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.

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Brent, we already miss you

You might have noticed, either through his absence at last Thursday’s hospital board meeting or by reading his Half Baked column last week, that our fearless Tonasket reporter, Brent Baker, is no longer on the job. At least not for the Gazette-Tribune, he’s off in pursuit of a new adventure with his church as assistant administrator and an old one, firing up his sports website again.

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Date moved up for NW Ice Fishing Festival

Patrick McManus show returns for second year OROVILLE – After anglers got skunked for the third year in a row, the Oroville Chamber of Commerce decided to move the Northwest Ice Fishing Festival up to Saturday, Jan. 17 rather than the traditional President’s Day weekend in February, according to chamber president Clyde Andrews. “We have [...]

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Where the buck stops for NVH

Dear Editor,
NVH CEO Linda Michel said some tough decisions had to be made to get NVH back in the black. Apparently, raising the administration salaries $423,000 since 2010 while NVH literally had it’s hand in the pockets of Okanogan taxpayers was one of them.

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Animal rescue in need of help

Dear Editor,
On behalf of The Nourishing Hand Animal Rescue, I would like to ask for help of hay or monetary funds to purchase hay. Your financial support helps us continue our mission to educate animal owners and/or rescue animals in need.

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What topped the news in 2014 in hand and online

What was the top story for 2014 – some might say our North Valley Hospital District – the closing of the Assisted Living was certainly the top story of 2013. However, with $3 million in warrants paid down to nearly zero, the hospital district – administrators and commissioners, aren’t the targets they once were. Don’t get us wrong, things are heating up again with the nursing home looking like it’s going the way of the AL if someone doesn’t come up with a way to get it operating in the black again.

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Kathy Jones talks about 40 years with Oroville

OROVILLE – As Kathy Jones settles into retirement after 40 years as Oroville’s City Clerk/Treasurer she looks back with pride at many of the city’s accomplishments.

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Oroville nears agreement for water right

OROVILLE – Oroville has been working on getting a transfer of the water right it acquired from Veranda Beach Resorts and their predecessors for nearly seven years – that process may soon be reality if Oroville can put a little money aside for conservation.

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We wish you peace and happiness

Each year our Christmas wish is for peace throughout the world. We also long for the ability to view Christmas and the holidays through a child’s eyes. As one reads through the Letters to Santa in last week’s issue (before they were forwarded to the North Pole), you could just about recapture what a magical time it truly is.

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School board discusses opening up public comment

OROVILLE – A school director has suggested the Oroville School Board open up their public comment, changing the policy that requires people comment only regarding items on the agenda.

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Former Tonasket School Superintendent target of lawsuit

OLYMPIA – Randal Hauff, a former superintendent of the Tonasket School District, has been named a co-defendant in a lawsuit claiming he defrauded Medicaid in order to benefit financially.

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