About Gary DeVon

Gary 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.

Stories by Gary DeVon

<p align="right"> Photo by Gary DeVon</p><p><font size="3">Haley Montowski’s spelling abilities earned her a trip to Wenatchee to compete for a chance to participate in this year’s National Spelling Bee. Although the 11 year-old fifth-grader at Orovil

Oroville’s top speller competes for chance at National Bee

OROVILLE – For many her last name might be hard to spell, but for Haley Montowski her spelling abilities were good enough to get her a chance to compete at Wenatchee for a shot at going to Washington D.C. for the National Spelling Bee.

The 11 year-old fifth-grader from Dave Taylor’s class earned her place as Oroville Elementary School’s top speller by first winning a class competition. From there three spellers from her class went on to a school-wide spelling bee held in the gym where she got to complete with other kids from her grade.

“I was in the spelling bee last year so I wasn’t that nervous, but I wasn’t completely calm either,” said Montowski with a smile.

She says there ended up being four fifth-graders competing for the top honors and this in turn was narrowed down to two. She can’t recall just what word it was she spelled to win the school competition.

“I don’t remember…it wasn’t really easy, but it wasn’t that hard. I felt some of the kids got harder words than me,” she said.

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<p align="right"><i> Photo by Gary DeVon</i></p><p>Chiropractor Dr. Jeff Landon has sold his business, Oroville Chiropractic, to Dr. Cynthia Ground D.C., who will open her doors to patients beginning today.</p>

Oroville Chiropractic changing hands

OROVILLE – While Dr. Cynthia Ground, D.C. begins her practice at Oroville Chiropractic, the former owner, Dr. Jeffrey Landon, embarks on a much different path, going into the business of wheat farming in Waterville.

Landon, who has been a chiropractor in Oroville since July 1995, has sold his clinic to Ground and will move to Waterville to begin growing wheat on his own farm. His wife Kim and daughters Alex and Zoey will follow when school lets out.”

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Public hearing on Hoffman/Gould Annexation continued to March 18

OROVILLE – Although it’s not required, Oroville is taking the suggestion of their city planner and following procedures that go beyond the minimal requirement of just placing a notice of the hearing in the local newspaper when an annexation is presented to the council.

The Tuesday, March 4 council meeting was advertised as a Public Hearing on the proposed Hoffman/Gould Annexation. Mayor Chuck Spieth opened the hearing to take public testimony but no one came forward for or against the annexation.

Planner Chris Branch told the council that the proponents of the annexation which is comprised of two waterfront lots about two acres in size north of the recent Rezka Annexation, wanted to be part of the earlier annexation but were too late to sign on to the petition. If annexed the property would be zoned R-3, the same as the adjoining property and would square up the city’s boundaries in that area, according to Branch.

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Heavy Haul Corridor bill passes second hurdle, heads to governor to sign

OLYMPIA – The state legislature has passed a bill sponsored by Seventh District Senator Bob Morton (R-Kettle Falls) which he feels will benefit his district’s local economy and reduce the number of trucks on Highway 97.

The measure, Substitute Senate Bill 6857, directs the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) to designate a seven-mile stretch of State Highway 97 from the Canadian border to Oroville as a heavy haul industrial corridor., SSB 6857 was unanimously approved by both the House and Senate.

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<p align="right"> Photo by Terry Mills</p><p><b>The 2007-2008 Oroville Hornet Boys Basketball team is:</b> (front row, L-R) Jesse Barker, Preston Iverson, Brandon Funston, Sawyer Werner, Zach Neal, Blaine Wagner, Tyler Clark, Charlie Demartino, (middle ro

Oroville Hornets have ‘good run,’ finish season 17 and 6

WENATCHEE – Oroville led the league in boys basketball this year, unfortunately they had to share the spotlight with Liberty Bell and Kittitas who proved to be too much for the Hornets in the post season – knocking them out of their bid for the NC2B’s sole place in the state tournament this year.

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<p align="right"><i> Photo by Rick Braman</i></p><p>Poetry reading by Sundance.</p>

Cheatgrass, Daisy Belle Nau and Sundance at Java Live

OROVILLE – The second of this year’s Java Live Coffee House Series of music, poetry and art was held last Saturday at the Oroville Public Library and featured the talents of Cheatgrass as well as Daisy Belle Nau, a classically trained vocalist.

