OROVILLE – Just when it seemed Oroville’s sidewalk project along Highway 97 had stumbled due to a lack of state funding, the recently approved federal stimulus package could get the project up and on its feet again.
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.
Stories by Gary DeVon
OROVILLE – The state may be willing to transfer ownership of Osoyoos Lake Veterans State Park to Oroville rather than closing it, but the city still has its concerns.
OROVILLE – Stan and Tina Janowitz appeared before the Oroville City Council to talk about plans for this year’s Run for the Boarder event scheduled for Saturday, May 16.
WENATCHEE – After getting off to a shaky start, the Oroville boys basketball team overcame a first round loss to secure a spot at this week’s State 2B Basketball Tournament to be held in Spokane.
After tying with Entiat for the league championships, the Hornets moved on to Districts. They played Entiat at Wenatchee High School on Thursday, Feb. 26, but lost to the Tigers 43 to 53. The winner of this game, the Tigers, earned an automatic advancement to State.
Entiat came on strong in the first quarter, out-shooting Oroville by three points to end the quarter ahead 13 to 10. The Hornets held the Tigers to just eight points in the second quarter, but only made six points themselves and the half ended with Entiat leading 21 to 16. In the second half of the game Oroville continued to have trouble with the bigger team and their zone defense. The Tigers scored 19 points in the third and the Hornets made 15 points, leaving Oroville trailing by nine 31 to 40. The Hornets nearly matched the Tigers in the last quarter, but it was not enough to overcome the nine point deficit.
OROVILLE – Kathy Jones, r, updated the Oroville City Council on the problems regarding financing the city hall expansion and remodel.
TACOMA – Hornet Bryce Woodruff became an OHS wrestling State Champion after being a State runner-up for two years in a row.
OKANOGAN COUNTY – Various organizations, agencies and city governments in Okanogan County want a share of the $1 billion in federal stimulus money the state expects to get for “shovel-ready projects.”
OROVILLE – David Taber Sr. appeared before the Oroville City Council to request that 2.1 acres east of Highway 97 on the south end of town be annexed into the city.
OROVILLE – Tedi Fletcher was selected as the new chairwoman for the Oroville School Board at the directors’ meeting Monday, Jan. 26.
OROVILLE – The Oroville Hornets had an up and down week, defeating Liberty Bell on the road only to lose to Soap Lake in an “ugly” game at home.
On Tuesday, Jan. 27 the Hornets beat Liberty Bell on the Lion’s home court by a score of 45 to 35. The game started off close, with the Lions only trailing by one after the end of the first quarter. At the half-time buzzer Liberty Bell had hung close and went to the locker rooms down 19 to 21…
Poll of the Week
Should the Oroville School Board have renewed OHS Social Studies Teacher Ryan Frazier's Contract
- Yes, he has made a change in students' lives and got them excited about school (46%, 64 Votes)
- Yes, the board should have gone with Principal Kristin Sarmiento's evaluation and recommendation (25%, 35 Votes)
- I don't have enough information to say one way or another (16%, 22 Votes)
- Yes, with the understanding he address Supt. Steve Quick's concerns (14%, 19 Votes)
- No, the issue went through the superintendent and board and should be dropped there (9%, 13 Votes)
- No, we elect local school boards to make these sorts of decisions for us (8%, 11 Votes)
- No, Supt. Steve Quick recommended the first-year probationary teacher's contract not be renewed (5%, 7 Votes)
Total Voters: 140