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

Out of My Mind 37

Let us know what you think

With achange in publishers there are bound to be some small changes in the newspaper,but first we’d like to find out what you think on a few things.

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Labor Day Weekend blues and demo derby

NORTH COUNTY – Two big events are planned for Labor Day Weekend including a blues festival at Oroville and a demolition derby at Tonasket.

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Okanogan shooting results in two dead, one injured

OKANOGAN – Two people have died and another was injured in what appears to have been a murder-suicide in Okanogan last Thursday, Aug. 25.

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Tonasket City Council hears from city engineer

TONASKET – The Tonasket City Council heard from a representative of Varela and Associates regarding storm drainage and TIB funding for street improvements.

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Tonasket School Board approves changes in staffing

TONASKET – The Tonasket School Board approved several personnel changes, including a move by Music Director Patti Middleton from full-time to half time in the district.

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Okanogan River Garlic Festival in Tonasket Aug. 26 and 27

OROVILLE – The 12th Annual Okanogan River Garlic Festival will be held Friday, Aug. 26 and Saturday, Aug. 27 at Tonasket’s History Park and Hot August Nights will be Saturday, Aug. 27 in Chesaw.

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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

Out of My Mind 36

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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