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

Making plans for this year’s Run for the Border

OROVILLE – Stan and Tina Janowitz appeared before the Oroville City Council to talk about plans for this year’s Run for the Boarder event scheduled for Saturday, May 16.

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<p class=PhotoByline align=left style='text-align:left;text-indent:.5in'><spanstyle='font-size:12.0pt;font-family:"Times New Roman";font-weight:normal'>Oroville senior Luke Rowton goes up strong against SoapLake at Districts. The Hornet scored 11 points i

Oroville Hornets win berth in State 2B Basketball Tournament in Spokane

WENATCHEE – After getting off to a shaky start, the Oroville boys basketball team overcame a first round loss to secure a spot at this week’s State 2B Basketball Tournament to be held in Spokane.

After tying with Entiat for the league championships, the Hornets moved on to Districts. They played Entiat at Wenatchee High School on Thursday, Feb. 26, but lost to the Tigers 43 to 53. The winner of this game, the Tigers, earned an automatic advancement to State.

Entiat came on strong in the first quarter, out-shooting Oroville by three points to end the quarter ahead 13 to 10. The Hornets held the Tigers to just eight points in the second quarter, but only made six points themselves and the half ended with Entiat leading 21 to 16. In the second half of the game Oroville continued to have trouble with the bigger team and their zone defense. The Tigers scored 19 points in the third and the Hornets made 15 points, leaving Oroville trailing by nine 31 to 40. The Hornets nearly matched the Tigers in the last quarter, but it was not enough to overcome the nine point deficit.

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Oroville having problems with financing improvements to city hall

OROVILLE – Kathy Jones, r, updated the Oroville City Council on the problems regarding financing the city hall expansion and remodel.

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Hornets finish 5th at State Wrestling Tournament

TACOMA – Hornet Bryce Woodruff became an OHS wrestling State Champion after being a State runner-up for two years in a row.

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Requests for stimulus money from Okanogan County over $15 million

OKANOGAN COUNTY – Various organizations, agencies and city governments in Okanogan County want a share of the $1 billion in federal stimulus money the state expects to get for “shovel-ready projects.”

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New annexation proposal made to Oroville City Council

OROVILLE – David Taber Sr. appeared before the Oroville City Council to request that 2.1 acres east of Highway 97 on the south end of town be annexed into the city.

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Oroville School Board selects 2009 officers

OROVILLE – Tedi Fletcher was selected as the new chairwoman for the Oroville School Board at the directors’ meeting Monday, Jan. 26.

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Marcus Kinman, a senior for the Hornets, had 16 points against the Bridgeport Mustangs, including four three-pointers. Photos by Gary DeVon

Hornet’s perfect league record marred by ‘ugly’ game

OROVILLE – The Oroville Hornets had an up and down week, defeating Liberty Bell on the road only to lose to Soap Lake in an “ugly” game at home.

On Tuesday, Jan. 27 the Hornets beat Liberty Bell on the Lion’s home court by a score of 45 to 35. The game started off close, with the Lions only trailing by one after the end of the first quarter. At the half-time buzzer Liberty Bell had hung close and went to the locker rooms down 19 to 21…

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Hornet wrestlers completed undefeated dual league season

A very slim 36 to 35 margin is what it took for Oroville to upset the fourth-in-state ranked Liberty Bell Lions.

Davis Castillo, Nick Perez and Tyler Herrera led the way with first period pins. Matt Kelly, Justin Rounds and Carlos Herrera added forfeit wins to amass the 36 points needed for a perfect league, dual season.

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Survey shows no state-owned lands in Henry Kniss Park

OROVILLE – A recent survey to determine what parts of Henry Kniss Riverfront Park were owned by the state revealed that little if any of the Oroville park was outside of city ownership.

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