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

Vo-Ag teachers Walt Arnold from Oroville and Matt Debach from Tonasket get a look at Carbon Cycle Crush's Oroville canola crush plant last Monday. Debach also brought several FFA students to tour the operation. Photos by Gary DeVon

Canola crushing plant turns 10 tons of locally grown seeds to oil and meal

OROVILLE – Carbon Cycle Crush proved it can be done as 10 tons of locally grown canola seed from the Havillah area was pressed into oil and meal before invited guests last Monday.

The crushing took place following a luncheon put on by the company which has built its plant in the old Oro Fruit warehouse on Appleway Ave. The CCC’s goal is to crush 50 tons of seed a day in three shifts, 24/7. To start the company will be mostly crushing imported Canadian-grown seed from the prairies of Alberta and Saskatchewan, but to crush more locally-grown seed like Jim Bunch’s that was being crushed that day is also a goal.

Prior to the start up of the seed press, an emotional Carbon Cycle Crush vice-president Ryan Skinner thanked several people for their help in getting the plant to this point. Then company president Tim King, a former employee of the USDA made a presentation of the company’s goals, including replicating similar plants in several locations throughout the state and perhaps Canada.

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Letters to the Editor, Dec. 8, 2011

Pull out the plum

Dear Editor,

Like all of us I have been following the Occupy Movement. It reminded me that I had been told this story:

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School Superintendent Quick to speak at Oroville Chamber

OROVILLE – Steve Quick, Superintendent for Oroville School District, will speak at the next Oroville Chamber of Commerce meeting about the upcoming Maintenance and Operations levy and potential funding ideas for facilities improvements.

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North County lighting up for the holidays

NORTH COUNTY – Holiday Lighting Ceremonies will be held in Oroville and Tonasket this week and Santa has promised to be in attendance at each.

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George Thornton in his classroom at OHS.

Oroville teacher George Thornton named Golden Apple recipient

OROVILLE – While it is rare for a teacher from Eastern Washington to be named a recipient of one of the ten Golden Apple Awards for Excellence in Education, it is even rarer that two of this year’s teachers are from Okanogan County, including Oroville’s own George Thornton.

The Golden Apple Award, sponsored by Seattle Public Television station KCTS 9 and Pemco Insurance, celebrates “educators, programs and schools making a positive difference in Washington state education from early childhood through high school,” according to KCTS.

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Free Thanksgiving dinners offered in Oroville, Chesaw

OROVILLE – Free Thanksgiving dinners are being offered in Oroville and Chesaw this Thursday and everyone is invited to come in and share the holiday with family, friends and neighbors.

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County deputies bust up burglary ring

OKANOGAN – For the last several months Okanogan County Deputies have been working on several burglary and theft cases around the county and recently arrested three men suspected in the ring of thefts.

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Oroville City Council approves increase in ad valorem, EMS taxes

OROVILLE – The Oroville City Council voted to increase the ad valorem tax by the maximum one percent allowed under state law at their Tuesday, Nov. 8 meeting.

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Dara Sylvester, owner of Allure Hair Designs. Photo by Charlene Helm

Allure Hair Designs grand opening this Saturday

OROVILLE – Allure Hair Designs, which opened last July, is planning on holding an open house on Saturday, Nov. 19.

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Lead changes in close race for Oroville School Board spot

OKANOGAN – Although the percentages changed somewhat in a few cases, the second vote count didn’t change early election counts by much except for Oroville School Board Position 5 where 19 votes now separate Rocky DeVon and Timothy Whiteaker.

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