NORTH COUNTY – The weatherman is predicting warmer temperatures by this week’s end which promises better weather for the annual kick offs to the holiday season by the communities of Tonasket and Oroville. For Tonasket that means Winterfest, which starts on Friday, Dec. 5 and carries over to Saturday and for Oroville it is the Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony and lighted tractor parade on Saturday, Dec. 6.
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
Apparently over the past couple of months there has been an increase in burglaries of businesses up and down the valley, and this includes north county businesses. After talking with Oroville’s new police chief, Todd Hill, we were able to learn that there are some things that can help to make your business, or home for that matter, less of a target of opportunity to thieves.
YAKIMA – A Stage 1 burn ban for Okanogan, Chelan, Douglas, Klickitat, Kittitas and Chelan, Okanogan counties was issued for on Monday, Dec. 1 by the Washington Department of Ecology. The ban will remain in place until further notice. Air is expected to remain cold and stagnant over the next few days.
OROVILLE – The Oroville City Council heard several items from Chris Branch, the city’s director of Community Development, at their Tuesday, Nov. 18 council meeting.
Last Monday’s public meeting at the PUD auditorium centered on Enloe Dam and utility plans to generate power at the site. The updated estimate of construction cost is now $39-45 million dollars. The interest would add an estimated $30 million dollars. Combined with the $11 million already spent, we have a project cost of $80-85 million dollars.
Last week’s columns by Gary DeVon and William Slusher reminded me why I’m ready to withdraw to my couch and woodstove and let the world cruise along without me.
Friday, the 31st of October 2014, was my last day as the Chief Police Officer for the City of Oroville and all the responsibilities that go with the position, but more importantly I consider myself a citizen of the City of Oroville where I have been entrusted with the safety, well being and caretaking of the citizens of this generous little town. I leave this profession as both happy and apprehensive
OKANOGAN – If Tonasket’s Criminal Justice measure were a horserace, it would be a photo finish and it looks as though the self-imposed tax of 0.1 percent has won not by a nose, but by a whisker.
TONASKET – Citing the need to discuss “the elephant in the room,” North Valley Hospital District Administrator Linda Michel outlined a dual plan to cope with continuing financial losses at the North Valley Extended Care nursing home facility at the Thursday, Nov. 13, board of commissioners meeting.
Just as we’re getting over the shock of the Assisted Living being closed, we now have to contend with the knowledge that the Nursing Home in Tonasket may be hurtling towards the same fate. Again, there are legitimate reasons given for the potential closure of the facility, but that wouldn’t make it any easier.