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

National Weather Service issues Heat Advisory

SPOKANE – The National Weather Service in Spokane has issued a Heat Advisory which is in effect from 2 p.m., Monday, July 16, to 8 p.m. Tuesday, July 17.

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Wolf encounter leads to helicopter rescue

WINTHROP – A research student called Okanogan County dispatch to report that she was 30 feet up a tree surrounded by wolves near the Tiffany Spring Campground, 20 mile Meadows in the Pasayten Wilderness of the North Cascades. The call came in around 12:30 p.m. Thursday, July 12 and the sheriff’s department dispatched deputies and [...]

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Laura Knowlton hired as reporter, photographer

TONASKET — Laura Knowlton has joined the Okanogan Valley Gazette-Tribune news team and will be covering the Tonasket area for the newspaper as a reporter and photographer.

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Gary DeVon/staff photos Groundwater and snowmelt in settling pond where water was collected prior to treatment at the Buckhorn Mine near Chesaw.

Sides differ on how much to set aside for mine cleanup

CHESAW — Owners of the Buckhorn Mountain gold mine will post an additional $12 million in securities with the state of Washington to assure adequate funds are available for environmental cleanup and restoration at the Okanogan County mine that stopped extracting ore in July, according to the state Department of Ecology.

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Celebrate the ‘Wild, Wild, West’ this weekend

TONASKET — Tonasket’s 83rd annual Founders Day weekend promises to be a great one with all the rodeo and parade action the people have come to expect from the town’s premier summer-time event.

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Sawyers are 2018 Founders Day Grand Marshals

TONASKET — Roger and Lori Sawyer were surprised to be named as this year’s Founders Day Grand Marshals, but say they are honored to serve.

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Sheriff reopens Okanogan River to recreation

OKANOGAN – The Okanogan River has been reopened to recreation and other activities, lifting the Sheriff’s order that closed the river on May 15, 2018 due to flooding issues. “Thank you to all the citizens that complied with the river closure,” said Maurice Goodall, director of Okanogan County Emergency Management. The sheriff’s office advises people [...]

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Pauline E. Curtis

Our dear sweet mom, grandma, aunt and friend, Pauline Curtis, 90, passed away peacefully in Spokane at the home of her daughter on April 3, 2018. Polly was born in Oroville, Washington on August 13, 1927 to parents Thomas C. and Gladys (Anderson) O’Neill. She graduated from Tonasket High School in 1944 and attended Kinman [...]

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May Festival’s ‘Big Top Extravaganza’ this weekend

OROVILLE- Queen Jennifer Cisneros and Princesses Madison Whiteaker are extending a royal invitation to attend this year’s 84nd Oroville May Festival with events on Friday and Saturday, May 13 and 14. The festivities start off with the crowning of the royalty on Friday at 7 p.m. in the Coulton Auditorium.

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Elva Helm says she ‘honored’ to be May Fest Grand Marshal

OROVILLE — Her life is a rich quilt, not unlike the ones she creates to donate to raise money for various causes and events, perhaps that’s why Elva Helm was selected as this year’s May Festival Grand Marshal.

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