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

NW Ice Fishing Festival on President’s Day weekend

MOLSON – The seventh annual NW Ice Fishing Festival will be held at Sidley Lake near Molson on the Saturday of President’s Day Weekend, Feb. 19.

The popular wintertime event is sponsored by the Oroville Chamber of Commerce and hosted by the Molson Grange.

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Oroville looking at purchase of new Christmas decorations

OROVILLE – The Oroville City Council heard discussion on purchasing new Christmas decorations to replace the old wreaths and red lanterns on the light poles.

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Dean Scott, a Tiger Dad and builder of the new Pinewood Derby Track lets the racers fly in the derby which took place at the American Legion Hall on Tuesday, Jan. 2. Photo by Gary DeVon

Excited Cub Scouts race colorful cars on new track

OROVILLE – The Oroville American Legion Hall rang with the sounds of excited racers and race fans participated in Scout Pack 23′s annual Pinewood Derby.

The event took place on Tuesday, Jan. 25 and 23 Cub Scouts, ages seven to 11, three siblings and five Scout dads raced on Pack 23′s brand new Pinewood Derby Track built by Tiger Den Leader and Scout Dad Dean Scott.

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Oroville Junior-Senior High School on ‘persistently low-achieving’ list

OROVILLE – Oroville’s Junior-Senior High School was named as one of 50 in the state on the “persistently lowest-achieving schools” list, making it eligible for School Improvement grants ranging from $50,000 to $2 million annually for three years, depending on federal funding availability.

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President of China’s visit brings up some interesting data

With U.S. debt on a skyward trajectory the question ofwhether we want to be even more beholding to those from whom we seek financingis being constantly raised. And usually when the question is asked the countrythey specify is China. However, with the visit of President Hu to the UnitedStates, some interesting information is starting to trickle out about just whohas more to lose should relations between our two countries go awry.

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Much has changed at the former Jackpot Food Mart located at 1518 Main Street since the building was purchased by Jim Newton and turned into a restaurant. The Department of Ecology listed the one time gas station and convenience store as a Hazardous Site,

Ecology proposes removing Oroville site from Hazardous List

OROVILLE – The state Department of Ecology has proposed the removal of the Jackpot Food Mart Site from the Hazardous Sites List because of clean-up that took place four years ago.

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This year’s May Festival Royalty are (L-R) Princesses Kelsey Hughes, Kylie Richardson, Naomi Peters and Queen Madison Hatch. The girls, all juniors at Oroville High School, had personal interviews from a panel of judges and then on Selection Night last

Madison Hatch selected Oroville May Festival Queen

OROVILLE – Madison Hatch, the daughter of Bill and Moya Hatch, was chosen as this year’s Oroville May Festival Queen at the annual Selection Night held last Monday.

Hatch, Kelsey Hughes, Naomi Peters and Kylie Richardson were all vying for queen’s crown. Prior to the start of Selection Night, each girl had a personal interview before a panel of judges that included Helen Casey, Pat Davisson, Kevin Terrace, Kathy Jones and Nancy Roberts, according to Oroville School District Superintendent Steve Quick, the emcee for the evening.

Following introductions of the judges, ballot officials and stair escorts, as well as Reigning 2010 May Festival Royalty Queen Brandy Range and Princess Cheyanne Sharp, the four girls each gave their candidate’s speech.

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Oroville mayor makes department head appointments

OROVILLE – Oroville Mayor Chuck Spieth asked the city council to approve his re-appointment of the city’s department heads at the council’s Tuesday, Jan. 4 meeting.

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Canola crushing company also looking at unique gas generation

OROVILLE – Along with their plans to begin crushing canola at their Oroville location, Carbon Cycle Crush, is also pursuing the idea of a waste-to-energy

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2010, the year that was

Each year as we look back at some of the top headlines thatmade up the front pages of this newspaper we see a diverse number of topicsover the year and 2010 was no exception.

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