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

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Getting big reaction on pot farms and juveniles

Juveniles and marijuana, this time it’s not about underage use of a newly legalized substance, well maybe it is in some cases – but no, this is about our county commissioners and what they plan to do about the Juvenile Detention Center and the moratorium on marijuana farms.

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NCWEDD seeks grant to relocate road in industrial area

OROVILLE – The Economic Development Administration has given verbal pre-approval to an approximately $1.3 million grant to move part of Jennings Loop and Bob Neal Road to aid heavy freight traffic in and around Oroville Reman and Reload.

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The closing banner across  the bottom of the Prince’s Center reader board on both sides had read Hughes’ Department Store Closing, 30% off at the end of 2015. The store however did not close until the day after the announcement was made to employees on Tuesday, March 22, 2019.

Hughes Department Store closing for good

OROVILLE – After nearly closing at the end of 2015, then trying to “right the ship” for the past few months, Hughes’ Department Store closed it’s doors for good Wednesday, March 23.

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The news rarely sleeps, nor do I

Editorial Gary MugWow, what a busy past week or so. After putting the newspaper to bed on Tuesday last week, I caught a break because it was Katie’s “meeting week.” That’s the week where I don’t have city council or school board meetings to attend, but she does, and usually the hospital board meeting as well. That’s why it often seems like all Tonasket news one week and all Oroville the next. Although, to be fair, the hospital is really shared by the two communities.

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Jack Hughes ‘Citizen of the Year’

OROVILLE – The Oroville Chamber of Commerce gave out several awards, announced this year’s May Festival Grand Marshals and installed their officers at the annual banquet held last Thursday, March 17 at the Pastime Bar & Grill.

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Getting the old USBP station is the right move

The General Services Administration giving the old Border Patrol Station to Oroville for law enforcement is the right move for both the federal government and Oroville. First of all it will make a great police station for the city and free up the old police station for other uses. It also means the vacant property [...]

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Oroville School District sets timeline for superintendent search

OROVILLE – The Oroville School Board met with Lloyd Olson of Northwest Leadership Associates to discuss how to proceed with the search for a new district superintendent and to set a timeline for interviews with prospective candidates.

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Oroville to move police station to old Border Patrol office

OROVILLE – After thinking that the opportunity had slipped away, Oroville is now the proud owner of the old U.S. Border Patrol Station on Main Street.

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Cops, Courts & 911 Calls

Superior Court Criminal Samantha Ann Harding, 45, Okanogan, pleaded guilty Feb. 35 to third-degree assault (DV) and violation of a no-contact order (DV). Harding was sentenced to 33 months in prison and fined $1,360.50 for the Dec. 15, 2015. Michael Shane Snell, 36, Manson, pleaded guilty Feb. 24 to POCS (methamphetamine) and use of drug [...]

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School Board updated on discipline

OROVILLE – The Oroville School Board met for their February meeting last Monday and heard a report on the new In-House Suspension rooms the board agreed to staff at their previous monthly meeting.

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