1904 Artillery Barracks

We are very excited to be a part of the team involved in the renovation of this beautiful and historic Artillery Barracks at the Fort Vancouver National Site!

At the beginning of the 20th century, Vancouver was the headquarters for the Department of the Columbia, a vast administrative unit in the Northwest.  The population of the post almost tripled in response to increased military activity both at home and abroad.  There were not barracksenough barracks for the soldiers stationed here, and men were sleeping in tents.  An ambitious building scheme was begun that would enable the post to garrison a regiment of infantry, and two batteries of artillery.  The double artillery barracks was constructed during this period, erected on this site in 1904.  This Colonial Revival style building housed two separate companies, a total of 240 men.  The latrines, storage rooms, and other functional spaces were housed in the basement.  The kitchen, mess halls, and day rooms were on the first floor.  The second floor had large dormitory style sleeping quarters for the soldiers, with smaller semi-private rooms for the officers.

The 6,500 square foot of renovated space will house space for community events, and include a banquet room, a large meeting room, a smaller board room, kitchen, storage areas and rest rooms.

Our part of the renovation will include modifications and relocation of the power distribution system, new lighting, fire alarm up-grades, low voltage wiring and state of the art audio visual equipment.

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Fort Vancouver 2

Fort Vancouver 3

* Historical information provided courtesy of Fort Vancouver National Site

Parkin Safety Milestone!

Parkin Electric has been injury free for 3 years!

Parkin Electric is proud to note that we have not had a recordable injury for three years, nor have we not had any days missed from work because of injury since 2001.   This stellar safety record (our safety Mod Rate is .79) is an indicator of the effort and commitment that our electricians and management maintain to working safely.  The consistent use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) (safety glasses, hearing protection, gloves, and hardhats) by Parkin Electric Electricians, and the practice of reviewing each job for hazards and developing a plan (written) to work safely on the each job, contributes to Parkin Electric’s injury free workplace.

Our view is that safety is not a sometimes thing….  a good solid safety culture means working on improvement, everyday, all day, automatically!

Keep up the good work folks!


Parkin Honored at Ceremony!

Parkin Electric was honored at the 2010 “Best of Oregon City” Chamber of Commerce Event!

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On January 29th,  Parkin Electric was very honored to receive the 2010 “New Member of the Year” award at the annual Oregon City Chamber of Commerce awards ceremony and dinner at the Abernethy Center.  Maureen Parkin has largely been the face of Parkin Electric at numerous chamber functions all year long, and deserves most of the credit for this award.  Unfortunately Maureen had a schedule conflict and was out of town during the awards ceremony, but was dutifully informed and congratulated by her stand-in, via photo texting shortly after the presentation!  Nice job Maureen!

Joining the Chamber has been a great experience for us.  It has provided us the opportunity to network with other businesses, and to become more involved in our community.  The Oregon City Chamber and its members are very active in local government affairs, and supporting the community through volunteering their efforts.

We feel very fortunate to be a part of this dynamic group, thank you for your support!

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February 2011 ChamberWire - Published by the Oregon City Chamber

Oregon Code Committe

Parkin Electric President David Parkin, has been selected as a committee member responsible for assisting the Oregon Building Codes Division in adoption of the 2011 Oregon Electrical Specialty Code.

The Oregon Electrical Specialty Code will be based on the coming 2011 National Electrical Code (NEC), with Oregon Building Codes Division (BCD) Amendments.   Some examples of the previous amendments (2008 Code) are:

  • Egress from working spaces around electrical equipment.
  • Multi-wire branch circuit requirements for grouping and handle ties.
  • Requirements for GFCI and AFCI protection techniques.
  • Lighting and receptacle requirements in dwellings.
  • Requirements for raceways in wet locations.
  • Weather resistant and tamper resistant receptacles.
  • Requirements for electrified truck parking spaces.

The work of this committee is very important in providing pertinent and specific amendments to the NEC, and Parkin Electric is proud to be a contributing part of this process.

Congrats Dave!

Parkin Works Lead Safe!

Parkin Electrician’s Work Lead Safe



As a Certified Lead Based Paint Renovation Contractor with Oregon Construction Contractors Board (LBPR35151) Parkin Electric can help you renovate right.  Federal law requires contractors that disturb painted services in homes, child care facilities and schools built before 1978 to be certified and follow specific work practices to prevent lead contamination.   The rule applies to disturbance of more than 6 square feet of interior painted surfaces and 20 square feet of exterior painted surfaces or window replacement or demolition.  Lead paint dust is the way most people are exposed to lead and children are at the highest risk for being affected from lead exposure.  If your home or facility was built before 1978 and we will be disturbing any interior painted surface greater that 6 square feet,  Parkin Electric can test the painted surfaces to be disturbed to verify the presence of lead.  We are trained to contain the work area to prevent the spread of dust and in the proper procedures to thoroughly clean the work area.  For more information about the EPA’s Lead Rule visit their website at epa.gov/getleadsafe or call the EPA’s hotline at 1-800-424-LEAD (5323).

