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

Award winning endurance rider Heidi Hilton plans return to competition

OROVILLE – Oroville’s Heidi Hylton has been competing for two years in horse endurance riding and for a relative newcomer has racked up some impressive results.

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Oroville approves Similkameen Trailhead Conditional Use Permit for parking, restrooms

OROVILLE – The Oroville City Council approved a Conditional Use Permit for miscellaneous improvements to the Similkameen Trailhead, including the construction of restrooms and a parking lot.

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Oroville gives OK to ‘false alarm’ ordinance

OROVILLE – After fine tuning over the last two meetings, Oroville set an ordinance setting fees for “false alarm” calls in an effort to try and curtail unnecessary emergency responses. The ordinance was approved at the council’s Tuesday, March 5 meeting pending a review by city attorney Mick Howe. It sets the charge for emergency [...]

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Sequestration will hurt our state too

We’ve been hearing a lot about how sequestration is going to hurt states with big military facilities. Washington State will also suffer under the axe if congress and the president don’t come up with some kind of deal – something more permanent this time we hope – to put an end to these automatic cuts…

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No fish, but most enjoyed annual Ice Fishing Fest

MOLSON – Even a two time previous winner of the Northwest Ice Fishing Festival couldn’t land a fish last Saturday, although she had one on that threw the hook. But that didn’t mean the 86 participants, including 17 kids, didn’t have a lot of fun trying.

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Fit for a Queen

Shelby Scott was crowned the 2013 May Festival Queen at the Royalty Selection Night held last Monday evening in the Oroville High School Commons. Angela Nelson is this year’s May Festival Princess.

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Jet ski races on Lake Osoyoos?

OROVILLE – The Oroville Chamber of Commerce has been approached by a member of the Northwest Jet Sports Association about the possibility of bringing jet ski races to Oroville on Lake Osoyoos. Roger Harnack, publisher of the Omak Chronicle and an avid jet ski enthusiast, was at the Thursday, Feb. 7 meeting of the chamber [...]

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Snowmobile Ice Drags a lot of fun

It was my first time at the Snowmobile Ice Drags sponsored by the Bonaparte Snowmobile/ATV Club and I have to admit it was a good time. Not only was the action fast-paced, but there were lots of people to talk to out on the lake while the competitors hurled forward in an effort to best [...]

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Oroville approves small rezone

OROVILLE – The Oroville City Council approved a rezone of property from commercial to residential at their Tuesday, Feb. 12 council meeting.

The request for a rezone was submitted by Greg and Charlene Helm on property they own on the south end of town near Gold Digger’s bin storage lot. The issue was discussed by the council and Chris Branch, director of community development, in a closed record hearing presided over by the mayor.

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George Williams

George Eugene Jensen Williams passed into eternal rest on February 5, 2013 at his home while feeding his horses. He was born on December 8, 1924 to George Albert Williams and Jettie Christine Jensen Williams at Oroville, Wash.

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