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

Nicky Perez on one of his 17 carries for 138 yards.Photo by Joyce Hutchinson

Oroville Hornets shut out LB Lions

WINTHROP – The Oroville Hornets defeated the Liberty Bell Lions in a 21 to zero victory last week.

The Hornet’s defense held Liberty Bell to minus five yards rushing and five yards total offense in their 21-0 win Friday Night in Winthrop, according to Coach Tam Hutchinson.

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Oroville Council discusses bio-solids, VIC and IVs

OROVILLE – The Oroville City Council discussed a variety of subjects at their Tuesday, Sept. 15 meeting, including the bio-solids grant, the future of the Visitor’s Information Center and training for IV Techs.

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Lady Hornet Volleyball knocks off Manson

MANSON – On Tuesday, Sept. 15, the Oroville Lade Hornet Volleyball players traveled to Manson for an exciting competition which ended in a victory for the Hornets.

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Oroville Ambulance Crew members Debora Donohue, Lisa Bordwell and Brad Calico prepare to load a gurney with a female believed to be suffering from hypothermia. The child and the two male sujects (seen here in camo shirt and bright blue shirt) were also tr

Four spend several cold nights lost on Chopaka along Candian border

OROVILLE – The combined efforts of several agencies and search and rescue aided in locating three adults and a child lost in the high country near the Canadian Border.

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Frank Grunert said he wanted storage at Shanker's Bend as a way to control a "dangerous" river and to provide irrigation, new energy resources and recreation. He was one of the few voices who spoke out in favor of a dam at Shanker's bend last Monday night

Opponents of Shanker’s Bend project say chose ‘No dam option.’ Parts I &amp

OROVILLE – More than 120 people packed the Old Oroville Depot to express their concerns over a feasibility study of water storage at Shanker’s bend on the Similkameen River.

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Methow Valley regains crown from Oroville for new construction

OKANOGAN – The Okanogan County Assessor’s Office recently completed inspecting and valuing new construction in the county and the Methow Valley has regained its title as new construction leader over Oroville.

“The Methow Valley has been the standard bearer in new construction for the last 25 years, with the exception last year when the Oroville area which had the highest new construction, said Scott Furman, Okanogan County Assessor.

The Assessor’s Office physically inspected all new construction that occurred throughout the County in the past 12-month period for property tax purposes, said Furman.

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Okanogan orchardist Bob Blank said DOL inspectors were "out of line."

Growers upset over U.S. Dept. of Labor inspections

OKANOGAN – Orchardists met in a special meeting of the Okanogan County Farm Bureau to listen to fellow growers who recently underwent federal inspections only to face hefty fines.

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Oroville Council approves rezone of Alder Street Home Sites

OROVILLE – The Oroville City Council approved a rezone request from the developers of the Aldler Street Home Sites, redesignating the property from Heavy Industrial to Residential 1.

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Row after row of white crosses and Stars of David, fill the Normandy American Cemetery in France. The burial ground overlooks Omaha Beach, site of part of the D-Day Invasion. Photo by Gary DeVon

Out of My Mind 8

Visiting the D-Day Invasion sites was an overwhelming emotional experience

Some of you may have noticed I’ve been missing the last couple weeks, that’s because my mom, uncle and I went to visit my younger brother and his family who live on the Isle of Guernsey, one of the Channel Islands.

While Guernsey has a facinating history in itself, dating back to before the time of castles and knights, as well as its occupation by the Germans during WWII, its close proximity to Normandy in France gave us the opportunity to travel to the places where the allies began their invasion of Europe to free it from the grasp of the Nazis. 

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No decisions made on Oroville School Sports

OROVILLE – Although a highly anticipated vote on school sports was expected at their last school board meeting, the decision was put off until a later date.

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