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

Everyone is invited to join in the dance around the May Pole at the Molson Mid Summer Festival. The May Pole is a tradition of some of the Nordic countries where many Molson’s early pioneers had their roots. Photos by Gary DeVon

Molson Festival takes place under sunny skies

OROVILLE – Molson Midsummer Fest couldn’t have asked for a more perfect day as the sun came out and the only clouds in a bright blue sky were the fluffy white kind that didn’t threaten rain.

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Many people gathered to listen to speeches and celebrate the raising of the American Flag on the 50-foot flagpole at the U.S. Armed Forces Legacy Project. Photo by Gary DeVon

Flagpole dedicated at U.S. Armed Forces Legacy Project

TONASKET – The spectacular 50-foot tall flagpole was dedicated at the U.S. Armed Forces Legacy Project in Tonasket with veterans, dignitaries and well-wishers in attendance last Monday morning.

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Candidates file for county, state and federal positions

OKANOGAN – Last week’s candidate filing period has drawn several contenders for county, state and federal offices – while a few positions remain open.

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E. Todd Tumbleston is Oroville’s Code Enforcement officer. Tumbleston, who normally works as an unpaid reserve officer for Oroville, is being paid through a grant from the state Department of Trade and Economic Development. Photo by Gary DeVon

Grant paying for code enforcement officer

OROVILLE – Those with hulk vehicles, trashed yards and other violations of Oroville’s municipal codes beware, the city has a code enforcement officer who might just cite you if you don’t clean up your mess.

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Stinky sewer smell brings renewed complaints

OROVILLE – An Oroville couple has again approached the city asking for their help in getting rid of the sewer gas smell they say is coming from the Eastlake sewer project.

Neil and Debbi Vigas told the council the odor is much worse as the weather warms up and has made it so they can open their windows, use their deck or yard.

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Oroville girls win District Track & Field Championship

KITTITAS – On Friday May 21, the Oroville Track Team traveled to Kittitas for the District Meet and the Lady Hornets returned with the championship.

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The crew at the Hornets Nest (L-R) Matt Sharpe, Alex Carranza, Scott Baugher and America Perez. Photo by Gary DeVon

Hornets Nest reopened under new ownership

OROVILLE – America and Luis Perez have reopened the Hornet’s Nest Restaurant on Main Street in Oroville.

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Oroville establishes private park-use fees

OROVILLE – The Oroville City Council set new private park-use fees, as well as authorized a new legal description and map for Veteran’s Memorial Park as part of its annexation.

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Roberto Ripley with the Senior Project he and Alma Mojica are working on. It is a display case with a tree that will have copper leaves. Each leaf will have the name of a local veteran, their branch of service and the number of years served. Permission to

Oroville okays grant application for sewer extension

OROVILLE – The Oroville City Council approved a grant application to fund a sewer extension to several units of permanent farm worker housing to be developed off Sawtell Road.

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Globe at the Beach opens at Veranda Beach Resort

OROVILLE – Globe at the Beach opened at Veranda Beach Resort in Oroville for Mother’s Day Weekend and showcased a new menu for summer.

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