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

Methow Valley back on top for new construction

OKANOGAN – The Oroville area, which had the most new construction in Okanogan County last year, was overtaken by the Methow Valley which regained its crown after the assessor’s office recently completed their annual inspection.

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CTTC’s Tim King being filmed by T-Town Productions as part of a documentary on sustainable, green projects being developed in Oroville. King is locating a canola seed crushing plant in Oroville to produce canola oil. Photo by Gary DeVon

Oroville one step closer to producing canola oil

OROVILLE – With the delivery of several roller presses to Oroville, it seems that Tim King’s dream of making canola oil is one step closer.

The presses arrived at noon on Wednesday, Oct. 1 at the old Oro HeavyPack Warehouse off 14th Street where they will be housed. The presses, weighing several tons each, were unloaded by a tall crane from a dual-trailered, semi-tractor under the watchful eye of King and those gathered to mark their arrival, including a documentary team from Tacoma-based T-Town Productions.

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Visitors to museum and information center more than 3500

OROVILLE – Okanogan Borderlands Historical Society is celebrating a fantastic museum and visitor information season, according to Kay Sibley, president of the organization.

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Rod Noel, Oroville’s Superintendent of Public Works, was awarded a plaque for his 25 years of service to the City of Oroville by Mayor Chuck Spieth. “We appreciate everything you do, your service is invaluable,” said Mayor Spieth in making the prese

Engineer speaks with council about Oroville water projects

OROVILLE – Mark Varela was on hand at the Tuesday, Sept. 21 Oroville City Council meeting to go over a list of water-related projects the city wants to address in the near future.

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Connor Thompson took the oath of office as student representative to the Oroville School Board. The oath was delivered by Steve Quick, the Superintendent of the Oroville School District. In his non-voting position Thompson will be expected to report on st

Oroville School Board discusses district goals, budget cuts

OROVILLE – The Oroville School Board adopted seven goals for the 2010-2011 school year, as well as heard a report about the potential for additional state cuts to district funding.

The seven goals the board approved were:

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Coalition partners with Support Center against rural domestic violence

OMAK – The Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence is partnering with the Support Center and three other Eastern Washington agencies to help address domestic violence in rural areas, especially among migrant workers.

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Don Brogan, chairman of Destination Osoyoos and manager of Walnut Beach Resort, talks about tourism in Osoyoos and recent construction of more high-end accommodations at local resort hotels. Photo by Gary DeVon

Tourism Council holds quarterly meeting at Oroville

OROVILLE – The Okanogan County Tourism Council held their quarterly meeting last Friday, Sept. 16 at the Old Oroville Depot Museum.

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Oroville Hornet quarterback Preston Iverson returns the football 72 yards for a touchdown on the Republic Tiger’s opening kickoff in an 8-man game last Friday evening on the Tiger’s home field. The game was called in the Hornet’s favor after the fir

Oroville Football makes short work of Republic

OROVILLE – The Oroville Hornets took on Republic in an eight-man game on the Tiger’s homefield last Friday evening bringing home a 56 to 8 victory.

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New day spa opens in Oroville

OROVILLE – Leah Colbert has opened the Day Spa on Main at 1406 Main Street in Oroville in the former home of the Clothes Tree store. The day spa offers massage and nail services and opened Sept. 1.

Colbert, a lifetime resident of the Okanogan Valley, will offer several types of massage, including Swedish, geriatric, lymphatic and relaxation massage with a lighter touch. For the past nine years Colbert’s services, Massage by Leah, were offered at the PT Works in Tonasket.

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Oroville council updated on several ongoing projects

OROVILLE – It was an evening of updates for the Oroville City Council at their Tuesday, Sept. 7 meeting.

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