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

Oroville’s absence showed lack of respect

Dear Editor,
Tonasket EMS Director Michael Greene’s Memorial Service was January 23rd at Tonasket High School. Michael was an asset to the community and was associated with EMS and Fire in Washington State and Nevada.

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The Oroville CARES Coalition recently put up a billboard featuring the winning student entry in a contest illustrating the theme "Drugs Destroy Families." First place was awarded to Reese Noel, a second grader at Oroville Elementary. His artwork incorporates a broken heart and tears, clearly portraying how drug abuse affects both families and individuals. Natalie Rodriguez, grade six, claimed second place with her rendition of a loving family hiking in the woods. Third place winner, Yudany Padilla, grade three, portrays a family posing happily in their yard near a fruit laden apple tree. The City of Oroville donated $750 to the coalition toward the billboard.

Oroville prepares to rehab Well #1

OROVILLE – Oroville’s superintendent of Public Works, Rod Noel, discussed the future rehabilitation of the city’s Well #1, which has been in need of upgrades for the past five years, at the city council meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 2.

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Juvenile Detention a critical issue

Dear Editor,
As I am employed at the Okanogan Detention Facility, I have a vested interest in the outcome of the discussion that would remove incarcerated youth from Okanogan County to Martin Hall in Spokane County. However, since the Commissioners have stated that they will base their decision on the facts I am more at ease

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Five seek queen’s crown for May Fest 2016, Selection Night Monday, Feb. 15

OROVILLE – This year sees five candidates who would like to be crowned the Oroville May Festival Queen for 2016. They are Zoe Whittaker Jameson, Narya Naillon, Bonnie Roley, Lena Fuchs and Pie Todd, all juniors at Oroville High School.

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Oroville School Board tackles discipline issues

OROVILLE – In an effort to get a handle on discipline, especially what to do with suspended students, the school board approved the hiring of a parapro for each building to give them an in-house option for improper behavior.

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Oroville considering request for road change

OROVILLE – Councilman Jon Neal was selected to serve as Oroville’s Mayor Pro Tempore, should Mayor Chuck Spieth be unable to attend a city council meeting.

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Oroville (Wash.) School District Superintendent Steve Quick

Oroville School Supt. Quick tenders resignation

OROVILLE – Oroville School District Superintendent tendered his resignation to the school board last Thursday and announced he would be leaving the district at the end of this school year, June 30, 2016.

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Tonasket Chamber of Commerce Banquet

TONASKET – The Tonasket Chamber of Commerce Awards Banquet and Auction is this Thursday, Jan. 21 at the Community Cultural Center at 411 Western Ave.

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Voice your opinion on primitive road closures

Dear Editor,
Notice to all residents of Okanogan County who like to fish, hunt, picnic, or use your recreational vehicles in any manner. Your right to access Public Lands are being eliminated one road at a time. In fact, right now in the South County, there is approximately 6 to 10,000 acres of public access lost due to road closures.

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County may close Juvenile Detention

Dear Editor,
The Board of County Commissioner’s (BOCC’s) is considering the closure of our local Juvenile Detention Center and subsequent move of these youth to Martin Hall in Medical Lake. Martin Hall is operated by a Montana corporation.

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