Approves ad valorem hike, debates utility tax TONASKET – The Tonasket City Council, which is still attempting to finalize its 2014 budget, worked at its Tuesday, Nov. 26, meeting to strike the balance between maintaining services that are costing more to provide with the community’s desire not to have taxes raised. Even with a tax [...]
About Gary DeVonGary DeVon is the managing editor of the Okanogan Valley Gazette-Tribune and celebrated his 25th year at the newspaper in August 2012. He graduated from Gonzaga University with a degree in Communications - Print Journalism, with an emphasis in photojournalism. He is a proud alumnus of Oroville High School. His family first settled in Okanogan County in the late 1800s. His parents are the Judy DeVon and the late Larry DeVon and he has two younger brothers - Dante and Michael. Many family members still call Oroville home. He is single with a grown daughter, Segornae Douglas and a young granddaughter, Erin.
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OROVILLE – While Oroville senior students are used to graduating a week before the official end of the school year, conflicts with state playoffs means they’ll have to wait this year.
TONASKET – The Tonasket School board approved resolutions to move forward with a $6 million bond for new construction and a $1.64 million maintenance and operations (M&O) levy that will be set before district voters in February, 2014, at their Monday, Nov. 25 board meeting.
For such a little dam, especially in light of a county that boasts at least part of the Grand Coulee Dam, Enloe seems to bring out all sorts of emotions.
The following responds to the North Valley hospital nurse/CEO comments last week. I apologize for its length, but there is a lot to address. At the outset, I want to say that I greatly respect good hospital administrators, and that hospital boards have one of the most challenging jobs in the country.
Your feature article “Group demands Enloe Dam Breach” is a misrepresentation of the facts presented at the PUD meeting Nov. 5, 2013. I was fortunate to be one of the ratepayers present, having heard through the grapevine, that Enloe Dam was the $5.4 million dollar 2014 budget item focused on that evening. The PUD did no publicity or advertising for this 6:30 pm public meeting.
There is no argument the health care situation is a fiasco but let’s be honest, do you really think the government cares if the American people are covered under a qualified health insurance plan? No. After weeks of trying to understand this web of deceit our leaders have spun, I have come to one conclusion: The “Affordable Care Act” is a ruse to obtain more revenue from the taxpayers.
OROVILLE – While the Okanogan County PUD would like to generate power at Enloe Dam a group of opponents is pushing breaching the historic dam – the question is who would bear cost of a breach which could top $100 million.
While traveling through Canada I broke down at Watson Lake. While staying there I met young man who told me about a funeral he was attending in town. A boy was killed on the local soccer field.
I would like to say thank you to the people that voted for me. I would also like to say congratulations to those that were re-elected.