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 the 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

Mark Coleman

Mark Coleman, 61, of Havillah, Wash., died May 19, 2014 in Wenatchee, Wash. Mark was born March 5, 1953 to Robert and Patricia Coleman in Sheldon, Iowa.

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Candidates file for local and state offices

OKANOGAN – It looks like there will be at least one local race that will require a primary this August. Four people have filled for the Okanogan County PUD District 1 Commissioner position.

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Oroville Council learns more about upcoming jet ski races

OROVILLE – Raleigh Chinn and Roger Harnack, representing the Lake Osoyoos Cup Jet Ski Races planned for this summer, appeared before the Oroville City Council at their Tuesday, May 20 meeting.

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Cops & Courts

Superior Court Criminal The court dismissed May 19 an assault in violation of a no-contact order charge against David John Smith Jr., 42, Tonasket. Smith had complied with a stipulated order of continuance. The charge was dismissed with prejudice. Jakob Stephen Parr, 21, Riverside, pleaded guilty May 20 to first-degree trafficking in stolen property. The [...]

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Lots of support for Sarmiento

A librarian at Tonasket High School being accused of sexual misconduct with a student certainly deserved our attention, another school special board meeting was taking place in executive session in Oroville. The board was meeting to reconsider transferring Oroville High School Principal Kristen Sarmiento from her principal job back to a teaching position. This on the recommendation of Superintendent Steve Quick.

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Appreciate fundraiser for transplant

Dear Editor,
I would like to take this time to express our gratitude to those who joined us for the Fundraiser for Douglas Perronteau’s Kidney transplant fundraiser.

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We remain simple, honest bumpkins

Dear Editor,
Are you an American? Sold-out bureaucrats thoroughly despise those of us real-world bumpkins who deeply believe in our revered Declaration and in our declared Creator, and Provider.

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Sabotage?

TONASKET – Tonasket’s ambulances keep turning up with mysterious issues, and EMS director Michael Greene hopes that making the public aware of the situation will bring information to light about who is responsible.

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U.S. Border Patrol’s mission, and station, has expanded

The new Oroville Station of the U.S. Border Patrol is impressive, to say the least – a huge new building with offices for supervisors, computer work stations for the agents, holding cells, a massive garage for vehicles and equipment, cafeteria, weight room, armory with weapons and night vision, sally port, corrals for horses and mules, kennels for K-9s, a helipad and even a 200′ by 80′ arena for training wild mustangs and other horses for service. I’m sure I’m leaving something out, but we got quite a tour during last Saturday’s Open House.

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Oroville Council updated on blues fest, projects

OROVILLE – The Oroville City Council heard an update of the Rally at the Border Blues Fest planned at the city’s Deep Bay Park on Saturday, May 17, from Vicki Hinze, head of the blues fest committee. “One of the things we are requesting is to put up a two by ten foot Rally at [...]

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