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

What’s next? Tonasket School Board tries to chart course after bond failure

Public Hearing scheduled before board meeting TONASKET – The need to expand and upgrade facilities is still there; the money, however, is not. The Tonasket School Board called a special meeting Monday, Feb. 17, to try to figure out its next move in the wake of the failure of its $6 million bond measure for [...]

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Voters approve school levies throughout the county

OKANOGAN COUNTY – Voters in the Oroville, Tonasket, Pateros, Brewster, Okanogan and Omak School Districts all approved levies in the Tuesday, Feb. 11 Special Election, however, a measure that would have expanded facilities and replaced the Alternative School in the Tonasket District has fallen short of approval.

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Capital Improvement Plan approved for Oroville’s airport

OROVILLE – The long awaited approval of the revised Capital Improvement Plan for Oroville’s Dorothy Scott International Airport was received from the Federal Aviation Administration.

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Heroin making inroads into Okanogan County?

While the fatal heroin overdose of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman both cut short a brilliant career and has dominated much of the national news lately, we are faced with the potential for many of our own tragedies right here in rural America.

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19th Annual Talent Show at the CCC

Scenes from the 19th Annual Talent Show at the Community Cultural Center of Tonasket on Saturday, Feb. 8.

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Social Security fraud investigation leads to father’s grave

OKANOGAN – The investigation of a possible Social Security fraud by an Oroville area man led to the discovery of his father’s dead body buried 16 miles northeast of Ellisforde.

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Tonasket Chamber supports school levy

Dear Editor,
I am writing on behalf of the Tonasket Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors in support of the Tonasket School Levy and School Bond. We believe that strong schools contribute to strong communities…

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NW Ice Fishing Festival more than fishing

Fest kicks off with Pat McManus play, Friday Feb. 14
MOLSON – The last couple of years the fisherman got skunked at the NW Ice Fishing Festival, however reports have been coming in all winter of “fish on” so chances are there will be prize winning trout caught on Saturday, Feb. 15.

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Broken faith with military retirees

Dear Editor,
The following is a letter to Sen. Maria Cantwell:
Senator Cantwell,
Based on the Bipartisan Budget Act (H.J. Res 59), the legislation you just voted on in December 2013, you have broken the faith with all military members, especially military retirees

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Now for some serious Gonzaga B’ball watching

Most years I could care less who wins the Super Bowl, except for the camaraderie and snacks at a Super Bowl Party. I make an exception when it is the Seahawks, being a fan, albeit fair weather, of professional teams from our fair state.

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