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

Arnie Marchand invites you to take ‘A Three Nation Reading Vacation’

OROVILLE – Arnie Marchand has put together a collection of stories he has heard from the Okanogan Country in “The Way I Heard It: A Three Nation Reading Vacation,” a new book recently published by Xlibris books.

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Council hears reports from Public Works, Parks

OROVILLE – The Oroville City Council heard reports from the head of Public Works and Parks departments at their Tuesday, April 2 council meeting. In what turned out to be one of the shortest meetings of the year, Superintendent Rod Noel said that he and the Street Committee, Councilmen Ed Naillon and Jon Neal, had [...]

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Meeting to discuss Eastlake Sewer System between Okanogan County Commissioners and Oroville representatives.

County and Oroville come to understanding on Eastlake Sewer

OKANOGAN – Although it still needs to be redrafted, representatives from Oroville and the Okanogan County Commissioners came to an understanding on several points regarding the county’s Eastlake Sewer System.

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Managing Editor Gary DeVon

Need the best people we can afford

A few weeks back we discussed claims by the groups fighting the closure of the NVH Assisted Living that since 2010 the top nine administrative staff at North Valley Hospital had been given pay increases by the hospital board totaling nearly $280,000. We published a chart they based on public records provided by the district that seemed to bare out the group’s claims. In the light of closing the assisted living and the clinics in Tonasket and Oroville that sounded outrageous and we said so. That amount alone would more than cover the A/L’s annual losses and maybe even the Oroville clinic’s.

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Oroville moving ahead with street and water improvements

OROVILLE – Since Oroville will be making improvements to Central Avenue and Cherry Street the city has planned to replace some old water line under the streets at the same time.

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Managing Editor Gary DeVon

Senior Projects one way students can give back to the community

Look around your communities and you’re bound to see a program, that although somewhat controversial at first, has grown into a real positive for our towns. We’re talking about the senior project programs at Tonasket and Oroville. Through the efforts of our school districts there have been many improvements led by our senior high school students.

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Run for the Border gets council nod

OROVILLE – Stan and Tina Janowicz appeared before the Oroville Council at their Tuesday, March 15 meeting to ask their support for the 11th annual Run for the Border motorcycle ride.

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Community forum on Assisted Living held in Oroville

OROVILLE – Up until now most of the meetings on the fate of North Valley Hospital’s Assisted Living facility have taken place in Tonasket, but last week many of those opposing its closure met in Oroville to say why they’re fighting the hospital district’s closure plan.

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County Receives $500,000 energy grant from state

OKANOGAN – The state Department of Commerce awarded a $300,000 grant to Okanogan County to assist in various energy and operational cost improvement projects for the courthouse, jail and administration building.

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Managing Editor Gary DeVon

More questions than answers

The community meeting on the closure of the Assisted Living in Tonasket probably resulted in more questions than answers. It certainly gave those in attendance in the Oroville High School Commons something to think about.

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