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

<p class=MsoNormal align=right style='text-align:right'><span style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:Arial'>Photo by Gary DeVon</span></p><span style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:Arial;'>One tradition as oldas May Festival is the May Pole Dancers who weave

Oroville’s 77th Annual May Festival

OROVILLE – The 77th Annual May Festival featured many traditional events as well as some new activities that are quickly becoming part of the tradition.

The Gold Digger Apple Float was judged Best Float this year and another crowd favorite, the City of Kelowna float featuring an iridescent green Ogopogo was Queen Madison Hatch’s Choice. The City of Kelowna Royalty also earned a first place in the judge’s awards.

By the number of ties this year it was apparent the judges were having a hard time choosing among the many fine entries. The other first prize winners were:

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Product Fair in Ankara. Photos by Tony Kindred

Oroville students travel to Turkey for ‘trip of a lifetime’

OROVILLE – Five Oroville business students got the chance to travel to Turkey in April to participate in a product fair with like-minded Turkish students.

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Some of the staff of the new Family Medical Center Dental Clinic in Oroville (L-R) Mercedes Hand, Genoveva Lopez, Amber Utt, Dr. Robert Dillard and Dr. Lavonne Hammelman.

Family Health Centers opens dental clinic in Oroville

OROVILLE – The Okanogan Family Health Center has opened a new dental clinic in Oroville, celebrating their grand opening April 21 with a ribbon cutting.

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Oroville Council prepares for potential flooding

OROVILLE – The City of Oroville took steps to prepare for flooding by approving a plan to bring in sand to fill sandbags in case the Okanogan and Similkameen Rivers overflow their banks this spring.

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<p class=MsoBodyText align=right style='text-align:right'><spanstyle='font-size:8.0pt;font-weight:normal'>Submittedphoto</span></p><p class=MsoNormal><b><span style='font-family:"Swiss 721"'>Joy and John Lawsonare this year’s May Festival Grand Marshals

John and Joy Lawson are May Festival Grand Marshals

OROVILLE – John and Joy Lawson have the honor of being this year’s May Festival Grand Marshals and will preside over the Grand Parade.

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<p class=MsoBodyText align=right style='text-align:right'><spanstyle='font-size:8.0pt;font-family:"Swiss 721";font-weight:normal'>Photo by Terry Mills</span></p><p class=MsoNormal><b><span style='font-family:"Swiss 721"'>Oroville MayFestival Queen Madison

The seventy-seventh annual Oroville May Festival this Saturday

OROVILLE – May Festival Queen Madison Hatch and Princesses Kelsey Hughes, Naomi Peters and Kylie Richardson invite everyone to celebrate the 77th Annual Oroville May Festival this weekend.

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<p class=MsoNormal align=right style='text-align:right'><span style='font-size:8.0pt;font-family:"Swiss 721"'>Photo by Gary DeVon</span></p><b><span style='font-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Swiss 721";'>Oneof the hoppers that will feed seeds to one of the two

Work progressing on canola seed crushing facility in Oroville

OROVILLE – Representatives from Carbon Cycle Crush, a business that plans to create canola oil from seeds trucked in from Canadian growers, met with city, county officials and others to give an update on their plans as well as a tour of their facility.

“I am glad to be here on such a beautiful day, we’ve made a lot of progress since January when I was last here,” said Byran McCann, CEO for Carbon Cycle Investments, the parent company of Carbon Cycle Crush (CCC). “We are not quite where we wanted to be yet, but we’re getting there.”

Tim King, CCC’s President said the company has repaired the roof of the old Oro Warehouse where the seed mills, hoppers and other machinery is being housed.

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Letters to the Editor, May 5

Suspicious behavior

Well, well,well, did anyone win anything at the Chevy dealer last weekend, other than afree ride to the OCJ? Here’s what happened to me when I went to claim my bigprize. First they wanted to see my driver’s license to verify that I was theperson who was on the flier. Okay so far. Then the salesman walks over to thecopy machine and makes a couple copies of my license. I’m not positive, but I’msure he likely handed one copy to the guys in the office behind the one-waymirror window. Have any warrants the salesman asks? Nope I answer, not even aspeeding ticket. At this point I noticed a feller sitting 10 feet across fromme, straight faced with a look that he was ready to pounce if he got thesignal. After that I was asked where I worked, if I smoked, etc.

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Hornets and Shockers split fastpitch doubleheader

OROVILLE – Oroville and Waterville split a double header at home last week, with the Hornets winning the first game 17 – 16 and the Shockers taking game two 12-13.

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Hornet soccer has rough week

The Oroville Hornets Boys’ Soccer team had a rough week, losing three in a row to Manson, Omak and Bridgeport.

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