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

Power rates increased to pay for capital improvements

OKANOGAN – Okanogan County PUD Commissioners approved a two percent rate hike in a special public meeting on Monday, July 24.

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Primary results show incumbents out ahead

OKANOGAN – Early Primary Election results show the two incumbent candidates seeking returns to North Okanogan County offices, Helen Casey for North Valley Hospital Commissioner, and Ernesto Cerrillo for Tonasket School Board, way out ahead in the first count of ballots on election day, Tuesday, Aug. 1.

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Diamond Creek Fire grows to over 5000 acres in size

Smoky conditions affecting Okanogan County, lower B.C. MAZAMA – The Diamond Creek Fire in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest has grown to 5,005 acres and is burning in the steep slopes of the Diamond Creek drainage of the Pasayten Wilderness. It is approximately four air miles from the Billy Goat Trailhead and 16 air miles north [...]

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PUD approves rate hike

OKANOGAN – Okanogan County PUD Commissioners approved a two percent rate hike in a special public meeting on Monday, July 24.

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Betty Lee Finsen

Betty Lee Finsen of Oroville, Washington passed on July 15, 2017 at her home in Oroville. She was born April 30, 1931 to parents Lee and Ruth (Byrd) Malkson. Betty grew up in Ione, Wash. with her grandmother. She moved to Oroville as a young adult. In her first marriage she had two daughters, Gerri [...]

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Court, Police & 911 Calls

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Dennis Darrel Depoe, 32, Omak, pleaded guilty July 6 to two counts of POCS (one each for heroin and methamphetamine). Depoe was sentenced to 6+ months in jail and fined $2,260.50 for the Dec. 11, 2016 crimes.

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Still time to sign up for milfoil treatment

OROVILLE – There is still time for those Osoyoos Lake property owners interested in participating in a program to treat Eurasian Milfoil along the the lake shore, according to Ford Waterstrat with the Lake Osoyoos Association.

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Coming heat wave raises fire danger rating in Eastern Washington

OLYMPIA – The Washington State Department of Natural Resources increased fire danger ratings across eastern Washington today, Thursday, June 22. A dry, cold front is expected to increase temperatures, lower humidity and increase winds across the region through the evening of Tuesday, June 27. These conditions heighten the risk for wildfires and create challenges for [...]

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Mid Summer Fest celebrating Grange Hall centennial Saturday, June 17

MOLSON – The Community of Molson invites everyone to come to their 22nd annual Molson Midsummer Festival on Saturday, June 17, made even more special with the centennial of the Molson Grange Hall.

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Three Oroville businesses fail alcohol compliance check

OROVILLE – Three alcohol retailers in Oroville sold to an underage investigative aid from the Omak Police Department as Oroville and Omak Police, together with anti-underage alcohol and drug use groups conducted compliance checks in Oroville and Omak earlier this month.

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