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

Several new faces elected to Oroville School Board

OKANOGAN – The face of the Oroville School Board appears to have changed dramatically following last Tuesday’s election-day vote counts.

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Leah Cathryn Day Spa opens in new location

OROVILLE – The Day Spa on Main has reopened with a new name – Leah Cathryn Day Spa and in a new location – 809 14th Avenue.

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Apple harvest finishing up this week

NORTH COUNTY – Apple pickers should have the last of this year’s apple crop off the trees by the end of this week.

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Same man arrested for threats a year after previous arrest for ‘threats to

OROVILLE – Okanogan County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested a man for pointing a shotgun at another man one day shy of exactly one year after he had been arrested on threats to kill charges for holding two hunters at gunpoint.

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Ballots need to be postmarked by Nov. 8

OKANOGAN – Ballots for the primary election need to be postmarked by Nov. 8 to count for next Tuesday’s primary election.

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The gruesome twosome, members of the band Severed Heads, was just one of many scary sights on this year's Haunted Hayride in Oroville.

Haunted Houses planned in Oroville and Tonasket

OROVILLE – The Haunted Hayride Saturday attracted 700 people, but the Halloween fun isn’t over yet. There are still Haunted Houses, a Halloween Carnival and a Halloween Party in Oroville and Tonasket.

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Oroville School District working on facility improvement plan

OROVILLE – Superintendent Steve Quick told the Oroville School Board he had met with the pre-bond facilities committee and they were working towards a “solid” plan to finance improvements to the district’s buildings.

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Nov. 8 General election will determine look of Oroville School Board

OKANOGAN – Among other things, the Nov. 8 general election will determine who will sit on the Oroville School Board, the new or the old, as four current board members face challengers on the ballot.

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An aerial view of the Okanogan Family Faire grounds on Cayuse Mountain. It was reported that some 6,000 people attended this year's Faire which took place last Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Photo by Terry Mills

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Everyone should attend at least one Faire

It was another great Okanogan Family Faire, although I still fall back to calling it the Barter Faire when I don’t watch myself. Everyone I talked to Saturday said they were having a good Faire. One friend said he’d be out of the jars of pickled garlic he had prepared before the end of the day and wished he had been able to make more, but the automatic peeler he had ordered from back east hadn’t arrived yet. He was just one of the many familiar faces you see at the Faire each year, the faces of people who make a little money selling their handicrafts, fruits and vegetables and a wide variety of arts and crafts. And yes, if you ask, many of them will still barter for their goods.

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Letters to the Editor, Oct. 27 issue

The real Old Coffee Drinker

Dear Editor

No cultural society is perfect because one of the aspects is that the society is made up of humans and, in my opinion, there are no perfect humans. One of the maladies of imperfection is that imperfect humans, of which I am one,

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