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

Comment sought on Forest Restoration Project east of Tonasket

TONASKET – Forest restoration work, including thinning, prescribed burning and transportation system changes are proposed east of Tonasket Washington on National Forest System lands near Bonaparte Lake. A team made up of nearly a dozen specialists in forest ecosystems, engineering and recreation has compared the current forest condition with what would have occurred historically, come [...]

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May Fest, other summertime events fast approaching

May Festival, although in spring, is just around the corner, Saturday, May 14 and comes with the promise of bringing back old memories and is sure to make some new ones.It is also a chance to catch up with old friends, some of whom don’t make it home to Oroville except during this annual event.While “May Day” as many still refer to it started out as a school event led by Bob Drummond more than 80 years ago. It now is community wide and embraced by not only those in Oroville, but by our neighbors to the north in Osoyoos and to the south in Tonasket. May Festival celebrates spring, but marks the start of a busy event season for those living in the north county.

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Commission or decommission Enloe Dam?

Dear Editor,
Enloe Dam was on the agenda Monday at the PUD Auditorium in Okanogan. As most readers know the PUD has a license from FERC to build a new powerhouse below Enloe Dam on the Similkameen River. On both an economic and environmental basis, we have been questioning the wisdom of building what FERC has permitted. Just because something is permitted does not always make it right. At stake is the future of the Similkameen River for the next 50 years.

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And now some positive news

It’s no surprise that we have a drug problem in the U.S., with people of all ages getting hooked on everything from legal substances like tobacco, marijuana and alcohol, to hard drugs like meth and cocaine. Even in rural America people are abusing heroin, many because they had became reliant on doctor prescribed opiates and can no longer get them. Our front page this week screams out that even places like Oroville and Tonasket are not immune to the problem.

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Cops, Courts & 911 Calls

Superior Court Criminal Mistia Alicia Clark, 28, Omak, pleaded guilty Oct. 20, 2015, to residential burglary (lesser included of first-degree burglary). Clark was sentenced April 19 to three months in jail and fined $1,260.50 for the July 22, 2015 crime. Fermin Sanchez Orozco, 24, Oroville, pleaded guilty March 8 to first-degree rape of a child. [...]

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Task Force arrests several suspected meth dealers

OROVILLE – A three-month long undercover investigation by the North Central Washington Drug Task Force into illegal drug sales netted several arrests in the Oroville area last Thursday, April 21.

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Oroville City Council updated on Blues Festival

OROVILLE – Representatives of the Rally at the Border Blues Festival gave a quick update on this year’s upcoming event at the Tuesday, April 19 Oroville City Council meeting.

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Public meets two Oroville school superintendent hopefuls

OROVILLE – The Oroville School Board selected three applicants for the Oroville Superintendent position and scheduled interviews for each on three separate days, but with two interviews complete it appears the third candidate will not be able to make it.

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Oroville hiker rescued off Mt. Hull by Navy rescue helicopter

OROVILLE – An Oroville woman who fell about 30 feet while hiking south of town was lifted from a small plateau by a U.S. Navy Rescue helicopter and flown to Central Washington Hospital in Wenatchee for treatment of her injuries.

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Planting trees whose fruit no one will want

Dear Editor,
Recently there have been some letters concerning global warming and the probability that human activity, particularly in the form of CO2 production is the cause of much of the warming. While cyclical sun spot activity may give humans a temporary reprieve from the heating

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