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

Two injured in rollover accident

TONASKET – Two north county residents were injured when a tire blew on their pickup truck and caused the vehicle to rollover about four miles south of Tonasket on SR97.

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Oroville Chamber sponsors Candidates Forum Oct. 16

OROVILLE – The Oroville Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring a Candidate Forum on Thursday, Oct. 16 at 7 p.m. at the Oroville High School Commons. Each candidate will get a minimum of 10 minutes to present (more depending on total presenters).

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Selecting a new police chief is critical to a community

It’s surprising how quiet it has been in Oroville and Tonasket the last few years – no major controversies between the police department, the council or the public. In Oroville, much of the credit for that goes to Clay Warnstaff who has been chief of police since being appointed by the mayor in 2008, and in Tonasket to Chief Rob Burks.

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Oroville Police Chief Warnstaff announces retirement

OROVILLE – After seven years as Oroville’s Police Chief, R. Clay Warnstaff announced his intention of retiring as of Oct. 31.

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The word is ‘empathy’

Dear Gary,
World affairs: The mess our world is getting unprecedented attention. I am embarrassed to say I am part of the human race…sometimes. I want to whisper this….Have you noticed the chaos is beginning to resemble a pattern? Always someone is meddling on the dark side.

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Shame on Congress

Dear Editor,
Congress does it again. They took a five-week recess in August to campaign, went back to DC Sept, 8th. Now another recess days later to campaign.

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Osoyoos Lake group promotes milfoil treatment program

OROVILLE – The Lake Osoyoos Association, a group of property owners and others concerned about Lake Osoyoos, offered a pesticide treatment program in order to try and get a handle on the rampant growth of Eurasian milfoil in the lake.

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Oroville holds public hearings on transportation, flood prevention

OROVILLE – The Oroville City Council held public hearings amending the Six-year Transportation Plan as well as adopting the Flood Damage Prevention Ordinance at their Tuesday, Sept. 16 meetin

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Time to fire up the chamber of commerce

While summer is an important time for our local businesses, especially those that cater to the tourist trade – some rely on summer earnings to help tide them over the winter, our chambers of commerce kind of go into hibernation. That’s probably because many of the chamber’s officers and board members are also business people trying to earn their daily bread.

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Fish and Wildife warns of cougar in Oroville area

OROVILLE – The state Department of Fish and Wildlife are seeking a cougar that has killed several small pets between Highway 97 and Lake Osoyoos north of Oroville and a warning has been issued to parents with children in the Oroville Schools.

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