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.

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Phoebe Webb from Omak answers questions from the audience and festival co-founder Geoff Klein about her short film "You Might Need it Someday" which was shown at Esther Bricques Winery on Saturday. Photo by Gary DeVon

Tumbleweed brings three days of fun and film to Oroville

OROVILLE – The Tumbleweed Film Festival rolled into Oroville last week and over 250 people enjoyed films from around the world, including one from a filmmaker from Omak.

The overall winner of this year’s festival was “North Atlantic,” a dramatic short film from Portugal by Bernardo Nascimento.

“I think it went well beyond our expectations,” said Geoff Klein, who with fellow Seattle filmmaker Mo Fine, founded the Tumbleweed Film Festival in Oroville last year. Since that time the festival has grown to include smaller “Best of Fests” held in the Tri-Cities and Omak, with another Best of Fest planned for Sept. 22 to 24 in Osoyoos, B.C. at the Desert Cultural Center at NK’MIP Resort.

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Day Park renamed Founder’s Day Park

TONASKET – For their first piece of business at their Tuesday, July 26 meeting, the Tonasket Council officially renamed the Day Park to Founder’s Day Park.

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Cherry harvest wrapping up this week

OROVILLE – Cherry harvest should be wrapping up this week, with the overall quality of the crop excellent, according to Greg Moser, who manages the Gold Digger grower cooperative.

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Two seats on the Oroville School Board to go to voters in primary

OROVILLE – Unless you’re from Oroville or Brewster youprobably didn’t get a ballot to vote for candidates for local positions in theupcoming election, where local offices have attracted more than two candidatesmoving them to the primary.

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Okanogan County picks up $37.4 million in new assessed value

OKANOGAN – Okanogan County picked up new construction valued at $37,412,700 in assessed valuation in the past 12 months, according to County Assessor Scott Furman.

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Herbicides not approved for Lake Osoyoos milfoil control

OLYMPIA – Concerns have been raised recently over the Okanogan County Noxious Weed Control Board’s application to use herbicides in Lake Osoyoos for Eurasian watermilfoil control.

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Tumbleweed Film Fest rolls back into town Aug. 4-6

OROVILLE – Billing itself as “Washington’s most unique film fest,” the Tumbleweed Film Festival (TwFF) rolls its annual film festival back to Oroville Aug. 4, 5 and 6.

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A young fan gets a lift to get a better view as the familiar green and yellow colors of a big John Deere gets ready to enter the competition to pull the sled last Saturday. Photo by Ashley Fox

Truck and Tractor Pull rocks Tonasket Rodeo Grounds

TONASKET – The Tonasket Comancheros and Superior Auto Parts is held a truck and tractor pull on Saturday, July 23 at the Tonasket Rodeo Grounds.

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The Colville Confederated Tribes has loaned the Oroville EMS District an ambulance so that there will be two on duty while it is determined whether the damage to Unit 263 can be repaired. The CCT ambulance was loaned at no cost to the city or EMS district

Vendor approaches Oroville about jet ski rentals at Veteran’s Memorial Park

OROVILLE – David Castillo appeared before the Oroville City Council requesting permission to move his jet ski rentals to Lake Osoyoos Veteran Park.

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Toast of Oroville Wine Festival this Saturday

OROVILLE – The Oroville Chamber of Commerce’s second annual Toast of Oroville Wine Festival will be held at City Park this Saturday, July 30 between 1 p.m. and 5 p.m.

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