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

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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Omak School Superintendent dies in accident

PATEROS – Omak School Superintendent Dr. Arthur H. Himmler, 68, died when his car left the road, rolled and he was ejected from this pickup truck. Dr. Himmler was on his way to a conference for school administrators from throughout the region. According to the Washington State Patrol Dr. Himmler was driving his 2008 Ford [...]

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NW Ice Fishing Festival helps support visitor center

MOLSON – The 2013 Northwest Ice Fishing Festival will be the Saturday of Presidents’ Day Weekend, Feb. 16 at Molson.

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Closing assisted living shows cuts can have consequences

While our national debt continues to be a rallying cry for some on the right, we must remember that we can’t always cut our way to prosperity. While past stimuluses have shown some small positive effects for our overall economy, there’s definitely no guarantee that drastic cuts, austerity programs if you will, would have grown [...]

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More cougar sightings in Oroville

OROVILLE – The Oroville Police Department is reporting residents have sighted a cougar and possibly a cub in the Highland Drive/Summit Drive/Deerpath area.

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Tonasket Kiwanis Groundhog Dinner this Saturday

TONASKET – The 29th Annual Tonasket Kiwanis Club Groundhog Dinner will be this Saturday, Feb. 2 from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the Tonasket High School Commons.

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Whiteakers open Blossom and Briar in new location

OROVILLE – Tim and Cenah Whiteaker have purchased the Blossom and Briar floral and gift shop and moved it’s location to the former Emporium building north of Oroville.

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Oroville (Wash.) School District Superintendent Steve Quick

Oroville School Board renews Supt. Quick’s contract

OROVILLE – After returning from executive session to evaluate Superintendent Steve Quick, the Oroville School Board announced they would be renewing his contract for a three-year term.

“I move to approve Mr. Quick’s three-year contract as written,” said School Director Amy Wise at the board’s meeting Tuesday, Jan. 29.

The renewal includes an increase in pay of $2,000 each of the next three years.

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Wolves emotional issue for many Eastern Washingtonians

Last week we ran an article on Rep. Joel Kretz’ efforts to introduce legislation to reintroduce wolves to the west side of the state. Although sounding somewhat tongue-in-cheek, the Seventh District legislator from Wauconda is completely serious about the issue. If Western Washington legislators are going to sing the economic and environmental benefits of having [...]

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Revamped veterans memorial approved at park

OROVILLE – The Oroville City Council gave tentative approval to a new, larger memorial at the city’s Veterans Memorial Park.

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