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 the 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

New day spa opens in Oroville

OROVILLE – Leah Colbert has opened the Day Spa on Main at 1406 Main Street in Oroville in the former home of the Clothes Tree store. The day spa offers massage and nail services and opened Sept. 1.

Colbert, a lifetime resident of the Okanogan Valley, will offer several types of massage, including Swedish, geriatric, lymphatic and relaxation massage with a lighter touch. For the past nine years Colbert’s services, Massage by Leah, were offered at the PT Works in Tonasket.

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Oroville council updated on several ongoing projects

OROVILLE – It was an evening of updates for the Oroville City Council at their Tuesday, Sept. 7 meeting.

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Oroville Chamber member recommends more self-promotion in Canada

OROVILLE – Bill Robertson, guest speaker at last Friday’s Oroville Chamber of Commerce meeting, recommended more self-promotion of Oroville to take advantage of the growing number of Canadian tourists and ‘Snowbirds’ just across the border.

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Oroville Library still looking for funding of new building

OROVILLE – Julie Ashmore appeared before the Oroville City Council at their Tuesday, Sept. 7 meeting to discuss various funding schemes for a new library building.

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Oroville Football has season opener against Triple A Kelowna team

KELOWNA, B.C. – The mighty Hornets faced off against a much larger Kelowna, B.C. team to warm up for their 2010 season and lost 53 to 7.

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Tonasket-area woman fined for burn barrel fire that caused 2009 wildfire

YAKIMA – The Washington Department of Ecology has issued a fine of $6,500 to Tonasket-area resident Ardith Law for a burn barrel fire that escaped, causing a larger wildfire requiring response from area firefighters.

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Marijuana grows with 20,000 plants harvested by Drug Task Force

OKANOGAN – The Drug Task Force harvested approximately 20,000 marijuana plants in Okanogan County during the month of August.

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Oroville School Board members serve ice cream to elementary school students and their parents following an open house last Monday evening, Aug. 30, the first day of school for the Oroville School District. Photo by Gary DeVon

School policies and more on Oroville School District Web site

OROVILLE – Superintendent Steve Quick announced that school policies are now on the Oroville School District’s Web site and more information is being added to the site frequently.

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‘Gunless’ was filmed in Osoyoos in the summer of 2009. The western film showcased Osoyoos and the film production helped to boost the local economy, providing revenue for hotels, building material suppliers, restaurants and many other businesses It al

Release of ‘Gunless’ DVD promotes tourism for Osoyoos

OSOYOOS – Stunning images of Osoyoos’ hills and desert, captured last summer for the comedy western movie “Gunless,” are no longer just being seen by feature filmgoers in big-screen theaters, they are now available to view at home on DVD.

Destination Osoyoos Executive Director Jo Knight says last week’s release of “Gunless” on widescreen DVD takes the movie’s promotion of Osoyoos, Oroville’s neighbor to the north, to a new level.

“The filming of ‘Gunless’ in Osoyoos in the summer of 2009 was a fantastic experience,” Knight said in a recent press release. “The entire community embraced this opportunity to showcase Osoyoos and the film production helped to boost the local economy, providing revenue for hotels, building material suppliers, restaurants and many other businesses – even local florists. It also raised our profile as a highly desirable movie location – with gorgeous scenery, skilled film crews and great local partnerships that can really help film productions when they’re here.”

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Voters chose two Republicans clerk candidates to advance to General Electio

OKANOGAN- Although the results aren’t official until certified, it appears OkanoganCounty voters preferred the two Republicans for clerk over the lone Democrat inthe only local three-way race in the Primary Election held Tuesday, Aug. 17.

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