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 has a grown daughter, Segornae Douglas and a young granddaughter, Erin.

Stories by Gary DeVon

Photo by Charlene Helm / The team of Chris Corey and Jerrod Gibbons won first place with five bass weighing a total of 26.74 pounds. They also won big small mouth honors with a 6.25 pound fish.

Corey and Gibbons win May Festival Bass Tournament

OROVILLE – Chris Corey and Jerrod Gibbons were the big winners in this year’s May Festival Bass Tournament with a team total of five fish weighing 26.74 pounds.

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Run for the Border this Saturday

OROVILLE – More than 300 motorcycles and riders are expected to participate in this Saturday’s 10th Annual Run for the Border charity ride, which will roar into Oroville sometime before 1 p.m.

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Out of My Mind, May 10, 2012

Oroville Chamber gets new, much needed partner for May Fest BBQ

Can you believe that May Festival is this weekend? For the north county this event marks the start of a flurry of summertime happenings to come.
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Letters to the Editor, May 10, 2012

Thankful for the experience

Dear Editor,
On April 30 Clayton Emry and I were on the Honor Flight to Washington, D.C. This was quite an experience especially for me.
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Oroville Council discusses OHS Senior Projects

OROVILLE – The Oroville City Council discussed whether there needs to be a more structured approach to accepting senior projects.

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This explosive device was found between two rocks at Fancher Dam Reservoir and reported to the Okanogan County Sheriff's office. A bomb disposal unit from Spokane was called in and destroyed it the afternoon of Wednesday, May 3. OCSO photo

Pipe Bomb found at Fancher Lake

TONASKET – A Spokane County Sheriff’s Office bomb disposal unit destroyed a pipe bomb found at the edge of Fancher Dam Reservoir, eight miles northeast of Tonasket last Thursday.

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Oroville Celebrating 78th Annual May Festival this weekend

OROVILLE – ‘Simple Enchantment’ is the theme of this weekend’s May Festival, Oroville’s premiere community event, celebrating its 78th year.

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Jim Prince and Jack Hughes shaking hands on Hughes and his wife Mary taking over the Prince's Department Store and Ace Hardware and Prince's Warehouse business.

Prince’s Department Store Grand Reopening Saturday, May 5

OROVILLE – After 78 years the Prince family sold Prince’s Department Store, Ace Hardware and the warehouse business to Jack and Mary Hughes. On Saturday, May 5 the couple plan a Grand Reopening with special prices, giveaways and activities for the whole family.

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Barker says he’ll resign from school board

OROVILLE – Phil Barker said he will resign from the Oroville School Board at their next meeting, scheduled for Monday, May 29.

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Doris Reynolds and Dee Patterson are this year's Oroville May Festival Grand Marshals. The identical twins say they are proud and excited to be the Grand Marshals and look forward to the May Festival festivities. Photo by Gary DeVon

Dee and Doris chosen as 2012 May Festival Grand Marshals

OROVILLE – The Meyers twins, better known locally as Dee Paterson and Doris Reynolds, have been selected to be this year’s grand marshals for May Festival.

“We were shocked when the girls told us… we are really proud that they asked us,” said Doris and Dee about the news they were chosen.

A common sight around Oroville, the twins belong to several volunteer organizations, including the American Legion Auxiliary, the Oroville Grange, Royal Neighbors and Rebeccas, as well as being very involved in the United Methodist Church.

“We feel when you volunteer it makes for a better place,” said Dee.

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