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

County may close Juvenile Detention

Dear Editor,
The Board of County Commissioner’s (BOCC’s) is considering the closure of our local Juvenile Detention Center and subsequent move of these youth to Martin Hall in Medical Lake. Martin Hall is operated by a Montana corporation.

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US v. Hammond and government overreach

Dear Editor,
Once again, we are seeing a government agency use its powers to increase its landholdings, in this case the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon.

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Out of My Mind

Time to go ice fishing

So, who says there’s nothing to do in our area during the winter – with the opening of the Highland’s Sno Park and now Sitzmark Ski Area, those that like to shush through the snow on skis or boards have a perfect opportunity close by.

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Hughes’ Department Store not closing

OROVILLE – One of Oroville’s largest retailers, Hughes’ Department Store, will remain open despite nearly closing due to falling sales says owner Jack Hughes.

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Need transparent and responsive commissioners

Dear Editor,
A program by King 5 News recently raised the question of whether the Gebbers family business received “special treatment” by DNR in receiving $1.9 million for use of their untrained employees and equipment to fight fire during the Carlton Complex fires

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Keeping an eye on the commissioners

Dear Editor,
A recent survey by ROC (Representing Okanogan County) shows that the public’s chief concern in regard to Okanogan County government is the need for more transparency. The current Board of County Commissioners is responsible for all aspects of county life, from levying taxes, administering the budget, regulating roads, transportation, public health, land use, hiring of county employees and contractors, and administering grant money, to name only a few.

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Why print bigoted columnist?

Dear Editor,
If your paper had a regular column in which the writer routinely claimed that all Jews, all blacks, all atheists, all Hindus or all Methodists were lunatics out to kill and maim any and all Americans, some of your readers might consider him to be an unwholesome bigot, and they would be right

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Oppose gun control

Dear Editor,
Are you ready for another letter opposing gun control? Anyway, here it comes. My younger brother “Don” would have been 90 years of age January 2016. He was shot off his horse, the day after Thanksgiving of 1968.

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Oroville’s leaders need to be proactive

Dear Editor,
A very interesting development is taking place in Oroville. As with all small towns, there is an ebb and flow associated with the national economy. Many small towns have built in damage control measures (learning from the 2008 financial crash) so they are not drastically affected by downturns in the economy.

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What to do about Tonasket Creek flooding

OROVILLE – Jeff Bunnell, the owner of property in the east Oroville area has approached the city council to ask the city for help in trying to prevent Tonasket Creek from flooding. He warned that time was running out to stop a repeat of last February when the creek jumped its banks.

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