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

Officer Patterson's Patrol Car in the Oroville equipment yard behind the Depot Museum. Covered with a blue tarp, much of the wreckage is hidden from view, but emergency personal at the scene described the damage caused by the collision with a cow on Hwy.

Oroville Police Officer’s health improving after collision with cow

SPOKANE – Officer Christopher Patterson, seriously injured when his patrol car collided with a cow on U.S. Highway 97, is showing marked improvements, according to Oroville Police Chief Clay Warnstaff.

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Seven-year-old Nick Taylor from Puyallup, Wash. tries his hand at calf riding. Taylor hung on while his calf shot like a rocket from the shoot. Taylor got a dollar for his ride. He was one of several youngsters who rode a calf last Saturday during the Che

Colt Kartchner is Chesaw Senior All Around Cowboy

CHESAW – Colt Kartchner of Danville, Wash., was this year’s Senior All Around Cowboy at the annual Chesaw Fourth of July Rodeo. Local, Dustin Nigg, took home the All Around honors in the Junior division.

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The cherry lines at Gold Digger will employ some 270 people this harvest.

Gold Digger will employ 270 working on cherry line

OROVILLE – It was too early to tell whether the rain Sunday night and Monday morning was going to cause their cherries to split, but growers were doing their best to dry off the fruit – employing everything from wind machines to helicopters.

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Gloria and Andrew Joseph are this year's Chesaw Fourth of July Rodeo Grand Marshals

Josephs are Chesaw 4th of July Rodeo Grand Marshals

NORTH COUNTY – Like every year the North Okanogan comes alive for Independence Day and this is no exception with the Fourth of July Rodeo in Chesaw and fireworks displays in Oroville.

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Oroville gives go ahead to Verizon’s 80 foot cell tower

OROVILLE – The Oroville Council approved Verizon Wireless’ request for a new cell phone tower located at 2019 1/2 Highland Drive despite objections by some who live nearby.

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Three-way race for Tonasket Mayor’s seat

OKANOGAN – With Patrick Walter calling it quits, three candidates have filed for a four-year term as Tonasket Mayor – two with council experience and the third a newcomer to Tonasket government.

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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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