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

Out of My Mind 34

State’s public places not so public anymore

Facing some major cuts, Washington State is again imposingfees for our state parks and recreation lands with a $30 annual charge onvehicle access. This time it’s called the “Discover Pass.”

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Kristin Sarmiento named Oroville High School Principal

OROVILLE – The Oroville School Board approved the hiring of Krisin Sarmiento as the new Oroville Junior-Senior High School Principal at their Monday, June 27 meeting.

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Quick Stop Mini Mart reopens in Oroville

OROVILLE – The Quick Stop Mini Mart, owned by Sirjit Singh, recently reopened in Oroville at 2208 Juniper.

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Donations to community fireworks show appreciated

OROVILLE – The Fourth of July is just a few weeks away and preparations are being made for this year’s Oroville Community Fireworks Show at Deep Bay Park.

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Members of the “Chesaw Cheaters,” including Chesaw Rodeo Queen Kristana, pass a ball from one to another as part of the Challenge Games held at this year’s Molson Midsummer Festival held last Saturday. The Cheaters won this challenge, but came in se

Molson Midsummer Fest gets good crowd despite rain

OROVILLE – Even the rain couldn’t keep people away from the Molson Midsummer Festival last Saturday.

“We had a good turnout… they served over 200 for breakfast at the Grange Hall,” said Joyce Forthun, one of the organizers for this unique annual family-friendly event. “All the events took place including the kids and the Challenge Games, with the exception of Frisbee golf because it was a litte too wet.”

Forthun said it was somewhat harder finding wildflowers this year to decorate the Maypole because of the colder weather. She said the flowers, usually gathered during the Fun Walk/Run, had to be imported from further a field this year.

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Out of My Mind 33

Good to see lots of participation for local offices

There are several open local positions on the school boardsand city councils for Oroville and Tonasket in the next election, which has aprimary on Aug. 16 and general on Nov. 8. In fact, all five of the director’spositions for Oroville’s school board were open due to two terms ending andthree members being appointed since the last elections for their positions tookplace. Three of the directors’ positions on the Tonasket School Board are openas well.

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Letters to the Editor, June 16

Speed kills – Slow down

On Hwy. 7,Oroville, there are so many drivers that cannot read or just don’t care aboutspeed limit signs. Numerous people that live on Hwy. 7 have called theSheriff’s Department hoping that we can get this problem solved with some radaror the presence of a patrol car in different locations.

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Molson Midsummer Fest this Saturday

MOLSON – The 16th Annual Molson Midsummer Festival will take place in and around the Molson School Museum and Molson Grange Hall this Saturday, June 18.

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Eastside Sewer struggling to cover PWTF loans

OROVILLE – Due to slower than predicted build-out, the county’s Oroville Eastside Sewer Project is struggling to pay back the low-interest loan it took to construct the project which serves people living on the east side of Lake Osoyoos.

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Letters to the Editor, June 9

Vision

What is itthat we see when we are away from home, whether at work or engaged inrecreational activities? Do we see inspired individuals and communities? Are weable to recognize the positive character traits of common sense and wisdombeing present in the fabric of our society?

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