OKANOGAN – Okanogan County Public Health has released a bulletin saying that it is receiving numerous reports of a stomach illness most likely caused by the norovirus.
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
In 2011, during the horrific rain storms that hit western Okanogan County, we lost a section of the Pacific Northwest National Scenic Trail in the Loomis State Forest. The WADNR didn’t have the funds to do the repairs to this segment of the Trail, and because we have an Adopt-A-Trail Agreement with them for that stretch of trail, it was left to the PNTA to come with the funding.
Although some might not see their value, Okanogan County’s system of trails has become important to our communities in many ways. Perhaps most importantly the trails offer a good way to keep ourselves healthy through hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding. Even though some of us might not able to run in a marathon any more (or ever), having a variety of trails offers great exercise opportunities for the amateur and hardcore hikers alike and and a way to enjoy the outdoors in what my dad would call “God’s country.”
OROVILLE – The latest newsletter from the Pacific Northwest Trail Association is expressing gratitude to Echo Bay Minerals for the purchase of property near the Whistler Canyon Trailhead which the county was selling.
“With liberty and justice for all.” Those words should not ring hollow. For us to have justice in our society requires us to identify injustice when we see it and to do something about it. We saw this in the 1960′s when black Americans were finally guaranteed the right to vote.
My name is Joe Napoli, the brother of Mark Napoli who you wrote about in your paper, as it relates to updates on a May, 2013 incident. I just wanted you and your paper to know that his family loves him dearly, unconditionally and we all know how very sorry he is for what transpired. He is holding himself accountable for his actions.
I get a lot out of reading Clayton Emry’s Items of the Past column every other week. It serves not only as a reminder of what I was writing about 25 years ago, but how much of what was happening then is happening again. It is kind of bittersweet to think that Clayton stopped using back issues of the G-T from the late 1970s, some 10 years ago….
OKANOGAN – A man arrested for breaking in to, and burglarizing, the Okanogan Eagles was tattled on by his court ordered monitoring ankle bracelet.
TONASKET – A former Omak police officer was arrested at 58 Oakes Drive in Crumbacher after shooting at the feet of his son’s ex-girlfriend.
Missoula Children’s Theatre presented Beauty Lou and the Country Beast, an original country western adaptation of the classic fairy tale Beauty and the Beast on Saturday, March 1 at the THS Commons.