OROVILLE – Although they do not yet have a quorum on the board to make the decision that would set the amount for the next two-year Oroville M & O Levy, Superintendent Ernie Bartelson will be recommending an amount of nearly $1.5 million.
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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Comp Plan in need of the KISS method
Although it was probably all done with the best of intentions, it appears the county’s draft for an updated Comprehensive Plan is growing into a beast that needs taming. The Coalition for Property Rights has stepped in to take on the issue and hopefully we end up with a much simpler document, which is probably what we needed in the first place.
OROVILLE – Undefeated in their league and district champions last year, the Oroville Hornets will apply the Granby System of Wrestling to try and go even further this year.
Hornet coach Carl Iverson finds himself at the helm of a smaller group of younger team players this year than his previous four years of coaching the basketball team.
OROVILLE – The Lady Hornets Basketball team has a new coach, Mike Bourn, a past Hornet himself and former winning coach of the Liberty Bell girls team.
OROVILLE – The owner’s of Prince’s Foods in Oroville announced the sale of their grocery store to Akins Harvest Foods last week.
OROVILLE – Rod Noel, Superintendent of Public Works, told the Oroville City Council that the sidewalk pavers were doing the last of the clean-up before putting the pedestrian project to bed until spring.
“There’s a lot of area that is between 9th Avenue and Expressions that needs to be done, and we prefer that they wait until spring,” Noel said.
It was a case of being in the wrong place at the wrong time as Tim Whiteaker, a former Oroville School Director, was reelected to a school board position he can’t legally hold.
OROVILLE – While it’s back to square one on the decision as to who will get Osoyoos Lake State Veterans’ Memorial Park, the state has agreed to open up its registration system to park users again in 2010.
OROVILLE – As of this past summer, Gordon and Sheila Wolley are the sole owners of Oroville Transit Mix, Inc. that they purchased from La Mar and Lorraine Wolley.
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