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

No more Good Ol’ Boys

Dear Editor,

As taxpayers, we would like to believe that when we elect our commissioner, they would do their job and take fiscal responsibility and pay attention to how our money is being spent. We all work very hard to get ahead, and when our money is wasted by elected officers who do not pay attention, it’s time to change the players.

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What’s your answer?

Dear Editor,

It’s been awhile since this old coffee drinker, poured a cup of the ‘witches brew’ and shared some thoughts that have been rattling around in this head of mine. But, a few months ago I wrote something about our nation’s moral decadence and how it was actually becoming like an avalanche.

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Oroville Elementary scores above state target area in math and reading

OROVILLE – Oroville Elementary School students scored at or above state targets in nearly every grade level, with third graders scoring especially high in reading and math.

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Police warn about cougars in south Oroville

OROVILLE – The topic of cougar sightings in the south end of town came up at the Tuesday, Oct. 16 Oroville Council meeting. Police Chief Clay Warnstaff would like to make people aware of the sighting and to keep their younger children and pets in at night and supervised. He doesn’t want to alarm people, [...]

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DOT shelves proposed SR97 roundabout, has new plan

OKANOGAN – An unpopular plan to put a roundabout on Highway 97 at the intersection with Cameron Lake and Armory Junction roads has been stopped for now as the state Department of Transportation yielded to public pressure opposing it.

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An ancient river of gold

OROVILLE – Bob Larson believes he’s located gold in what he calls a paleo-channel, an ancient river bed that parallels and crosses the Similkameen River.
He and his partners in Similkameen LLP feel this could be a major find, but they don’t have the financing to continue their exploration.

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Open letter to Gov. Romney

Dear Editor,

As someone who receives Social Security – is on Medicare – and the recipient of government funding that allowed me to finish not only my Bachelors Degree but also my Masters – I have a concern.

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Winning General Excellence Award a humbling experience

It’s been awhile since I attended a Washington Newspaper Publisher’s Association Convention, about nine years I think. You could have knocked me over with a feather when they announced the Gazette-Tribune had taken first place for General Excellence this year.

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Oroville School Board goes ‘paperless’

OROVILLE – The Oroville School Board went “paperless” at their Monday, Sept. 24 meeting, trading the large stacks of paper they once had to wade through, for iPads with the documents preloaded prior to the meeting.

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Appreciate attendance at Open House

Dear Editor, On behalf of the Washington State Department of Transportation, I am writing to say thank you to everyone who came to the Cameron Lake/US 97 intersection Open House last Wednesday (Sept. 19). We were very pleased with the turnout and received lots of feedback and even a few new alternatives. More than 230 [...]

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