Nau sang jazz and Broadway tunes accompanied on piano by her mother Roz. Cheatgrass is composed of Judy Elven, Ron Hyde and Steve Pollard. They presented traditional and original songs with a distinctive blend of folk, bluegrass and country. Poet Sundance also appeared at the event which was hosted by Sandy Vaughn and sponsored by Oroville Pharmacy, Oroville Family Medicine and ReMax Realty.

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7th District Sen. Bob Morton

Morton bill to designate part of SR-97 a heavy haul corridor passes Senate

OLYMPIA – A measure sponsored by Sen. Bob Morton (R-7th District) which would benefit his district’s local economy and reduce the number of trucks on Highway 97 and perhaps I-5, passed the state Senate on Valentine’s Day.

The measure, Substitute Senate Bill 6857, would direct the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) to designate about a seven-mile stretch of SR-97 from the Canadian border to Oroville as a heavy haul industrial corridor.

Currently, Canadian trucks must off-load on the Canadian side of the border to redistribute the weight to other trucks and then off-load again at Oroville at the rail head. SSB 6857 would allow trucks to use the corridor with WSDOT special permits for gross truck weights up to 137,000 pounds — about a third more weight than currently allowed.

“I think this will be a real asset to the town since we have the rail head right here,” said Oroville Mayor Chuck Spieth. “I know the railroad has been struggling to keep the line going and this will be a boost to them and to the area.”

The U.S. Port of Entry at Oroville is the only crossing in Eastern Washington open 24 hours a day. It is a gateway for the hauling of fruit and lumber. At Oroville, truck loads are put on the Cascade &amp; Columbia River Railroad to go to the Wenatchee area and shipment across the nation.

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Developer wants to build eleven $1 million lakefront homes

OROVILLE – Yet another request to be annexed into the city was heard by the Oroville Council at their Tuesday, Feb. 4 meeting.

While the council considered a previous request to grow its boundaries between Lake Osoyoos and the Chesaw and Eastlake Roads, a new proposal asking the city to take in land on the west side of the road was heard.

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School boards deserve credit for keeping levy rate down

Voters within the Oroville and Tonasket School Districts will be asked to approve new two-year maintenance and operations levies to replace the ones that run out at the end of this school year. In fact, all the school districts in Okanogan County will be asking voters to support their schools because state basic education funds fall short of what is really needed to educate our children – our citizens of tomorrow.

In a perfect world Washington State would actually provide a public education that did not need to be subsidized with levies. However, it is not a perfect world and we still want our children, these future leaders, to have the tools they need to be good citizens of our country.

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<b> The 2007-2008 Oroville Hornet Boys Basketball team is: </b> (front row, L-R) Jesse Barker, Preston Iverson, Brandon Funston, Sawyer Werner, Zach Neal, Blaine Wagner, Tyler Clark, Charlie Demartino, (middle row) Luke Rowton, Austin Nigg, David Peters,

Oroville Hornet Basketball number one seed for playoffs

OROVILLE – The Oroville Hornets traveled to Liberty Bell last Friday hoping to prove once and for all who would be the sole league champ, but came away from a loss that had them sharing the title with not only Liberty Bell, but Kittitas as well.

Despite the tie, Oroville had the luck of the draw and will be the number one seed at the playoffs with Liberty Bell seeded second and Kittitas third. (see full story for schedule details).

“We ended the season with a three way tie for the league championship with

Kittitas and Liberty Bell, but we got the tie breaker for the #1 seed because of a higher draw,” said Oroville Coach Carl Iverson. “We play Saturday at 2:30 at Wenatchee High School against the winner of Soap Lake at Bridgeport game.”

Against Liberty Bell on the Mountain Lion’s home court the game was perhaps closer than its 65 to 51 score might lead one to believe. Oroville trailed after the first quarter by four, but cut the Mountain Lion’s lead to just three going into the locker rooms at half time. However in the third quarter Liberty Bell outscored the Hornets two to one, increasing their lead to 12. Oroville was unable to come back from the deficit and their rivals for top league honors finished ahead by 14 points.

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