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 the 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

Oroville Councilman Walt Hart III received an Advanced Certificate of Municipal Leadership from the Association of Washington Cities.  Photos by Gary DeVon

Oroville looking at moving two ‘Chrises’ to old VIC Building

OROVILLE – Oroville will look into the feasibility of moving its Director of Community and Economic Development and its Permit Administrator to the city’s vacant Visitor Information Center at 1730 Main Street.

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Thanksgiving: A time to reflect

While everything might not be perfect and for some life maybe a real struggle at times, Thanksgiving gives us a chance to reflect on thethings that make us truly grateful. It is a tradition that has its roots goingback to the Pilgrims who came here in the early 17th Century looking for areligious freedom they could not find in England at the time.

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Oroville Hornet Football out of Dome contention

WAITSBURG – The Oroville Hornets watched their bid for a spot at the Tacoma Dome and a chance at the State B Championship fade away with their 13-49 loss to the Waitsburg-Prescott Cardinals last Saturday.

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Hornet volleyballers make All-League Honorable Mention

OROVILLE – Three Lady Hornets have been selected for Honorable Mention to this season’s 2B All-League team.

Lacy Forrester, Jessica Hutsell and Daniela Ortega from Oroville were selected for the honor in the Central Washington B League ballot.

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Oroville Chamber looking for fresh faces

 

The Oroville Chamber of Commerce is looking for a few freshfaces to help build up the organization to better serve the local businesscommunity. Without some help the group may go the way of other organizationslike the Oroville Kiwanis, which folded a few years back.

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Travis G. Rairdan died after the pickup he was driving left the roadway, clipped a power pole and overturned before rolling about 150 to 200 feet down a hillside and striking a patio roof at 6 Valley View Park Drive in Omak. OCSO photo

Omak man dies in car crash

OMAK – An Omak man died when he failed to negotiate a curve on Hendrick Road and rolled down a 150-foot embankment Friday, Nov. 12.

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Detro, Rogers, Groomes, McCormack and Rawson win county elections

OKANOGAN COUNTY – With no ballots left to count it looks like Jim Detro will join Andy Lampe and Bud Hover on the Okanogan County Board of Commissioners and Frank Rogers will continue as county sheriff.

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State champion Sierra Speiker at last Saturday’s tournament held in Yakima. Photo by Bob Thornton

Sierra Speiker is 2010 State B Cross Country champion

YAKIMA – Freshman Sierra Speiker, Oroville’s top cross country runner, broke course records all season long and now has earned first place in the State B Cross Country meet held in Pasco last Saturday.

Speiker led her next closest opponent, Morgan Wilson from Colfax by nearly 13 seconds to win her race. Speiker controlled the race, staying about ten meters ahead of Wilson, then accelerated up Heartbreak Hill and pulled away to win by a comfortable margin.

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Quarterback Preston Iverson stretches for the goal line bringing the ball within striking distance for the Hornets. Iverson rushed for 72 yards on 20 carries in the State playoff game against White Swan. Photo by Gary DeVon

Oroville football defeats White Swan in State playoff game

OROVILLE – The Hornets’ 37 to seven victory over the White Swan Cougars gives them a third seed in the State playoffs and sets them up for a game against Waitsburg/Prescott Cardinals at Waitsburg High School on Saturday, Nov. 13 at 7 p.m.

“The defense stepped up and played a great game,” said Hornet Coach Tam Hutchinson about the White Swan game. “Tyler Clark had his best game this year with 10 primary tackles and five assist.”

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Environmental group says gold mine has problems with water quality

CHESAW – The environmental group Okanogan Highland Association is warning that mining activities at the Buckhorn Mountain Project are adversely impacting local water quality.

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