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

Next fall’s elections should be interesting

OKANOGAN COUNTY – It looks like next fall’s election is shaping up to be an interesting one as several local offices have incumbents facing challengers.

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Remembering Mount St. Helens

Can you believe it’s been 35 years since Mount St. Helens blew her top. May 18, 1980 had many different impacts on those living in the Pacific Northwest depending on where you were, but many of us still remember what they were doing when they heard the news.

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County commissioners, not EMS board decides on interlocal agreement

OROVILLE – The Oroville EMS has been struggling about what to do regarding a lack of trained personnel to operate the ambulance and has been considering going to a private company for service

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Oroville May Festival this weekend

OROVILLE – “Red Carpet Magic” is the theme for this year’s Oroville May Festival which marks the 81st Anniversary of the Oroville’s premier annual event.

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The Puzzle of Autoimmunity

Dear Editor,
Puzzles seem to beg for solving, no more so than the puzzle of autoimmunity. Autoimmune diseases such as multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, Lupus, Crohn’s Disease, type 1 diabetes and many more are unfortunately common in the Pacific Northwest. In fact no state has a higher percentage count of autoimmunity patients than Washington.

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Forresters are May Fest Grand Marshals

OROVILLE – Dane and Joyce Forrester are this year’s May Day Grand Marshals and their choice by the May Festival Committee is somewhat of a departure from choosing someone from the “older generation,” but well deserved.

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Column was inaccurate

Dear Gary,

In your column you made mention that the School District does not allow outside groups such as youth baseball, softball and adult softball to use our field. I believe this is an inaccurate statement.

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How do we keep our communities vital?

I just caught the tail end of the Pathways to Prosperity workshop held at the Pastime Bar & Grill recently. From what I saw it was interesting and seemed to focus, at least in the second half, on how Oroville can attract entrepreneurs to live here – especially that group of young people known as Millennials. You know, the ones that came after the Baby Boomers and Generation X, if we’re to put a label on it. The twenty to thirty somethings.

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Man arrested for attempting to lure 8-year-old girl into car

OROVILLE – A Tonasket man was arrested after he allegedly tried to lure an eight-year-old Oroville girl into his car on two separate occasions, according to Sheriff Frank Rogers.

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What kind of park do you want? (Vote in the Poll)

OROVILLE – While there has been a big push to make a soccer field out of the new Princes’ Heritage Park, no decision on what kind of park the former bin storage lot will become has been made.

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