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

Jeremy Cook of Oroville and Odessa, Wash. jumped from the trail bridge over the Similkameen River last Friday. His body was found two miles down river on Monday, according to Sheriff Frank Rogers. Photo by Gary DeVon

Jump from old train bridge proves fatal for Oroville man

OROVILLE – The dead body of a man who jumped from the old Great Northern Railway bridge over the Similkameen River northwest of Oroville last Friday, was found early Monday morning.

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CBP commits to flexible, practical implementation of new border requirement

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Customs and BorderProtection (CBP) assured U.S. and Canadian citizens last week that, ifotherwise admissible, they will be able to re-enter the United States when theWestern Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI) is implemented for land and seatravel on Monday.

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Oroville Chamber bringing circus back to town

OROVILLE – The Oroville Chamber of Commerce is once again hosting the Culpepper and Merriweather Circus at City Park on Friday June 5 with shows at 5:00 and 7:30 p.m.

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New plan could allow local state park to remain open through 2011

OLYMPIA – The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission approved a budget implementation plan last week that keeps all state parks, including Osoyoos Lake Veterans Memorial in Oroville, open in 2009-11, provided a new donation program tied to vehicle license tabs brings in enough revenue to operate state parks.

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New TSA rules mean Oroville’s airport could get a lot busier

OROVILLE – New federal rules requiring all airplanes leaving the United States clear U.S. Customs could mean Oroville’s Dorothy Scott International Airport is in for a lot more traffic.

The Oroville City Council learned of the airport’s potential for increased use from Airport Service Manager Steven Johnston at the council’s Tuesday, May 19 meeting.

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Oroville Softball one of the best in the league

OROVILLE – Oroville still is hovering near the top of the NCWB Fastpitch Standings with only Kittitas with a better record this season.

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Walking paths part of high schooler’s senior project

OROVILLE – Isaac Iverson, an Oroville 12th-grader, appeared before the council to discuss his senior project which would more designate a walking path around Oroville.

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The first golden shovels-full of dirt were turned by local dignitaries last week at the ground breaking ceremony for the North Valley Hospital expansion and remodeling project. Photo by Gary DeVon

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New and improved hospital will benefit North County community for years to come

Many of us breathed an inward sigh of relief when we saw those first golden shovels-full of dirt being turned by local dignitaries marking the reality of North Valley Hospital’s expansion plans.

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Few bad apples could spoil it for all dog owners

Oroville’s second annual Kite Day was a huge success with over 100 kids and kites taking flight this year at Bud Clark Memorial Ball Fields. However, the biggest disappointment was the fact that participants had to watch where they stepped because of irresponsible dog owners who have let their animals use the park as a toilet.

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Oroville School Board hears suggestions for potential budget cuts

OROVILLE – Shay Shaw, business manager for the Oroville School District, went over potential ways to trim next year’s budget in anticipation of deep funding cuts by the state.

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