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.
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.
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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
Superior Court Criminal Dustin Hawk Chambers, 24, Omak, pleaded guilty Aug. 4 to failure to register as a sex offender (felony). Chambers was sentenced to three months in jail and fined $600. The crime occurred June 18 and July 8. Raul Duarte Vela, 34, Omak, pleaded guilty Aug. 4 to third-degree assault. Vela was sentenced [...]
Several fires burning off Oroville-Chesaw Road, Nine Mile Ranch area OKANOGAN – The Okanogan County Sheriff’s office, along with fire personnel responded to a small plane crash as well as several fires in the highlands above Oroville. Deputies confirmed there was plane wreckage at the scene near where one of the fires and at least [...]
The Mayor wants the people of Oroville to believe it is because of state and federal guidelines. This is not true. There is a lot more involved than he wants to tell you. In January I had a meeting with the Mayor, one of the things we talked about was being short-handed and we needed more help with day coverage, and how we can fix the problem. I informed him that some of the EMTs in Tonasket are willing to help us (but not for $10.00 for a 12 shift like we get) and that we needed to increase the standby from $10.00 to $36.00. At a city council meeting the Mayor stated he was ready to increase the standby pay to $36.00, but the county told him he cannot make any decisions at this time (this was in March).
OROVILLE – Oroville rural and city EMS have hired Lifeline Ambulance Service to provide emergency services on an interim basis.
Nothing compares to riding a motorcycle – for many of us it is the only way to get from Point A to Point B when the weather allows. However, even if you’re doing all you’re supposed to be doing – staying aware of everything that’s going on around you, wearing proper gear and keeping your motorcycle and equipment in perfect riding shape – it can still be a dangerous way to travel.
OROVILLE – Whether you call it living off the grid or going unplugged, a LA couple got a taste of it in three different locations in Okanogan County for the new television show, Unplugged Nation.
OROVILLE – The majority of the Oroville School Board seemed less than ready to approve staff members carrying guns, but the district will forge ahead with Gap training for the 2015/16 school year and won’t arm staff.
OROVILLE – Oroville’s EMTs say they will resign from their positions Aug. 23, 215, claiming frustration with the city and especially Mayor Chuck Spieth.