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

“In Search of Nectar,” an example of local artist Jim Weaver’s work in watercolor. He will have a Watercolor Art Show at the Oroville Senior Center from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday during Heritage Days. The artist says 20 percent of the proceeds f

Oroville Heritage and Airport Fly-in Days this weekend

OROVILLE – The Okanogan Borderlands Historical Society brings Heritage and Airport Fly-in Days to Oroville this Friday and Saturday.

The activities surrounding Heritage Days and the Airport Fly-in recount moments in Oroville history and take place around town and at Oroville’s Dorothy Scott Memorial International Airport. These include a historical walk around town, war-time displays at the Depot Museum and information about a world record holding glider pilot who grew up in Oroville….

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Oroville Heritage and Airport Fly-in Days set for July 23 and 24

OROVILLE – This year’s Oroville Heritage and Airport Fly-in Days promises some old favorites as well as new activities.

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Tonasket student accepted into Washington Aerospace Scholars Program

SEATTLE – Russell Perry from Tonasket will be participating in the Washington Aerospace Scholars Summer Residency Program July 17-22 at the Museum of Flight in Seattle this summer.

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Oroville City Council updated on mosquito spraying

OROVILLE – The Oroville City Council heard an update on the city’s plan to spray for mosquitoes and learned that staff is recommending treating some wetlands adjacent to the city limits.

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Oroville looking to lease ambulance while wrecked unit out of service

OROVILLE – The City of Oroville is trying to find a second ambulance to lease while it’s determined whether repairs can be made to the main unit, which was damaged when struck by another vehicle.

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<p class=MsoNormal align=right style='text-align:right'><span style='font-family:Arial'>Photo by Gary DeVon</span></p><p class=MsoBodyText2><span style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:Arial'>Joan Hoehn at the Oroville School District office preparingfor a t

Oroville School District hires Joan Hoehn as new elementary principal

OROVILLE-Oroville School District has found a new elementary school principal that hails from the “show me” state of Missouri.

“After going through the interview process last Friday, as well as doing background checks today, I am pleased to announce that our new elementary school principal for the 2011/12 school year will be Joan Hoehn,” writes Superintendent Steve Quick in a release last Monday.

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Summer burn ban on all DNR-protected lands

OLYMPIA – The state Department ofNatural Resources announced a burning ban on all DNR-protected lands from July1 to Sept. 30, 2011.

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Tonasket School District adds fourth kindergarten class

TONASKET – At their Monday, June 27 meeting, the Tonasket School Board hired another kindergarten teacher as student population in the primary grades continues to grow.

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Oroville to spray for mosquitoes after high water recedes

OROVILLE – In a press release last Friday the City of Oroville announced it will begin spraying for mosquitoes as soon as the high water goes down.

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Oliver Williams was the only young cowboy to rope a calf in the junior cow-roping event at the Chesaw Fourth of July Rodeo. Photo by Gary DeVon

Frances Marchand is Senior All Around Cowboy at Chesaw

OROVILLE – The grandstands were full as Frances Marchand was named Chesaw 4th of July Rodeo Senior All Around Cowboy after winning the bareback, saddle bronc and senior cow riding events last Monday afternoon.

Marchand’s saddle bronc ride on “Decent” was perhaps the most exciting 8 seconds of the annual rodeo which attracts people from all over Washington and Southern B.C.

The Junior All Around Cowboy this year was Kaelyn Marchand, who took first place in the junior cow riding competition. Taking second in the junior cow riding was Tarren Moussy and Dustin Nigg took third.

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