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

Out of My Mind 4

Economiccrisis certainly not the fault of the little guy

            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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<p align="right"><em>Photo by Gary DeVon </em></p><p>Jennifer Finsen (left) and her sister Carrie Buckmiller near the sign for the new River’s Edge Embroidery store. Finsen, who used to work at Ethyls on Main Street in Oroville, is opening the busi

River’s Edge Embroidery and Heat Transfers open for business

OROVILLE – They’re waiting for their shop to be finished, but River’s Edge Embroidery and Heat Transfers can still fill your orders for custom designed shirts, hats, jackets and much more.

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New perimeter fence at Oroville’s airport will include automatic gates

OROVILLE – A new perimeter fence designed to keep unwanted visitors, including wandering deer, off the runway at Oroville’s Dorothy Scott Municipal Airport, will feature security gates that allow access with a keycard.

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<p align="right"><em>Submitted photo</em>  <br /></p><p>Michael and Karen Hicks traveled to North Carolina for their son’s graduation from the Coast Guard’s Rescue Swimmer Program. Here they participate in the “pinning” ceremony.

Oroville graduate Darren Hicks completes U.S. Coast Guard’s elite Rescue Sw

ELIZABETH CITY, NC – Imagine jumping into the Atlantic Ocean from a helicopter hovering 10 feet above the water – where swells can quickly double or triple the distance of the jump.

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Photo by Gary DeVon	    Okanogan Borderlands Historical Society President Kay Sibley asked Ralph Patterson, Clayton Emry and Web Hallauer the question, “What was Main Street like when you first saw it?”

Three share some of their history with chamber of commerce

What was Oroville’s Main Street like when you first came here? was the question put to three guests of the Oroville Chamber of Commerce in a meeting held at the old depot last week.

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