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

Body of Oroville man recovered at Palmer Lake

LOOMIS – After 55 days missing, the body of Darrel L. Williams, 57 of Oroville, was located on Wednesday, Sept. 3and recovered from Palmer Lake.

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Pursuing even higher learning goals at Oroville High School

OROVILLE – Oroville High School is continuing a program of offering more college level classes and looks forward to a time where high schools can award two-year Associates of Arts degrees.

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A promise fulfilled: Thorntons receive Five Star Banner

CASHMERE – It was World War II and an Oroville family had five children who stepped up to serve in the U.S. Armed Services – this month they received the Five Star Banner promised to those brave siblings’ mother, nearly 70 years ago.

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Police find Oroville man wanted for attempted murder

OKANOGAN – The Okanogan County Sheriff’s office has located and arrested a man they were seeking in the brutal stabbing and robbery of an Oroville man at the end of last month.

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Fred we’ll miss your smile

Normally a class reunion is a happy time, a time to catch up with classmates you haven’t seen in a long time, or at least since the last reunion. Last weekend’s OHS Class of 1979 reunion was a happy time, although as many of you may know by now, we lost a great friend and classmate, Fred Cook, in the early hours of Sunday morning.

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JoAnn Denney will be new Oroville City Clerk

OROVILLE – Councilman Walt Hart, serving as mayor pro tem, announced that JoAnn Denney will be Oroville’s new city clerk/treasurer following the retirement of Kathy Jones at the end of October.

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What if you held an election and nobody ran?

I’m sorry, I just couldn’t get very excited about the recent primary election – what’s that you say there was an election? Yep, and in Okanogan County it’s business as usual as most of our county offices that were up for election didn’t even get contested. And those that did, well the incumbent usually came out on top.

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Primary election results

OKANOGAN – While few local candidates faced challengers in the recent primary elections, there was one race, that for Okanogan County PUD Commissioner District 1, that drew three candidates, as well as incumbent David Womack.

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Body of drowned Canadian recovered Sunday

OROVILLE – The body of a missing Canadian man, believed drowned in Osoyoos Lake near Veranda Beach, Friday was located by divers Sunday evening.

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Tumbleweed Film Festival has ‘Best Fest’ Ever

OROVILLE – If the comments in the local restaurants and bars, as well as on social media are to believed, Oroville’s Tumbleweed Film Festival had one of its best years yet. This unique film festival shows short films from around the world. Now in its fifth year, attracted around 300 viewers over four nights and [...]

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