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

Lightning sparks Wildhorse fire on Mt. Hull

OROVILLE – Tonasket Ranger District’s firefighters continue to respond to fires caused by last Sunday night’s lightning, including the Wildhorse Fire on Mt. Hull which grew to 185 acres by Monday evening.

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Oroville school staff to get Gap training

OROVILLE – While it was advertised as a public input meeting on Gap training and the potential arming of trained school staff, most people who attended seemed to be content to listen to Jon Ladines founder of Force Dynamics explain his training programs.

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Words from the umpire

Dear Editor,
Being politically correct is not one of the burning desires in my life. Rather, I’d like to think that I’m an umpire who calls it as he sees it. Granted some calls an umpire makes are incorrect and some are only questionable but most of them are ‘right on.’

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Oroville to open city’s streets to ATV use

OROVILLE-The Oroville City Council adopted an ordinance allowing people to drive their ATVs on its city streets at their Tuesday, July 7 meeting.

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Should Oroville School teachers be armed?

OROVILLE – The Oroville School Board is considering training school staff in ways to respond to threats in the school, as well as allowing a select number of staff to receive training to be able to carry concealed weapons on school grounds – but before they would approve either or both, they will be seeking public comment next Monday, July 20 at 6:30 p.m. in the high school commons.

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Enough already

Dear Editor,

In response to two items in your July 6, edition, first, the guest editorial was headlined “Activist Court Bails out Obamacare.” It is an easily observed fact that the ONLY time that the right wing refers to the court as activist is when it displeases their narrow interests.

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Editorial Gary Mug

Not sure I’m ready for guns in the classroom

I hope those in the Oroville School District, especially those with kids attending school, come to the public input meeting planned on Gap training for staff and the possibility that certain trained staff will be allowed to carry concealed weapons.

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What would John Adams think?

Dear Editor,

On March 4th 1797 John Adams gave his first and only Inaugural Address. This man’s zeal for freedom from the tyranny of Great Britain’s rule is evident in the first paragraph of his address. To have another authority over the people of this land was repugnant to John Adams.

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Newby Lake fire burning in Canada, the Pasayten Wilderness

TONASKET – The Newby Lake wildfire, in Canada and the Pasayten Wilderness, was pushed by wind to the east and south past the international border again, making its way to the headwaters of Long Draw Creek west of Goodenough Peak.

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OSD Supt. Steve Quick

Contract not extended for OSD Supt. Quick

OROVILLE – While Oroville’s two school principals’ contracts were renewed by “default,” Superintendent Steve Quick’s contract was not extended for a third year after a motion to approve failed for lack of a second.

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