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

Rep. Joel Kretz talks with Oroville Chamber of Commerce Members Patty Garret and Peggy Shaw following their Friday, Nov. 13 meeting in Oroville. Photo by Gary DeVon

Seventh District’s Rep. Joel Kretz talks property rights

OROVILLE – Washington State Representative Joel Kretz (R-7th District) believes Okanogan County’s new Comprehensive Plan, in its current form, is too restrictive of people’s property rights.

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Swine flu claims first victim in Okanogan County

OKANOGAN – The Okanogan County Health Department confirms the first H1N1 flu-related death in the county occurred in earlier this month.

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Naomi Peters moves the ball across the field in a home match against Bridgeport last Thursday. The Hornets lost after two sudden-death tie-breakers after regulation play. Photo by Gary DeVon

Oroville loses a heart-breaker to Bridgeport

OROVILLE – After two sudden-death tie breakers failed to determine a winner, the Oroville Hornets lost to the Bridgeport Fillies on penalty kicks.

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Hornet Connor Hughes of Oroville came in first at an “unofficial league meet” held at the state park in Oroville. Hughes and Liberty Bell’s Taylor Woodruff battled for top spot over the course’s entire three miles, according to Oroville’s Coach

Runner Connor Hughes takes first at home meet against LB

OROVILLE – Oroville and Liberty Bell had a duel meet on Thursday, Oct. 22 at Lake Osoyoos Veterans Memorial State Park.

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In addition to taking lumber and other goods trucked from Canada and placing it on railcars, the "Reload" in the Oroville Reman and Reload name, the company also resaws and finishes lumber products, the "Reman" in their name. Photo by Gary DeVon

Heavy haul corridor results in more jobs in Oroville

OROVILLE – When part of SR97 north of Oroville was designated as a Heavy Haul Corridor last spring it brought the promise of new jobs and business – for at least one company the promise is proving to be true.

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Sidewalk pavers racing against winter weather

OROVILLE – The Oroville Pedestrian Project was supposed to be completed this summer, but it looks like time may be running out this year as winter weather fast approaches.

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Deer problem replaced by coyote problem at airport

OROVILLE – As the city council voted to approve the final bills for the airport improvement project, which included a fence around the facility, they also heard the deer problem has been replaced by a less hazardous coyote problem.

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School board agrees to widen search for new Oroville superintendent

OROVILLE – After a public backlash over a decision to search for a new superintendent from within the district, the Oroville school board agreed to expand the search to a wider range of candidates.

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Oroville’s Speiker has undefeated cross country season

KETTLE FALLS – Sierra Speiker finished the cross country season undefeated by winning the middle schools girls’ race in the Can-Am meet in Kettle Falls on Saturday, Oct. 17 with a time of 11:01.

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Oroville’s girls’ soccer moves under the lights

OROVILLE – On Monday Oct. 12 the Oroville Lady Hornets soccer team hosted the Manson Lady Trojans and came away with a 4-3 victory.

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