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 the 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

Don’t sweep it under the rug

Dear Editor,
Dusty Gircux’s letter to the editor in the July 3, 2014 edition of the Gazette-Tribune articulates well the feelings of many in our community regarding the Oroville School Superintendent and School Board’s decision not to renew Ryan Frazier’s contract and also their abhorrent behavior in not letting Mr. Frazier or members of the community speak at a scheduled meeting when told previously they could.

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Another bad tow experience

Dear Editor,
Ms. Hart’s letter (July 10th) describing her sad experiences with the procedure used by the sheriff and local tow companies when a vehicle requires towing and impoundment prompts me to share an a similar, although less tragic, incident.

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PUD’s ‘basic charge’ hurts

Dear Gary,
While paying our power bill recently an elderly lady was ahead of us trying to make heads or tails of her power bill. She was on the average plan and wondered why her bill was so high, $96 I believe. The lady behind the counter explained the averages had been adjusted, reflecting her increase.

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We try to avoid ‘tabloid journalism’

While if it bleeds it leads is still a maxim for many in the journalism world, that isn’t always the best policy for a community newspaper.
I’d hope that most of the news we print is based on established facts, not rumor and innuendo.

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What a scam

Dear Editor,
On June 6 I was involved in an accident. I was thrown from my car and suffered a broken back, pelvis, 18 of 20 ribs, a slight brain bleed, broken hand, bruised spleen and aorta. I am lucky to still be on the planet.

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Sandalia dock expansion part of Oroville’s ‘growing pains’

While it makes sense for a resort to have a dock for their residence and rather than a little dock for every home on the lake to have a “community” dock, Sandalia Resort’s request to expand their dock is just another example of the growing pains Oroville is going through as more people want to [...]

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Oroville considers Sandalia dock extension

OROVILLE – Representatives of the Sandalia Resort on Lake Osoyoos appeared before the Oroville City Council at their July 1 meeting seeking an extension of their boat dock.

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Carroll Daniel Taylor

Carroll Daniel Taylor, 91, of Omak, Washington passed away at home on June 11, 2014. Carroll was born on October 14, 1922 in Hartford, Connecticut to Wilhelm Emerson Taylor and Agnes Baldwin Taylor. Carroll served our country in the United States Army from 1940 – 1960. Carroll lived in Seattle, Wash. where he worked for [...]

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Oroville Community Fireworks Display at Deep Bay Park

OROVILLE – The Oroville Chamber of Commerce is promising more than just a spectacular pyrotechnics for this year’s Community Fireworks Display at Deep Bay Park.

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Doug Kee retires as Oroville fifth grade teacher

OROVILLE – After 33 years as a teacher in Oroville, Doug Kee retired at the end of this school year. He spent most of his time as a fifth grade teacher at Oroville Elementary School.

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