Locator Training Seminar / Pendleton, Oregon October 13-14, 2015

Locator training has been a focus for the OUNC as the demand for this specialized craft continues to increase. In 2015, the OUNC conducted locator training sessions in Redmond, Sherwood and Pendleton. Seventy-one students completed course studies and field instruction. Additional information for 2016 class schedules: scroll under News & Events to Locator Training. Schedule TBD.

Oregon 811 - Country Music Festival Sponsorship

OUNC Sponsorship – 2015 – Bi-Mart Country Music Festivals

Oregon Utility Notification Center was present at Cape Blanco and Willamette CMF this year.  The Oregon 811 booth provided festive give aways for the attendees at the music festivals.  Thanks again to all the volunteers who worked hard and provided the message to call 811 before you dig!

OUNC partners with UO and OSU – 2014 & 2015

Advancing our “dig safely” message through live events has created great partnerships with the University of Oregon and Oregon State University. Follow us on Facebook to win tickets to this year civil war game in Eugene, Oregon.

Starlight Parade, May 30, 2014

In keeping with Portland’s MAKING MEMORIES theme, the OUNC and Royce Prop Shop created a dazzling display, showcasing the advantages of preserving a beautifully illuminated landscape by calling 811 before you plant those great Portland rose bushes.

Locator Training Seminar / Coos Bay, Oregon March 11-12, 2014

Locator training has been a focus for the OUNC as the demand for this specialized craft continues to increase. In 2014, the OUNC conducted locator training sessions at various locations throughout the state. Forty-five students completed course studies and field instruction. Additional information for 2015 class schedules: scroll under News & Events to Locator Training.

JJ Harrison

Rodeo Clown JJ Harrison Promotes Call 811

Rodeo clown JJ Harrison has held the “Northwest Clown of the Year” title for the past five years. At the Ellensberg Rodeo while demonstrating his trade, he used his teaching skills to promote Call 811!

JJ Harrison grew up in Okanogan, Wash., where his love for the rodeo began. He took his passion to college with him and joined the rodeo team as a bull and bronco rider at Washington State University. Harrison taught science and social studies at a Walla Walla middle school for eight years while working as a rodeo clown.

Since 1923, the Ellensberg Rodeo is held every Labor Day weekend. The Ellensburg Rodeo is also one of the “old rodeos” and has earned its place as one of America’s Top 10 professional rodeos.

Oregon State Seal

OUNC works with Governor to proclaim April, 2012 Safe Digging Month

As part of the national effort to raise awareness of safe digging practices, and encourage the use of 811 to request locates of underground facilities, the Oregon Utility Notification Center (OUNC) board of directors worked with Governor Kitzhaber to issue a proclamation naming April 2012 “Oregon Safe Digging Month”. In the proclamation the Governor has asked people to call 811 at least two business days before digging to insure all essential underground utilities are located before excavating.

The board would like to thank the Governor for his support and hopes everyone will use the free call to 811 prior to starting any digging project.

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811 bike - Paul Jr. Designs

811 Damage Prevention Bike by Paul Jr. Designs

One Call Concepts, Inc. (OCC) commissioned Paul Jr. Designs to create the 811 Damage Prevention Bike. The 811 Bike was unveiled at the 2011 Greater Chesapeake Damage Prevention Training Conference November 2, 2011, in Ocean City, Maryland.

A second unveiling will take place at the Common Ground Alliance Conference scheduled for March 6-8, 2012 at the Rio All Suites Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. (www.cgaconference.com)

The 811 bike will appear on American Chopper February 20 and 27, 2012.

8/11 Day Campaign – Cake Delivery – What is a big celebration without a cake?

This past year, OUNC spent $40,000 worth of advertising promoting Call 811 on Northwest Radio in particular on the Lars Larson show. On behalf of the Board of Director’s, Adam Franco, of the One Call Center was interviewed on the show. By using the pilot initiative used by Indiana 811 to look for a fresh way to get the media’s interest on August 11, OUNC delivered 8/11 Day cakes. Along with the cakes, OUNC provided information on the 811 program to the radio station to help spread the word. The idea for cakes came from knowing how early morning radio people wake up and how eager they are to get some food during their shifts. Also, the cakes showcased utility markings as well as the 811 logo and were made by a local family owned bakery in SE Portland called His Bakery. His Bakery is also joining in the promotion of the 811 program by providing Dig Safely materials for their customers on their counters. The board also recognized and thanked the staff of the One Call Center with a cake of their own for all their hard work and commitment to being part of the national effort to raise awareness of safe digging practices, and encourage the use of 811 to request locates of underground facilities and will participate in future 811 Day celebrations. Please listen to the podcast!

Listen to a clip from the Lars Larsen Show

OUNC works with Governor to proclaim April, 2011 Safe Digging Month

As part of the national effort to raise awareness of safe digging practices, and encourage the use of 811 to request locates of underground facilities. The Oregon Utility Notification Center (OUNC) board of directors worked with Governor Kitzhaber to issue a proclamation naming April 2011 “Oregon Safe Digging Month”. In the proclamation the Governor has asked people to call 811 at least two business days before digging to insure all essential underground utilities are located before excavating.

The board would like to thank the Governor for his support and hopes everyone will use the free call to 811 prior to starting any digging project.


View Proclamation