La Clinica in The Dalles to have new building

— The Dalles — After more than 25 years of serving the Gorge community, La Clínica del Cariño Family Health Care Center today announced it will enter a new age of health care with the construction of a new Community Health Center in The Dalles. The state-of-the-art facility will expand access to primary health care and wellness services in an easily accessible location.

A groundbreaking celebration will take place Tuesday, May 29, from 10-11 a.m. at 1040 Webber Road in The Dalles. Featured guest speakers will be Sen. Jeff Merkley, as well as comments from Oregon Rep. John Huffman; Brian Ahier, president, The Dalles City Council; Barbara Seatter, executive director, Mid-Columbia Center for Living; and other community partners and La Clínica’s representatives and staff.

La Clínica is a nonprofit Community and Migrant Health Center, serving people in the Columbia River Gorge area. It opened its doors in The Dalles in 2003, providing medical, dental and health promotion services in a leased 5,500-square-foot facility. Due to increased demand for services, La Clínica’s current building does not provide sufficient capacity to properly accommodate comprehensive primary care and preventive services.

In October 2010, La Clínica received a capital improvement grant from the federal Health Resources Services Administration of $5.86 million to construct a new Community Health Center in The Dalles.

The new Health Center will provide area residents in Oregon and Washington with an easily accessible facility that conveniently integrates heath services in one location including medical, dental, behavioral, health promotion, pharmacy and lab. Health education and wellness will be promoted in a large, dividable conference room on the main level and two group meeting rooms on either end of the second floor.

Lobby spaces and waiting rooms are located to take full advantage of views north to the Columbia River, integrating patients with the natural environment and its healing effects.

The building site consists of 52,252 square feet of open land in the corner of a medical campus serving community members of Wasco County in Oregon and Klickitat County in Washington.

Site work will include a 76-space parking lot, landscaping and a pedestrian plaza.

The 20,800-square-foot facility will replace a much smaller outdated clinic and allow the organization to double its current capacity to address the community’s future growth needs. The two-story wood-framed building will be clad in a combination of Columbia River basalt, wood and fiber cement siding.

The facility is targeting LEED silver certification and was engineered to be over 20 percent more energy-efficient than required by code. The design also include sustainable features such as high-efficiency heating, ventilation and air conditioning, plentiful but moderated natural day lighting, non-toxic and renewable materials and on-site stormwater treatment.

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Parkdale third graders sing "12 Disaster Days of Christmas"

Welcome to your sing-able Christmas gift list. What follows is an emergency rendition of “12 Days of Christmas” – for outfitting your home or car in case of snow storm, earthquake, flood or other emergency. Read it as a simple list, or sing it to the tune of “12 Days” – you know, as in “ … and a partridge in a pear tree…” Not to make light of it, but the song is a familiar framework for a set of gift ideas that you could consider gathering together, even if the recipient already owns items such as a bunch of coats, tire chains and flashlights. Stores throughout the Gorge are stocked up on all these items. Buying all 12 days might be prohibitive, but here are three ideas for checking any of the dozen off your list (notations follow, 1-12.) The gift items needed to stay warm, dry and safe are also coded to suggest items in your abode (A) in your car (C) or both (B). 12 Gallons of Water (A) 11 Family meals (B) 10 Cans of propane (A) 9 Hygiene bags (B) 8 Packs of batteries (A) 7 Spare coats (B) 6 Bright red flares (C) 5 Cozy blankets (B) 4 Tire chains (C) 3 Flashlights (B) 2 cell phone chargers (B) 1 And a crush-proof first aid kit (B) Price ranges? Here’s a few quotes for days Three, Two, Four and Nine: n A family gift of flashlights (three will run $15-30, Hood River Supply, Tum-A-Lum) n Cell phone chargers (two will run $30-60) n Tire chains (basic set, $30, Les Schwab, returnable if unused for the winter) n Family meals ($100 or so should cover the basics for three or four reasonably well-fed days) n The home kit should be kept in a handy place near an exit, and remember that water needs to be replenished every few months. If you have a solid first aid kit already, switch out the gift idea with “and-a-sto-o-u-t- tub-for it-all …” Otherwise, it’s a case of assembling your home or car kits and making sure all members of the family know what the resources are and how to use them (ie flares and propane). Emergency situations are at worst life-threatening, at best deeply uncomfortable if you and your family are left without power for an extended period, or traveling and find yourself in a situation where you need to wait out a storm, lengthy traffic delay, or other crisis. Notes on the 12 gift ideas: 12 – Gallons of water: that’s one per person in a four-member family to last for three days, the recommended minimum to be prepared for utility outages. 11 – Easy-open packaged goods, energy bars, dried food and nuts are good things to include for nutrition. Think of what your family of four needs for three days to stay fortified and hydrated (see number 12). Can-opener also recommended 10 – If you have a propane camping stove, keep extra fuel handy. 9 – Hygiene bags: put packaged moistened towelettes, toilet paper, and plastic ties in large garbage bags (for personal sanitation) Resource list courtesy of Hood River County Emergency Management, Barbara Ayers, manager/ 541-386-1213. The county also reminds residents to Get a Kit, Make A Plan to connect your family if separated, and Stay Informed. See to opt-in for citizen alerts. Enlarge

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