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

Who will provide ambulance service?

OROVILLE – The Oroville EMS Association approached the city with a proposal they believe will address the issues with the ambulance service – namely a shortage of staff and the lack of a director.

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Chris Branch

Rural Pathways to Prosperity Conference

OROVILLE – The WSU Extension Office and the City of Oroville are asking people to join them on April 17 for the Rural Pathways to Prosperity Conference an joint effort to try and improve the local economies in rural areas.

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Slusher rants and raves but offers no facts

Dear Editor,
The rants of William Slusher are usually filled with half-truths, references to “facts” that are just out and out wrong, bigotry and simplistic thinking that defies logic but he exceeded even himself in “Taxation Vexation.”

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Oroville EMTs need your support

First I want to thank all of you that turned out for the town council meeting last Tuesday, March 3. There are several things that need to be clarified concerning our volunteer ambulance crew and their job.

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Oroville should consider OEMSA ambulance offer

The Oroville EMS Association put an interesting proposition before the city last week – rather than contracting with a private ambulance service, contract with the existing crew to respond to emergency calls for medical help.

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OSD Supt. Steve Quick

Supt. Steve Quick’s contract not renewed… so far

OROVILLE – After an evaluation that lasted through several executive sessions, including at extended school board meetings, Oroville School Superintendent Steve Quick still hasn’t had his contract renewed.

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Cops & Courts

Superior Court
Benito Rojas Reyes, 34, Tonasket, pleaded guilty Nov. 18, 2014 to two counts of first-degree child molestation and two counts of second-degree incest. The court dismissed additional charges of first-degree rape of a child, first-degree child molestation, intimidating a witness, first-degree incest and second-degree incest. Reyes was sentenced Feb. 24 to 78 months to life in prison and fined $1,110.50. The crimes occurred between December 2013 and March 2014.

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Oroville FBLA students compete at regionals in Wenatchee

WENATCHEE – Oroville Jr/Sr High students traveled to Wenatchee, to the Wenatchee Convention Center on February 18th to the North Central Region Future Business Leader of America Competition. After spending multiple meetings planning and practicing at the high school, Oroville students make it to state.

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Tell Congress to fund DHS budget

Dear Editor,
Our malls inside our borders have been threatened by terrorists. These same terrorist have proven they are competent in these types of attacks. One of the primary agencies that protects U.S. citizens against this type of threat is the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Our government is currently holding budgetary funding up for this organization over political reasons and grandstanding. Our Congress and Senate are affecting the ability and efficiency of DHS to perform its mission, which is to keep us safe. By Congress’ and the Senate’s inaction, they are aiding terrorism in its desire to succeed. It’s that simple.

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Oroville gives $1000 toward new county K-9

OROVILLE – Seeing value in having a police dog available in the North County, the City of Oroville presented a check for $1000 to purchase a trained K-9 for the Okanogan County Sheriff’s Office.

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