OROVILLE – Gordon Korman, world-renowned author of children’s books, came to Oroville to inspire the budding writers in the elementary school’s third, fourth, fifth and sixth grades.
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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OROVILLE – Emergency equipment seemed to be on the minds of Oroville mayor and city council at their Tuesday, Oct. 4 meeting with discussion again heating up regarding the purchase of a rescue boat.
TONASKET – Five young ladies have thrown their hats in the ring for the honor of being named Miss Tonasket and representing the community as the 2012 Tonasket Founders Day Rodeo Queen.The candidates are Cortney Ingle, Breanna Howell, Karlie Henneman, Emily Tieje and Kayla Davis. Four of the girls attend Tonasket High School and for the first time one of the candidates is from Oroville High School. They will have a chance to show off their horsemanship at a competition to be held at the Tonasket Rodeo Grounds this Saturday, Oct. 15 starting at 10 a.m. Then at 7 p.m. there will be speeches and a question and answer session at the Tonasket Eagles and the judges will select next year’s Rodeo Queen who will receive her sash and crown that night.
OROVILLE – An Oktoberfest celebration to raise money for the new senior center building is planned for Oct. 8 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at 1205 Main Street.
NORTH COUNTY – North Valley Community Schools is holding two fundraisers in October to help continue to fund the organization which offers several popular continuing education classes in Oroville and Tonasket.
OROVILLE – The number of students attending Oroville schools has increased and so much so in the Kindergarten that the district is hiring a third teacher.
TONASKET – Tonasket held a public hearing regarding amendments to the municipal code, Comprehensive Plan and land use map at their Tuesday, Sept. 27 city council meeting.
TONASKET – The Tonasket EMS District has added a third ambulance to their fleet in an effort to fulfill a promise it made to voters when they approved the EMS levy.
The new ambulance, a Ford-cabbed 2005 Medtec model, joins with the 2007 Ford Medtec ambulance and a third, older ambulance used as back up for the district. The new ambulance cost $41,000, according to Jeff Cravy with Tonasket EMS, who adds it replaces a 1995 Chevy that has so many mechanical problems it could not be relied upon.
NORTH COUNTY – Several people took advantage of the chance to follow in the footsteps of the fur brigades that trailed through the American and Canadian Okanogan/Okanogan Valley some 200 years ago, listening to lectures and participating in field trips to McLaughlin Canyon and the Similkameen River Trail.
TONASKET – Director redistricting, which occurs every 10 years following the results of the U.S. Census has brought little change to the Tonasket School District.