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

Oroville School Board discusses policy changes

OROVILLE – The last Oroville School Board meeting of 2015 saw the swearing in of new school directors Kolo Moser and Ryan Frazier, as well as returning director Todd Hill.

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We need a Wild Similkameen

Dear Editor,
The Okanogan PUD has a talon grip on the Similkameen River and refuses to let go.Last Monday, Dec.7th, the commissioners approved a $57 million budget that includes another $1.5 million spent toward the electrification of Enloe Dam. Enloe Dam was scheduled to receive $3.5 million in 2016 – $2 million dollars for engineering and design of the proposed powerhouse and intakes was withdrawn to balance this year’s budget. Spending more money we do not have on Enloe makes no sense.

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Cops, Courts and 91 Calls

Superior Court Criminal Gabriel J. Saenz, 42, Riverside, pleaded guilty Dec. 8 to POCS (methamphetamine) and third-degree theft. Saenz was sentenced to 364 days in jail with 319 suspended, and fined $3,260.50 for the Nov. 5 crimes. The court found probable cause to charge David George Vanvekoven, 44, Oroville, with POCS (methamphetamine), first-degree DWLS and [...]

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Times are getting tough all over

It looks like hard times in the valley, at least for a couple businesses – Hughes Department Store (front page) and Omak Wood Products (see our story online). While we are used to seeing OWP mill come and go, in a variety of guises, Hughes’ if it can’t hang on, will definitely be a blow [...]

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Hughes’ Dept. Store looking to ‘right the ship’

OROVILLE – It’s been a long summer of rumors and conjecture, is Hughes’ Department Store selling or closing – as of Monday it seemed like it was closing, but Tuesday that had changed.

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Three cougar kittens captured in Oroville area

OROVILLE – Three cougar kittens were captured by the Washington State Fish and Wildlife Department in the Oroville area last week, according to Sgt. Dan Christensen.

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Wildfire response

Dear Editor,
After the last two years of devastating fires in Okanogan County and the prediction of continued drought conditions for next year, it is time to address the wildfire problem with proactive leadership and action.

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Ho Ho Ho

Members of the Okanagan International Choir braved the rain last Saturday evening while they led people in singing Christmas carols at the annual Oroville Community Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony.

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Oroville sets sights on Well #1 rehab

OROVILLE – Oroville is looking at rejuvenating Well #1, the oldest well in their public water system and hopes to get an energy grant so they can help pay for the improvements, as well as save energy.

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Get involved

Dear Editor,
Hear are two startling facts I came across recently for Okanogan County. The percentage of persons living below poverty level (2009-2013) is 20.7 percent, and in 2014, the percentage of persons 65 and over is 19.8 percent. A fifth of our population is elderly, and a fifth is poor. No doubt there is crossover – many are elderly and poor. But, to have a vibrant community, we need both healthy citizens of all ages, and a healthy environment. It’s that simple.

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