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

<div align="right"><i> Photo by Gary DeVon</i></div><p></p><p>Nichole DeVon (standing, with diploma) after receiving her double Master’s Degree from EWU, Saturday, June 14.</p>

Nicole DeVon earns double Master’s Degree

CHENEY – Nicole S. DeVon received a double Master’s Degree at the Commencement Exercises held at Eastern Washington University, Saturday, June 14 in Cheney.

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New source of driveway rock in the Highlands

Advanced Forest Management, owned by Jim and Jean Vernon, has started a new branch of business. They have opened a small rock quarry just south of Chesaw.

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<p align="right"><i> Photo by Gary DeVon</i></p><p>Gary Dobbins, Oroville Branch Manager of Baines Title and Escrow</p>

Dobbins heads up Baines Title and Escrow team in Oroville

OROVILLE – Gary Dobbins is the new branch manager at the Oroville branch of Baines Title and Escrow.

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Out of My Mind

TheFourth of July is one of my favorite celebrations of the year and here in theNorth Okanogan we’re lucky to have both the Chesaw Fourth of July Rodeo and theOroville Community Fireworks at Deep Bay Park.

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Chesaw to celebrate with 66th Annual Fourth of July Rodeo

CHESAW – Chesaw’s Fourth of July Rodeo, a tradition going back 66 years celebrating community rodeo, will take place Friday July 4.

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<html>  <head>  </head>  <body>    <div align="right"><i>Photo by Gary DeVon</i>    </div>    <p>    </p>    <p>    Darlene Owyn stands beside one of the garden features at the lakeside home she and her late-husband Allan purcha

Darlene Owyn is Chesaw 4th of July Rodeo Grand Marshal

CHESAW – “Flabbergasted” that’s how Darlene Owyn said she felt when Mary Ellen Fields said they wanted her to be Grand Marshal at this year’s Chesaw Fourth of July Rodeo.

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<html>  <head>  </head>  <body>    <p align="right"><i>Photo by Gary DeVon</i>    </p>    <p>    Kally Ray, age 8 and Noni Alley, age 7, won the water balloon toss. Their balloon seemed indestructible whether it was caught or bo

Much to do at Molson Midsummer Festival

MOLSON – There were probably fewer people inside the Grange Hall and the Old School Museum this year, but that could be because it was so nice outside and there was so much to do.

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Roll On Columbia, Roll On:

Somewhere along the way certain factions have tried to sell us on the idea that hydropower is not a clean, renewable source of energy — yet every year the cycle of snow in the mountains and melt in the spring renews the waters that our hydroelectric system turns into clean, electric power. Because of this cycle and the mighty Columbia River and its tributaries we in the Pacific Northwest from B.C to Oregon, are truly blessed.

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<p align="right"><i> Photo by Gary DeVon</i></p><p>Okanogan County Superior Court Judge Jack Burchard.</p>

Superior Court Judge Burchard talks about case load

OROVILLE – Okanogan County Superior Court Judge Jack Burchard came to speak with Oroville’s Chamber of Commerce about the court’s mission, as well as the successes being seen in “Drug Court.”

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Church plans youth bass tournaments

OROVILLE – The Bible Faith Family Church in Oroville has organized a bass tournament open to young people ages eight to 16.

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