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 has a grown daughter, Segornae Douglas and a young granddaughter, Erin.

Stories by Gary DeVon

Sawyers are 2018 Founders Day Grand Marshals

TONASKET — Roger and Lori Sawyer were surprised to be named as this year’s Founders Day Grand Marshals, but say they are honored to serve.

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Sheriff reopens Okanogan River to recreation

OKANOGAN – The Okanogan River has been reopened to recreation and other activities, lifting the Sheriff’s order that closed the river on May 15, 2018 due to flooding issues. “Thank you to all the citizens that complied with the river closure,” said Maurice Goodall, director of Okanogan County Emergency Management. The sheriff’s office advises people [...]

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Pauline E. Curtis

Our dear sweet mom, grandma, aunt and friend, Pauline Curtis, 90, passed away peacefully in Spokane at the home of her daughter on April 3, 2018. Polly was born in Oroville, Washington on August 13, 1927 to parents Thomas C. and Gladys (Anderson) O’Neill. She graduated from Tonasket High School in 1944 and attended Kinman [...]

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May Festival’s ‘Big Top Extravaganza’ this weekend

OROVILLE- Queen Jennifer Cisneros and Princesses Madison Whiteaker are extending a royal invitation to attend this year’s 84nd Oroville May Festival with events on Friday and Saturday, May 13 and 14. The festivities start off with the crowning of the royalty on Friday at 7 p.m. in the Coulton Auditorium.

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Elva Helm says she ‘honored’ to be May Fest Grand Marshal

OROVILLE — Her life is a rich quilt, not unlike the ones she creates to donate to raise money for various causes and events, perhaps that’s why Elva Helm was selected as this year’s May Festival Grand Marshal.

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Lake Level Alert: ‘The water is high and rising’

OROVILLE – The Lake Osoyoos Association (LOA) has issued an alert about lake levels rising, as well as flooding in the Okanogan and Similkameen rivers.

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Benefit, donations, raise more than $40,000 for Jack & Theresa Nelson

A benefit for Jack and Theresa Nelson last Saturday evening at the American Legion Hall. raised $33,411….

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Medication Disposal Site opened

OROVILLE – A Medication Disposal drop box was recently installed at the Oroville Police Station on the 11th Avenue side. The drop box is where old or no longer needed prescription and over-the-counter drugs can be safely deposited.

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Life Jacket Donor Station dedicated at Deep Bay Park

OROVILLE – On Sunday, April 8 the Oroville Border Patrol Station’s Explorer Post dedicate a new life jacket donar station at Deep Bay Park, the second of two they have built for swimmers and boaters on Lake Osoyoos.

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Rock slide temporarilty blocks Molson Grade

OROVILLE – A rock slide, which included rocks, dirt and tree debris, blocked the Chesaw Road between Nine Mile Road and Rise Road on Sunday, April 8.

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