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

John L. Lawson

On November 26, 2018, at 8:15 p.m., the Lord sent his angels to take John home. John was born August 18, 1929, to Thomas Fredrick and De’Lacey Lawson in Elkland, Missouri and had six siblings. John came to Oroville in the mid-1940s and began working in the orchards. He left Oroville for a short time [...]

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Okanogan County PUD pulls plug on Enloe Dam re-electrification

OKANOGAN — At their Monday, Nov. 19 meeting Okanogan County PUD Commissioners pulled the plug on re-electrification at Enloe Dam near Oroville after being told costs would be twice as much as originally estimated.

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Lloyd Curtis reminisces about Roy’s Pharmacy

Curtis brothers ran drug store for more than 40 years. Editor’s Note: Roy’s Pharmacy in Tonasket, in business under that name since 1955, shut its doors without warning last Tuesday, selling their customer list to RiteAid in Omak. While the owners had little to say on the record, Mary Lou Kriner, president of the Tonasket [...]

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Tonasket School District infrastructure levy appears to have passed

OKANOGAN – The third ballot count of the Nov. 6 General Election, while results are still unofficial until certified, shows the Tonasket School levy will most likely pass.

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School Levy pulls ahead, city EMS closes gap

OKANOGAN – The second ballot count of the Nov. 6 General Election has breathed new life into Tonasket School District’s Capital Levy request as the ballots cast in favor of the proposition have slighty edged ahead of those that were against.

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Detro leading Bull for Commissioner’s seat

OKANOGAN – Incumbent Okanogan County Commissioner Jim Detro is leading the ballot for Position 3 against challenger Salley Bull in the first ballot count of today’s General Election.

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Sheriff’s office looking for information on vehicle, equipment thefts

OKANOGAN – The Okanogan County Sheriff’s office is seeking information on several stolen vehicles found in the serving of a search warrants in the Frosty Creek Road in Okanogan County,

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Okanogan County Sheriff’s Office urges public to vote in K9 contest

OKANOGAN – The Okanogan County Sheriff’s Office canine, Havoc, and his handler, Sergeant Tait Everett, have been selected among 29 other finalists nationwide for the Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. K9 Law Enforcement Giveaway. This contest affords the winner a fully-outfitted, K9-ready Chevrolet Tahoe for the Sheriff’s Office. To win, Sergeant Everett and K9 Havoc [...]

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Okanogan County first rural county in nation to provide opioid informaition via text

OKANOGAN – Okanogan County Public Health was recently awarded a small grant to create a program to make it easier for people to get information on localized services regarding opioids.

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President approves major Disaster Declaration for Colville Tribes

WASHINGTON –The Federal Emergency Management Agency announced today that federal disaster assistance has been made available for the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation to supplement the tribe’s recovery efforts in the areas affected by flooding from May 5 to May 28, 2018. Federal funding is available to Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation on [...]

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