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

North Cascades Highway clearing scheduled to begin April 10

TWISP – The planned April 10 starting date for clearing State Route 20 over the North Cascades is nearly a month later than the typical mid-March date, but weather, snow slides, and many still-full avalanche chutes make it unsafe to begin the work any earlier.

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10th Annual Kite Day

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Canadian suspected of human smuggling arrested near Molson

OROVILLE – U.S. Border Patrol agents from the Oroville Station arrested six people involved in alien smuggling on Feb. 8.

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Paz Lopez selected 2017 May Festival Queen

Hannah McCoy and Estifenny Carillo are May Fest Princesses “If I could accomplish only one thing in life it would be to make others happy and to make my family very proud of me.” Queen Paz Lopez, 2017 Oroville May Festival OROVILLE — Paz Lopez is this year’s 2017 May Festival Queen and Hannah McCoy [...]

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Local school bonds still failing to get 60 percent

OKANOGAN – The second count of the Tuesday, Feb. 14 election, which included ballots for school facilities improvements in three school districts, Tonasket, Okanogan and Bridgeport, are not faring well and each could go down to defeat for not getting the 60 percent needed for approval.

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No Valentine for area school bonds

OKANOGAN – Early returns on the Tuesday, Feb, 14 election, which included ballots for school facilities improvements in three school districts, Tonasket, Okanogan and Bridgeport, are not faring well and could go down to defeat for not getting the 60 percent needed for approval.

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Vote for TSD bond, vote for the future

I still remember the days when the hallways at Tonasket High School were lined with plastic garbage cans as water cascaded down through the ceiling when it rained or the snow melted. On a tour back then, similar to the “town hall” the district recently had to discuss information regarding a capital improvement bond, the counselor’s office was a closet. Back then Tonasket had outgrown its school buildings and they were coming apart.

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Last Stand: Mountain Caribou and the Inland Rainforest

TONASKET – On Friday, Feb. 3 David Moskowitz – expert wildlife tracker, photographer and author – returns to Highland Wonders, bringing an evening of photos and stories exploring the world endangered mountain caribou and the last great inland temperate rainforest left on the planet.

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Pot producers and retailers in county generating millions in tax revenue

If the state legislators are trying to figure out how to fully fund education they might look at all the tax revenue being generated in the state since marijuana became legal.

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Judge denies county’s motion to dismiss suit

OKANOGAN — Superior Court Judge Veronica Galván issued a ruling last Thursday that said Okanogan County Commissioners Jim Detro, Sheilah Kennedy and Ray Campbell violated separation of powers when they interfered with the Okanogan County Superior Court’s obligation and prerogative to administer its own affairs and by withholding from Court Administrator Dennis Rabidou the pay increase contracted between himself and the Superior Court.

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