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

Out of My Mind 30

Successful May Festival marks start of tourist season

Despite threats of rain, the weather held and we had anothergreat May Festival thanks to the many volunteers who give of their time to makeOroville’s premier event a great kick off to the coming tourist season.

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Letters to the Editor, May 19

Where is the Outrage?

Many legislators in Congress still do not getit! The largest contributing factor in the outrageous cost of prescriptiondrugs is advertising and promotion, estimated to be about 37% of the price wepay for those drugs. More money is spent on lobbying, advertising and promotionby the pharmaceutical industry than is spent on research and development.

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Property values drop 10 percent in Oroville area

OROVILLE – The recent reassessment of the Oroville area showed a 10 percent overall drop in property values, according to Okanogan County Auditor Scott Furman.

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National Weather services warns of potential flooding

NC WASH. – The National Weather Service has put out near daily warnings of the potential for flooding of small streams and main stem rivers in North Central Washington.

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<p class=MsoNormal align=right style='text-align:right'><span style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:Arial'>Photo by Gary DeVon</span></p><p class=MsoNormal style='text-align:justify'><b><span style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:Arial'>Ron Knight and Mac Car

New changes at Internet provider GDICOM

OROVILLE – GDICOM, the internet provider owned by Gold Digger Apples, has undergone some changes with new personnel and pricing for their services.

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<p class=MsoNormal align=right style='text-align:right'><span style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:Arial'>Photo by Gary DeVon</span></p><span style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:Arial;'>One tradition as oldas May Festival is the May Pole Dancers who weave

Oroville’s 77th Annual May Festival

OROVILLE – The 77th Annual May Festival featured many traditional events as well as some new activities that are quickly becoming part of the tradition.

The Gold Digger Apple Float was judged Best Float this year and another crowd favorite, the City of Kelowna float featuring an iridescent green Ogopogo was Queen Madison Hatch’s Choice. The City of Kelowna Royalty also earned a first place in the judge’s awards.

By the number of ties this year it was apparent the judges were having a hard time choosing among the many fine entries. The other first prize winners were:

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Product Fair in Ankara. Photos by Tony Kindred

Oroville students travel to Turkey for ‘trip of a lifetime’

OROVILLE – Five Oroville business students got the chance to travel to Turkey in April to participate in a product fair with like-minded Turkish students.

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Some of the staff of the new Family Medical Center Dental Clinic in Oroville (L-R) Mercedes Hand, Genoveva Lopez, Amber Utt, Dr. Robert Dillard and Dr. Lavonne Hammelman.

Family Health Centers opens dental clinic in Oroville

OROVILLE – The Okanogan Family Health Center has opened a new dental clinic in Oroville, celebrating their grand opening April 21 with a ribbon cutting.

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Oroville Council prepares for potential flooding

OROVILLE – The City of Oroville took steps to prepare for flooding by approving a plan to bring in sand to fill sandbags in case the Okanogan and Similkameen Rivers overflow their banks this spring.

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<p class=MsoBodyText align=right style='text-align:right'><spanstyle='font-size:8.0pt;font-weight:normal'>Submittedphoto</span></p><p class=MsoNormal><b><span style='font-family:"Swiss 721"'>Joy and John Lawsonare this year’s May Festival Grand Marshals

John and Joy Lawson are May Festival Grand Marshals

OROVILLE – John and Joy Lawson have the honor of being this year’s May Festival Grand Marshals and will preside over the Grand Parade.

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