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

Hospital Administrator presents two-pronged nursing home strategy

TONASKET – Citing the need to discuss “the elephant in the room,” North Valley Hospital District Administrator Linda Michel outlined a dual plan to cope with continuing financial losses at the North Valley Extended Care nursing home facility at the Thursday, Nov. 13, board of commissioners meeting.

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It’s not easy getting old

Just as we’re getting over the shock of the Assisted Living being closed, we now have to contend with the knowledge that the Nursing Home in Tonasket may be hurtling towards the same fate. Again, there are legitimate reasons given for the potential closure of the facility, but that wouldn’t make it any easier.

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Oroville approves 1% increase in Ad Valorem tax

Railroad collector makes donations, including ‘speeder’ to Depot Museum OROVILLE – The Oroville City Council sprinted through their Tuesday, Oct. 4 meeting with the main accomplishment of the night passing a one percent increase in the ad valorem taxes for the 2015 property tax revenues for the city and the EMS Levy. One percent is [...]

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Friday election count: Tonasket Criminal Justice measure failing

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

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Serenity Now!

In an old Seinfeld episode, Goerge Costanza’s dad Frank is advised to say “Serenity Now” aloud every time his blood pressure is in danger of going up, but he yells it instead. We can relate with the mid-term elections having come and gone and the Republicans securing control of the Senate and now controlling both Houses of Congress.

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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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