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.

Stories by Gary DeVon

Response to ‘Remember earlier 9-11′

Dear Editor,
I was surprised at how Mr. Thomason dragged Brigham Young, former President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (nicknamed Mormons), into a 150-some-year-old controversy about a horrible incident that occurred in our American History.

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Who we’d chose for local office

Like many of you out there we are struggling with the question of who to vote for in the upcoming General Election, especially for local offices.

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Hunter kills cougar believed to have been killing pets

OROVILLE – Dave Sharpe shot a cougar on Krugar Mountain last week. The big cat is believed to be the same one that has been hunting and killing pets in the Westlake area.

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Republic and Oroville will feel effect of mine shut down differently

Republic and Oroville will feel the effect of mine shut down differently. The ‘boom and bust’ cycle mining can bring to an area has been readily apparent in Republic for years – one could tell just by looking at the number of full or empty businesses on Main Street. That cycle has been a missing component in Oroville’s history at least since the time when gold….

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Lucky to have such a talented staff at the G-T

While most were enjoying, well watching, the Oroville Homecoming game last Friday, I was trekking down to Chelan to attend the Washington Newspaper Publishers Association awards banquet. From the final score of the game, I might have got the better assignment. We were fortunate to win a second place General Excellence award in our division and that says a lot for a newspaper that basically has a staff of three – myself, Charlene and Brent.

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Two injured in rollover accident

TONASKET – Two north county residents were injured when a tire blew on their pickup truck and caused the vehicle to rollover about four miles south of Tonasket on SR97.

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Oroville Chamber sponsors Candidates Forum Oct. 16

OROVILLE – The Oroville Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring a Candidate Forum on Thursday, Oct. 16 at 7 p.m. at the Oroville High School Commons. Each candidate will get a minimum of 10 minutes to present (more depending on total presenters).

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Selecting a new police chief is critical to a community

It’s surprising how quiet it has been in Oroville and Tonasket the last few years – no major controversies between the police department, the council or the public. In Oroville, much of the credit for that goes to Clay Warnstaff who has been chief of police since being appointed by the mayor in 2008, and in Tonasket to Chief Rob Burks.

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Oroville Police Chief Warnstaff announces retirement

OROVILLE – After seven years as Oroville’s Police Chief, R. Clay Warnstaff announced his intention of retiring as of Oct. 31.

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The word is ‘empathy’

Dear Gary,
World affairs: The mess our world is getting unprecedented attention. I am embarrassed to say I am part of the human race…sometimes. I want to whisper this….Have you noticed the chaos is beginning to resemble a pattern? Always someone is meddling on the dark side.

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