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

No Valentine for area school bonds

OKANOGAN – Early returns on the Tuesday, Feb, 14 election, which included ballots for school facilities improvements in three school districts, Tonasket, Okanogan and Bridgeport, are not faring well and could go down to defeat for not getting the 60 percent needed for approval.

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Vote for TSD bond, vote for the future

I still remember the days when the hallways at Tonasket High School were lined with plastic garbage cans as water cascaded down through the ceiling when it rained or the snow melted. On a tour back then, similar to the “town hall” the district recently had to discuss information regarding a capital improvement bond, the counselor’s office was a closet. Back then Tonasket had outgrown its school buildings and they were coming apart.

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Last Stand: Mountain Caribou and the Inland Rainforest

TONASKET – On Friday, Feb. 3 David Moskowitz – expert wildlife tracker, photographer and author – returns to Highland Wonders, bringing an evening of photos and stories exploring the world endangered mountain caribou and the last great inland temperate rainforest left on the planet.

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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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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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