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

Princes lease land for park

OROVILLE – The sometimes controversial bin lot at the south entrance to town should resound with shouts of joy as it will become a city park, thanks to generous offer made by the Prince family.

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Vote for the school bond

Dear Editor,

I’ve never had children in the local schools, but have always voted for the school bonds and levies. WHY? Because an educated public is one of the strongest aids to a truly democratic society.

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First case of bird flu found in county — Hotline set up

RIVERSIDE – Forty pheasants and a dozen turkeys from a game flock of about about 5000 birds in the Riverside area, have been found to have contracted avian influenza, or bird flu, according to Hector Castro wi with the Washington State Department of Agriculture.

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Cheer for the Seahawks, but don’t forget to vote ‘yes’ on the bond first

Good schools are so important and that’s why we urge those living within the Tonasket School District to vote yes on the 12-year bond. Yes, nearly $7 million in facilities improvements is expensive and while the economy seems to be improving everywhere else, we aren’t seeing it as quickly in our neck of the woods. [...]

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Some good news for Nursing Home

TONASKET – The North Valley Hospital Board learned that the hospital will receive nearly twice as much in Disproportionate Share Payments from the state for the Long Term Care (LTC) as it did the previous year.

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Oroville Council asked for help in purchase of K-9

OROVILLE – The Oroville City Council was treated to a dog and pony show, without the pony, at their Tuesday, Jan. 6 meeting as two county deputies displayed the skills of one of their K-9s and asked for help in obtaining another to be located in the north county area.

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Brent, we already miss you

You might have noticed, either through his absence at last Thursday’s hospital board meeting or by reading his Half Baked column last week, that our fearless Tonasket reporter, Brent Baker, is no longer on the job. At least not for the Gazette-Tribune, he’s off in pursuit of a new adventure with his church as assistant administrator and an old one, firing up his sports website again.

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Date moved up for NW Ice Fishing Festival

Patrick McManus show returns for second year OROVILLE – After anglers got skunked for the third year in a row, the Oroville Chamber of Commerce decided to move the Northwest Ice Fishing Festival up to Saturday, Jan. 17 rather than the traditional President’s Day weekend in February, according to chamber president Clyde Andrews. “We have [...]

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Where the buck stops for NVH

Dear Editor,
NVH CEO Linda Michel said some tough decisions had to be made to get NVH back in the black. Apparently, raising the administration salaries $423,000 since 2010 while NVH literally had it’s hand in the pockets of Okanogan taxpayers was one of them.

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Animal rescue in need of help

Dear Editor,
On behalf of The Nourishing Hand Animal Rescue, I would like to ask for help of hay or monetary funds to purchase hay. Your financial support helps us continue our mission to educate animal owners and/or rescue animals in need.

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