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 the 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

Encourage all to attend school concerts

Dear Editor,
What a beautiful show Mr. Stiles, the Middle School and High School students performed last week.

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Rep. Hasting doesn’t vote for jobs

Dear Editor,
I wish ‘Doc’ Hastings would have listed out the dozens of “pro-growth bills” he and his colleagues supported to create good paying jobs for the Class of 2014.

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Editorial Gary Mug

A battle of the special interests

Okanogan County has been without a current Comprehensive Plan for a long time, the latest plan dates back to 1964. Although there’s a large faction that would like to see things return to what were surely simpler times, we need a new Comprehensive Plan to see us into the future. While resources – timber, agriculture, [...]

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Concerned about County Comp Plan

Dear Editor,
I live in the Methow Valley and am concerned about the recently released final draft of the new County Comprehensive Plan and “interim” Zoning Ordinance. Public comments are due to the Okanogan County Planning Department by June 16 at phuston@co.okanogan.wa.us.

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Sarmiento to remain OHS Principal

OROVILLE – Although the decision wasn’t announced during the Monday, May 26 Oroville School Board meeting, it appears OHS Principal Kristin Sarmiento will not be transferred back to a teaching position for the 2014-15 school year.

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Implications of plan mind-boggling

Dear Editor,
After a convoluted multi-year process, the Okanogan County Commissioners have released their purported final draft of the County’s Comprehensive Plan. It includes an “interim” Zoning ordinance with missing elements, an incomplete Shoreline Review and an attempt to jam as much construction as possible onto productive farmland, sensitive natural areas, and open space.

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Editorial Gary Mug

May soon have to share the road

The county has won their fight, at least for now, to allow All Terrain Vehicles, or ATVs, on nearly 600 miles of county roads. This opens up our small towns to the additional tourists that need to run to town for supplies, visit restaurants and to see the sights. It could definitely bring in more tourist dollars for those that don’t want to hop in the car to make the journey – especially for places like Loomis, Chesaw and Molson. It seems to be good business for Conconully already, so perhaps some of those benefits should be spread around.

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Echo Bay to end Buckhorn gold exploration project

REPUBLIC – Echo Bay Exploration, a subsidiary of Toronto-based Kinross Gold has decided to call it quits and withdraw their Buckhorn Mountain Exploration Project. The exploration had been proposed on nearly 10,000 acres of federal, state and private lands surrounding the Buckhorn Mine which has a closing date in 2015.

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Mark Coleman

Mark Coleman, 61, of Havillah, Wash., died May 19, 2014 in Wenatchee, Wash. Mark was born March 5, 1953 to Robert and Patricia Coleman in Sheldon, Iowa.

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Candidates file for local and state offices

OKANOGAN – It looks like there will be at least one local race that will require a primary this August. Four people have filled for the Okanogan County PUD District 1 Commissioner position.

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