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

The first golden shovels-full of dirt were turned by local dignitaries last week at the ground breaking ceremony for the North Valley Hospital expansion and remodeling project. Photo by Gary DeVon

Out of My Mind 7

New and improved hospital will benefit North County community for years to come

Many of us breathed an inward sigh of relief when we saw those first golden shovels-full of dirt being turned by local dignitaries marking the reality of North Valley Hospital’s expansion plans.

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Few bad apples could spoil it for all dog owners

Oroville’s second annual Kite Day was a huge success with over 100 kids and kites taking flight this year at Bud Clark Memorial Ball Fields. However, the biggest disappointment was the fact that participants had to watch where they stepped because of irresponsible dog owners who have let their animals use the park as a toilet.

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Oroville School Board hears suggestions for potential budget cuts

OROVILLE – Shay Shaw, business manager for the Oroville School District, went over potential ways to trim next year’s budget in anticipation of deep funding cuts by the state.

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Drug Free Zone ordinance goes into effect for Oroville

OROVILLE – Oroville Police Chief Clay Warnstaff shared a map with the city council that plots out Oroville’s new Drug Free Zone.

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Festival still seeking former May Day Royalty

OROVILLE – Oroville’s May Festival Committee is seeking former May Queens and their attendants to help the community celebrate the 75th Anniversary of the town’s annual event.

Past May Day Queens and their Princesses will be given special treatment during this year’s activities, according to Polly Thornton, with the May Festival Committee.

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Out of My Mind 5

Discussionon school financial picture needs to continue

The news is gloomy all over when it comes to schoolfinances in Washington State. It looks like each school district will be askedto cut as much as 30 percent from their budgets. After paying for academicprograms and fixed costs, this won’t leave a lot for extracurriculars,according to Oroville Superintendent Ernie Bartelson.

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Oroville gives nod to shortened dock for Sundalia Resort

OROVILLE – The Oroville City Council has approved a permit request by Sundalia Resort to build a dock along their shoreline, albeit a somewhat shorter dock than the developer wanted.

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Oroville Pedestrian Project receives funding

OROVILLE – A new sidewalk following the east side of Highway 97 and connecting Oroville’s northern and southern city limits will be built thanks to more than $1 million in federal stimulus money.

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Oroville School District Superintendent addresses enrollment

OROVILLE – At the Monday, March 30 meeting of the Oroville School Board a question was raised about the large number of students living in Oroville’s district and attending the Tonasket schools.

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School Board Chairwoman and superintendent discuss termination of coaches’

OROVILLE – Some people were surprised when the Oroville School Board voted to terminate all coach’s contracts for next year at their last board meeting.

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