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

Found letter was distasteful

Why would someone post or write about Oroville not showing up to Mike Greene’s procession, in the fire service we do not bash other departments.

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Commissioners’ duty to uphold the law

Dear Gary,
Commissioner Jim DeTro commented on Facebook that he supported the actions of the armed people who unlawfully took over the Malheur wildlife area in Oregon. Protesting is a time honored way of giving voice to one’s differences about issues, but an armed takeover of state lands, public lands, my lands, causing disruption of work, school and everyday life, with the threat of violence, is certainly not a peaceful protest.

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May Fest Selection Night: They’re all winners

While not everyone goes home with the crown, well none of the girls who seek the title of Oroville May Festival Queen do on Selection Night, only three are selected as May Day Royalty – the queen and her court of two princesses.

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Narya Naillon selected as 2016 May Festival Queen

OROVILLE – “I am so grateful to get the chance to get the chance to represent the town as queen. It is a truly and amazing place to grow up and I am proud to have this opportunity. I’m so excited,” said Narya Naillon, about being selected this year’s 2016 May Festival Queen.

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This year’s 2016 May Festival Royalty are l-r Princess Zoe Whittaker-Jameson, Queen Narya Naillon and Princess Lena Fuchs. The girls were chosen from a field of five would-be royalty at the  May Festival Selection Night held last Monday evening at the Oroville High School Commons. The selection was made both by  a panel of judges from Oroville, Tonasket and  Osoyoos as well as from voting by the audience. The girls were interviewed by the judges in private, as well as being judged on modeling and poise, an impromptu question and their speeches.

Slideshow: May Fest Royalty Selection Night 2016

This year’s 2016 May Festival Royalty Selection Night was held on Monday, Feb. 22 at the Oroville High School Commons. Candidates for May Festival Queen and Princesses were Narya Naillon, Zoe Whittaker-Jameson, Lena Fuchs, Bonnie Roley and Pie Todd. This slideshow includes photos from the event.

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Convince congress to voter against the TPP

Dear Editor,
Last June the Republican Leadership in Congress, including Cathy McMorris Rodgers, were able to pass Trade Promotion Authority which gave President Obama unconstitutional authority to regulate commerce with foreign nations, including the fast tract authority to negotiate the Trans-Pacific Partnership.( Art.1 Sec 8).

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Oroville’s absence showed lack of respect

Dear Editor,
Tonasket EMS Director Michael Greene’s Memorial Service was January 23rd at Tonasket High School. Michael was an asset to the community and was associated with EMS and Fire in Washington State and Nevada.

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The Oroville CARES Coalition recently put up a billboard featuring the winning student entry in a contest illustrating the theme "Drugs Destroy Families." First place was awarded to Reese Noel, a second grader at Oroville Elementary. His artwork incorporates a broken heart and tears, clearly portraying how drug abuse affects both families and individuals. Natalie Rodriguez, grade six, claimed second place with her rendition of a loving family hiking in the woods. Third place winner, Yudany Padilla, grade three, portrays a family posing happily in their yard near a fruit laden apple tree. The City of Oroville donated $750 to the coalition toward the billboard.

Oroville prepares to rehab Well #1

OROVILLE – Oroville’s superintendent of Public Works, Rod Noel, discussed the future rehabilitation of the city’s Well #1, which has been in need of upgrades for the past five years, at the city council meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 2.

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Juvenile Detention a critical issue

Dear Editor,
As I am employed at the Okanogan Detention Facility, I have a vested interest in the outcome of the discussion that would remove incarcerated youth from Okanogan County to Martin Hall in Spokane County. However, since the Commissioners have stated that they will base their decision on the facts I am more at ease

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Five seek queen’s crown for May Fest 2016, Selection Night Monday, Feb. 15

OROVILLE – This year sees five candidates who would like to be crowned the Oroville May Festival Queen for 2016. They are Zoe Whittaker Jameson, Narya Naillon, Bonnie Roley, Lena Fuchs and Pie Todd, all juniors at Oroville High School.

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