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

Five Oroville juniors vie for May Festival Queen; Selection Night is March 7

OROVILLE – This year there are five juniors from Oroville High School vying for the title of Oroville May Festival Queen — Mariya Mathis, Taralynn Fox, Julissa Alverez, Gwen Hankins and Christina Herrick. The queen and her princesses will be chosen at Selection Night on Thursday, March 7 at 7 p.m. at the Oroville High [...]

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Oroville repeals Business License Ordinance, fee

OROVILLE – After some review, the Oroville City Council approved the repeal of the city’s Business License Ordinance which required each business operating in the city limits to register and pay an annual $25 fee.

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Laverna Carrie Williams

Born LaVena Carrie Moore to parents Mary Lou (Johnson) and Dale Nathan Moore, she was raised by her Aunt Fern Wines of Oroville, Washington. where she grew up with cousins who became siblings and close friends who became family. Dating all through high school, LaVena married Lynn Williams in in 1963. Their first home was [...]

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Two arrested on credit card fraud and theft charges

OKANOGAN – Okanogan County Sheriff’s deputies have arrested two Oregon residents on charges of credit card fraud and theft. On Friday, Dec. 21,2018 the Okanogan County Sheriff’s Office arrested Kristin L. Burton, 47, of Cannon Beach, Ore. and Dion P. Gonzales, 51 of Portland, Ore. after a complaint had come in about suspicious activity, according [...]

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Hornet Wrestlers earn Championship at Okanogan Invitational

OKANOGAN , The Oroville Hornet Wrestling team earned championship honors at the Okanogan Invite on Saturday, Dec. 8, with four Hornet finalists bringing home individual honors.

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John L. Lawson

On November 26, 2018, at 8:15 p.m., the Lord sent his angels to take John home. John was born August 18, 1929, to Thomas Fredrick and De’Lacey Lawson in Elkland, Missouri and had six siblings. John came to Oroville in the mid-1940s and began working in the orchards. He left Oroville for a short time [...]

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Okanogan County PUD pulls plug on Enloe Dam re-electrification

OKANOGAN — At their Monday, Nov. 19 meeting Okanogan County PUD Commissioners pulled the plug on re-electrification at Enloe Dam near Oroville after being told costs would be twice as much as originally estimated.

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Lloyd Curtis reminisces about Roy’s Pharmacy

Curtis brothers ran drug store for more than 40 years. Editor’s Note: Roy’s Pharmacy in Tonasket, in business under that name since 1955, shut its doors without warning last Tuesday, selling their customer list to RiteAid in Omak. While the owners had little to say on the record, Mary Lou Kriner, president of the Tonasket [...]

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Tonasket School District infrastructure levy appears to have passed

OKANOGAN – The third ballot count of the Nov. 6 General Election, while results are still unofficial until certified, shows the Tonasket School levy will most likely pass.

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School Levy pulls ahead, city EMS closes gap

OKANOGAN – The second ballot count of the Nov. 6 General Election has breathed new life into Tonasket School District’s Capital Levy request as the ballots cast in favor of the proposition have slighty edged ahead of those that were against.

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