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

Camaray pool open to swimming

OROVILLE – The Camaray Motel will be allowing its pool to be used by the general public six days a week for a small fee.

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Rep. Shelly Short

Lunch with our local legislators

OROVILLE – Local legislators Joel Kretz and Shelly Short said this year’s legislative sessions were “too long,” yet not enough was accomplished in the way of budget cuts.

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PARK FIT FOR A QUEEN: Like an invasion from the north, Oroville's Lake Osoyoos Veterans Memorial was full to capacity last weekend as our Canadian neighbors celebrated the late Queen Victoria's birthday. Rod Noel, Oroville's head of the Parks Department,

Salmon Recovery at Oroville Council

OROVILLE – Don McIvor and Ken Bevis appeared before the Oroville City Council at their Tuesday, May 15 meeting to discuss salmon recovery efforts in the Upper Columbia.

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Cows graze on a bit of dry land surrounded by the flood waters of the Okanogan between Oroville and Tonasket last Thursday afternoon. Photo by Brent Baker

Flood warning in effect until Saturday night

SPOKANE – The National Weather Service has issued a flood warning for the Okanogan River which continues until late Saturday night.

The Okanogan River near Tonasket reached the 15 foot flood stage and was 15.01 feet as of 7:15 a.m. Friday morning. Minor flooding is forecast and the river is expected to continue rising to near 15.3 feet by late Friday afternoon.

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Out of My Mind, May 17, 2012

May Festival just the start

We hope everyone enjoyed last weekend’s May Festival, it sure seemed as if everyone was having a good time. While Oroville’s longest running annual festival is a great time to get together with family and friends, it’s just the start of many spring and summer activities planned in the north end of our valley.

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Letters to the Editor, May 17, 2012

Thank a volunteer

Dear Editor,
As new managers of the Camaray Motel, last year my wife and I simply watched the May Festival parade and played host to the many guests who use the weekend as a homecoming. But this year, now that I am the president of the Chamber of Commerce, I jumped in and helped with the Chamber BBQ….

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Oroville Senior Center plans auction fundraiser for expansion

OROVILLE – The Oroville Senior Center is expanding their building with a 30′x36′ addition and is planning an auction for mid-July to help fund the project.

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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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