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

Recent fires emphasize need for emergency preparedness

OROVILLE – Scott Miller, manager of Okanogan County Emergency Management, appeared before the Oroville City Council to discuss the importance of the Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan, especially in light of the recent devastating Carlton Complex Fires.

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Continuing Ed Scholarships offered

Dear Editor,

The Oroville Scholarship Foundation (OSF) is now taking applications for Continuing Education Scholarship online at orovillescholarshipfoundation.com.

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Merino wool at the landfill?

Dear Editor
I would like to contact the man who was about to dump the good part merino wool at the landfill….That was too good a wool to dump. We have an upcoming outlet for the small farm sheep grower to get a reimbursement out of their good wool

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School shootings just bring up more questions

The events of last Friday, the school shooting in Marysville, just add to the confusion regarding what’s happening in our country. Why did this young boy have access to a legal firearm and what sent him over the edge? It’s just conjecture on my part, but passing a measure like I-594, closing the “Gun Show Loophole” in this state, probably wouldn’t have made a difference. That’s not to say that the polls don’t show most gun owners in the state favor the measure, it just wouldn’t have kept the gun out of the kid’s hand.

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Support Clint Didier for Congress

Dear Editor,
As we get closer to November, I wanted to take an opportunity to encourage my fellow citizens to support Clint Didier, running for the 4th Congressional District seat.

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Candidates attend forum in Oroville

OROVILLE – Candidates seeking local county, state and federal offices were invited to Oroville last Thursday, Oct. 16 to introduce themselves and tell voters why they should cast a ballot in their favor.

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Need public meeting on Navy tests

Dear Editor,
A recent “Guest Column” in another paper is titled “Navy tests explained.” Near the end of this piece, the author, Capt. Mike Nortier, the commanding officer of Naval Air Station Widbey Island, says that an assessment was completed by the Navy in August and the Navy “notified the public about the assessment and received no public comment prior to the August 15th deadline.” To my knowledge neither radio stations nor newspapers had been notified. Also, I have not heard of anyone in Okanogan County receiving a notice in the mail or otherwise.

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Response to ‘Remember earlier 9-11′

Dear Editor,
I was surprised at how Mr. Thomason dragged Brigham Young, former President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (nicknamed Mormons), into a 150-some-year-old controversy about a horrible incident that occurred in our American History.

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Who we’d chose for local office

Like many of you out there we are struggling with the question of who to vote for in the upcoming General Election, especially for local offices.

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Hunter kills cougar believed to have been killing pets

OROVILLE – Dave Sharpe shot a cougar on Krugar Mountain last week. The big cat is believed to be the same one that has been hunting and killing pets in the Westlake area.

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