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.

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Hilary Blackler was named "Citizen of the Year' at the Chamber of Commerce Banquet. She received the award not only for co-chairing the Oroville Centennial Park Project, but for the many things she does to beautify the community.

Hilary Blackler named ‘Citizen of the Year’

OROVILLE – Recognizing her talents and long history of working to make Oroville beautiful, Hilary Blackler was named as this year’s “Citizen of the Year” at the Oroville Chamber of Commerce Officer Installation and Awards Banquet Saturday evening, Jan. 24.

In presenting the award, Blackler was described as possibly the greatest secret weapon this community has ever had. She was applauded for her talent in design and for continuing to add to the beauty the community every day.

Blackler has been an enthusiastic member of the Oroville Streetscape Committee since its beginning in 1996, a natural for her because she was one of the founders of PIRO, People Interested in Revitalizing Oroville, a beautification group active in the 1970s.

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Oroville boys basketball continues winning streak

WATERVILLE – The Oroville Hornets boys basketball team continued with their winning ways last week, knocking off both Waterville and Manson on the road.

In their 80 to 51 victory against the Shockers Tuesday, Jan. 13, the Hornets broke Waterville’s press and scored a lot of “easy buckets,” according to Oroville Coach Carl Iverson.

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Oroville’s J.T. Miller wrestled Pateros’ Ulices Mota at 145 pounds and lost by pin with 1:03 left in second round.Photo by John Cleveland II

Hornet wrestlers 3 and 0 in league duals competition

PATEROS – At a league meet in Pateros Jan. 15 the Hornets made it 3-0 in league duals with a 60 to 18 victory over the Billygoats.

“Alex Kelly started the evening with a 19 to 7 major decision followed by the ‘pinning machine’ Bryce Woodruff with yet another first-period pin for the senior,” said Hornet Coach Chuck Ricevuto.

Davis Castillo, Nick Perez, J.T. Miller, David Sanchez and Gabe Beltran picked up forfeit wins. Mike Lynch beat a very tough Ricky Heen with an impressive 10-5 decision while Tyler Herrera tech-felled his opponent in the first period 16-1.

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State may close Osoyoos Lake Veteran’s Memorial Park

OROVILLE – The Oroville City Council learned at their Tuesday, Jan. 5 meeting that the state may have plans to close Osoyoos Lake Veteran’s Memorial State Park due to the “dire economic picture.”

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2009 Oroville May Festival Royalty candidates Kayla McKinney, Serena Carper and Rachel Peters. Photos by Gary DeVon

Three seek title as 2009 May Festival Queen

OROVILLE – Three young ladies, Serena Carper, Rachel Peters and Kayla McKinney, are asking the Oroville community’s consideration to serve as this year’s May Festival Queen and Princesses.

The three girls, all juniors at Oroville High School, will represent the community not only during May Festival, the second weekend in May, but at other events throughout the region. Selection night this year will be held on Monday, Jan. 19 at the Oroville High School Commons beginning at 7 p.m. All ballots for the royal court will be cast by community members and students at the selection night, so those wishing to vote must be in attendance.

The royalty candidates have written short biographies to help introduce themselves to the community and to share their thoughts on why they want to represent Oroville at May Festival and at other events. Their introductions follow:

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Year in Review: 2008

Editor’s Note: This week we take a look back at just a few of the stories that made the front pages of the Okanogan Valley Gazette-Tribune during all of 2008. G.A.D.


Next 10 years critical for Okanogan County PUD – As John Grubich settled into his new job as manager of the PUD, he said ongoing negotiations of a sales agreement with the Bonneville Power Administration is “job one” for the utility’s health.

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Snowmobiler killed in avalanche

MAZAMA – A snowmobiler riding northwest of Mazama was buried under an avalanche and died Sunday, Dec. 28, according to the Okanogan County Sheriff’s office.

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The 2008-2009 Oroville Hornet Wrestling Team is: (front row, L-R) Leonel Delgado, Pablo Antonio Jr., Branden Swenson, Alex Kelly, Bryce Woodruff, Davis Castillo, Alex Alverez, (middle row) Marcus Rounds, Austin Nigg, Mike Lynch, Justin Miller, Timmy Porte

Oroville wrestling needs to ‘make it happen’

OROVILLE – The Oroville Hornet Wrestling team sends a mixture of talent to the mats this year, with several state vets, but a number of young wrestlers as well.

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The 2008-2009 Oroville Lady Hornet Varsity Basketball Team is: (front row, L-R) Lacy Johnson, Chrissy Sadler, Emily Graham (back row) Coach Rick Mead, Austi Quick, Rachel Peters, Catie Arrigoni, Alex Egerton, Taylor Sarmiento, Kayla McKinney, Jayden Smith

Lady Hornets hope to use their speed to their advantage

OROVILLE – The Oroville Lady Hornets basketball team hopes to go even further in league play this year than they did last.

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The 2008-2009 Oroville Hornet Junior Varsity Basketball Team is: (front row, L-R) J.D. King, Matt Egerton, Preston Iverson, Rasmus Larsen, Chad Tibbs (back row) Brett Clough, Zach Speiker, Anthony Egerton, Tyler Clark, Charlie DeMartino, Colton Mead and C

Hornets boys basketball looks to improve on last year’s success

OROVILLE – With four games under their belts, the Oroville Hornets boys basketball team is looking forward to league play.

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