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

What would John Adams think?

Dear Editor,

On March 4th 1797 John Adams gave his first and only Inaugural Address. This man’s zeal for freedom from the tyranny of Great Britain’s rule is evident in the first paragraph of his address. To have another authority over the people of this land was repugnant to John Adams.

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Newby Lake fire burning in Canada, the Pasayten Wilderness

TONASKET – The Newby Lake wildfire, in Canada and the Pasayten Wilderness, was pushed by wind to the east and south past the international border again, making its way to the headwaters of Long Draw Creek west of Goodenough Peak.

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OSD Supt. Steve Quick

Contract not extended for OSD Supt. Quick

OROVILLE – While Oroville’s two school principals’ contracts were renewed by “default,” Superintendent Steve Quick’s contract was not extended for a third year after a motion to approve failed for lack of a second.

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NOAA could take the lead on Enloe Dam

Dear Editor, Enloe Dam has been out of the news since the “No on Enloe” Campaign put its collective foot down last February. It was clearly demonstrated, using PUD estimates, Enloe Dam Electrification would lose $1.2-1.7 million dollars annually. The $40-50 million dollar construction price tag will require continuous rate increases no one can afford [...]

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Oroville Community Fireworks display delayed until Sunday

OROVILLE – A misfire around 5:30 p.m. of a test shell sent licensed pyro-technician Bryan Sawyer to the hospital. The annual fireworks display has been moved to Sunday night, July 5th at dark at Oroville’s Deep Bay Park.

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Filing for Tonasket Parks and Rec District

OKANOGAN – There will be a special three-day filing period for all candidates who want to file for commissioner of the proposed Tonasket Park and Recreation District, according to Chief Deputy Auditor Mila M Jury, an election official for Okanogan County

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Appreciate the work done behind the scenes

So many people work so hard behind the scenes to make May Day a fun day for everyone. I think it is time to say thank you to these guys.

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Use caution before following the masses

Reading multiple online posts, comments, emails, various newspaper editorials/articles and letters-to-the editor while also having conversations to people from all walks of life within our communities over the last several months regarding Commissioners Ray Campbell and Sheilah Kennedy’s job performance during their first term in office, I urge my fellow Okanogan County citizens to be cautious when forming their own personal opinions.

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Lucky Duck Mining to open store on the Similkameen

OROVILLE – Alan Fisk has been chasing gold on the Similkameen River for nearly two decades, now he wants to help people learn to find gold themselves – not necessarily to get rich, but as an adventure.

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End-of-year enrollment holds steady at Oroville Schools

Kindergarten Round-up numbers down slightly OROVILLE – End of year enrollment at the Oroville School District appears to be about the same as the previous school year. “There’s one more count to go… currently we are at 544 to 546 FTEs, which is about the same as we had at the end of last year,” [...]

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