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

Managing Editor Gary DeVon

Actually looking for input on Critical Areas Ordinance

How often do you find yourself saying ‘who came up with that stupid law or regulation?’ And how often do you really get the chance to give input before a government body or agency actually makes those “stupid” rules in the first place?

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Corene Curtis cutting hair at His & Hers

Corene Curtis has rented a chair to cut hair at His & Hers Haircuts at 814 Central Ave. #2 in Oroville. Curtis, an Oroville native who moved away, says “I’m back.” She has been a cosmetologist since 1997 and came back home to cut hair.

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Gold Digger Apples celebrating 75th Anniversary

OROVILLE – What began as Oroville United Growers in 1938, has grown into Oroville’s one remaining warehouse, Gold Digger Apples and this May 24th marks the growers’ cooperative’s 75th Anniversary.

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Show your appreciation for freedom

Dear Editor,

Dear Editor,
I grew up in a family with parents who married in December 1941 after Pearl Harbor attack and my dad was drafted and served in WWII. My parents spoke of their classmates who served and didn’t return home and of brothers who served also.

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Mayor Chuck Spieth

Most candidates face clear sailing

NORTH COUNTY – Before last Friday’s final day to file for office it looked like Oroville might have a new mayor in Chris Allen, but incumbent Charles “Chuck” Spieth, who has a habit of waiting until the last day to file, stepped up and made it a horse race.

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What about subsidies for solar?

Dear Editor,

I can appreciate Joseph Enzenspergers position of not wanting the Okanogan PUD to lose $32 on every megawatt hour of power the Enloe Dam project will produce. I’m not in favor of public subsidies for money wasting projects.

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Deeply touched by May Fest honor

Dear Gary,
A heartfelt thank you to the May Day Committee for honoring us as the Grand Marshals of the parade and to the Oroville community for your warm and loving support, greetings and cheers throughout the festivities.

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Managing Editor Gary DeVon

Border crossing fee raises its ugly head again

At the last Oroville Chamber of Commerce meeting Bill Robinson, a member from Osoyoos, said there was talk from the Homeland Security Department asking for a study about charging $10 to cross into the U.S. from Canada or Mexico.

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Appreciate courthouse security improvements

Dear Editor,

We want to extend our sincere appreciation to County Commissioners Jim DeTro, Sheilah Kennedy and Ray Campbell for their forward thinking approach to improved security in our courthouse. Rather than wait for tragedy to strike, our Commissioners, in recognition of citizens’ needs to feel confident and safe in seeking access to courthouse services, adopted a resolution creating a courthouse security officer position.

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CBP arrests Canadian with nearly 600 ecstasy pills at border

OROVILLE – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) took a Canadian man into custody after they found him in possession of nearly 600 pills of ecstasy at the Oroville Port of En

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