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

Appreciate county road crew

Dear Gary, We want extend a huge Thank You to The Okanogan Department of Public Works. To Ken Stanley for working his magic on the scheduling of the road work, to Mike Rairdan for referring me to Ken Stanley and to all the crew who swept and made the roads clear and safe for the [...]

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President is a dictator

Dear Editor, There are some major differences between our present president and VP and the Republican nominees. Obama has always been anti-America. His actions speak louder than the pretty words he uses to con people into voting for him. It spans most of his life and it sure isn’t what we needed to put us [...]

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Great first quilt show

Dear Editor, Wow! We did it! We’re the Highland Stitchers and we are so proud of our first annual quilt show. For all who came thank you so much for joining us. It was so nice to see old friends, meet new friends and to have so many come from far and wide. It was [...]

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Enjoy your Labor Day holiday?

The reason we celebrate Labor Day is largely because of the contributions made by unions to the betterment of America’s workers. The idea of a Labor Day holiday itself was conceived and promoted by labor organizations. The numerous beneficial influences of organized labor cannot be ignored. Most of the benefits workers now enjoy are directly [...]

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First Day of School

Back to School

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Okanogan County Fair starts Thursday, Sept. 6

Debit and credit cards now accepted at main entrance gate OKANOGAN – Along with the time-honored traditions of exhibits of everything from canned beets to market steers, fry bread and other good things to eat and the carnival rides, there’s a lot of new things to see at the Okanogan County Fair which starts Thursday, [...]

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Veranda Beach Fundraiser

Veranda Beach homeowners raise $20K for Oroville Elementary

OROVILLE – The Veranda Beach Homeowners Association raised more than $20,000 during their inaugural “Starry Night Gala” under an actual star filled Aug. 18 night. “This was a tremendous event,” said Jim Hammond, resort president. After months of planning a sold-out crowd gathered for a fun filled evening highlighted by silent and live auctions of [...]

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Fourth graders to learn to swim at Veranda Pool

Poynter hired as new second grade teacher OROVILLE – Following the news Veranda Beach Resort’s homeowners association had raised several thousands of dollars for the Oroville Elementary, Superintendent Steve Quick announced that the resort had offered the use of the pool for swimming lessons for fourth graders.” They had a big fund raiser with the [...]

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Okanogan County Assessor Scott Furman

Reassessment of Oroville area property values underway by county assessor’s office

Gold mine one-quarter of total taxable property valuation OROVILLE – The Oroville area is undergoing a new assessment by the Okanogan County Assessor’s office to determine property values within the school district for taxation purposes. “We have just started to appraise the properties in the Oroville School District. We are under the new annual assessment, [...]

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Oroville School Board OKs eighth graders in some high school sports

OROVILLE – After tabling the issue two weeks ago, the Oroville School Board approved a one-year pilot program allowing eighth graders to participate in high school sports. The eighth graders can only play in sports that do not offer junior high teams in these particular sports though. And, the decision has to be approved by [...]

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