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 Chamber of Commerce welcomes new business, new member

OROVILLE – The Oroville Chamber of Commerce welcomed Vicki’s Unique Boutique, a new business opened in Oroville by Vicki Hart at 607 14th.

The business features unique, previously owned items and is located in the old Hart Insurance building and is open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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Second half of property taxes due

OKANOGAN – Okanogan County Treasurere Leah McCormack is reminding people that the second half of their property taxes are due by Oct. 31, 2010.

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Oroville business requests 15-minute parking spots

OROVILLE – The Hart Agency in Oroville, has requested two 15-minute parking spots as there is often no parking space for those wanting to pop in to renew their vehicle tabs.

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Oktoberfest celebration in Oroville this Saturday

OROVILLE – An Oktoberfest celebration with local wineries and entertainment will be held on Main Street in Oroville this Saturday, Oct. 16 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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Candidates for Okanogan County offices face off in Okanogan

This week we report on the candidate’s forum held inOkanogan on Wednesday, Oct. 6 and what the candidates for the Okanogan CountyCourt Commissioner, Sheriff, Clerk, Treasurer and District Court Judge had tosay. G.A.D.

OKANOGAN – Candidates for Okanogan County offices met at thePUD Auditorium in Okanogan to explain why they should get your vote in theupcoming General Election.

The candidates tookquestions from a panel made up of Jon Weis, president of the Okanogan CountyFarm Bureau; Karl Sloan, Okanogan County Prosecutor and Marcy Stamper, reporterfor the Methow Valley News. In addition, the panel asked questions taken fromthe audience, as well as online.

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Jamie’s Place, Adult Family Home in Winthrop.Photo by Gary DeVon

Out of My Mind 14

Non-traditional ‘AssistedLiving’ makes more sense for Oroville

Members of the Oroville Housing Authority traveled toWinthrop recently to check out what has been done to bring elder care to theMethow Valley without breaking the bank.

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Oroville Booster Club raises nearly $10,000

OROVILLE – The Oroville Booster Club raised just under $10,000 at their annual auction held at the American Legion Post #84 last Saturday evening.

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The “General Excellence” plaque presented to the Okanogan Valley Gazette-Tribune newspaper at the Awards Banquet for the Washington Newspaper Publishers Association’s annual convention.

Gazette-Tribune recognized for ‘General Excellence’

WENATCHEE – The Okanogan Valley Gazette-Tribune was recognized by the Washington Newspaper Publishers Association with a third place General Excellence Award at their annual convention, held this year in Wenatchee.

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Methow Valley back on top for new construction

OKANOGAN – The Oroville area, which had the most new construction in Okanogan County last year, was overtaken by the Methow Valley which regained its crown after the assessor’s office recently completed their annual inspection.

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CTTC’s Tim King being filmed by T-Town Productions as part of a documentary on sustainable, green projects being developed in Oroville. King is locating a canola seed crushing plant in Oroville to produce canola oil. Photo by Gary DeVon

Oroville one step closer to producing canola oil

OROVILLE – With the delivery of several roller presses to Oroville, it seems that Tim King’s dream of making canola oil is one step closer.

The presses arrived at noon on Wednesday, Oct. 1 at the old Oro HeavyPack Warehouse off 14th Street where they will be housed. The presses, weighing several tons each, were unloaded by a tall crane from a dual-trailered, semi-tractor under the watchful eye of King and those gathered to mark their arrival, including a documentary team from Tacoma-based T-Town Productions.

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