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

Cecilia Ray and Wes Westphal have opened World of Gaia in Oroville and sell a wide variety of rocks and minerals from around the world, both online and in their new store. The couple also sells jewelry making and rock hounding supplies. Photo by Gary DeVo

World of Gaia moves from online to Main Street

OROVILLE – World of Gaia, an online business selling a large assortment of tumbled and specimen rocks, carved stone gifts in animal and heart shapes, rock hounding books, tumblers and related items, has opened for business at 1321 Main St. in Oroville.

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Lisa Lindsay capturing an ill red-tailed hawk.

OWL offers animal rehabilitation, education

OROVILLE – Lisa Lindsay has started a wildlife education and rehabilitation center in Oroville she calls the Okanogan Wildlife League.

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Concern expressed to board over coach’s resignation

TONASKET – Teresa Hawkins expressed her concern over the resignation of varsity basketball coach Glenn Braman during the public comment portion of the Tonasket School Board meeting on Monday, March 12.

Hawkins, wife of longtime varsity football coach Jay Hawkins, said she was concerned that the direction of the school district concerning its coaches was taking an ugly turn.

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Oroville High School Annual photo of Frank Motta in his first job as a principal at Oroville High School.

Former Oroville Principal Frank Motta killed

SPOKANE – Former Oroville High School Principal Frank Motta died from injuries sustained while trying to help a neighbor whose Spokane area home had been overrun by a teenage party.

Apparently Motta was asked to keep an eye on the house by his neighbor and on Saturday, March 10 when he saw there was a party going on he called the neighbor who was out of town. She gave him the security code to the garage door and called 911. Motta then went to try and break up the party.

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Out of My Mind, March 15, 2012

No easy fix for Eastlake sewer financing

The county commissioners are between a rock and a hard place when it comes to the issue of paying back the state Public Works Trust Fund for the Eastlake Sewer Project. The county went into the project with good intentions -

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Letters to the Editor, March 15, 2012

Keep Peerless exterior the same

Dear Gary,
‘What a thankful thing, to at last have an additional restaurant on Main Street again. I welcome this new business and wish the owners all the success possible.

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Steve Kinzie and Steve Sher will be performing at the Tonasket CCC Coffee House on Friday, March 23 at 6:30 p.m., following a dinner that starts at 5:30 p.m.

Sher and Kinzie to perform at CCC Coffee House, March 23

TONASKET – Steve Sher and Steve Kinzie will be performing at the next Tonasket Community Cultural Center Coffee House on March 23.

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Roley appointed to county Board of Health

OROVILLE – Oroville Councilwoman Neysa Roley was appointed to the Okanogan County Board of Health by Mayor Chuck Spieth at the council’s Tuesday, March 6 meeting.

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Oroville Chamber learns about saving energy, money

OROVILLE – David Boyd told Oroville Chamber of Commerce members that they may be eligible for grants and utility incentives to replace old equipment, reduce energy costs and even generate power on-site.

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Adult softball league looking for teams

OROVILLE – Spring marks the return of adult slow pitch softball and for the second year in a row a league is forming in north county.

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