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

Don Brogan, chairman of Destination Osoyoos and manager of Walnut Beach Resort, talks about tourism in Osoyoos and recent construction of more high-end accommodations at local resort hotels. Photo by Gary DeVon

Tourism Council holds quarterly meeting at Oroville

OROVILLE – The Okanogan County Tourism Council held their quarterly meeting last Friday, Sept. 16 at the Old Oroville Depot Museum.

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Oroville Hornet quarterback Preston Iverson returns the football 72 yards for a touchdown on the Republic Tiger’s opening kickoff in an 8-man game last Friday evening on the Tiger’s home field. The game was called in the Hornet’s favor after the fir

Oroville Football makes short work of Republic

OROVILLE – The Oroville Hornets took on Republic in an eight-man game on the Tiger’s homefield last Friday evening bringing home a 56 to 8 victory.

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New day spa opens in Oroville

OROVILLE – Leah Colbert has opened the Day Spa on Main at 1406 Main Street in Oroville in the former home of the Clothes Tree store. The day spa offers massage and nail services and opened Sept. 1.

Colbert, a lifetime resident of the Okanogan Valley, will offer several types of massage, including Swedish, geriatric, lymphatic and relaxation massage with a lighter touch. For the past nine years Colbert’s services, Massage by Leah, were offered at the PT Works in Tonasket.

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Oroville council updated on several ongoing projects

OROVILLE – It was an evening of updates for the Oroville City Council at their Tuesday, Sept. 7 meeting.

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Oroville Chamber member recommends more self-promotion in Canada

OROVILLE – Bill Robertson, guest speaker at last Friday’s Oroville Chamber of Commerce meeting, recommended more self-promotion of Oroville to take advantage of the growing number of Canadian tourists and ‘Snowbirds’ just across the border.

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Oroville Library still looking for funding of new building

OROVILLE – Julie Ashmore appeared before the Oroville City Council at their Tuesday, Sept. 7 meeting to discuss various funding schemes for a new library building.

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Oroville Football has season opener against Triple A Kelowna team

KELOWNA, B.C. – The mighty Hornets faced off against a much larger Kelowna, B.C. team to warm up for their 2010 season and lost 53 to 7.

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Tonasket-area woman fined for burn barrel fire that caused 2009 wildfire

YAKIMA – The Washington Department of Ecology has issued a fine of $6,500 to Tonasket-area resident Ardith Law for a burn barrel fire that escaped, causing a larger wildfire requiring response from area firefighters.

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Marijuana grows with 20,000 plants harvested by Drug Task Force

OKANOGAN – The Drug Task Force harvested approximately 20,000 marijuana plants in Okanogan County during the month of August.

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Oroville School Board members serve ice cream to elementary school students and their parents following an open house last Monday evening, Aug. 30, the first day of school for the Oroville School District. Photo by Gary DeVon

School policies and more on Oroville School District Web site

OROVILLE – Superintendent Steve Quick announced that school policies are now on the Oroville School District’s Web site and more information is being added to the site frequently.

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