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

Todd Hill takes the oath of office for the Oroville School Board. Hill was selected to fill the spot vacated by Christina Rise, who resigned her position after moving from her region of the district into another from which she wasn't elected. Photo by Gar

Todd Hill selected as new school board member

OROVILLE – Todd Hill, an Oroville police officer and father of four, was selected to fill the seat vacated by Christina Rise on the Oroville School Board.

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Sen. Maria Cantwell

Okanogan County recipient of federal dollars

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Okanogan County will receive about $2.25 million in Secure Rural School funding through an amendment to the transportation bill cosponsored by U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA).

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Constructed in 1987, Zosel Dam replaced a wooden structure that served Zosel's Sawmill. The current dam is used to control water levels on Lake Osoyoos under the Oroville-Tonasket Irrigation District as authorized by the state Department of Ecology. The w

IJC seeks public comments Lake Osoyoos levels

OROVILLE/OSOYOOS – The International Joint Commission is seeking comments from the public regarding the regulation of water levels of Lake Osoyoos at meetings planned in Oroville and Osoyoos, B.C.

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The owners of Frontier Foods have invested a lot in improving the exterior of their store, including new siding and paint, a reworked overhang out front, new river rock accents and a new sign (seen reflected in the window). A new roof is also being instal

Out of My Mind, June 28, 2012

Changes and improvements taking place in downtown Oroville

A friend said with all the bickering about the Oroville School Board, maybe it would be a good idea to write about some of the “good things” going on in Oroville. He’s right, although we endeavor to cover all the positives, sometimes they go unnoticed yet it might be hard to miss the improvements taking place, especially in the downtown area (we’ve captured a few in photos on B3 this week).
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Letters to the Editor, June 28, 2012

PUD plans for Similkameen a boondoggle

Dear Editor,
Did you know the PUD is carrying a $39 million debt? This year we will pay a debt service of $3.5 million, $1.5 million toward principle and $1.9 million in interest. The 2012 budget will spend $2.7 million on the Enloe Dam Proposal, mostly on outside consultants and engineering firms.

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Funds to improve Osoyoos Lake water quality

KELOWNA, B.C. – Proceeds from last fall’s Osoyoos Lake Water Science Forum will be split between representatives working on each side of the border to improve lake water quality.

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Fourth of July events in the North County

NORTH COUNTY – The Independence Day Holiday traditions continue in the North County with the annual Chesaw Fourth of July Rodeo celebrating 70 years, fireworks in Oroville and Tonasket and a barbecue.

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Lacey Kae Hirst-Pavek reads over her court papers while waiting for her sentencing hearing to begin in 2010. Hirst-Pavek was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for the murder of Michelle Kitterman and 126 months in prison for th

Hirst-Pavek loses appeal of murder and manslaughter convictions

OKANOGAN – Lacey Kae Hirst-Pavek, found guilty as an accomplice in aggravated first degree murder and first degree manslaughter in the death of Michelle Kitterman, has lost an appeal of those convictions.

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Grand Marshal Kay Tracy

Kay Tracy is Chesaw 4th of July Rodeo Grand Marshal

CHESAW – Katherin Tracy, a true daughter of the Okanogan Highlands, has been chosen as Grand Marshal of this year’s Chesaw Fourth of July Rodeo.

Known to most people at this end of the valley as “Kay,” or “Mrs. Sutton” to those she taught at Oroville Elementary, Katherin (Sherling, Sutton) Tracy grew up near Molson. She attended the Lone Star School on Mary Anne Creek for her first two years, riding horseback the two miles…

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Dan Boettger, Director of Regulatory and Environmental Affairs for Okanogan County PUD and Glenn Huber, Area Manager for Oroville, were among the PUD representatives discussing the public electric utilities plans to license Enloe Dam at the Thursday, June

PUD updates Oroville Chamber on licensing efforts for Enloe Dam

OROVILLE – Representatives from Okanogan County PUD made a presentation at the Oroville Chamber of Commerce on the utilities efforts to license Enloe Dam to once again generate hydroelectric power.

The dam and powerhouse, which are about 3.5 miles up the Similkameen River from Oroville, have not generated power since the mid-1950s. The PUD has been trying to license the dam with a new modern powerhouse and generators, this time located on the opposite bank of the river.

Dan Boettger, Director of Regulatory and Environmental Affairs for the utility, started the presentation with a slide show of then-and-now photos and illustrations. The photos showed the various stages of the dams construction as well as the different powerhouses that were located on the to generate power in the early years of operation. They also showed where new facilities would be located.

“The PUD’s new proposal has been in the works since 2005, as have our licensing efforts,” Boettger said.

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