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

Emotions run high at NO Paws Animal Shelter hearing

OKANOGAN – It was standing room only in the Okanogan County Commissioners’ board room last Thursday as proponents and opponents met to give testimony on whether an Oroville area animal shelter should be granted a Conditional Use Permit (CUP).

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Get ready for rodeo and fireworks on the Fourth of July

NORTH COUNTY – Independence Day will be celebrated with a rodeo and fireworks again this year in the North County with the 74th Annual Chesaw Fourth of July Rodeo, as well as the community fireworks display in Oroville.

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Superior Court Judges, administrator, file suit against the county commissioners

OLYMPIA – Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson has appointed a Special Assistant to bring legal action on behalf of the Okanogan Superior Court against Okanogan County and its individual commissioners, Sheilah Kennedy, Jim DeTro and Ray Campbell.

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Oroville annexation hearing draws some complaints

OROVILLE – Oroville held a public hearing on the proposed annexation of more of the Oroville Reman and Reload company into the city at the council’s Tuesday, June 7 meeting.

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Gazette-Tribune and Methow Valley News, County Newpaper of Record

OKANOGAN – The Okanogan Valley Gazette-Tribune and Methow Valley News have been selected as the official paper of record for Okanogan County and will publish the county’s legal advertising starting July 1, 2016.

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Gebbers Farms and Chelan Fruit step in to help Gold Digger growers, workers

OROVILLE – While Gold Digger Apples was basically shut down due to a $18.6 million bank loan being called and the company filing for bankruptcy, workers and growers were pleased to get back to work just in time for cherry harvest after others in the industry stepped in to lend a hand.

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Gold Digger Apples files for bankruptcy

OROVILLE – One of Oroville’s largest employers, Gold Digger Apples Inc., filed for bankruptcy protection in federal district court in Spokane last Thursday, May 27, while U.S. Bank seeks more than $18 million loan repayment.

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We’ll miss our mayor, Chuck Spieth

Chuck Spieth served his community in many ways. I first got to know him as our friendly neighborhood police chief – literally – living just down the block from the home in which I grew up. It wasn’t unusual to see his police cruiser parked at his house, I’d like to think he helped to keep my brothers and I, and all the neighborhood kids on the straight and narrow. While some police seemed to take the more aggressive – “scared straight” method of dealing with kids, I never saw Chuck as that type of officer.

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Oroville Mayor Chuck Spieth loses battle with health issues

OROVILLE – The sad news that Oroville Mayor Chuck Spieth had succumbed to pneumonia after battling cancer was shared at the Tuesday, May 16 city council meeting

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Jeff Hardesty hired as new Oroville School Superintendent

Elementary Principal Joan Hoehn resigns OROVILLE – After a short executive session at last Monday’s Oroville School Board meeting Jeff Hardesty, the current Tonasket High School Principal, was hired to serve in his first Superintendent’s post at Oroville School District. School Director Todd Hill made the motion to hire Hardesty at a salary of $105,000 [...]

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