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 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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James Joel Landis, still in hospital garb after being released from Central Washington Hospital, in his booking photo. Landis has been charged with Attempted first degree Murder, Assault with a Deadly Weapon and Harassment Threats to Kill.

Landis charged with attempted murder and assault with a deadly weapon

OKANOGAN – A Havillah area man shot after allegedly opening fire on Okanogan County Deputies investigating a domestic dispute has been released from the hospital and charged with attempted murder and assault with a deadly weapon.

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The Oroville School District has a brand new slate of top administrators and they spoke at last week’s Oroville Chamber of Commerce meeting at Yo Yo’s Restaurant. They are (L-R) Junior-Senior High School Principal Patricia Scott, Superintendent Steve

New school administrators at Oroville Chamber

OROVILLE – The new slate of top administrators at the Oroville School District took the opportunity of last week’s Oroville Chamber of Commerce meeting to introduce themselves and talk about the upcoming school year.

Steve Quick, who stepped up from junior-senior high school principal to superintendent this summer introduced his replacement, Patricia Scott, as well as new elementary school principal, Gary Pringle.

Superintendent Quick discussed his new role at the school district and said he had been going over policy for the last couple of months and looking at the district’s facilities, especially the elementary school.

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Mo Fine (left), one of the filmmakers that brought the Tumbleweed Film Festival to Oroville at Esther Bricques Winery, with fellow Seattle filmmakers Charles Forsgren and Tim Watkins, whose film “Dishonesty” took Tumbleweed’s “Best of Fest” awar

Many ‘Watch Globally, Drink Locally’ at film festival

OROVILLE – Seattle filmmakers Charles Forsgren and Tim Watkins took “Best of Fest” with their film “Dishonesty” at the first annual Tumbleweed Film Festival held last weekend in Oroville.

“This year’s festival went beyond our expectations, as the turnout was great. We’re already making plans to continue the growth and excitement for next year’s festival,” said Geoff Klein, who with fellow Seattle filmmaker Mo Fine and several of their friends from Seattle and Oroville brought the film festival to town for its inaugural run.

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Ballots in the mail for Aug. 17 Primary Election

OKANOGAN – Ballots for the Aug. 17 primary election, went into the mail Thursday, July 29 and should be in the hands of all registered Okanogan County voters this week.

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Tumble Weed Film Festival tumbling into town Aug. 6 & 7

OROVILLE – The first annual Tumble Weed Film festival tumbles into Oroville this weekend, with showings of short films from around the world on Aug. 6 and 7.

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Toast of Oroville Wine Festival, Saturday, July 31

OROVILLE – The Oroville Chamber of Commerce and several local businesses are sponsoring the first annual Toast of Oroville Wine Festival this Saturday at City Park between 1 p.m. and 5 p.m.

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Riverside woman fatally shot; two arrested on drug charges

RIVERSIDE – A woman found shot in Riverside later died of her wounds after being transported to Mid-Valley Hospital on Monday, July 17.

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