WASHINGTON, D.C. – Okanogan County will receive about $2.25 million in Secure Rural School funding through an amendment to the transportation bill cosponsored by U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA).
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 has a grown daughter, Segornae Douglas and a young granddaughter, Erin.
Stories by Gary DeVon
OROVILLE/OSOYOOS – The International Joint Commission is seeking comments from the public regarding the regulation of water levels of Lake Osoyoos at meetings planned in Oroville and Osoyoos, B.C.
Changes and improvements taking place in downtown Oroville
- A friend said with all the bickering about the Oroville School Board, maybe it would be a good idea to write about some of the “good things” going on in Oroville. He’s right, although we endeavor to cover all the positives, sometimes they go unnoticed yet it might be hard to miss the improvements taking place, especially in the downtown area (we’ve captured a few in photos on B3 this week).
PUD plans for Similkameen a boondoggle
- Dear Editor,
- Did you know the PUD is carrying a $39 million debt? This year we will pay a debt service of $3.5 million, $1.5 million toward principle and $1.9 million in interest. The 2012 budget will spend $2.7 million on the Enloe Dam Proposal, mostly on outside consultants and engineering firms.
KELOWNA, B.C. – Proceeds from last fall’s Osoyoos Lake Water Science Forum will be split between representatives working on each side of the border to improve lake water quality.
NORTH COUNTY – The Independence Day Holiday traditions continue in the North County with the annual Chesaw Fourth of July Rodeo celebrating 70 years, fireworks in Oroville and Tonasket and a barbecue.
OKANOGAN – Lacey Kae Hirst-Pavek, found guilty as an accomplice in aggravated first degree murder and first degree manslaughter in the death of Michelle Kitterman, has lost an appeal of those convictions.
CHESAW – Katherin Tracy, a true daughter of the Okanogan Highlands, has been chosen as Grand Marshal of this year’s Chesaw Fourth of July Rodeo.
Known to most people at this end of the valley as “Kay,” or “Mrs. Sutton” to those she taught at Oroville Elementary, Katherin (Sherling, Sutton) Tracy grew up near Molson. She attended the Lone Star School on Mary Anne Creek for her first two years, riding horseback the two miles…
OROVILLE – Representatives from Okanogan County PUD made a presentation at the Oroville Chamber of Commerce on the utilities efforts to license Enloe Dam to once again generate hydroelectric power.
The dam and powerhouse, which are about 3.5 miles up the Similkameen River from Oroville, have not generated power since the mid-1950s. The PUD has been trying to license the dam with a new modern powerhouse and generators, this time located on the opposite bank of the river.
Dan Boettger, Director of Regulatory and Environmental Affairs for the utility, started the presentation with a slide show of then-and-now photos and illustrations. The photos showed the various stages of the dams construction as well as the different powerhouses that were located on the to generate power in the early years of operation. They also showed where new facilities would be located.
“The PUD’s new proposal has been in the works since 2005, as have our licensing efforts,” Boettger said.
President made the right immigration call
- President Obama used his executive powers to make some needed changes in the way the Justice Department handles young, undocumented immigrants. They will now have a chance to remain in this country to try and become U.S. Citizens. Obama’s order grants temporary legal status to nearly a million undocumented people brought to this country as children.