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 is single with a grown daughter, Segornae Douglas and a young granddaughter, Erin.

Stories by Gary DeVon

Letters to the Editor, Oct. 20 issue

Required to Lie

Dear Editor,

My wife and I – with professional help – are presently involved in the restoration of a home on East 7th Street in Tonasket. As part of that restoration, I have done a lot of repairs to the electrical system which I believe are Class A repairs under the RCW. ( Class A repairs do not require an electrical permit. ) While the RCW, in my opinion, clearly exempts the simple work I am doing from the electrical permit process, the electrical inspector disagrees.

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Property taxes and irrigation assessments due

OKANOGAN – Okanogan County Treasurer Leah McCormack is reminding taxpayers that the last half of their Okanogan County property taxes and their irrigation assessments are due by Oct. 31.

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Lots of Halloween Happenings in the North Okanogan

OROVILLE – Haunted Houses and Haunted Hayrides, a Halloween Carnival and a Halloween Party, are all planned before and during the upcoming holiday in Oroville and Tonasket.

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Brent Baker (right) and his wife Kim and son A.J. at Christmas time. Baker is joining the Gazette-Tribune and Sound Publishing team. His main coverage area will be in Tonasket and the surrounding area. Submitted photo

Brent Baker joining Okanogan Valley Gazette-Tribune

TONASKET – After a nationwide search and a lengthy interview process, the Okanogan Valley Gazette-Tribune has chosen Brent Baker, someone already living right in the community, to cover the Tonasket beat.

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Tonasket School Board continues to update policies

TONASKET – The Tonasket School Board is continuing to review their board policies with the goal of having them all updated by the end of the school year.

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Haunted Hayride promises a scary good time

OROVILLE – The folks at Oroville RE/MAX Realty and Taber’s Taste of Summer are promising an even bigger and scarier ride this year.

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Students from Oroville's third, fourth, fifth and sixth grades listen intently to noted children's author Gordon Korman who spoke on how he gets his inspiration to write his well known books. photo by Gary DeVon

Noted children’s author Gordon Korman talks to Oroville Elementary Students

OROVILLE – Gordon Korman, world-renowned author of children’s books, came to Oroville to inspire the budding writers in the elementary school’s third, fourth, fifth and sixth grades.

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JoAnn Denney receives a plaque for her 20 years of service to the City of Oroville. Mayor Chuck Spieth made the presentation at the Tuesday, Oct. 4 meeting of the city council. Denney works at city hall and is the secretary and Chief Examiner for the Orov

Discussions on emergency equipment dominate much of Oroville Council meetin

OROVILLE – Emergency equipment seemed to be on the minds of Oroville mayor and city council at their Tuesday, Oct. 4 meeting with discussion again heating up regarding the purchase of a rescue boat.

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The candidates for Miss Tonasket Rodeo Queen are (L-R) Kayla Davis, Cortney Ingle, Emily Tietje, Karlie Henneman and Breanna Howell.

Five vie for title of Miss Tonasket Founders Day Rodeo Queen

TONASKET – Five young ladies have thrown their hats in the ring for the honor of being named Miss Tonasket and representing the community as the 2012 Tonasket Founders Day Rodeo Queen.The candidates are Cortney Ingle, Breanna Howell, Karlie Henneman, Emily Tieje and Kayla Davis. Four of the girls attend Tonasket High School and for the first time one of the candidates is from Oroville High School. They will have a chance to show off their horsemanship at a competition to be held at the Tonasket Rodeo Grounds this Saturday, Oct. 15 starting at 10 a.m. Then at 7 p.m. there will be speeches and a question and answer session at the Tonasket Eagles and the judges will select next year’s Rodeo Queen who will receive her sash and crown that night.

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Oktoberfest planned in Oroville, Oct. 8

OROVILLE – An Oktoberfest celebration to raise money for the new senior center building is planned for Oct. 8 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at 1205 Main Street.

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