Entries by OUNC

The OUNC partnered with NWN at Dozer Day/Nutter Foundation Vancouver

The OUNC partnered with NWN at Dozer Day/Nutter Foundation Vancouver over the weekend. The drive-through event brought over 1,000 cars filled with kids excited to see us put on a skit as they stopped at our dig site. With an excavator ready to dig, BobTheBuilder was there to make sure the 811 call was made. […]

Oregon Utility Notification Center names its first Executive Director. Veteran communications professional Josh Thomas joined the OUNC May 17, 2021.

(PORTLAND, Ore., May 2021) — Oregon Utility Notification Center (OUNC), also known as Oregon 811, is pleased to announce that after a yearlong search, Josh Thomas has been named the notification center’s first-ever executive director. “It has been a long-awaited appointment for our agency, and we are excited to bring Josh onboard,” said Micah Brown, […]

April is National Safe Digging Month

We want to remind homeowners and contractors to #call811 before any digging is done to reduce the risk of striking an underground utility line… This is essential to ensure utility services are not interrupted for community members as we continue to deal with COVID-19.

Joyce Nelson receives OUNC recognition plaque

After months of delays due to COVID-19, OUNC Chairman, Micah Brown, finally had an opportunity to present Joyce Nelsen her recognition plaque.  Joyce was on the OUNC board for 8 years, holding two terms.  She held the Treasurer’s position for 6 years and her dedication will forever be appreciated.  She continues her 811 efforts supporting […]

Congratulations to Frank Frenzel, who received the 2020 Morrison Award!

Congratulations to Frank Frenzel, who received the 2020 Morrison Award! Frank was a member of the East Linn UCC for over 25 years. During his time with ELUCC he participated in the contractor’s breakfast & dinners and volunteered at many safety days spreading the Dig Safe message. He was an advocate at the Career Day […]

Letter to Utility Operators, Excavators and Locators regarding COVID-19

View PDF of Letter Utility Operators, Excavators, Locators: The Oregon Utility Notification Center (OUNC) through its contractor, One Call Concepts, continues to operate the 811 call center to support essential excavation work throughout the state. The call center remains open and fully function. The OUNC does not expect its members or excavators will see any […]

Scott Gallegos – April is Dig Safely Month – Why should people call 811?

Practicing social distancing by staying at home provides a great opportunity to get outdoors and do a little more yard work. This, and the fact that Safe Digging Month is right around the corner, are all the more reason to remind the public about safe digging best practices. Scott Gallegos, NW Natural‘s Damage Prevention Supervisor […]

Congratulations to Bryan Baxter, who received the 2019 Morrison Award!

Congratulations to Bryan Baxter, who received the 2019 Morrison Award! OUNC awarded Bryan during a heartfelt ceremony attended by Jarrod Morrison’s family and established members of the PGE community who knew and worked with Jarrod during his career. Bryan Baxter has been a leader in Oregon damage prevention for more than a decade. His creative […]