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

Seeking reelection to PUD board

Dear Editor,

To the Citizens of Okanogan County: I, David Womack, am announcing that I am running for re-election for Commissioner of Okanogan County Public Utility District #1.

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Oroville teacher talks about ‘flipping’ his classroom

OROVILLE – Tam Hutchinson was asked to speak to the Oroville School Board about the Running Start students under his care at the board’s Monday, April 28 meeting.

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Take a ‘Walk on the Wild Side’ this May Fest

OROVILLE – “Walk on the Wild Side” is the theme for this year’s Oroville May Festival which marks the 80th Anniversary of the Oroville’s premier annual event.

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Rally at the Border Blues Fest May 17

OROVILLE – In celebration of Armed Services Day and and in conjunction with the Run for the Border charity motorcycle ride on Saturday, May 17, the Oroville Chamber of Commerce is presenting the Rally at the Border Blues Fest at Oroville’s Deep Bay Park.

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Joseph Daniel

Joseph Daniel passed away in Tonasket at North Valley Hospital on April 24, 2014 at age 89. He was born in Alabama on August 21, 1924.

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Tonasket grapples with leak charges

TONASKET – The council engaged in a lengthy discussion on how to handle bills for properties that had water leaks that technically are the payer’s responsibility but may have extenuating circumstances involved. A water leak that occurs on the “house” side of the water meter is the homeowner’s (or renter’s) responsibility, while those on the “street” side are the city’s.

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Clayton & Joyce Emry are May Festival Grand Marshals

OROVILLE – Clayton and Joyce “Boots” Emry have been selected as this year’s May Festival Grand Marshals – a year when Oroville’s special event marks its 80th Anniversary.

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May Festival nearly upon us

I just got through interviewing Clayton and Boots Emry, this year’s May Festival Grand Marshals. Like many people of a certain age group, and it’s a big group – it will always be May Day, not May Festival. But that’s OK, no matter what you call it with May Festival at our doorstep can the rest of the spring and summertime activities be far behind?

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Carl Portzline

Carl Portzline, born January 15th, 1938 passed away peacefully at home in Snoqualmie, Wash. on March 25, 2014 with his family by his side.

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Not making excuses for education system

Dear Editor,
Mr. Slusher, in response to“The Bells still tolls, let me first say I in no way was“desperately laying down a litany of excuses for our international test scores, and what you refer to as our“declining education system.” I was pointing out why the American Education Systems is among the best in spite of the fact that 22% of the students in the United States live at or below the Poverty Level.

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