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

Over 50 concerned citizens gathered at an informational meeting at the Oroville Senior Center to learn about a potential special assessment area that could be formed to pay back a loan the county took to construct the Eastlake Sewer Project. The meeting w

People worry they’ll have to pay for Eastlake Sewer even if not connected

OROVILLE – Concerned they’ll be taxed for a sewer line they say they don’t benefit from, several Eastlake area residents gathered to take precautions against inclusion in a possible Special Assessment Area.

Okanogan County constructed the Eastside Sewer Project five years ago using a state Public Works Trust Fund Loan of over $5 million. The sewer project serves residents and developments in the eastlake area north of the Cherry Street Bridge both inside and outside the Oroville City Limits (since annexation of parts of the

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The view from (above) the pool

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Kudos to owners and new managers of the Camaray Motel

In the past many of ushave taken turns grumbling about the state of the Camaray Motel in Oroville.We’ve even gone so far as to encourage people to stay in Osoyoos, Tonasket orOmak. And for the more adventurous we’d recommend “getting the hillup” as one of our late publishers was fond of saying and telling people totry the Eden Valley Guest Ranch or the Inn at Molson in the Okanogan Highlands– all were a drive or a border crossing and not as convenient when you hadfriends and relatives visiting in Oroville.

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Tonasket plans fall clean-up for residents and businesses

TONASKET – The City of Tonasket has named Saturday, Sept. 17 as Fall Clean-up for city residents and businesses

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Primary election narrows field of school board candidates

OKANOGAN – Last Tuesday’s primary election narrowed the field of Oroville School Board candidates for Positions 4 and 5 from three to two.

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The fire danger is very high as indicated by this sign going up state Highway 20 east of Tonasket. The Maryls Road Fire about 16 miles east of Tonasket burned 408 acres and one outbuilding last week, according to the DNR. Photo by Gary DeVon

Marlys Road Fire near Tonasket contained Friday

TONASKET – A wildland fire that started Tuesday, Aug. 9 blackening 408 acres and destroying an out-building is 100 contained, according to a DNR spokesman.

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Mill Drive will soon be getting new sewer lines tying the area into the Tonasket Wastewater Treatment facility. The area off Seventh Street will also be annexed into the city at a future date. Photo by Gary DeVon

Decision on joining Conservation District postponed until September

TONASKET – After a short public comment period about whether or not to join the Okanogan County Conservation District, the Tonasket Council decided to postpone their decision until their Sept. 13 meeting.

The city had scheduled a discussion period on the issue of joining the conservation district before the regular council meeting. Some of the more vocal comments were against joining because membership would mean a fee to property owners of $2.40 for each parcel owned. Bob Clark with the conservation district was also on hand to answer questions.

“There’s no big push for this,” said Councilwoman Jean E. Ramsey at the council’s regular Tuesday, Aug. 9 meeting.

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Chesaw’s Hot August Nights Aug. 27

CHESAW – The Highlands Community of Chesaw will present the second annual Hot August Nights event on Saturday, Aug. 27.

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Garlic Festival planned for Aug. 26 and 27 in Tonasket

TONASKET – The 12th Annual Okanogan River Garlic Festival will be held Friday, Aug. 26 and Saturday, Aug. 27 at Tonasket’s History Park.

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Oroville Mini-Storage located at added covered RV units that are tall enough to park large recreational vehicles and covered units which are wide enough to fit two boats, two cars or two pickups, or a combination of the two. They also added more indoor st

Oroville mini-storage expands covered storage

OROVILLE – In addition to adding additional indoor storage units, the Oroville Mini Storage has added covered units for RV storage and units for boats, cars and trucks.

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Primary ballot will narrow list of candidates for school board

OROVILLE – Voters living in the Oroville School District will be asked to select from among three candidates running for the District 4 and 5 School Director’s Positions in the primary election which will be held Tuesday, Aug. 16.

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