As the spouse of a “former” Oroville EMT I can remain silent no longer. This letter is against my wife’s wishes. When the pager goes off, everyone in the house is effected. Whether it’s in the middle of fixing dinner or in the middle of the night, how you “volunteers” spring into action is amazing! Gail, Rita and Brian I thank you for your letters of support, it brought a smile to her face. If you say nothing, you’ve said something.
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 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.
Stories by Gary DeVon
First off let me say “no” I didn’t feel the earthquake Tuesday. Although it was pretty close, I usually miss them. Charlene felt it and came to work asking if we had. Our question was, what earthquake? The last real earthquake I felt was in the 1960s in Seattle. Most of the ones around here go unnoticed by me. I do appreciate the calls from friends on the “Coast” who asked me how I was doing afterwards.
I just watched the new Oroville ambulance drive into Frontier foods. One person got out and went in. The other had a conversation with another person in the parking lot. After 15 minutes or so they loaded up and went to the donut shop. Then around the block and back to the ambulance building. I wonder what that donut run cost the people of Oroville?
I continue to find it totally frustrating that there are people that continue to give inaccurate, untruthful and/or “hearsay” statements about the City of Oroville Ambulance service and feel it necessary to try to clarify a few things.
The outpouring of help being provided by the people in the north county is amazing. Even when the national aid agencies got involved in confusing the issue, the people in the Tonasket and Oroville area soldiered on. We had a shelter set up in Oroville after the Nine Mile Fire and again when things started [...]
OKANOGAN COUNTY – The Okanogan Complex Fire has grown to be the largest wildfire in Washington State History, even surpassing last year’s devastating record breaking fires in the Methow and Pateros areas known as the Carlton Complex.
Last Thursday morning (10:15 a.m.) I received a call from a customer at our Laundromat in town. He indicated to me that my ‘camera’ has been taken down from the ceiling and thrown in the garbage can. I asked him to place it near the change machine, but he called back immediately saying there was damage to the change machine.
After reading that the majority of the Oroville EMTs have resigned, I’m wondering what has happened to the Oroville Ambulance Memorial Fund. As I remember this fund was formed from the generous donations of our citizens in remembrances of our loved ones that have passed on.
Have you stopped, looked around and thought to yourself, “wow, we live in a great area” lately? Sure, when it’s steaming hot outside and the air is full of smoke from another wildfire, it makes one wonder. But at least we’re not ravaged by semi-annual floods, hurricanes or God-forbid earthquakes and tsunamis.
Thank You Mayor Spieth and the Oroville City Council members for making the difficult decision to sign a temporary agreement with LifeLine for providing emergency aid transport services to our area. I totally trust the Mayor, Council and EMS District #1 reps will continue to work diligently towards a positive permanent solution for our community. I realize that their decision was no doubt a difficult one, but I certainly understand why…. After all, how sound of a decision would the City Council be making