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 Community Fireworks Display at Deep Bay Park

OROVILLE – The Oroville Chamber of Commerce is promising more than just a spectacular pyrotechnics for this year’s Community Fireworks Display at Deep Bay Park.

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Doug Kee retires as Oroville fifth grade teacher

OROVILLE – After 33 years as a teacher in Oroville, Doug Kee retired at the end of this school year. He spent most of his time as a fifth grade teacher at Oroville Elementary School.

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Kinross won’t slink back to Toronto

Dear Gary,
The recent announcement by Canadian owned Kinross Gold Corporation to withdraw from mining exploration in Jackson Creek Roadless Area sounded to me like whining. Not only that, but they got the response they were looking for, Editorials that accuse the Forest Service of not being soft enough on them. So, people think they will take their toys, jobs and “gifts to the community” and, with no mention of their environmental record, go slinking back to Toronto. Don’t worry, that won’t happen.

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The Similkameen River and the PUD

Dear Editor,
Deep in every human soul is a love of those lands we call home. Our human environment, the place we live, where we grow our crops and draw our water, the open places we leave intact for all nature’s diversity, is our connection to life itself. Everyone has a right and responsibility to protect the place where they live. That is why we so strongly oppose plans to build a new hydro-electric plant at Enloe Dam on the Similkameen River, 3.5 miles west of Oroville, my hometown

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School board renews superintendent’s contract, not teacher’s

OROVILLE – On Monday, June 23 the Oroville School Board denied the renewal of social studies teacher Ryan Frazier’s contract drawing vocal, often loud, criticism from many in attendance as well as threats to call in the police to clear the board room.

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Don’t threaten the levy; failure fails the kids

Don’t threaten the levy – When I say that some might think that I’m referring to the Oroville School Board meeting held last Monday and that the board’s actions threaten the levy. I’m not. What I’m saying is no matter how unpopular the board’s actions, or the superintendent’s for that matter, threatening not to vote for the levy is not a threat against the board, but against the students.

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Jet ski races on Lake Osoyoos this weekend

OROVILLE – Oroville is preparing for the first ever Lake Osoyoos Cup jet ski races this Saturday and Sunday, June 28 and 29, off the shores of Deep Bay Park.

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Father’s Day Fly-In and North Country Car Show

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Tonasket seeks funding for Parry’s Acres upgrade

Following a public hearing to get public comment, the Tonasket City Council voted its approval for the city to apply for a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) to partially fund the rehabilitation of the Parry’s Acres sanitary sewage collection system on Tuesday, June 10. Though Parry’s Acres lies outside the city and was originally built [...]

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Sinlahekin Wildlife Area’s 75th Anniversary Celebration full of information

Unfortunately I wasn’t able to attend all of the goings on up in Sinlahekin Wildlife Area these past few weekends. There was a celebration that included lots of opportunity to learn about the history of the area and the wildlife that is so abundant, and in some cases unique, the Sinlahekin.

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