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

Terri Orford glows with anticipation as she waits to hear back from America

Tonasket’s got Terri

“It was totally impromptu, but that’s what jazz is about — being inspired and in the moment.” Terri Orford, Tonasket contestant on America’s Got Talent Local singer goes from New Orleans to Facebook to America’s Got Talent TONASKET – Terri Orford was on vacation in New Orleans, sitting in a jazz club with her husband Andy [...]

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Kim Leigh Pyatt

Kim Leigh Pyatt, age 60, passed away Friday, February 13, 2015 at Lakeland Village in Medical Lake. He was born at St. Martin’s Hospital in Tonasket on July 5, 1954 to parents Paul and Colleen Pyatt. Kim lived in Aeneas Valley on the Pyatt ranch for a time moving to Seattle and then back to [...]

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Ellamae Brunell new May Festival Queen

Ellamae Burnell, was chosen to be this year’s May Festival Queen at the 2015 Selection Night event held at the Oroville High School Commons last Monday night. Brunell and her court, Princess Faith Martin and Mikayla Scott , all juniors at OHS, participated in the Selection night by giving speeches and answering an impromptu question.

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Slideshow: Tonasket CCC Talent Show 2015

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Going to miss our little falls

I’m just going to start off by saying I know they had to put Tonasket Creek back where it belongs, but for a few days I was able to enjoy the view of a miniature falls cascading into the Okanogan River from my riverside cabin. The noisy rush of the water as it flowed out of its channel and through the ditches along Chesaw, Sawtell and East Oroville roads and made it’s way across the river from me was better than having my phone set to white noise this weekend.

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Did you miss your Hometown?

John and Becky DesJardins are known to take time off in the winter, this year they didn’t head for warmer weather. Instead they closed Hometown Pizza and Pasta and reopened as a restaurant with a different spin on things. It’s something they’ve been wanting to do for quite a long time and John is a [...]

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Put your foot down – ‘No on Enloe’

Dear Editor,

For three years north county ratepayers have been challenging PUD commissioners and managers trying to re-electrify Enloe Dam. Eight years of spending on applications, high priced lawyers and well paid consultants has drained $12 million dollars from the PUD balance sheets already.

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Remember the future of our students

Dear Editor,

The Tonasket school district capital improvement bond is for the students of the district. These students have names and faces. The job of educating students is difficult in many ways. Tonasket has a dedicated education team and the lack of adequate facilities makes their job of properly educating the students much more difficult, sometimes nearly impossible.

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Hoping for a multi-use park

Dear Gary,
I was delighted to see the front page article containing information that the bin lot in Oroville is being leased for a park. A big thank you to the Prince family.

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Oroville to host district wrestling

OROVILLE – Oroville will be playing host to this year’s District 5/6 North Subregional tournament this weekend. The opening round, as well as the first consolation round, will take place this Friday, Feb. 6, beginning at 4 p.m. The tournament resumes Saturday morning at 10 a.m. with the championship quarterfinals. The top four wrestlers from [...]

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