Jigs Stack-up Tuna!

Although the Tuna were pretty much only hitting one at time, our lightweight jig rods were able to convert a one fish stop into two or three, each time we paused the troll to land a fish.

August 14th, 2010
By the time our guests Ray, Brain, Jafar and Lawrance arrived at the boat, we had our ice on-board, and things ship shape, ready to go.  After our usual safety briefing, we headed out through the hole into a pre-dawn dark ocean.  After it got light enough to see, we headed out to a point we had plotted on the GPS which had sounded promising for holding a school of Tuna.  At about the 25 mile mark (a little shy of our goal), things began to look favorable (color and temp) so we stopped for a quick test run.  After deploying the gear and trolling for a few minutes, the sound of a screaming reel alerted us that we had found the day’s first Tuna!

The morning proved to be a little slow, with a fish here, and a fish there, and no real hot bite, so we moved around a bit, but could not seem find the magic spot!  The ocean conditions were good and actually got better as the day progressed.  Although (as is usual when the weather is hot in the valley) we had to contend with the fog during various times in the day, but that’s why we have a good radar!

As it got around to late morning, the catching really started to pick up.  When we stopped to land a troll hooked fish, we pulled the lightweight jigging rods out of the holders and were able to pick up an additional 1, 2, or even 3 extra fish at each stop.  Catching a big Tuna on a jig is truly an experience that has to be tried to be believed.  We typically hook them directly under the boat (perhaps 20′-30′ down) where they make several blazing runs straight down several hundred feet!  Wow, do they ever put up a fight!

At about 12:30 after filling up the fish boxes with some very nice Albacore, we cleaned up the boat, and turned toward port (leaving a very active school of Tuna!) and our waiting crab pots.  About half way back to shore, we spotted the spout of a whale, so we slowed to take a look, when suddenly, a very large Humpback Whale surfaced a couple about 50-75 yards from the boat.  He surfaced and spouted a couple more times before finally sounding.  This was a very special occasion, as we got a chance to see and hear one of the worlds largest animals closer than most people ever will.  What a thrill!

Back near shore at the pots, we pulled them from a depth of 40′-60′ to find some very big nice crab waiting for us, which rounded out the day nicely.

On our return to port, we off-loaded our catch, fueled and put the boat to bed, and then got busy processing the fish and crab.  A regular part of our routine now is to steam the crab and grill some Tuna steaks to snack on while we work.  There is NOTHING better than fresh hot steamed Crab, moist hot Tuna steaks, and a cold beer or glass of wine.

What another great day.  We are very lucky guys indeed.

Thanks for sharing the day with us!









Jafar, LAwrance, Ray, Brian & Dave

Jafar, LAwrance, Ray, Brian & Dave



There was some confusion early in the day as to what our quarry really was...

Apparently there was some confusion early in the day as to what our quarry really was...

Sea Star

Leggy Sea Star

The First, Largest, & Most!

August 7th, 2010
We didn’t know it at the time, but when we hauled in a Tuna one of our guests had caught, it would truly be a milestone occasion for her.  It was not only the biggest fish she had caught, it was the FIRST fish she had ever caught….  Wow, what a first fish Daniela!!

Joining us for the days adventure were Larry & Daniela and Gerry & Gladys.  Larry and Daniela had won this trip in an auction benefiting CAT (the Cat Adoption Team), and had invited their friends Gerry and Gladys from Seattle to join them.

The day began when our guests met us in Depoe Bay at the boat.  It was still about thirty minutes before the sun was due to rise, when we slipped through the narrow opening into a dark and drizzly ocean.  Because of the darkness and fog, we had to rely on our GPS chart plotter and radar as we slowly made our way along the buoy line into the open ocean.  After the sky had lightened enough for us to see any obstructions in the water, we pushed the throttles forward and started our way at a comfortable 12 knots on a very nice ocean to a point about 30 miles west that we had chosen that might hold a school of Tuna.

