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

Plan to allow taller buildings sent back to drawing board

OROVILLE – The Oroville City Council could not see its way clear to raising the height restrictions on commercial buildings within the city limits and sent the proposal back to the planning commission for further study.

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Photo by Eric Teala Photography	Hornet Luke Rowton tries to negotiate through traffic at last Friday’s home game against the La Salle Lightning. Rowton had four receptions for 60 yards and a touchdown.

Oroville football falls to LaSalle after hard fight

OROVILLE – Despite the final score of 49 to 13, the Oroville Hornets put up a hard fight against a much bigger and deeper visiting La Salle football team last Friday evening.

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Oroville will consider increase in building heights

OROVILLE – Among the items discussed at the Tuesday, Oct. 7 meeting of the Oroville City Council was increasing the limit on the height of commercial buildings within the city limits.

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<p class=MsoNormal align=right style='text-align:right'><i>Photo by Gary DeVon</i></p><p class=MsoNormal>            RichardSolopek, an environmental engineer with Kinross’ Kettle River Operations,describes the water treatment system at the m

Gold mine celebrates grand opening on Buckhorn Mountain

OROVILLE – After nearly 20 years in the making, the Buckhorn Mountain Project, the state’s first new large-scale gold mine to open in over a decade, held a grand opening ceremony at the mine site last Thursday, Oct. 9.

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Out of My Mind 4

Economiccrisis certainly not the fault of the little guy

&amp;#160;&amp;#160;&amp;#160;&amp;#160;&amp;#160;&amp;#160;&amp;#160;&amp;#160;&amp;#160;&amp;#160;&amp;#160; Some wouldhave you believe it’s the little guy’s fault we are in this current economicmess which is all too quickly spreading beyond our shores to the rest of theworld. Some would also have you believe it was those crafty little guys takingadvantage of the poor naive mortgage companies who didn’t really want to lendmoney to people who may not be able to pay it back should they start to jack upthe interest rate on the little guy’s loan. Who are they trying to convince?

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<p align="right"><em>Photo by Dan Lepley</em></p><p>Freshman running back Nicky Perez had just over 160 yards rushing for the night against the Manson Trojans during the annual Homecoming Game.</p>

Oroville Homecoming Week begins and ends with wins

OROVILLE – The Oroville High School Homecoming Week started and ended with football wins.

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Oroville area overtakes the Methow Valley for new construction in 2008

OKANOGAN – For the first time the area within the Oroville School District had the most new construction in the previous year, overtaking the Methow Valley School District, which typically leads the county.

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Out of My Mind 3

Freemarket not turning out to be so free after all

&amp;#160;&amp;#160;&amp;#160;&amp;#160;&amp;#160;&amp;#160;&amp;#160;&amp;#160;&amp;#160;&amp;#160;&amp;#160; Sothe U.S. House decided to reject the unprecedented bailout plan cooked upbetween the current administration and a Congress trying to stop what was beingdescribed by Treasury Secretary Paulson as the second coming of the GreatDepression.

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County Commissioner candidates to speak at Oroville Chamber

OROVILLE – The two candidates running for Okanogan County Commissioner Position 1 have been invited to speak at the Thursday, Oct. 9 meeting of the Oroville Chamber of Commerce.

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State report paints bleak picture for future school funding

OROVILLE – A recent report recommends school districts look at making deep spending cuts as the state wrestles with a budget shortfall predicted to be upwards of $3 billion.

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