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

Spay and neuter your pets

OROVILLE – Dot Shank from Okanogan County Animal Foster Care and OK Snip spoke with members of the Oroville Chamber of Commerce about the value in having pets spayed and neutered.

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Out of My Mind 26

‘Do Not Track’ bill a good idea

I was quick to sign up for the “DoNot Call” Registry when the program was made available and for the most part,it has worked well. Except for a few persistent callers who seem to blatantlyignore the law – mostly it seems, windshield repair services – I’ve been happywith the drop in cold calls wanting to sell me something I don’t want. Perhapsthe best comedic line concerning these pests came from Jerry Seinfeld when heasks a phone salesman what time he eats dinners so he can call him back then.Of course the salesman was indignant at the very thought someone might disturbhim while he was eating.

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Oroville Chamber will bring circus to town in June

OROVILLE – The Oroville Chamber of Commerce elected the 2011 slate of officers and discussed bringing the Culpepper & Merriweather Circus back to town this summer.

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Oroville boys basketball has ‘fantastic week’ on the road

BREWSTER – Oroville Boys Basketball had a successful week on the road, beating Bridgeport and Pateros, then got their revenge for a major loss at home against Brewster.

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Hornets wrestle shorthanded at Districts

WINTHROP – Oroville finished second from the top at Districts, with Nick Perez, wrestling 140 and Gabe Beltran, wrestling 285, taking championships.

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Out of My Mind 25

Don’t kill the messenger

Two issues back we ran an article on the Oroville SchoolBoard meeting with a headline announcing the fact the state Office ofSuperintendent of Public Instruction has put the Oroville Junior-Senior HighSchool on a list of 50 “persistently low-achieving” schools. SuperintendentSteve Quick was upset the newspaper used that as a headline, rather thansomething more positive like we did for the Tonasket School Board article.

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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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