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

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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Oroville looking at budget over $8 million

OROVILLE – The Oroville City Council discussed a proposed 2010 city budget of $8,024,325 at their Tuesday, Nov. 17 meeting.

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New Oroville Postmaster Dwight Grimmer Photo by Gary DeVon

Meet Oroville’s new Postmaster

OROVILLE – New Oroville Postmaster Dwight Grimmer quietly arrived in Oroville in mid-September, marking the first change in the leadership in the top spot at the P.O. for more than 25 years.

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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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