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

State Patrol seeks witnesses in fatal motorcycle crash

WENATCHEE – The Washington State Patrol is investigating a tragic fatality collision that occurred on Sunday, Aug. 19, 2012 at approximately 9 a.m. on State Route 153, 12 miles North of Brewster.

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Fish kill in Lake Osoyoos due to high water temps

OROVILLE – The most likely cause of the many dead fish reported in Lake Osoyoos is due to the high water temperatures, according to the state Department of Fish and Wildlife.

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Film festival cofounders Mo Fine and Geoff Klein address film goers at the Tumbleweed International Film Festival held Aug. 16 to 18 at the NK'MIP Desert Cultural Center. Photos by Gary DeVon

Tumbleweed Film Festival rolled north to Osoyoos

OSOYOOS, B.C. – Fresh from its success at the third annual Tumbleweed International Film Festival in Oroville, in early August, the event moved north to Osoyoos for three short film-packed days Aug. 16-18.

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Oroville’s Interim Critical Areas Ordinance extended

OROVILLE – Concurring on the need to incorporate changes suggested by the state Department of Ecology, the Oroville City Council agreed to another extension of the city’s Interim Critical Areas Ordinance.

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Peggy Jean Kernan

After a short illness, Peggy Jean (Hicks) Kernan, 66, passed away August 21, 2012 in Trail, BC with her daughters, Julie and Dana, and three of her six grandchildren by her side.

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Letters to the Editor, August 23, 2012

Tough decisions at NVH

Dear Editor,
To the community: North Valley Hospital continues to struggle with paying its debt to the county. While the County Treasurer and County Commissioners have been very supportive and understand the struggles we face as a Rural Healthcare Facility, they are expecting our debt to be paid in full by Dec. 31, 2013. This will not be possible if we do not make multiple changes in our operations to increase revenue and cut expenses.

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Chris Celli loads scrap metal into a container that will be trucked to the coast and loaded on ships for reuse elsewhere. Celli buys several types of scrap metal at his CNC BuyBack Center, just south of Oroville on SR97. Photo by Gary DeVon

CNC BuyBack Center opens near Oroville

OROVILLE – Chris Celli has opened CNC BuyBack Center, a scrap metal and salvaging business, just south of Oroville at 32888 A Hwy. 97.

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Garlic Festival, quilt show and Chesaw Hot August Nights this weekend

OROVILLE – There’s lots to do in the North County before the kids head back to school as the Okanogan River Garlic Festival, Chesaw’s Hot August Nights and the Highland Stitchers Quilt Show all vie for people’s attention.

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A graph showing new construction values over the past two decades. Source: Okanogan County Assessor's Office

Methow Valley continues to lead in new construction, Oroville next

OKANOGAN – The Methow Valley School District represented nearly one-third of the value of all new construction in Okanogan County, according to Assessor Scott Furman’s office.

The assessor’s office uses the various school districts to determine the boundaries of each area included in their reports. While the Methow Valley was still on top of the list with $13,157,700 in new construction, or nearly 32 percent of the total, the Oroville School District was next with $6,006,600 in new construction, or 15 percent of the total.

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Garlic Festival and Chesaw Hot August Nights coming

OROVILLE – There’s lots to do in the North County before the kids head back to school as the Okanogan River Garlic Festival, Chesaw’s Hot August Nights and the Highland Stitchers Quilt Show all vie for people’s attentio

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