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


Pot producers and retailers in county generating millions in tax revenue

If the state legislators are trying to figure out how to fully fund education they might look at all the tax revenue being generated in the state since marijuana became legal.

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Judge denies county’s motion to dismiss suit

OKANOGAN — Superior Court Judge Veronica Galván issued a ruling last Thursday that said Okanogan County Commissioners Jim Detro, Sheilah Kennedy and Ray Campbell violated separation of powers when they interfered with the Okanogan County Superior Court’s obligation and prerogative to administer its own affairs and by withholding from Court Administrator Dennis Rabidou the pay increase contracted between himself and the Superior Court.

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Chris Branch tenders resignation to City of Oroville

OROVILLE — Chris Branch, Oroville’s director of Community Development tendered his resignation at the Tuesday, Dec. 20 city council meeting. The planner ran for and was elected as a county commissioner, a position he will start in January.

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General Manager confirms Omak mill to close

OMAK – The general manager of Omak Forest Products, a plywood mill in Omak, has confirmed a state WARN alert that more than 200 employees will soon be without a job.

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Omak Forest Products will layoff 217 workers

OLYMPIA – The Washington State Department of Employment Security issued a WARN notice that Omak Forest Products was planning on laying off 217 employees on Jan. 29, 2017.

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Letters to the Editor, December 8, 2016

New book on local earthquake
Dear Gary,
The Earthquake of 1872 rattled and rolled between Lake Chelan and the Similkameen, and into the Fraser, for several years.

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Editorial Gary Mug

Flying saucers land in Oroville

Fake news has been with us for a long time, it used to be a big part of gossip. You know the stuff that mean people spread against someone or group they don’t like.

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Letters to the Editor, December 1, 2016

An electoral process compromise
Dear Editor,
The framers of the US Constitution created the Electoral College as a result of a compromise for the presidential election process.

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Editorial Gary Mug

Kind of miss those ‘I voted’ stickers

What a difference by-mail only voting has made. When I first started voting, way back when Carter was running for re-election, you could still go down to your polling place and cast your ballot. Having just embarked on my college studies, however, like many Oroville students studying away from home our votes were cast absentee [...]

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Letters to the Editor, November 24, 2016

SPLC an anti-hate group Dear Editor, I’d like to correct a pretty bad mistake made by Rosa Snider. She claimed that the Southern Poverty Law Center is “one of the most prejudice and radical hate groups in the nation.” This could not be further from the truth. The SPLC is actually an anti-hate group. All [...]

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