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

More than one side to the story regarding animal shelter

Dear Editor, I would like to clarify some points that have gotten muddled in regards to the NO Paws Rescue and its neighbors. Recorded in 2005, is an easement for the use of Rich Ellis’ road, which is 25’ from his front door. There is no 60-year-old easement, recorded or otherwise. Rich Ellis graciously granted [...]

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Time for some clarifications regarding NO Paws, lawsuit

I’ve decided to use my column this week to clarify some information in two of last week’s articles that turned out to be mostly correct, but not entirely so

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Who is ROC?

Dear Editor,
The group screaming for transparency from Okanogan County Commissioners doesn’t want public to know who they are and what they really stand for. ROC declares themselves exempt from registering with the Public Disclosure Commission or reporting their donations and expenses.

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Former councilman Ed Naillon returns to Oroville Council

OROVILLE – At their Tuesday, July 5 Oroville City Council has agreed Ed Naillon’s request to fill an empty council seat until the next election.

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Why is Okanogan County involved in so much litigation?

Dear Editor,
In the last couple of years, Okanogan County has been sued for the Three Devils Road closure, the county’s draft comprehensive plan and ATV use of county roads. Now the Okanogan County Superior Court has filed suit against the County and its Commissioners for violating Separation of Powers doctrine, mandated by the U.S. Constitution, that the three parts of government – executive, legislative and judicial – remain separately managed without interference from each other. These four suits have been in the local papers.

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NO Paws Animal Rescue can begin accepting dogs again

OROVILLE – Carrol Richards, owner of North Okanogan Paws Animal Shelter and rescue announced Monday that the county has issued a Conditional Use Permit allowing her to again take in dogs available to be adopted.

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The commissioners made right decision on Juvenile Detention

Whether it was the threat of more legal action or that they truly believed they finally had the information that they needed, the Okanogan County Commissioners’ decision to not send our juvenile detainees out of the county was a wise one.

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Cops, Courts & 911 Calls

Superior Court Criminal Tyler Lee Shelton, 26, Omak, pleaded guilty July 5 to first-degree criminal trespassing (lesser included of first-degree burglary), third-degree theft (lesser included of first-degree robbery), attempted second-degree assault (lesser included of first-degree assault) and two counts of third-degree malicious mischief. Shelton was sentenced to 364 days in jail with 94 days suspended, [...]

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Okanogan County Commissioners Jim Detrol, Ray Campbell and Sheilah Kennedy, with Chief Civil Deputy Prosecutor Albert Lin. Kennedy is holding up a report on the county

Commissioners won’t move juvenile detainees out of county

OKANOGAN – The Okanogan County Commissioners won’t be moving juvenile detention services out of the county, thus ending a legal action brought against them and the county on behalf of the county’s Superior Court Judges and the Juvenile Administrator.

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Former Oroville School Board chairman urges caution

OROVILLE – Former Oroville School Board Chairman Phil Barker urged the board and new school Superintendent Jeff Hardesty to proceed in such a way as to avoid the “land mines” he implied were laid by past superintendents.

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