes, LINK saves time and enables a greater focus on safety and customer service.

New Businesses in The Dalles

Mid-Columbia Building Code Services has been busy with a couple of new projects.fairfield_inn

First, the Marriott Fairfield Inn is well underway. The Inn is being built behind Cousin’s Restaurant and is actually owned by Cousin’s. They are in the insulation stage and moving right along.


StarbucksSecond, the new Starbucks Coffee is getting started and will be located on the corner of 6th & Cherry Heights. They should be ready to open in about 5 weeks’ time.

New Transportation Building in the Works

The Mid-Columbia Council of Governments(MCCOG) is planning a new transportation building on Chenowith Loop in the old Westgate Market location behind Home Depot. The new office building is estimated to be approximately 3,600 square feet with a 4,320 square foot parking structure with a covered shelter for Greyhound buses.

Major activities related to the building project:

  • A preliminary exterior design has been completed, along with the site and interior layouts.
  • The preliminary cost estimate has been completed.
  • The City of The Dalles Planning Commission has approved the Conditional Use Permit.

The next steps are scheduled to begin on Friday, January 24. They include work on the specifics of the design, such as electrical, mechanical, plumbing, and lighting. MCCOG also will need to initiate a Local Improvement District with the City and Home Depot to arrange for the construction of a sidewalk along 7th Street on the east side of the property.