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

Oroville man pleads guilty to vehicular homicide

Weslee Ray Clough, Oroville, 21, pled guilty in Okanogan Superior Court on Thursday, July 17 to vehicular homicide by being under the influence of alcohol or drugs and operating a vehicle in a reckless manner.

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<p align="right"><em>Photo by Gary DeVon</em></p><p>    Artist David Heck began his part of the Centennial Mural Project with a painting of a local vineyard. The Bothell-based artist is well-known for his work on the west side of the state where he has be

Seattle area artist brings new colors to mural wall

OROVILLE – David Heck is known up and down the west coast as a respected mural artist, but this is the first time he’s plied his trade in the this neck of the woods, he says.

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<div align="right"><em>Photos by Gary A. DeVon</em></div><p></p><p>    Centennial Airport Day last Saturday started with a pancake breakfast cooked up and served by volunteers with lots of help from local Cub Scouts. More than 100 breakfasts were served t

Oroville’s Centennial continues with Incorporation Day Saturday

OROVILLE – Oroville kicked-off a week of Centennial Celebration last Friday – and it’s all leading up to a big 100th birthday party on Saturday, Aug. 2.

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Oroville Mayor declares burning ban

OROVILLE – Due to tinder-dry conditions Oroville’s Fire Chief requested and received a declaration of a city-wide burning ban from Mayor Chuck Spieth.

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Centennial Celebration kick-off party Friday, July 25Airport Day, Saturday,

OROVILLE – It’s ‘Let’s get this party started’ with the kick-off to Oroville’s Centennial Incorporation Week beginning Friday, July 25 and culminating in the big event, Incorporation Day, on Saturday, Aug. 2.

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<html>  <head>  </head>  <body>    <p align="right"><i>Photo by Amy Veneziano</i>    </p>    <p>    Checking out the damage was an exciting adventure for some local kids, who found this tree behind the EMS building in Tonasket.

Gusts of up to 74 miles an hour recorded in Oroville during storm

OROVILLE – The north half of Okanogan County took the brunt of an unusual summer windstorm with gusts recorded as high as 74 miles an hour in Oroville.

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<html>  <head>  </head>  <body>    <p align="right"><i>Submitted photo</i>    </p>    <p>    Longtime Oroville teacher Lee Root retired recently after 34 years with the Oroville School District. He started teaching junior and senior high English and later

Retirement from teaching an emotional decision for Lee Root

OROVILLE – Lee Root accepted his first teaching job on his twenty-second birthday not realizing it would be a 34 year journey in education, all at Oroville schools.

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Frontier Foods in Oroville offering service, service, service

OROVILLE – Pat and Jody Davisson have purchased Beeman’s North Grocery in Oroville and will be operating it under its new name Frontier Foods.

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Oroville gearing up for Centennial Celebration

OROVILLE – Oroville will celebrate its one-hundredth birthday with several Centennial Events leading up to Aug. 2 Incorporation Day.

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<p align="right"><i> Photo by Gary DeVon</i></p><p>    GOOD DAY TO BE A COWBOY - A little bull pen action was taking place above the chutes. The Chesaw Fourth of July Rodeo has attracted cowboys (and cowgirls) over several gener

Chesaw cowboys take top honors at Fourth of July Rodeo

CHESAW – Stewart Leslie and Jake Nelson, both from Chesaw, won Senior All Around Cowboy and Junior All Around Cowboy honors, respectively, at the 66th Annual Chesaw Fourth of July Rodeo last Friday.

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