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

Oroville School Board tackles discipline issues

OROVILLE – In an effort to get a handle on discipline, especially what to do with suspended students, the school board approved the hiring of a parapro for each building to give them an in-house option for improper behavior.

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Oroville considering request for road change

OROVILLE – Councilman Jon Neal was selected to serve as Oroville’s Mayor Pro Tempore, should Mayor Chuck Spieth be unable to attend a city council meeting.

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Oroville (Wash.) School District Superintendent Steve Quick

Oroville School Supt. Quick tenders resignation

OROVILLE – Oroville School District Superintendent tendered his resignation to the school board last Thursday and announced he would be leaving the district at the end of this school year, June 30, 2016.

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Tonasket Chamber of Commerce Banquet

TONASKET – The Tonasket Chamber of Commerce Awards Banquet and Auction is this Thursday, Jan. 21 at the Community Cultural Center at 411 Western Ave.

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Voice your opinion on primitive road closures

Dear Editor,
Notice to all residents of Okanogan County who like to fish, hunt, picnic, or use your recreational vehicles in any manner. Your right to access Public Lands are being eliminated one road at a time. In fact, right now in the South County, there is approximately 6 to 10,000 acres of public access lost due to road closures.

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County may close Juvenile Detention

Dear Editor,
The Board of County Commissioner’s (BOCC’s) is considering the closure of our local Juvenile Detention Center and subsequent move of these youth to Martin Hall in Medical Lake. Martin Hall is operated by a Montana corporation.

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US v. Hammond and government overreach

Dear Editor,
Once again, we are seeing a government agency use its powers to increase its landholdings, in this case the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon.

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Out of My Mind

Time to go ice fishing

So, who says there’s nothing to do in our area during the winter – with the opening of the Highland’s Sno Park and now Sitzmark Ski Area, those that like to shush through the snow on skis or boards have a perfect opportunity close by.

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Hughes’ Department Store not closing

OROVILLE – One of Oroville’s largest retailers, Hughes’ Department Store, will remain open despite nearly closing due to falling sales says owner Jack Hughes.

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Need transparent and responsive commissioners

Dear Editor,
A program by King 5 News recently raised the question of whether the Gebbers family business received “special treatment” by DNR in receiving $1.9 million for use of their untrained employees and equipment to fight fire during the Carlton Complex fires

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