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 has a grown daughter, Segornae Douglas and a young granddaughter, Erin.

Stories by Gary DeVon

A truck driver from Lethbridge, Alberta opens the belly dump on the first of what's hoped to be many truckloads of canola seed from the prairies of Canada for Carbon Cycle Crush in Oroville. The company has set up operation to crush the seed for oil and m

Marchand updates Oroville Council on canola crusher

OROVILLE – Arnie Marchand updated the Oroville City Council about Carbon Cycle Crush’s canola seed milling operation located in the old Oro Fruit Warehouse.

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Princess Dayna and Queen Ali

Ali Miller selected as May Festival Queen

OROVILLE – Ali Miller, the daughter of Scott and Benie Miller, was chosen as this year’s Oroville May Festival Queen at the Selection Night ceremony held at OHS on Monday, Feb. 20.

“I didn’t think I would really get it, Dayna’s more business and high heels, I’m more casual. She’s more ‘girlie-girl,’” said Miller. “I didn’t go in with the mindset that I would be selected and when I was I didn’t think I’d be all happy and giddy… but I was.”

Queen Ali and Princess Dayna Roley will represent the Oroville community during this year’s May Festival on Saturday, May 12. Miller and Roley, the daughter of Ross and Neysa Roley, will ride the float at Oroville’s annual festival, as well as at other community festivals around the region.

Miller is active in school and the community. She runs cross country, plays basketball and tennis and is a member of the O-Club. She is also a member of the Border Patrol Explorer Post 0023.

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No Fish to Fry: When there's no fish to fry why not try cooking up the bait? That's what James and Josh Gasho did at last Saturday's NW Ice Fishing Festival on Sidley Lake. The two seven-year-olds roasted (or is that smoked) some mini-marshmellows on the

Anglers get skunked, but Ice Fishing Fest awards over $2,000 in prizes

MOLSON – The 8th Annual Northwest Ice Fishing Derby finished on Saturday, Feb. 18 with the awarding of over $2,000 worth of prize money and raffle winnings.

Unfortunately no fish were caught for the second year in a row, but participants said they were having fun anyway as they tried to coax a trout onto their line. Fishing this year took place on both Molson and Sidley Lakes for the festival, which is sponsored each year by the Oroville Chamber of Commerce and hosted by the Molson Grange.

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Local school levies fare well with voters

OKANOGAN – Voters sent local school districts a Valentine’s present Tuesday, Feb. 14 approving Maintenance and Operations Levies by well over the margins needed to pass.

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Letters to the Editor, Feb. 23, 2012

A vote of confidence

Dear Editor,
Knowing that our county is suffering under a depressed economy, I checked the school levy election results on Tuesday night with a bit of apprehension. I was elated to see levies in all school districts were passing!

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Exercise has benefits for all ages and Studio Fit and Fab offers many opportunities to get in shape at 2002 Main Street in Oroville. submitted photo

Studio Fit and Fab now offering fitness classes

OROVILLE – Studio Fit and Fab opened in January of this year and has a grand opening scheduled for Feb. 20 through Feb. 26.

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Letters to the Editor, Feb. 16, 2012

Family home evening

Dear Editor,
Concerning the family, big or small, one thing is for sure, they are important! So, what makes a family so important?

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Briety Tufte, a professional dance instructor, will be teaching ballet to people of all ages in classes to be held at the Oroville Fitness Center. Registration is this Thursday. Photo by Gary DeVon

Ballerina offers classes at Oroville Fitness

OROVILLE – Breity Tufte will be teaching ballet for all ages at the Oroville Fitness Center beginning this spring.

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The Burnells - Noah, Heather, Ellamae, Elija and Jasper. The couple recently opened the Phoenix Café and Gallery in the old Inn at Molson location. Submitted photo.

Burnells open the Phoenix Cafe and Gallery at Molson

MOLSON – Noah and Heather Burnell have recently taken over the Inn at Molson and transformed it into the Phoenix Café and Gallery.

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Dam plan blasted before Oroville Council

OROVILLE – Joseph Enzensperger approached the Oroville City Council to ask that they consider opposing Okanogan County PUD’s current plan to generate hydroelectric power at Enloe Dam because of the high cost and potential to dewater the Similkameen Falls below.

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