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

A helicopter, one of four dropping water on the fire on the hillside near the Nighthawk-Chopaka border crossing last Monday afternoon. Photo by Gary DeVon

Firefighters fighting wildlandfire spanning both sides of border

NIGHTHAWK – A small fire spanning the U.S.-Canadian Border was still burning in scattered pine and brush in the hills near the Nighthawk/Chopaka Port of Entry.

The fire, which is believed to have started on Sunday, Sept. 18 had grown to 593 acres on the American side of the border and 50 to 100 acres on the Canadian side, according to Guy Gifford, a fire information spokesman with the Department of Natural Resources (DNR).

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In the Grange exhibit hall at the Okanogan County Fair was a display espousing our country's founding on Freedom of Religion. The exhibit serves as a reminder that the United States has a long tradition of opening its arms to peace-loving people of all re

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Since 9-11 everything has changed

September11, 2001 affected us all to one extent or another – whether you were a nativeNew Yorker, working in Washington, DC or living in rural Okanogan County.

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Zach and Josh Kuhlmann pose by the new Kuhler Bar and Grill sign which is now up on it's post in front of their business at the home of the former Tonasket Saloon. Photo by Charlene Helm

Kuhlmanns open ‘the Kuhler’ in Tonasket

TONASKET – Brothers Josh and Zach Kulmann have opened The Kuhler Bar and Grill in Tonasket and in addition to a fully stocked bar will be serving lunch and dinner daily.

The new business opened in the former Tonasket Saloon at 302 S. Whitcomb Ave. in downtown Tonasket on Aug. 28. It will be open at 11 a.m. seven days a week, say the brothers.

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Tumbleweed Film Festival rolls north across the border

OSOYOOS, B.C. – The Tumbleweed Film Festival is bringing the best rated films (and other new films) from its Oroville film fest to Osoyoos, BC, Sept 22-24.

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Economic Alliance plans NCW Economic Summit Sept. 23

OMAK – “Leading the Way Towards Economic Recovery” is the theme of the NCW Economic Summit planned for Friday, Sept. 23 at the Omak Performing Arts Center.

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Nicolas Perez-Patistan, a suspect in the murder of a fellow Brewster man, the day of his arrest in Fresno, Calif. by U.S Marshals and members of the Fresno Police Department on Saturday, Sept. 10.

Suspect in Brewster man’s murder captured in California

FRESNO, Calif. – U.S. Marshals and Fresno Police arrested Nicolas Perez-Patistan, a suspect in the beating death and robbery of a Brewster man back in July.

Perez-Patistan, 25, Brewster, was arrested on a warrant for murder in the second degree. Perez was a fugitive who had fled Okanogan County and was wanted on an outstanding nationwide felony arrest warrant for second degree murder, according to Okanogan County Sheriff Frank Rogers.

“Perez is believed to be involved in the beating and subsequent death of Carlos Porras-Trujillo which occurred on July 17, 2011 near Brewster. Carlos Porras-Trujillo was beaten over the head numerous times with a club and his body was dumped in an orchard. It also appeared that Porras-Trujillo had been robbed,” said Sheriff Rogers.

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Ecology approves treatment of milfoil by Weed Board in Lake Osoyoos

OROVILLE – The state has approved a plan by the Okanogan County Noxious Weed Board to treat Eurasian Watermilfoil in Lake Osoyoos, although in a greatly reduced area then the board previously requested.

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Many interesting aspectsto canola crushing plant
Perhaps the most interesting aspectof Carbon Cycle Crush, the canola crushing oil plant that will soon beoperating in Oroville (see front page story) is the training that will betaking place.

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Letters to the Editor, Sept. 8 issue

Not always disposable

Dear Editor,

My iPhone died and as many of you know it’s my major methodof staying connected particularly when I travel. I have a friend Adam (whom Isuspect is more comfortable with technology than most people) who told menot to get a new one that he could fix mine for under twenty dollars. If itwere anyone else I’d have said no thank you, and to be honest I really didn’tthink he could pull it off. That being said I like Adam and it made him happyto do me a favor and the idea of fixing something versus replacing appealed tome.

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Tonasket football shuts out Lake Roosevelt in season opener

TONASKET – The Tonasket Tigers Football team used the home-field advantage to trounce the visiting Lake Roosevelt Raiders in their season opener Friday, Sept. 2.

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