Upon arriving at a likely looking starting spot (good water temperature and color) we deployed the trolling lures and anxiously awaited the first screaming reel.  We didn’t have to wait very long….. “Fish on” and we were into them, where Gladys proved that she may be small of stature, but she did not back down one inch during her battles with these extremely strong and tenacious speedsters of the ocean!  Nice job Gladys, we were impressed! 5 fish landed on the deck in fairly short order, then the bite seemed to shut down, so we moved to a new area and again set out the gear.

After trolling the area for awhile, we managed to pick up another 5 big fat Tuna when about noon, we decided to head home. The ride back was beautiful on a very flat calm ocean, with just a band of fog hugging the beach.

On the way back to port, we stopped at the crab pots that we had set the night before.  After pulling a couple of pots, it became apparent that someone had been tampering with them (stealing crab), pulling one of them almost 200 yards from where we had set it.  Even with this set-back, we managed to collect enough big crabs for our coming feast.  We re-baited and repositioned the pots, then headed in.

After a quick run back to the harbor, we off-loaded the days catch, and prepared to fuel and put the boat in its slip.  While waiting for the cleaning table to open up we cleaned and boiled the crabs and prepared to grill some Tuna!

After steaming the crab, and grilling Tuna steaks, we grabbed some beverages and had a little impromptu feast!  It just does not get any better than this……

Our thanks to our guests Larry, Daniela, Gerry and Gladys for making this such a special day, we had a GREAT time!





Gladys & Daniela



Processing the catch

Processing the Catch

Procesing Center

Processing Center

The finished product

The Finished Product

Crab feast

Crab Feast



Our August 1st Adventure

With an improving weather and sea forecast, and a taste of some good fishing Saturday, anticipation is very high for the day!

August 1st, 2010
Anticipation so high, that Todd decided to go for round two, and stayed over night with us to fish one more day!  What a glutton for punishment!   Joining Todd were Len and Pablo, to round out the crew for the day.  Pablo has fished with us before, but this was Len’s first (and we hope not last) time fishing with us for Tuna.

We had re-baited the crab pots Saturday night and left them for a long soak, so we idled out of the harbor into a dark ocean to try and find the illusive Tuna.  We slowly worked our way west until we had sufficient light to see, then pushed the throttles forward and headed out.  For lack of any better reports on the Tuna’s whereabouts, we pointed the boat to the same fishing grounds as we had left the day before.  The sea conditions were much better than Saturday, so we quickly made our way out the 40 + miles to some fishy looking water.

Sort of the same program as the day before…. gear out and “FISH ON!”.  Trolling along we had fairly steady action, until the bite cooled down after awhile, and we decided to move to an area the radio chatter claimed a little better action.  Again we trolled and hooked the occasional fish (all nice fish, with one of them 27-28#’s!) when near the end of our turnaround deadline of 12:30, the action picked up some and we had a very nice load of big fat Tuna loaded and iced in the fish boxes.  On each of our stops to land fish, Todd had been going up on the bow of the boat to cast butterfly jigs with one of our lighter weight spinning outfits.  On about the third stop, he hooked a fish!  Now catching a Tuna on a troll rig is a thrill indeed, but hooking one on a jig rod is about the ultimate experience!  Because they have not been tired by their usual blazing 100 yard run on the troll, a fish hooked just under the boat is something else again!  As Todd found out, it becomes a real question in your mind whether you will be able to overpower this dang fish or not!  After a skillful battle by Todd (and the Tuna :)),  he was finally able to muscle the fish to the surface, where we gaffed it and hauled it in to the boat.  Very nice job Todd!

After cleaning and straightening  up the boat and bringing out the traveling chairs, we headed back (very fast!) on a flat ocean to hopefully collect some more crabs from our pots.  Upon arriving at the crab pots we pulled the first one to find 8 very large and feisty (OUCH!!!) male crabs.  The other pots also contributed some big crabs to our growing collection, which we stowed and headed back to port.

Back on the dock we hauled the fish and crab up to the fillet table and processing gear to package the catch for the trip home with our guests.  The fish get filleted and packed in the vacuum  packaging machine, and the crab get cleaned, boiled, and packed in bags, and all goes into coolers and ice.

Our thanks to Todd, Len and Pablo for all your hard work cutting, packing and cleaning.  You are gentlemen of the first order!  We hope that this was a day you won’t soon forget.  We know that we sure won’t!

Thanks again guy’s, we had a GREAT day and weekend!

Below is some proof of all of the fish and sea stories you have been telling, enjoy!







Scrap Beggers 45 miles out.....

Scrap Beggers 45 miles out.....

The Ride Back

The Ride Back