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

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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<p align="right"><i> Photo by Charlene Helm</i></p><p>Tyler Caulkin of Odyssey Recycle in Omak says the company will pay cash for many non-ferrous materials, including brass, copper and aluminum.</p>

Odyssey Recycle recycles stuff normally thrown away

OMAK – Odyssey Recycle wants the chance to turn what you might think is junk into cash.

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Barber Edna Leslie

His and Her Haircuts has new Central location

OROVILLE – Edna Leslie has packed up her scissors and shears and moved to a new location off Central Ave. in Oroville.

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Oroville receives FAA funding, accepts bid for airport fencing

OROVILLE – The Oroville City Council approved a $403,985 FAA grant and accepted a bid from a contractor to build a fence and two helipads at the city’s airport.

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