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

Oroville looking to lease ambulance while wrecked unit out of service

OROVILLE – The City of Oroville is trying to find a second ambulance to lease while it’s determined whether repairs can be made to the main unit, which was damaged when struck by another vehicle.

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<p class=MsoNormal align=right style='text-align:right'><span style='font-family:Arial'>Photo by Gary DeVon</span></p><p class=MsoBodyText2><span style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:Arial'>Joan Hoehn at the Oroville School District office preparingfor a t

Oroville School District hires Joan Hoehn as new elementary principal

OROVILLE-Oroville School District has found a new elementary school principal that hails from the “show me” state of Missouri.

“After going through the interview process last Friday, as well as doing background checks today, I am pleased to announce that our new elementary school principal for the 2011/12 school year will be Joan Hoehn,” writes Superintendent Steve Quick in a release last Monday.

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Summer burn ban on all DNR-protected lands

OLYMPIA – The state Department ofNatural Resources announced a burning ban on all DNR-protected lands from July1 to Sept. 30, 2011.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.”

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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.

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Quick Stop Mini Mart reopens in Oroville

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

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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.

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