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

End-of-year enrollment holds steady at Oroville Schools

Kindergarten Round-up numbers down slightly OROVILLE – End of year enrollment at the Oroville School District appears to be about the same as the previous school year. “There’s one more count to go… currently we are at 544 to 546 FTEs, which is about the same as we had at the end of last year,” [...]

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Donate to the Community Fireworks Display

Oroville’s Community Fourth of July Fireworks display has been a big hit for several years now and become an Independance Day tradition. The show is a big attraction to town, drawing people from across the border in Osoyoos to the north and Tonasket to the south. It’s a fun way to share an evening with your family whether your taking in the view from the park, in a boat on the lake, in your car along the highway or from one of the nearby lakeside homes and resorts.

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Hauenstein Memorial

A Celebration of Life for Glenn and Roger Hauenstein will be held at 11 a.m., June 20th at the Oroville United Methodist Church, followed by a lunch at 2 p.m. There will be an American Legion service at Riverview Cemetery for Roger.

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Squatters accused of killing woman with pickup

TONASKET – A man and woman suspected of squatting in an Aeneas Valley home are accused of killing a woman and severely injuring a man by driving over the couple with their pickup on Thursday, June 18

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Oroville graduate Laura James wins her second Emmy

Seattle-based videographer wins award for work on “Solving the Mystery of Dying Starfish” SEATTLE – Videographer Laura James, a 1900 graduate of Oroville High School, recently won her second television Emmy® Award in Environmental Feature/Segment in the Northwest Region of the U.S. for her underwater video work on Solving the Mystery of Dying Starfish. The [...]

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Oroville seeks Senator’s help regarding old USBP Station

Council considers adoption of ATV ordinance OROVILLE – The City of Oroville would like to take over the old U.S. Border Patrol Station on Main Street, but so far hasn’t had any luck in convincing the General Services Administration to let them use it for more than a police station. “They asked for their key [...]

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Non caring Congress for Navy Vietnam Veterans

Dear Editor,
It has come of a common opinion amongst Vietnam War Veterans that Congress tends to exclude mostly Blue Water Vietnam Veterans for VA benefits. This group of veterans never had boots on ground Vietnam, yet just the same they are sick due to Agent Orange exposure. It seems Congress and the VA consider these veterans not worthy.

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Grateful to volunteers

Dear Editor,
What a great community we live in. I would like to thank the volunteers who donated their time and expertise to help with Tonasket Choice High School’s “mock” job interviews.

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Time to put kids first in education

Dear Editor,
We are writing to you to let our community know our concerns with the way our legislature is handling education related issues. Here is an outline of our concerns:
It is time to put kids first! We, the educators of Oroville School District, while deciding not to walk out, feel strongly that our legislators need to hear our cry! In many ways, our school system is being attacked and our students are the ones who will lose. We want reliable, predictable and sustainable school funding, the focus on students, and the education profession protected, strengthened, and respected.

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Changes for the worse at the post office

Anyone who has been to the Oroville Post Office lately should have seen the pieces of paper stuck on the entry doors that talks about new hours for mail collection. The notice’s intention wasn’t very clear so I asked the Postmaster what was meant by the sign. He said the counter would remain open until 4:15 p.m. but mail would no longer go out on the truck at the usual time. In order to send a letter it has to be in the collection box outside or in the mail slot inside by 1:30 p.m., that’s because the truck is leaving hours earlier.

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