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

Tonasket School District adds fourth kindergarten class

TONASKET – At their Monday, June 27 meeting, the Tonasket School Board hired another kindergarten teacher as student population in the primary grades continues to grow.

Read full story · Comments { 0 }

Oroville to spray for mosquitoes after high water recedes

OROVILLE – In a press release last Friday the City of Oroville announced it will begin spraying for mosquitoes as soon as the high water goes down.

Read full story · Comments { 0 }
Oliver Williams was the only young cowboy to rope a calf in the junior cow-roping event at the Chesaw Fourth of July Rodeo. Photo by Gary DeVon

Frances Marchand is Senior All Around Cowboy at Chesaw

OROVILLE – The grandstands were full as Frances Marchand was named Chesaw 4th of July Rodeo Senior All Around Cowboy after winning the bareback, saddle bronc and senior cow riding events last Monday afternoon.

Marchand’s saddle bronc ride on “Decent” was perhaps the most exciting 8 seconds of the annual rodeo which attracts people from all over Washington and Southern B.C.

The Junior All Around Cowboy this year was Kaelyn Marchand, who took first place in the junior cow riding competition. Taking second in the junior cow riding was Tarren Moussy and Dustin Nigg took third.

Read full story · Comments { 0 }

Out of My Mind 34

State’s public places not so public anymore

Facing some major cuts, Washington State is again imposingfees for our state parks and recreation lands with a $30 annual charge onvehicle access. This time it’s called the “Discover Pass.”

Read full story · Comments { 0 }

Kristin Sarmiento named Oroville High School Principal

OROVILLE – The Oroville School Board approved the hiring of Krisin Sarmiento as the new Oroville Junior-Senior High School Principal at their Monday, June 27 meeting.

Read full story · Comments { 0 }

Quick Stop Mini Mart reopens in Oroville

OROVILLE – The Quick Stop Mini Mart, owned by Sirjit Singh, recently reopened in Oroville at 2208 Juniper.

Read full story · Comments { 0 }

Donations to community fireworks show appreciated

OROVILLE – The Fourth of July is just a few weeks away and preparations are being made for this year’s Oroville Community Fireworks Show at Deep Bay Park.

Read full story · Comments { 0 }
Members of the “Chesaw Cheaters,” including Chesaw Rodeo Queen Kristana, pass a ball from one to another as part of the Challenge Games held at this year’s Molson Midsummer Festival held last Saturday. The Cheaters won this challenge, but came in se

Molson Midsummer Fest gets good crowd despite rain

OROVILLE – Even the rain couldn’t keep people away from the Molson Midsummer Festival last Saturday.

“We had a good turnout… they served over 200 for breakfast at the Grange Hall,” said Joyce Forthun, one of the organizers for this unique annual family-friendly event. “All the events took place including the kids and the Challenge Games, with the exception of Frisbee golf because it was a litte too wet.”

Forthun said it was somewhat harder finding wildflowers this year to decorate the Maypole because of the colder weather. She said the flowers, usually gathered during the Fun Walk/Run, had to be imported from further a field this year.

Read full story · Comments { 0 }

Out of My Mind 33

Good to see lots of participation for local offices

There are several open local positions on the school boardsand city councils for Oroville and Tonasket in the next election, which has aprimary on Aug. 16 and general on Nov. 8. In fact, all five of the director’spositions for Oroville’s school board were open due to two terms ending andthree members being appointed since the last elections for their positions tookplace. Three of the directors’ positions on the Tonasket School Board are openas well.

Read full story · Comments { 0 }

Letters to the Editor, June 16

Speed kills – Slow down

On Hwy. 7,Oroville, there are so many drivers that cannot read or just don’t care aboutspeed limit signs. Numerous people that live on Hwy. 7 have called theSheriff’s Department hoping that we can get this problem solved with some radaror the presence of a patrol car in different locations.

Read full story · Comments { 0 }