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

Steve and Linda Colvin, owners of Esther Bricques Winery in Oroville, were on hand at the Taste of Washington last weekend in Seattle promoting their wines as well as the Oroville area. Fellow Oroville Chamber members Mo Fine and Geoff Klein, with the Tum

New website to be introduced at Oroville Chamber

OROVILLE – The Oroville Chamber of Commerce will introduce its totally redesigned website at the Thursday, April 12 meeting being held at 1 p.m. in the conference room of the Oroville Public Library.

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Out of My Mind, March 29, 2012

Reader Board controversy sign of deeper problem

A little bit of controversy is a good thing. We get suspicious when our elected leaders and boards seem to be operating without any little bumps in the road. However, we think all the hoopla over the cost of the new reader board at the last Oroville School Board meeting is a sign of a deeper problem.

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Letters to the Editor, March 29, 2012

Need to clear matter up

Dear Editor,
I’m trying to find an attorney that knows Washington State Constitutional Law as well as the permit system. I can’t find an attorney that knows anything about permits. Most lawyers avoid anything to do with permits because they are full of yes or no situations.

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Go fly a kite this Saturday

OROVILLE – Oroville’s fifth annual Kite Day will be held at the Bud Clark Ballfields on Saturday, March 31, starting at 10 a.m.

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STP grant for Cherry and Central Street paving

OROVILLE – Oroville will receive over $400,000 from the Federal Highway Administration to improve Central and Cherry Streets.

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Directors debate superintendent’s spending on reader board

OROVILLE – Although they said they support the new Oroville school reader board, at least two district board members questioned the superintendent’s spending on the district’s share of the sign and its installation.

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Out of My Mind, March 22, 2012

Is life really worth so little?

As word filtered into the community that former Oroville High School Principal Frank Motta was gravely hurt and later died from injuries sustained while trying to break up a teenage party, I just had to ask myself — Why?

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Cecilia Ray and Wes Westphal have opened World of Gaia in Oroville and sell a wide variety of rocks and minerals from around the world, both online and in their new store. The couple also sells jewelry making and rock hounding supplies. Photo by Gary DeVo

World of Gaia moves from online to Main Street

OROVILLE – World of Gaia, an online business selling a large assortment of tumbled and specimen rocks, carved stone gifts in animal and heart shapes, rock hounding books, tumblers and related items, has opened for business at 1321 Main St. in Oroville.

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Lisa Lindsay capturing an ill red-tailed hawk.

OWL offers animal rehabilitation, education

OROVILLE – Lisa Lindsay has started a wildlife education and rehabilitation center in Oroville she calls the Okanogan Wildlife League.

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Concern expressed to board over coach’s resignation

TONASKET – Teresa Hawkins expressed her concern over the resignation of varsity basketball coach Glenn Braman during the public comment portion of the Tonasket School Board meeting on Monday, March 12.

Hawkins, wife of longtime varsity football coach Jay Hawkins, said she was concerned that the direction of the school district concerning its coaches was taking an ugly turn.

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