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 is single with a grown daughter, Segornae Douglas and a young granddaughter, Erin.

Stories by Gary DeVon

Blaine Wagner, a senior on the Oroville Hornets, scored 12 points against the Soap Lake Eagles last Saturday. He led the Hornets in rebounds with 11 for the night.

Hornet boys win season opener against Soap Lake

OROVILLE – The Oroville Hornets hosted the Soap Lake Eagles in their season opener, defeating the visitors 52 to 47.

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Oroville wrestlers take second at Springdale

SPRINGDALE – The Oroville Hornet Wrestling team gets a little closer to a team championship each time they wrestle, coming in second at Springdale.

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Lady Hornets win first league game of the season

OROVILLE – The Oroville Hornets hosted their first league game of the season on Saturday, Jan. 2 against Soap Lake and won by a wide margin, 62 to 16.

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Year in Review — Looking Back at 2009

Editor’s Note: This week we take a look back at just a few of the stories that made the front page of the Okanogan Valley Gazette-Tribune during 2009. G.A.D.

January

Tonasket students heading to Washington D.C. – In June next of next year 22 eighth and ninth graders travel to the nation’s capital; four will participate in a wreath ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

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Oroville May Festival Queen Candidates Brandy Lynne Range and Cheyane Sharpe

Two junior at OHS vying for Oroville May Festival Queen

OROVILLE – Two young ladies, Brandy Lynne Range and Cheyanne Sharpe, are requesting the Oroville community consider them for the position of this year’s May Festival Queen and Princess.

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No money awarded for homeless shelter

OKANOGAN COUNTY – With temperatures dropping and no money for a shelter, Okanogan County is becoming a bad place to be homeless this winter.

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Winter weather has struck Okanogan County in both the valleys and the highlands. The National Weather Service is predicting more snow through Sunday and the County Public Works Department has announced cutbacks in snowplowing. Photo by Gary DeVon

Winter storm warning canceled; downgraded to advisory

OKANOGAN COUNTY – A winter storm warning from the National Weather Service in Spokane for the Okanogan Highlands and the Okanogan Valley was canceled late Monday, however, a winter storm advisory was to be in effect until mid-week.

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Oroville schools considering $1.45 million M & O Levy

OROVILLE – Although they do not yet have a quorum on the board to make the decision that would set the amount for the next two-year Oroville M & O Levy, Superintendent Ernie Bartelson will be recommending an amount of nearly $1.5 million.

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Out of My Mind 10

Comp Plan in need of the KISS method

Although it was probably all done with the best of intentions, it appears the county’s draft for an updated Comprehensive Plan is growing into a beast that needs taming. The Coalition for Property Rights has stepped in to take on the issue and hopefully we end up with a much simpler document, which is probably what we needed in the first place.

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The 2009/2010 Oroville Hornet Wrestling team is (front, L-R) Mike Lynch, Eric Ruiz, Caleb Whiteaker, (middle row) Enrique Martinez, Davis Castillo, Alex Kelly, Brody Naysnerski, Ivan Rodriquez, Alex Alvarez, Gil Ildelfonso, Leo Pelgado, (back row) Coach C

Last year’s district champs hope to improve on wrestling record

OROVILLE – Undefeated in their league and district champions last year, the Oroville Hornets will apply the Granby System of Wrestling to try and go even further this year.

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