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

2009 Oroville May Festival Royalty candidates Kayla McKinney, Serena Carper and Rachel Peters. Photos by Gary DeVon

Three seek title as 2009 May Festival Queen

OROVILLE – Three young ladies, Serena Carper, Rachel Peters and Kayla McKinney, are asking the Oroville community’s consideration to serve as this year’s May Festival Queen and Princesses.

The three girls, all juniors at Oroville High School, will represent the community not only during May Festival, the second weekend in May, but at other events throughout the region. Selection night this year will be held on Monday, Jan. 19 at the Oroville High School Commons beginning at 7 p.m. All ballots for the royal court will be cast by community members and students at the selection night, so those wishing to vote must be in attendance.

The royalty candidates have written short biographies to help introduce themselves to the community and to share their thoughts on why they want to represent Oroville at May Festival and at other events. Their introductions follow:

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Year in Review: 2008

Editor’s Note: This week we take a look back at just a few of the stories that made the front pages of the Okanogan Valley Gazette-Tribune during all of 2008. G.A.D.


Next 10 years critical for Okanogan County PUD – As John Grubich settled into his new job as manager of the PUD, he said ongoing negotiations of a sales agreement with the Bonneville Power Administration is “job one” for the utility’s health.

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Snowmobiler killed in avalanche

MAZAMA – A snowmobiler riding northwest of Mazama was buried under an avalanche and died Sunday, Dec. 28, according to the Okanogan County Sheriff’s office.

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The 2008-2009 Oroville Hornet Wrestling Team is: (front row, L-R) Leonel Delgado, Pablo Antonio Jr., Branden Swenson, Alex Kelly, Bryce Woodruff, Davis Castillo, Alex Alverez, (middle row) Marcus Rounds, Austin Nigg, Mike Lynch, Justin Miller, Timmy Porte

Oroville wrestling needs to ‘make it happen’

OROVILLE – The Oroville Hornet Wrestling team sends a mixture of talent to the mats this year, with several state vets, but a number of young wrestlers as well.

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The 2008-2009 Oroville Lady Hornet Varsity Basketball Team is: (front row, L-R) Lacy Johnson, Chrissy Sadler, Emily Graham (back row) Coach Rick Mead, Austi Quick, Rachel Peters, Catie Arrigoni, Alex Egerton, Taylor Sarmiento, Kayla McKinney, Jayden Smith

Lady Hornets hope to use their speed to their advantage

OROVILLE – The Oroville Lady Hornets basketball team hopes to go even further in league play this year than they did last.

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The 2008-2009 Oroville Hornet Junior Varsity Basketball Team is: (front row, L-R) J.D. King, Matt Egerton, Preston Iverson, Rasmus Larsen, Chad Tibbs (back row) Brett Clough, Zach Speiker, Anthony Egerton, Tyler Clark, Charlie DeMartino, Colton Mead and C

Hornets boys basketball looks to improve on last year’s success

OROVILLE – With four games under their belts, the Oroville Hornets boys basketball team is looking forward to league play.

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<p class=MsoNormal align=right style='text-align:right'><i>Photo by Gary DeVon</i></p><p class=MsoNormal style='text-indent:.5in'>The Immaculate Conception Parishcelebrated its centennial with a special mass, followed by a potluck supper.“How can we loo

Immaculate Conception Church celebrates centennial

OROVILLE – Like the town, Oroville’s Immaculate Conception Parish celebrated its 100th birthday this year, but the area’s connection with Catholicism predates the town by nearly seven decades.

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School board looking at ways to prepare for state cuts

OROVILLE – Just how much the state will cut from school funding as it faces a huge deficit has yet to be determined, but the Oroville School District can already see storm clouds gathering on the horizon.

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Seminar on changes in workers compensation

OMAK – Representatives from the Washington State Department of Labor &amp; Industries will be holding a seminar for small businesses on Dec. 9 in Omak.

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Clayton and Joyce Emry were honored at the end-of-the-year party for Oroville Elementary HOSTS volunteers. The Emrys have put in more than a decade and a half Helping One Student to Succeed through the mentoring program at Oroville Elementary School. They

Emrys honored for years of service with HOSTS program

OROVILLE – After 16 years of volunteering for Oroville Elementary’s HOSTS program, Clayton and Joyce Emry have retired.

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