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

To those wondering

Dear Editor,

My name is Jerry Ecklor and I live in Oroville. Most everyone here knows me as I grew up here and had a business called Village Appliance Repair for 40 years. I am pretty much retired now. I would have worked longer but I found out that I had Parkinson’s and that is why I am telling this story. I want all you who have this illness to know that there is hope for us. We don’t have a normal life but we know there are much worse things we could have.

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A lasting legacy has been built

This coming Veteran’s Day the community, the county, in fact the whole state, should be proud of the U.S. Armed Forces Legacy Memorial built by volunteers in Tonasket. It’s a memorial to our veterans that rivals many of those in much larger municipalities.

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Nation goes for Obama/Biden ticket, county for Romney/Ryan

OKANOGAN COUNTY – While the U.S. cast its vote to return Barack Obama to the Whitehouse for a second term, Tuesday’s unofficial election-night results show that Okanogan County voted with most of the nation’s rural areas and favored Republican challenger Mitt Romney by a wide margin.

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Challenge Day

Be the Change – Oroville youth and community take the challenge

OROVILLE – Oroville Junior/Senior High School held Challenge Day, an all-day experiential workshop, on Oct. 10 and 11 for all seventh through tenth grade students.

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Let them know

Dear Editor,

It was a culture shock 12 years ago when I moved from the Seattle-Everett area to Oroville. I never thought I would live east of the mountains, much less in the Okanogan Highlands.

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Choose life

Dear Editor,

Once again we are very close to a political election. But who do we vote for? Who is telling the truth? Who would be better for the common good?

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‘Superstorm’ reminds us there’s still a place for government

While we should still strive for a smaller, more efficient government, events like the ongoing “superstorm” devastating our east coast and parts of the Midwest remind us that there’s still a place for “big”government. That’s especially true when individual states don’t have the logistical or economic means to battle natural disasters like this one where early estimates for recovery are upwards of $20 billion.

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Back to Basics

Getting ‘Back to Basics’

OROVILLE – What could be more basic than hot dogs and ice cream? Loretta Harris and Danny Wietrick feel that’s the winning combination as they open “Back to Basics” on 1419 Main St. in Oroville. Back to Basics opened on Oct. 27 and serves Nathan’s hotdogs with all the fixings, hard ice cream and a [...]

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Tumbleweed Film Fest brings the Okanogan to Seattle

SEATTLE – Tumbleweed International Film Festival organizers are bringing a taste of the Okanogan to Seattle by holding Tumbleweed events every other month in the Seattle area.

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OHS Seniors to honor veterans

OROVILLE – The Oroville Class of 2013 will host a K-12 Veterans Day Assembly on Friday, Nov. 9 starting at 9 a.m at Coulton Auditorim.

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