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

County breaks with state on presidential election

OKANOGAN COUNTY – Okanogan County broke with the rest of the state on who should be president, with voters favoring John McCain slightly over now president-elect Barack Obama.

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<p class=BasicParagraph align=right style='text-align:right'><i><spanstyle='font-family:"Times New Roman"'>Photo by Gary DeVon</span></i></p><span style='font-size:12.0pt;font-family:"Times New Roman";'>            Thepedestrian sidewalk on the

Oroville plans to expand sidewalk south along Highway 97

OROVILLE – Oroville wants to become even more pedestrian friendly with nearly one and a half miles of new sidewalk planned following the east side of Highway 97 south.

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Photo by Gary DeVon	The Hornet’s Blaine Wagner returned a 55-yard interception against White Swan for one of Oroville’s only two touchdowns in a scary one-sided Halloween football game against the Cougars last Friday.

Hornets couldn’t stop White Swan Cougars

OROVILLE – The home field advantage didn’t help much as the Oroville Hornets fell to an early Halloween attack of the White Swan Cougars last Friday by a score of 15 to 47.

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County and cities have working Emergency Management Plan

OROVILLE – A newly completed Emergency Management Plan will mean the cities of Okanogan County and the county itself will be eligible for FEMA funds should there be a disaster, natural or otherwise.

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Blaine Wagner will be Oroville School Board student rep

OROVILLE – After a few quick questions, Blaine Wagner, a junior at Oroville High School, was unanimously approved as the student representative to the school board.

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Plan to allow taller buildings sent back to drawing board

OROVILLE – The Oroville City Council could not see its way clear to raising the height restrictions on commercial buildings within the city limits and sent the proposal back to the planning commission for further study.

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Photo by Eric Teala Photography	Hornet Luke Rowton tries to negotiate through traffic at last Friday’s home game against the La Salle Lightning. Rowton had four receptions for 60 yards and a touchdown.

Oroville football falls to LaSalle after hard fight

OROVILLE – Despite the final score of 49 to 13, the Oroville Hornets put up a hard fight against a much bigger and deeper visiting La Salle football team last Friday evening.

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Oroville will consider increase in building heights

OROVILLE – Among the items discussed at the Tuesday, Oct. 7 meeting of the Oroville City Council was increasing the limit on the height of commercial buildings within the city limits.

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<p class=MsoNormal align=right style='text-align:right'><i>Photo by Gary DeVon</i></p><p class=MsoNormal>            RichardSolopek, an environmental engineer with Kinross’ Kettle River Operations,describes the water treatment system at the m

Gold mine celebrates grand opening on Buckhorn Mountain

OROVILLE – After nearly 20 years in the making, the Buckhorn Mountain Project, the state’s first new large-scale gold mine to open in over a decade, held a grand opening ceremony at the mine site last Thursday, Oct. 9.

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Out of My Mind 4

Economiccrisis certainly not the fault of the little guy

&amp;#160;&amp;#160;&amp;#160;&amp;#160;&amp;#160;&amp;#160;&amp;#160;&amp;#160;&amp;#160;&amp;#160;&amp;#160; 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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