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

Red Clark and Harold Carter help get the rodeo grounds ready for another Fourth of July Chesaw Rodeo a couple years back. The two stock contractors have been selected as this year’s Grand Marshals.Stockmen Clark and Carter are 4th of July Rodeo Grand Ma

Stockmen Clark and Carter are Chesaw 4th of July Rodeo Grand Marshals

CHESAW – The Chesaw Rodeo Club has chosen C&C Rodeo Stock Contractors Red Clark and Harold Carter to be honored as this year’s Fourth of July Chesaw Rodeo Grand Marshals.

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The gates on Zosel Dam are holding back additional water on Lake Osoyoos due to a predicted drought this summer in the Canadian Okanagan. Because of higher than normal rainfall the international board that regulates the lake level has decided to begin the

Water to be released from Osoyoos Lake

YAKIMA – Additional water held at Zosel Dam in response to a regional drought declaration will soon be released, according to the state Department of Ecology.

The International Osoyoos Lake Board of Control (IJC) made the drought declaration when it was determined this spring that the Canadian Okanagan could face severe drought this summer. The IJC is in charge of setting levels on Osoyoos and the Oroville-Tonasket Irrigation District operates Zosel Dam, owned by Ecology. The Irrigation District, which provides water to approximately 10,000 acres of farm land has a water right on Lake Osoyoos of…

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Conola press could bring jobs, spin-off industries

SPOKANE – Tim King is thinking of locating a canola oil press in Oroville to process some of the millions of tons of seeds produced in Canada each year.

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A diagram of the floor plan of The Melrose design of a ‘Green Built’ hotel.

Steve Morberg wants to build ‘green’ hotel in Oroville

OROVILLE – A group of people with diverse ideas is focusingtheir efforts in several areas in Oroville, including building a new hotel.Some of their plans can be seen on the Web site www.sustainableoroville.com.

While Oroville’s Chamber of Commerce regroups, folks fromboth sides of the mountains, have started the Web site which plays up thetown’s tourism, underutilized heavy haul corridor and railway link. They findOroville the perfect place for sustainable solutions that will bring jobs andbusiness opportunities.

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Oroville and county will test ways to eliminate sewer odors

OROVILLE – The Oroville City Council heard a report from the city clerk regarding efforts to eliminate sewer odors emanating from some parts of the Eastlake Sewer System.

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Everyone is invited to join in the dance around the May Pole at the Molson Mid Summer Festival. The May Pole is a tradition of some of the Nordic countries where many Molson’s early pioneers had their roots. Photos by Gary DeVon

Molson Festival takes place under sunny skies

OROVILLE – Molson Midsummer Fest couldn’t have asked for a more perfect day as the sun came out and the only clouds in a bright blue sky were the fluffy white kind that didn’t threaten rain.

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Many people gathered to listen to speeches and celebrate the raising of the American Flag on the 50-foot flagpole at the U.S. Armed Forces Legacy Project. Photo by Gary DeVon

Flagpole dedicated at U.S. Armed Forces Legacy Project

TONASKET – The spectacular 50-foot tall flagpole was dedicated at the U.S. Armed Forces Legacy Project in Tonasket with veterans, dignitaries and well-wishers in attendance last Monday morning.

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Candidates file for county, state and federal positions

OKANOGAN – Last week’s candidate filing period has drawn several contenders for county, state and federal offices – while a few positions remain open.

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E. Todd Tumbleston is Oroville’s Code Enforcement officer. Tumbleston, who normally works as an unpaid reserve officer for Oroville, is being paid through a grant from the state Department of Trade and Economic Development. Photo by Gary DeVon

Grant paying for code enforcement officer

OROVILLE – Those with hulk vehicles, trashed yards and other violations of Oroville’s municipal codes beware, the city has a code enforcement officer who might just cite you if you don’t clean up your mess.

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Stinky sewer smell brings renewed complaints

OROVILLE – An Oroville couple has again approached the city asking for their help in getting rid of the sewer gas smell they say is coming from the Eastlake sewer project.

Neil and Debbi Vigas told the council the odor is much worse as the weather warms up and has made it so they can open their windows, use their deck or yard.

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