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

N.O. Paws animal shelter/rescue is greatly needed

N.O. Paws Left Behind, the animal rescue shelter just outside of Oroville has obtained a temporary permit to continue to house, care and adopt out the dozens of dogs that they have taken in after a disgruntled neighbor’s complaint shut them down recently. They can’t however, take in any more dogs and this is a sad turn of events for the many communities that the shelter serves.

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N.O. Paws can place dogs while awaiting permit hearing

OROVILLE – N.O. Paws Left Behind animal rescue, shut down by the county for not having a permit last week when a neighbor complained, was open to place dogs after getting a temporary permit Friday.

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Oroville School Board selects three finalists for superintendent

OROVILLE – The Oroville School Board has selected three applicants for the Oroville Superintendent position and scheduled a chance for district staff and the public to meet the candidates one at a time on three separate days.

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Oroville students take AVID field trip to Seattle

OROVILLE – Jennifer Cisneros has been sworn in as the new student representative to the Oroville School Board. Cisneros, who will hold an advisory, non-voting position, took the oath at the board’s Monday, March 28 meeting.

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Editorial Gary Mug

Getting big reaction on pot farms and juveniles

Juveniles and marijuana, this time it’s not about underage use of a newly legalized substance, well maybe it is in some cases – but no, this is about our county commissioners and what they plan to do about the Juvenile Detention Center and the moratorium on marijuana farms.

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NCWEDD seeks grant to relocate road in industrial area

OROVILLE – The Economic Development Administration has given verbal pre-approval to an approximately $1.3 million grant to move part of Jennings Loop and Bob Neal Road to aid heavy freight traffic in and around Oroville Reman and Reload.

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The closing banner across  the bottom of the Prince’s Center reader board on both sides had read Hughes’ Department Store Closing, 30% off at the end of 2015. The store however did not close until the day after the announcement was made to employees on Tuesday, March 22, 2019.

Hughes Department Store closing for good

OROVILLE – After nearly closing at the end of 2015, then trying to “right the ship” for the past few months, Hughes’ Department Store closed it’s doors for good Wednesday, March 23.

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Editorial Gary Mug

The news rarely sleeps, nor do I

Editorial Gary MugWow, what a busy past week or so. After putting the newspaper to bed on Tuesday last week, I caught a break because it was Katie’s “meeting week.” That’s the week where I don’t have city council or school board meetings to attend, but she does, and usually the hospital board meeting as well. That’s why it often seems like all Tonasket news one week and all Oroville the next. Although, to be fair, the hospital is really shared by the two communities.

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Jack Hughes ‘Citizen of the Year’

OROVILLE – The Oroville Chamber of Commerce gave out several awards, announced this year’s May Festival Grand Marshals and installed their officers at the annual banquet held last Thursday, March 17 at the Pastime Bar & Grill.

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Editorial Gary Mug

Getting the old USBP station is the right move

The General Services Administration giving the old Border Patrol Station to Oroville for law enforcement is the right move for both the federal government and Oroville. First of all it will make a great police station for the city and free up the old police station for other uses. It also means the vacant property [...]

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