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

Oroville track breaks 2 school records at Ephrata

EPHRATA – The Oroville track and field team competed at the Ray Cross Invitational last Saturday, March 25 at Ephrata with two Hornet girls breaking OHS records.

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Seattle filmmakers Geoff Klein and Mo Fine presented the Tumbleweed Film Festival’s ‘Best of Fest’ over two nights at the Rockwall Winery in Omak on Friday, March 25 and Saturday, March 26. The festival was well attended and most people seemed to en

Tumbleweed Film Festival presented ‘Best of Fest’ at Rockwall Cellars

OMAK – Omak was the scene of the Tumbleweed Film Festival’s”Best of Fest” featuring two nights of short films from around the world thatwere drawn from the annual film festival held in Oroville the previous August.

The Best of Fest took place at Rockwall Cellars, a popularwinery located just outside of Omak, with winery owners Doug and Sandy Sheetsacting as the evening’s hosts. Seattle Filmmakers Geoff Klein and Mo Fine, withthe help of their friends here and on the west side, began the Tumbleweed FilmFestival in Oroville last year as a way to feature local wine and beer withshort films from around the world. The festival, with a full slate of newfilms, will return to Oroville for three nights this year, Aug. 4, 5 and 6 andwill take place at three venues, Veranda Beach Resort on Thursday, EstherBricques Winery on Friday and Alpine Brewery on Saturday. Tickets are availableonline at http://www.tumbleweedfilmfest.com/ and at the door.

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Garrett chosen to fill empty school board seat

OROVILLE – Patti Garrett was chosen to fill the school director seat left empty when director Jerry Nelson retired from the board last month.

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Out of My Mind 28

Shouldn’t have let warrants grow so far out of control

Thisnewspaper has been one of the most vocal supporters of our hospital district,pushing hard editorially for the approval of the bond to expand andrehabilitate the hospital. The new addition and the painting and work beingdone to tie the new and old parts of the building together as one freshfacility are positive steps. And the depreciation the district will get fromMedicaid and Medicare for the new facility will go a long way toward helping toretire the remaining $2.4 million (down from over $3 million in 2010) ininterest-bearing warrants owed to the county.

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Letters to the Editor, March 24

Open Space to stay

This is written in response to a question posed byJudy Palmer in a letter to the editor published last week regarding the DraftComprehensive Plan.

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Tonasket agrees on price for old fire hall

TONASKET – The Tonasket City Council began the process to sell the Old Fire Hall to the Tonasket EMS District during a special meeting on Tuesday, March 15 when they wrapped up negotiations with the district on the price of the building.

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Oroville looking at rehab of water well #4

OROVILLE – The Oroville City Council gave approval to hire a company to rehabilitate Well #4 at their Tuesday, March 14 meeting.

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Out of My Mind 27

Reminder ofhow little control we have

The earthquake and following tsunami in Japan remind us howlittle control man has over nature. If you were up watching the news Thursdaynight, it was hard to believe your eyes watching the wave wash ashore pushingcars, boats and trucks, even buildings ahead of its path. And to know whilewatching, even though we couldn’t see them, that there were thousands of peoplebeing swept up in the devastation. The wave traveled across the ocean andreeked havoc as far away as California where boats were damaged in places likeCrescent City on Friday morning.

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Oroville Kite Day March 26

OROVILLE – Oroville’s fourth annual Kite Day will be held at the Bud Clark Ballfields on Saturday, March 26, starting at 10 a.m.

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Sydney Thorndike and Phoebe Poynter took second and first place, respectively, in the Okanogan County Spelling Bee. They will go on to compete in the regional spelling bee in Wenatchee. OES photo

Six Oroville Elementary Students compete at county spelling bee

OMAK – “Proud. P-r-o-u-d. Proud. That’s how we feel about the six youngsters from Oroville Elementary School who competed in the Okanogan County Spelling Bee (in Omak) on Thursday, Feb. 24,” said Gary Pringle, Oroville Elementary School Principal.

Six spellers from Okanogan County schools in grades four through six will be going on to the regional competition in Wenatchee next month. Two of those six will be from Oroville – sixth-grader Phoebe Poynter, the Oroville Elementary School champion, finished first in the sixth- grade bee and fifth-grader Sydney Thorndike finished second in her bee. Poynter’s winning word was “foyer.”

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