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

Editorial Gary Mug

The news rarely sleeps, nor do I

Editorial Gary MugWow, what a busy past week or so. After putting the newspaper to bed on Tuesday last week, I caught a break because it was Katie’s “meeting week.” That’s the week where I don’t have city council or school board meetings to attend, but she does, and usually the hospital board meeting as well. That’s why it often seems like all Tonasket news one week and all Oroville the next. Although, to be fair, the hospital is really shared by the two communities.

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Jack Hughes ‘Citizen of the Year’

OROVILLE – The Oroville Chamber of Commerce gave out several awards, announced this year’s May Festival Grand Marshals and installed their officers at the annual banquet held last Thursday, March 17 at the Pastime Bar & Grill.

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Editorial Gary Mug

Getting the old USBP station is the right move

The General Services Administration giving the old Border Patrol Station to Oroville for law enforcement is the right move for both the federal government and Oroville. First of all it will make a great police station for the city and free up the old police station for other uses. It also means the vacant property [...]

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Oroville School District sets timeline for superintendent search

OROVILLE – The Oroville School Board met with Lloyd Olson of Northwest Leadership Associates to discuss how to proceed with the search for a new district superintendent and to set a timeline for interviews with prospective candidates.

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Oroville to move police station to old Border Patrol office

OROVILLE – After thinking that the opportunity had slipped away, Oroville is now the proud owner of the old U.S. Border Patrol Station on Main Street.

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Cops, Courts & 911 Calls

Superior Court Criminal Samantha Ann Harding, 45, Okanogan, pleaded guilty Feb. 35 to third-degree assault (DV) and violation of a no-contact order (DV). Harding was sentenced to 33 months in prison and fined $1,360.50 for the Dec. 15, 2015. Michael Shane Snell, 36, Manson, pleaded guilty Feb. 24 to POCS (methamphetamine) and use of drug [...]

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School Board updated on discipline

OROVILLE – The Oroville School Board met for their February meeting last Monday and heard a report on the new In-House Suspension rooms the board agreed to staff at their previous monthly meeting.

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Oroville to loan building inspector to Omak

OROVILLE – The Oroville City Council agreed to share Building Inspector Christian Johnson’s services with Omak while their building inspector recovers from a fall from the room of a business.

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Cops, Courts & 911 Calls

Superior Court
Criminal
Anastasia M. King, 23, Tonasket, pleaded guilty Feb. 9 to second-degree theft and third-degree theft. The court dismissed an additional charge of second-degree theft. King was sentenced to 364 days in jail with 334 days suspended, and fined $1,260.50. The crimes occurred Nov. 2, 2015.

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Bernie Sanders represents real change

Dear Gary,
Well, Bernie has won New Hampshire’s Primary without any support from the billionaire class who are used to buying any election they want. Still, the media are going to keep saying that Hillary is more “electable” than Bernie. Why would they keep insisting this?

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