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

Tonasket School District nears decision on bond

TONASKET – The Tonasket School District’s Thoughtstream internet survey regarding the proposed school expansion bond measure continued through last week in its second stage, which involved prioritizing ideas gleaned from the survey’s first stage.

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Concerns about Emergency Management Plan addressed

Tonasket adopts resolution after Miller visit TONASKET – Tonasket city council member Scott Olson had had questions about Okanogan County’s Emergency Management Plan that he wanted answered before the city signed off on a resolution that would include Tonasket as part of the plan. That was in early September; Emergency Management’s Homeland Security Coordinator, Scott [...]

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Obamacare not a failure for Progressives/Liberals

Dear Editor,
The Affordable Health Care Act is designed to fulfill the Progressive/Liberal dream, to redistribute wealth, wipe out the Middle Class, so more people depend on government hand outs, eliminate all of the decent jobs, leaving only minimum wage employment.

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Enrollment up at Oroville schools

OROVILLE – The Oroville School District, which receives basic education monies from the state based on the number of students enrolled, had good news at the Oct. 27 board meeting, the numbers are up.

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Resigning the OCSA Presidency ‘under duress’

Dear Editor,
In the last three years and almost nine months I have served as your Board President of the Okanogan County Senior Citizens Association. I have had a Board and 13 delegates that have served the Association with a great deal of interest and support, all for the good of Okanogan County Transportation & Nutrition(OCTN) and In-Home Care of Central Washington (IHCCW).

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Early Election Results: Tonasket Criminal Justice measure trailing

OKANOGAN – It looks like a measure increasing the sales tax by 0.1 percent to raise revenue for criminal justice and fire protection costs is failing again, according to the early ballot counts Tuesday, Nov. 4.

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Smoke, check it out before calling

Dear Editor,
Greetings friends, neighbors and others. At approximately 11 a.m. on Oct. 15th five reports of smoke were received by 911 in Tonasket. Likely the orchardist didn’t call Okanogan County Dispatch about the burn. The Controlled Burn smoked, wet fuel does.

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Recent fires emphasize need for emergency preparedness

OROVILLE – Scott Miller, manager of Okanogan County Emergency Management, appeared before the Oroville City Council to discuss the importance of the Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan, especially in light of the recent devastating Carlton Complex Fires.

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Continuing Ed Scholarships offered

Dear Editor,

The Oroville Scholarship Foundation (OSF) is now taking applications for Continuing Education Scholarship online at orovillescholarshipfoundation.com.

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Merino wool at the landfill?

Dear Editor
I would like to contact the man who was about to dump the good part merino wool at the landfill….That was too good a wool to dump. We have an upcoming outlet for the small farm sheep grower to get a reimbursement out of their good wool

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