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

Make our future your priority

Dear Editor,
I would like to take this opportunity to challenge the citizens of Okanogan County. Public education is a great privilege our children have as citizens of this nation. It does not come without cost or sacrifice.

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Tonasket man arrested on multiple drug charges

OKANOGAN – A Tonasket man was arrested for several drug charges, including heroin and methamphetamine possession, after he nearly ran into a county deputy’s patrol car around noon last Sunday.

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New state high school hour requirements an issue at Oroville

OROVILLE – Requiring 1080 teaching hours at high schools throughout the state could be problematic for Oroville, eliminating in-service training time for teachers, late start Mondays and early releases, among other things.

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Correction: Use of library Reading Room not approved for Winter Market

In this week’s issue (Jan. 31, 2014) of the Okanogan Valley Gazette-Tribune we erroneously reported that the Oroville City Council had approved a motion allowing the Oroville Public Library Reading Room to be used for a Winter Market. Although the Reading Room was discussed, no such motion was made, or approved. However, the Library Board [...]

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Similkameen our portable generator?

Dear Editor,
Marc Alden’s letter “Enloe Dam: Missing Facts” was good preparation for possible disasters but made a weak argument for building the proposed power house at Enloe Dam. “Fear “was the emotion woven through his narrative. These are real facts for consideration.

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Oroville learns cities may ban pot stores, grows

OROVILLE – Oroville has been leaning toward not allowing marijuana retail stores, grows or processing within the city limits and learned at the Jan. 21 council meeting that the city would be within its rights to do so.

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Canadian wintering in Oroville dies in RV fire

OROVILLE – A Saskatchewan man who winters each year in Oroville died in a fatal motorhome fire in Prince’s RV Park in the early morning hours last Saturday.

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Cops & Courts

Superior Court Criminal An arrest warrant was issued Jan. 13 for Tyson Isaac Andrew, 30, formerly of Omak, for failure to register as a sex offender (felony). Curtis Michael Cargile, 42, Omak, pleaded guilty Jan. 16 to assault in violation of a no-contact order. Cargile was sentenced to nine months in jail and fined $1,110.50 [...]

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State needs to stop stealing our schools money

Washington State is the only state in the nation that takes federal timber dollars out of the hands of those that they were intended for, like our rural school children’s education.

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Expect full disclosure

Dear Editor,
On Dec. 30, 2013, the results of the Washington State Auditor’s Audit of North Valley Hospital were released. The web site is: http://www.sao.wa.gov/auditreports/auditreportfiles/ar1011058.pdf. The report stated NVH did not follow state procurement laws concerning work done at public entities.

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