TheFourth of July is one of my favorite celebrations of the year and here in theNorth Okanogan we’re lucky to have both the Chesaw Fourth of July Rodeo and theOroville Community Fireworks at Deep Bay Park.
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
CHESAW – Chesaw’s Fourth of July Rodeo, a tradition going back 66 years celebrating community rodeo, will take place Friday July 4.
CHESAW – “Flabbergasted” that’s how Darlene Owyn said she felt when Mary Ellen Fields said they wanted her to be Grand Marshal at this year’s Chesaw Fourth of July Rodeo.
MOLSON – There were probably fewer people inside the Grange Hall and the Old School Museum this year, but that could be because it was so nice outside and there was so much to do.
Somewhere along the way certain factions have tried to sell us on the idea that hydropower is not a clean, renewable source of energy — yet every year the cycle of snow in the mountains and melt in the spring renews the waters that our hydroelectric system turns into clean, electric power. Because of this cycle and the mighty Columbia River and its tributaries we in the Pacific Northwest from B.C to Oregon, are truly blessed.
OROVILLE – Okanogan County Superior Court Judge Jack Burchard came to speak with Oroville’s Chamber of Commerce about the court’s mission, as well as the successes being seen in “Drug Court.”
OROVILLE – The Bible Faith Family Church in Oroville has organized a bass tournament open to young people ages eight to 16.
OMAK – Odyssey Recycle wants the chance to turn what you might think is junk into cash.
OROVILLE – Edna Leslie has packed up her scissors and shears and moved to a new location off Central Ave. in Oroville.
OROVILLE – The Oroville City Council approved a $403,985 FAA grant and accepted a bid from a contractor to build a fence and two helipads at the city’s airport.
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