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 Elementary School Principal Joe Worsham presents Julie Schildgen with the Upper Okanogan 'Teacher of the Year' plaque from Wal-Mart Corporation. Submitted photo

Oroville’s Julie Schildgen named ‘Teacher of the Year’

OROVILLE – Julie Schildgen, a teacher at Oroville Elementary, has been chosen as the Upper Okanogan Valley Teacher of the Year by the Wal-Mart Corporation.

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Veterans Memorial Park will be transferred to Oroville

OROVILLE – After once approving the transfer of Osoyoos Lake Veterans Memorial State Park to Oroville and rescinding their decision, the state Parks and Recreation Commission has again agreed the city would be the best stewards of the facility.

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Lady Hornet Alex Egerton brings down the ball against the Kittitas Lady Coyotes in a loser-out game in the District playoffs. Photo by Terry Mills

Foul trouble and flu proved too much for Lady Hornets

WENATCHEE – After losing to Liberty Bell on Monday, Oroville’s girls’ basketball team had one more chance to continue post-season play towards State with a battle against Kittitas in Wenatchee Thursday, Feb. 25.

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Oroville will sponsor rural library funding application

OROVILLE – The Oroville City Council gave the nod to the Friends of the Library to pursue federal funding to help build a new public library, a goal the group has been working on for the past several years.

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Darren Hicks (right) and a fellow Coast Guard Rescue Swimmer. File photo

Oroville man survives Coast Guard helicopter crash

ELIZABETH CITY, NC – Darren Hicks from Oroville was one of five crewmen aboard a Coast Guard MH-60T Jayhawk rescue helicopter that crashed in the Uinta Mountains about 50 miles east of Salt Lake City, Utah Wednesday, March 3.

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Oroville High School students (front, L-R) Abril Lopez, Jessica McAllister, Laurel Griffin, Serena Carper and (back row) Tiffany Roberts, Morgan Roloff and Austianna Quick in a web cam shot as they meet face-to-face over the internet with students in Jala

Oroville girls receive big dose of Afgan culture via Skype

OROVILLE – Following months of discussions on the Global Connections and Exchange social networking site, Oroville High School senior Serena Carper organized a Skype call for six girls in her class and more than 15 girls in Jalalabad in Afghanistan.

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Tonasket is a ‘pedestrian zone’

TONASKET – The Tonasket City Council continued their discussion on the fact that the city is a pedestrian zone, meaning there is no jaywalking within town, during their meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 23.

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Oroville school enrollment remains higher than predicted

OROVILLE – Each summer the school board builds a budget based on what they think the enrollment will be the following year – Oroville chooses to be conservative in their estimates, but this year enrollment has been surprisingly higher than expected.

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Oroville seeking letters supporting transfer of state park to city

OROVILLE – Oroville wants Osoyoos Lake Veterans Memorial State park to be transferred to the city and is seeking the public’s support.

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Steve Quick

Principal Steve Quick selected as new Oroville School Superintendent

OROVILLE – Although the job was widely advertised, the Oroville School Board had to look no further than from within the district to find their new superintendent, current OHS Principal Steve Quick.

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