OKANOGAN – With the county commissioners’ decision to accept NCW Media, Inc.’s bid for their legal advertising the Okanogan Valley Gazette-Tribune and Quad City Herald remain Okanogan County’s official newspaper of public record.
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 Oroville City Council approved a letter to the county commissioners asking them to encourage connection to the Eastside Sewer Project.
Area losing lastlocal ‘daily’ paper
You probably didn’t read about it in the Wenatchee World,which I find strange, but that publication will no longer be delivered to theresidents of the north county — at least not by paperboys and papergirls. Toget the newspaper subscribers will have to get their daily through the postoffice and then the news will be more like yester-daily. Not a good sign forour one remaining daily newspaper with at least some coverage of the county.
Eliminating Women’s Health
It is disappointing that the Republican Party andspecifically the right-wing conservatives are actually working against healthcare for women and children. In February, the House of Representatives, nowcontrolled by the Republicans and the Tea Party caucus voted to eliminate thefinancing for Title 10 known as the family-planning program.
OROVILLE – The Oroville Hornets tennis team took on Wilson creek on Tuesday, March 22 and the girls’ team won.
OROVILLE – The Oroville boys’ soccer team lost on the road and at home last week in early season match-ups against Okanogan and Tonasket.
OROVILLE – The Oroville Hornets baseball team dropped two games to the Liberty Bell Lions last week.
The Hornets lost the first game by one point, 8 to 7.
EPHRATA – The Oroville track and field team competed at the Ray Cross Invitational last Saturday, March 25 at Ephrata with two Hornet girls breaking OHS records.
OMAK – Omak was the scene of the Tumbleweed Film Festival’s”Best of Fest” featuring two nights of short films from around the world thatwere drawn from the annual film festival held in Oroville the previous August.
The Best of Fest took place at Rockwall Cellars, a popularwinery located just outside of Omak, with winery owners Doug and Sandy Sheetsacting as the evening’s hosts. Seattle Filmmakers Geoff Klein and Mo Fine, withthe help of their friends here and on the west side, began the Tumbleweed FilmFestival in Oroville last year as a way to feature local wine and beer withshort films from around the world. The festival, with a full slate of newfilms, will return to Oroville for three nights this year, Aug. 4, 5 and 6 andwill take place at three venues, Veranda Beach Resort on Thursday, EstherBricques Winery on Friday and Alpine Brewery on Saturday. Tickets are availableonline at http://www.tumbleweedfilmfest.com/ and at the door.
OROVILLE – Patti Garrett was chosen to fill the school director seat left empty when director Jerry Nelson retired from the board last month.
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