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

Fourth graders to learn to swim at Veranda Pool

Poynter hired as new second grade teacher OROVILLE – Following the news Veranda Beach Resort’s homeowners association had raised several thousands of dollars for the Oroville Elementary, Superintendent Steve Quick announced that the resort had offered the use of the pool for swimming lessons for fourth graders.” They had a big fund raiser with the [...]

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Okanogan County Assessor Scott Furman

Reassessment of Oroville area property values underway by county assessor’s office

Gold mine one-quarter of total taxable property valuation OROVILLE – The Oroville area is undergoing a new assessment by the Okanogan County Assessor’s office to determine property values within the school district for taxation purposes. “We have just started to appraise the properties in the Oroville School District. We are under the new annual assessment, [...]

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Oroville School Board OKs eighth graders in some high school sports

OROVILLE – After tabling the issue two weeks ago, the Oroville School Board approved a one-year pilot program allowing eighth graders to participate in high school sports. The eighth graders can only play in sports that do not offer junior high teams in these particular sports though. And, the decision has to be approved by [...]

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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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