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

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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The 2009-2010 varsity boys basketball team for the Oroville Hornets. Photo by Terry Mills

Hornets basketball plans up tempo game

Hornet coach Carl Iverson finds himself at the helm of a smaller group of younger team players this year than his previous four years of coaching the basketball team.

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The Oroville High School girls' junior varsity basketball team for the 2009-2010 season. Photo by Terry Mills.

Everything ‘new’ for Lady Hornets Basketball team

OROVILLE – The Lady Hornets Basketball team has a new coach, Mike Bourn, a past Hornet himself and former winning coach of the Liberty Bell girls team.

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Princes Foods has been purchased by Akins Harvest Foods, an independent, family-owned grocery company in Quincy, Wash. Akins will lease the building from the Prince Family, which will continue to operate the department store. Photo by Gary DeVon

Prince’s Foods to sell to Akins Harvest Foods

OROVILLE – The owner’s of Prince’s Foods in Oroville announced the sale of their grocery store to Akins Harvest Foods last week.

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Sidewalk project going into hibernation until spring

OROVILLE – Rod Noel, Superintendent of Public Works, told the Oroville City Council that the sidewalk pavers were doing the last of the clean-up before putting the pedestrian project to bed until spring.

“There’s a lot of area that is between 9th Avenue and Expressions that needs to be done, and we prefer that they wait until spring,” Noel said.

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Whiteaker certified as election winner

It was a case of being in the wrong place at the wrong time as Tim Whiteaker, a former Oroville School Director, was reelected to a school board position he can’t legally hold.

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Osoyoos Lake State Veterans Memorial Park, closed for the winter, will still be available to those wanting to book reservations in the spring and summer. A decision regarding who will get the park in a transfer from state hands will be made on June 24. Bo

Commission won’t make decision on state park transfer until summer 2010

OROVILLE – While it’s back to square one on the decision as to who will get Osoyoos Lake State Veterans’ Memorial Park, the state has agreed to open up its registration system to park users again in 2010.

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<p class=PhotoByline>Submitted photo</p><p class=PhotoCutline>La Mar and Lorraine Wolley (left) have sold their interestin Oroville Transit Mix Inc. to their son Gordon and his wife Sheila. Thecompany started as a concrete business, but now is primarily a

Oroville Transit, Inc. has new owners

OROVILLE – As of this past summer, Gordon and Sheila Wolley are the sole owners of Oroville Transit Mix, Inc. that they purchased from La Mar and Lorraine Wolley.

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<p class=PhotoByline>Photo by Gary DeVon</p><span style='font-size:12.0pt;font-family:"Times New Roman";'>Oroville Senior Austianna Quick, a student rep to theState Board of Education, reported on a recent trip she took to Denver Coloradowith other studen

Oroville School Board accused of meeting illegally

OROVILLE – Steve Colvin told the Oroville School Board that they were holding an illegal meeting, as there was not a quorum because the terms of two board members had ended the day before and a recently elected member had not been seated.

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