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

Biochar presentation spurs conversation

More hands on demonstrations planned in future OROVILLE – Biochar – Capturing value from waste biomass by turning it into fine charcoal that can be used for other purposes, was the subject of a presentation made by Gloria Flora in Oroville last week, one of many she is making around the stat. Flora, who owns [...]

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Oroville enrollment drops, but still in line with last year

OROVILLE – The Oroville School Board heard that enrollment had dropped by 11 FTEs between the semesters within the district.

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Hitchhiker robbed at gunpoint on Hwy. 20

TONASKET – A Idaho man who was hitching on Highway 20 outside of Tonasket said he was picked up and later robbed at gunpoint. One of the suspects in the robbery died after being tasered by a law enforcement.

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Cops & Courts

Superior Court Criminal Lance Mario Torres, 42, Republic, pleaded guilty March 24 to POCS (heroin). Torres was sentenced to six months in jail and fined $2,210.50. The crime occurred April 17, 2012 near Tonasket. Brenden Wade Oliver, 23, Spokane, pleaded guilty March 24 to POCS (methamphetamine) and third-degree DWLS. The court dismissed a use of [...]

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Property owners worry about future flooding

OROVILLE – After last month’s flooding of Tonasket Creek, several area property owners are trying to find out just what they can do to prevent future damage to their orchards and businesses.

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Slideshow: OSF Variety Show 2015

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Who will provide ambulance service?

OROVILLE – The Oroville EMS Association approached the city with a proposal they believe will address the issues with the ambulance service – namely a shortage of staff and the lack of a director.

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Rural Pathways to Prosperity Conference

OROVILLE – The WSU Extension Office and the City of Oroville are asking people to join them on April 17 for the Rural Pathways to Prosperity Conference an joint effort to try and improve the local economies in rural areas.

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Slusher rants and raves but offers no facts

Dear Editor,
The rants of William Slusher are usually filled with half-truths, references to “facts” that are just out and out wrong, bigotry and simplistic thinking that defies logic but he exceeded even himself in “Taxation Vexation.”

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Oroville EMTs need your support

First I want to thank all of you that turned out for the town council meeting last Tuesday, March 3. There are several things that need to be clarified concerning our volunteer ambulance crew and their job.

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