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 has a grown daughter, Segornae Douglas and a young granddaughter, Erin.

Stories by Gary DeVon

The Oroville School District has a brand new slate of top administrators and they spoke at last week’s Oroville Chamber of Commerce meeting at Yo Yo’s Restaurant. They are (L-R) Junior-Senior High School Principal Patricia Scott, Superintendent Steve

New school administrators at Oroville Chamber

OROVILLE – The new slate of top administrators at the Oroville School District took the opportunity of last week’s Oroville Chamber of Commerce meeting to introduce themselves and talk about the upcoming school year.

Steve Quick, who stepped up from junior-senior high school principal to superintendent this summer introduced his replacement, Patricia Scott, as well as new elementary school principal, Gary Pringle.

Superintendent Quick discussed his new role at the school district and said he had been going over policy for the last couple of months and looking at the district’s facilities, especially the elementary school.

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Mo Fine (left), one of the filmmakers that brought the Tumbleweed Film Festival to Oroville at Esther Bricques Winery, with fellow Seattle filmmakers Charles Forsgren and Tim Watkins, whose film “Dishonesty” took Tumbleweed’s “Best of Fest” awar

Many ‘Watch Globally, Drink Locally’ at film festival

OROVILLE – Seattle filmmakers Charles Forsgren and Tim Watkins took “Best of Fest” with their film “Dishonesty” at the first annual Tumbleweed Film Festival held last weekend in Oroville.

“This year’s festival went beyond our expectations, as the turnout was great. We’re already making plans to continue the growth and excitement for next year’s festival,” said Geoff Klein, who with fellow Seattle filmmaker Mo Fine and several of their friends from Seattle and Oroville brought the film festival to town for its inaugural run.

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Ballots in the mail for Aug. 17 Primary Election

OKANOGAN – Ballots for the Aug. 17 primary election, went into the mail Thursday, July 29 and should be in the hands of all registered Okanogan County voters this week.

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Tumble Weed Film Festival tumbling into town Aug. 6 & 7

OROVILLE – The first annual Tumble Weed Film festival tumbles into Oroville this weekend, with showings of short films from around the world on Aug. 6 and 7.

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Toast of Oroville Wine Festival, Saturday, July 31

OROVILLE – The Oroville Chamber of Commerce and several local businesses are sponsoring the first annual Toast of Oroville Wine Festival this Saturday at City Park between 1 p.m. and 5 p.m.

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Riverside woman fatally shot; two arrested on drug charges

RIVERSIDE – A woman found shot in Riverside later died of her wounds after being transported to Mid-Valley Hospital on Monday, July 17.

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Oroville will continue to be part of area drug task force

The Oroville City Council has agreed to join with the local drug task force for another year, but questioned the entities apparent lack of activity in the area the last few years.

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Oroville council discusses hazards of storing bins in town

OROVILLE – After repeated complaints that little is done to control dust at a lot used to store apple bins, the Oroville City Council is considering an ordinance to move the bins out of the city limits.

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Several area farmers, many of them from the Okanogan Highlands, attended the meeting on canola and camelina production held at the Chesaw Rodeo Hall on Wednesday, July 14. They learned that they could grow about 1000 pounds of camelina per dry land acre a

Farmers learn potential for growing canola and camelina

CHESAW – Based on the momentum and a great desire to see local economies change for the better, a growers’ meeting took place on July 14 at the Chesaw Rodeo Hall regarding the process of growing canola and camelina as a rotational crop.

Tim King of Carbon Technology Transfer Center, wants to bring a canola press to Oroville to process oil from surplus canola crops currently grown in Canada. He also wants to gauge the interest in growing canola and camelina locally. He and John Sheldon, representing the Great Plains Camelina Group, spoke to the farmers about the potential for growing canola and camelina as a sustainable cash crop and improving crop yield for other crops with the added benefit of enriching the farmer’s soil. King and Sheldon discussed the ins and outs of growing the canola and camelina.

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Oroville Heritage Days and Airport Fly-in this weekend

OROVILLE – The Okanogan Borderlands Historical Society is bringing Heritage Days and the Oroville Airport Fly-in this weekend.

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