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

Tumbleweed Film Festival has ‘Best Fest’ Ever

OROVILLE – If the comments in the local restaurants and bars, as well as on social media are to believed, Oroville’s Tumbleweed Film Festival had one of its best years yet. This unique film festival shows short films from around the world. Now in its fifth year, attracted around 300 viewers over four nights and [...]

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Oroville School District adopts $8.5 million budget

OROVILLE – The Oroville School Board adopted a 2014-15 budget of nearly $8.5 million — about $24,000 more than the previous year’s budget.

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The Tumbleweed Film Festival experience

The Tumbleweed Film Festival continues to expand in Oroville and this year appeared for the first time at four venues over four days. It takes a lot of work for the event’s co-founders, Mo Fine and Geoff Klein, to put on each year, but to them it’s a “labor of love.”

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Oroville man stabbed several times

OROVILLE – Police are investigating an assault on an Oroville man who was stabbed several times, including in the chest and back and once in the head.

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Heaven in the Highlands

That’s what we’re calling our coverage of the Molson Schoolhouse’s 100th Anniversary Party and the Star Party held for the second year at Pat and Robin Stice’s Eden Valley Guest Ranch. It was great to see all the people who went attended the 100th Anniversary Celebration in Molson Saturday. While some graduated from the school, [...]

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Oroville approves Sandalia dock extension

OROVILLE – The Oroville City Council approved a request from Sandalia Beach Resort to extend their dock at the council’s Tuesday, July 15 meeting following the conclusion of a public hearing on the matter.

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Don’t sweep it under the rug

Dear Editor,
Dusty Gircux’s letter to the editor in the July 3, 2014 edition of the Gazette-Tribune articulates well the feelings of many in our community regarding the Oroville School Superintendent and School Board’s decision not to renew Ryan Frazier’s contract and also their abhorrent behavior in not letting Mr. Frazier or members of the community speak at a scheduled meeting when told previously they could.

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Another bad tow experience

Dear Editor,
Ms. Hart’s letter (July 10th) describing her sad experiences with the procedure used by the sheriff and local tow companies when a vehicle requires towing and impoundment prompts me to share an a similar, although less tragic, incident.

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PUD’s ‘basic charge’ hurts

Dear Gary,
While paying our power bill recently an elderly lady was ahead of us trying to make heads or tails of her power bill. She was on the average plan and wondered why her bill was so high, $96 I believe. The lady behind the counter explained the averages had been adjusted, reflecting her increase.

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We try to avoid ‘tabloid journalism’

While if it bleeds it leads is still a maxim for many in the journalism world, that isn’t always the best policy for a community newspaper.
I’d hope that most of the news we print is based on established facts, not rumor and innuendo.

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