OROVILLE – As road conditions become more treacherous, two recent incidents on Highway 97 led to fatalities last week, according to the Washington State Patrol.
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 – Those interested in more information on a proposal to expand gold exploration on Buckhorn Mountain near Chesaw nearly filled the seats of the OHS Commons last week.
An Open House was held at the high school to provide information, answer questions and take written public comments on the Environmental Impact Statement being put together by the U.S. Forest Service and state Department of Natural Resources, lead agencies in the proposal, according to Dale Olson, Tonasket Ranger for the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest.
Echo Bay Exploration, a subsidiary of Toronto-based Kinross Gold, has proposed expanding mineral exploration for five years on 507 acres, within a 10,041-acre area near Kinross’ Buckhorn Mountain Gold Mine, located 18 miles east of Oroville. The exploration would include construction of up to 72.3 miles of new drilling roads and up to 675 new drill pad sites and drilling up to 965 exploration holes. It would also include construction of 33 acres of water conveyance and storage facilities, including temporary new water well on National Forest Service lands, as well as development of up to eight acres of land for staging equipment and materials. Four of the drill holes on NFS lands would also be converted to monitoring wells. In addition, 24-hour-a day/365-days-a-year access for up to 20 drill rigs, weather permitting, would be allowed.
Don’t forget the food banks this holiday season
The local food banks are always in need of donations andperhaps this time of year is the most important as families prepare for theholiday season this winter.
TONASKET – Antique brochures with a treasure map of the locations of the eight antique stores in Tonasket will be available during an open house at the Tonasket Visitor’s and Business Resource Center on Friday, Dec. 17.
OROVILLE – The Oroville Chamber of Commerce is still seeking nominations for next year’s officers and board members, but it looks like the organization will continue on into 2011.
OROVILLE – The Oroville City Council voted approval of a two-year increase in water and sewer rates for all customers inside and outside the city limits.
OROVILLE – Several state and federal agencies are hosting an open house on Tuesday, Dec. 14 to answer questions about a proposal to do minerals exploration on Buckhorn Mountain, northeast of Oroville.
The open house is from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Oroville High School Commons, located at 1016 Ironwood Street.
Shop local: Morethan just a motto
It’s hard to believe, but Christmas is just around thecorner – at least that’s what the TV ads would have us believe – of course theystarted their campaigns around Halloween.
OROVILLE – Cloyd Artman, who grew up in Oroville, was among the pioneers of glider construction and flight in the United States in the 1930s, according to Linda Chisom, who has been tracing the pilot’s history, going back to his first home-built glider when Artman was 15-years-old.
YAKIMA – The state Department of Ecology fined Crown Resources Corp., a subsidiary of Kinross Gold Co., $22,000 for submitting inaccurate water discharge test results at its gold mine project on Buckhorn Mountain near Chesaw.
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