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 the 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

TVBRC Open House on Friday

TONASKET – Antique brochures with a treasure map of the locations of the eight antique stores in Tonasket will be available during an open house at the Tonasket Visitor’s and Business Resource Center on Friday, Dec. 17.

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Oroville Chamber of Commerce making plans for 2011

OROVILLE – The Oroville Chamber of Commerce is still seeking nominations for next year’s officers and board members, but it looks like the organization will continue on into 2011.

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Oroville has been offered the remaining year of a two-year lease of this billboard along Main Street by Rocky and Cindy DeVon of RE/MAX Lake and Country Real Estate, the current leaseholders. The council discussed using hotel/motel taxes to advertise Lake

Water and sewer rates going up in Oroville

OROVILLE – The Oroville City Council voted approval of a two-year increase in water and sewer rates for all customers inside and outside the city limits.

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Open House planned to answer questions about gold exploration on Buckhorn M

OROVILLE – Several state and federal agencies are hosting an open house on Tuesday, Dec. 14 to answer questions about a proposal to do minerals exploration on Buckhorn Mountain, northeast of Oroville.

The open house is from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Oroville High School Commons, located at 1016 Ironwood Street.

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Shop local: Morethan just a motto

It’s hard to believe, but Christmas is just around thecorner – at least that’s what the TV ads would have us believe – of course theystarted their campaigns around Halloween.

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Cloyd Artman piloting a glider from an April 1935 photo from an article in the Spokesman Review. Spokesman Review photo

Oroville hometown of pioneering glider pilot Cloyd Artman

OROVILLE – Cloyd Artman, who grew up in Oroville, was among the pioneers of glider construction and flight in the United States in the 1930s, according to Linda Chisom, who has been tracing the pilot’s history, going back to his first home-built glider when Artman was 15-years-old.

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Mining company looking for more gold on Buckhorn

YAKIMA – The state Department of Ecology fined Crown Resources Corp., a subsidiary of Kinross Gold Co., $22,000 for submitting inaccurate water discharge test results at its gold mine project on Buckhorn Mountain near Chesaw.

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Oroville Councilman Walt Hart III received an Advanced Certificate of Municipal Leadership from the Association of Washington Cities.  Photos by Gary DeVon

Oroville looking at moving two ‘Chrises’ to old VIC Building

OROVILLE – Oroville will look into the feasibility of moving its Director of Community and Economic Development and its Permit Administrator to the city’s vacant Visitor Information Center at 1730 Main Street.

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Thanksgiving: A time to reflect

While everything might not be perfect and for some life maybe a real struggle at times, Thanksgiving gives us a chance to reflect on thethings that make us truly grateful. It is a tradition that has its roots goingback to the Pilgrims who came here in the early 17th Century looking for areligious freedom they could not find in England at the time.

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Oroville Hornet Football out of Dome contention

WAITSBURG – The Oroville Hornets watched their bid for a spot at the Tacoma Dome and a chance at the State B Championship fade away with their 13-49 loss to the Waitsburg-Prescott Cardinals last Saturday.

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