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

The fire danger is very high as indicated by this sign going up state Highway 20 east of Tonasket. The Maryls Road Fire about 16 miles east of Tonasket burned 408 acres and one outbuilding last week, according to the DNR. Photo by Gary DeVon

Marlys Road Fire near Tonasket contained Friday

TONASKET – A wildland fire that started Tuesday, Aug. 9 blackening 408 acres and destroying an out-building is 100 contained, according to a DNR spokesman.

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Mill Drive will soon be getting new sewer lines tying the area into the Tonasket Wastewater Treatment facility. The area off Seventh Street will also be annexed into the city at a future date. Photo by Gary DeVon

Decision on joining Conservation District postponed until September

TONASKET – After a short public comment period about whether or not to join the Okanogan County Conservation District, the Tonasket Council decided to postpone their decision until their Sept. 13 meeting.

The city had scheduled a discussion period on the issue of joining the conservation district before the regular council meeting. Some of the more vocal comments were against joining because membership would mean a fee to property owners of $2.40 for each parcel owned. Bob Clark with the conservation district was also on hand to answer questions.

“There’s no big push for this,” said Councilwoman Jean E. Ramsey at the council’s regular Tuesday, Aug. 9 meeting.

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Chesaw’s Hot August Nights Aug. 27

CHESAW – The Highlands Community of Chesaw will present the second annual Hot August Nights event on Saturday, Aug. 27.

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Garlic Festival planned for Aug. 26 and 27 in Tonasket

TONASKET – The 12th Annual Okanogan River Garlic Festival will be held Friday, Aug. 26 and Saturday, Aug. 27 at Tonasket’s History Park.

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Oroville Mini-Storage located at added covered RV units that are tall enough to park large recreational vehicles and covered units which are wide enough to fit two boats, two cars or two pickups, or a combination of the two. They also added more indoor st

Oroville mini-storage expands covered storage

OROVILLE – In addition to adding additional indoor storage units, the Oroville Mini Storage has added covered units for RV storage and units for boats, cars and trucks.

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Primary ballot will narrow list of candidates for school board

OROVILLE – Voters living in the Oroville School District will be asked to select from among three candidates running for the District 4 and 5 School Director’s Positions in the primary election which will be held Tuesday, Aug. 16.

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Oroville extends Interim Critical Areas Ordinance

OROVILLE – The Oroville City Council approved another extension of the interim Critical Areas Ordinance at a public hearing on Tuesday, Aug. 2.

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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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