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.

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Saving a historic building – big plans for Oroville’s Public Library

While Donald Trump seems to have finally jumped the shark with his plan to lockout all Muslims from the United States, back at home there are big plans to renovate the Oroville Public Library, which welcomes people of all backgrounds to its shelves of reading material

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Our Public Health District needs help

Dear Editor,
Attention all health care professionals! Ranked 37th out of 39 Washington State counties in public health according to a respected study, Okanogan County remains in critical need of a secure public health system. Yet, our county commissioners have repeatedly cut the public health budget in recent years.

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Similkameen, river of life

Dear Editor,
The town of Oroville has seen better days Our businesses are struggling up and down Main Street. The industries of timber, mining and cattle are in decline. We need a new source of economic activity.

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Chesaw father and son guilty of murder

Each man sentenced to more than 32 years in prison

OKANOGAN – A man and his son were found guilty in the premeditated murder of Michael R. Carrigan, Hoquium, Wash., who was hunting near their Pontiac Ridge home in September of 2013.

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Daredevil pedestrians

Dear Editor,
On the streets of Oroville I have noticed with increasing regularity a situation that will result in serious injury or death.

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Oroville Schools seek $1.5 million levy

OROVILLE – The Oroville School Board decided it will ask the voters to replace the outgoing two-year maintenance and operations levy without an increase over what they have asked the taxpayers the previous three times they went to the voters.

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What if?

Dear Editor,
What if instead of funding aggression in the Middle East we used those billions of dollars to clean up our National Forests?

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Help for Alzheimers

Dear Editor,
With so much attention being given to the growing number of people with Alzheimer’s disease in Washington State, I’m grateful that our Congressman, Dan Newhouse, has cosponsored a bill that will help them and their families.

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Informed public is a strong society

Dear Editor,
Where are we going? I sense a moral ambiguity. It was eighty years ago. I remember mama warning me to not breath deeply coming up the marble to our New York apartment on the fifth floor. Reefer smokers could saefly produce the easily discernible unpleasant characteristics of burning hemp.

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Oroville looking at $7.9 million 2016 budget

OROVILLE – The City of Oroville is looking at approving a 2016 budget of $7,878,862, about $46,000 higher than in 2015, according to JoAnn Denney, City Clerk/Treasurer.

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