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

Carol ‘Cookie’ Thorndike

Carol “Cookie” Thorndike, age 69 of Oroville, died on Sunday, August 21, 2016 at her home in Oroville. She was born January 6, 1947 in Springfield, Missouri to parents Russell and Cora Clark.

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Oroville approves petition for street vacation

OROVILLE – The city council approved Oroville Reman and Reload’s petition to vacate portions of streets in the heavy industrial area, a prerequisite of a pre-annexation agreement which would allow parts of several streets to be routed so that only heavy industrial traffic is allowed in certain areas and residents living nearby use an alternate route.

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Will encourage open transparent system

Dear Editor,
The election results appear positive for the next phase of my campaign to improve Okanogan County government. I want to thank all of those who assisted, supported, volunteered, donated, and voted for me in the Okanogan County Commissioner District 2 primary election. Together, we have begun to create enthusiasm for the future here. I want to let those who did not vote for me, or those who do not know me yet, know that I will be listening and learning about your interests and needs in the next three months.

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Teck not resisting efforts regarding river cleanup

Dear Editor,
Readers of the August 5 article ‘Colville Tribes continue legal fight for Columbia River cleanup’ may be left with the incorrect impression that Teck Metals Ltd, owner of the Trail metallurgical facility, is resisting efforts to address historic discharges from the Trail smelter. This is not the case.

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Enloe Dam article only presented one side

Dear Editor,
I have long appreciated the fairness of the reporting in your paper and also your editorial opinions from time to time. Such is not the case however in the recent reporting you have done on the Enloe Electrification Project. It has been disappointing to see that your reporter has not done much to investigate, check and balance the claims made by the folks campaigning for the removal of Enloe Dam based on the bogus “study” by Rocky Mountain Econometrics.

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Oroville extends hearing on street vacation until next meeting

OROVILLE – After some discussion at the Tuesday, Aug. 2 council meeting, Oroville will take up the matter of street vacation near Oroville Reman and Reload at their next public meeting.

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Tumbleweed Film Festival could use your help

The Tumbleweed Film Festival rolled back into town last Saturday, and while the movies delighted some 50 people at Esther Bricques, it wasn’t quite the event movie goers have gotten used to. The movies were great, but there was only one venue this year.

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Update: Asmussen and Kester still lead in race for PUD Commissioner #3

OKANOGAN – Jerry D. Asmussen and Aaron Kester were the two top vote getters for the office of Okanogan County PUD Commissioner, District 3, in last Tuesday’s primary.

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Slideshow: Oroville Spring & Summer 2016

Events and Festivals in and around Oroville, Washington for 2016 Spring and Summer, so far…

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Naillon takes oath of office for Oroville Council

OROVILLE – After taking the oath of office, Ed Naillon returned to the Oroville Council at their Tuesday, July 19 meeting. Naillon volunteered to fill the position left by Jon Neal when he was selected as mayor after Chuck Spieth passed away.

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