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

Similkameen to be sacrificed for PUD

Dear Gary,

The Similkameen River is thundering over Coyote Falls, down through her canyon west of Oroville and putting on a show for all eager to witness the raw power of nature. Snow melt coming down the watershed, raising Palmer Lake, bringing new life into this diverse ecosystem as it has for 10,000 years. The river and all the life it sustains is a priceless treasure, and a source of life we must preserve and protect.

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Oroville weighs options on concession stand at Veterans Memorial Park

OROVILLE – No person or group has come forward to rent the concession stand at Oroville’s Veterans Memorial Park leaving the city to look for ways to make it more attractive to potential operators.

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Molson Grange needs new roof

Dear Editor,

I know you have been to a few events at the Molson Grange Hall and know how important it is to local communities and even friends of Molson that live far far away now. The Molson Grange organization continues to be one of the most active in Washington State, but we have a huge problem. For over a decade we have patched the flat roof of the historic old building and have failed to stop the leaks. To save the Grange Hall we need a new roof. The Grange is adamant to have this done right and estimates are it will cost just under $40,000.

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Made the big splash a big success

Dear Gary,

To the Tonasket Citizens: The Big Splash BBQ was such a success and so much fun. We accomplished our goal of promoting the Tonasket Water Ranch and raised $5000 as well.

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79th Oroville May Festival this Saturday

OROVILLE – “Paradise in the Valley” is the theme for this year’s Oroville May Festival which pays tribute to Oroville’s location and Lake Osoyoos.

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Managing Editor Gary DeVon

May Festival marks the start of busy event season

It’s that time of year, the kids aren’t even out of school and already the summertime activities are starting to roll around. May Festival, although in spring, is just next weekend and promises to bring back old memories and perhaps make some new ones. It is also a chance to catch up with old friends, [...]

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Fire at Hometown Pizza caught on camera

OROVILLE – A fire in the early morning hours last Sunday at Hometown Pizza and Pasta in Oroville was limited to mostly smoke damage because of the quick reporting by the owner of the recently opened Pastime Bar and Grill.

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The ‘new’ Pastime: I think dad would have liked it

The iconic neon Pastime Tavern sign is gone, so is the balcony, card room, the hot dog machine and even the famous window into the gent’s bathroom. But enough of the old PT remains, especially the historic rosewood backbar, billiard tables and shuffleboard to make you feel at home. The feeling of the newly opened Pastime Bar & Grill still evokes special memories in many of us and will continue to make new memories for patrons well into the future. Vicki and Brent and all the contractors and staff have come together to create a new Pastime that hopefully will live on in Oroville for even longer than the PT of old.

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Finding room for guest workers a challenge

OROVILLE – Last February representatives from Gold Digger Apples, Taber Orchards and Del Rosario Orchards approached the Oroville Housing Authority to ask if they could house more than 100 H2A guest workers, some staying for as much as half a year, at their farmworkers camp off Sawtell Road.

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Arnie Marchand invites you to take ‘A Three Nation Reading Vacation’

OROVILLE – Arnie Marchand has put together a collection of stories he has heard from the Okanogan Country in “The Way I Heard It: A Three Nation Reading Vacation,” a new book recently published by Xlibris books.

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