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

Oroville EMTs need your support

First I want to thank all of you that turned out for the town council meeting last Tuesday, March 3. There are several things that need to be clarified concerning our volunteer ambulance crew and their job.

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Oroville should consider OEMSA ambulance offer

The Oroville EMS Association put an interesting proposition before the city last week – rather than contracting with a private ambulance service, contract with the existing crew to respond to emergency calls for medical help.

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OSD Supt. Steve Quick

Supt. Steve Quick’s contract not renewed… so far

OROVILLE – After an evaluation that lasted through several executive sessions, including at extended school board meetings, Oroville School Superintendent Steve Quick still hasn’t had his contract renewed.

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Cops & Courts

Superior Court
Benito Rojas Reyes, 34, Tonasket, pleaded guilty Nov. 18, 2014 to two counts of first-degree child molestation and two counts of second-degree incest. The court dismissed additional charges of first-degree rape of a child, first-degree child molestation, intimidating a witness, first-degree incest and second-degree incest. Reyes was sentenced Feb. 24 to 78 months to life in prison and fined $1,110.50. The crimes occurred between December 2013 and March 2014.

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Oroville FBLA students compete at regionals in Wenatchee

WENATCHEE – Oroville Jr/Sr High students traveled to Wenatchee, to the Wenatchee Convention Center on February 18th to the North Central Region Future Business Leader of America Competition. After spending multiple meetings planning and practicing at the high school, Oroville students make it to state.

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Tell Congress to fund DHS budget

Dear Editor,
Our malls inside our borders have been threatened by terrorists. These same terrorist have proven they are competent in these types of attacks. One of the primary agencies that protects U.S. citizens against this type of threat is the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Our government is currently holding budgetary funding up for this organization over political reasons and grandstanding. Our Congress and Senate are affecting the ability and efficiency of DHS to perform its mission, which is to keep us safe. By Congress’ and the Senate’s inaction, they are aiding terrorism in its desire to succeed. It’s that simple.

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Oroville gives $1000 toward new county K-9

OROVILLE – Seeing value in having a police dog available in the North County, the City of Oroville presented a check for $1000 to purchase a trained K-9 for the Okanogan County Sheriff’s Office.

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Terri Orford glows with anticipation as she waits to hear back from America

Tonasket’s got Terri

“It was totally impromptu, but that’s what jazz is about — being inspired and in the moment.” Terri Orford, Tonasket contestant on America’s Got Talent Local singer goes from New Orleans to Facebook to America’s Got Talent TONASKET – Terri Orford was on vacation in New Orleans, sitting in a jazz club with her husband Andy [...]

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Kim Leigh Pyatt

Kim Leigh Pyatt, age 60, passed away Friday, February 13, 2015 at Lakeland Village in Medical Lake. He was born at St. Martin’s Hospital in Tonasket on July 5, 1954 to parents Paul and Colleen Pyatt. Kim lived in Aeneas Valley on the Pyatt ranch for a time moving to Seattle and then back to [...]

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Ellamae Brunell new May Festival Queen

Ellamae Burnell, was chosen to be this year’s May Festival Queen at the 2015 Selection Night event held at the Oroville High School Commons last Monday night. Brunell and her court, Princess Faith Martin and Mikayla Scott , all juniors at OHS, participated in the Selection night by giving speeches and answering an impromptu question.

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