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

Oroville and county agree to wait for development fees from property owner

OROVILLE – Oroville will join an agreement the county is making with a property owner that will put off collection of sewer and water development fees until the developer sells his first lot.

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Judge Chris Culp

Governor names Chris Culp as new Okanogan County Superior Court Judge

OKANOGAN – Gov. Chris Gregoire has appointed longtime District Court Judge Chris Culp to be the county’s second superior court judge.

Culp, who has served as district court since 1987, was appointed superior court commissioner in 1991. Since 2002, he has served as superior court judge pro tem.

“Judge Culp’s deep ties with his community and thorough understanding of the law make him an excellent pick for Okanogan County’s Superior Court. I know Chris will continue to do a great job on the bench,” said Gov. Gregoire.

“I am honored with Governor Gregoire’s appointment. It is a tremendous opportunity to serve the residents of Okanogan County and Washington State in this new role,” said Culp.

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Several new faces elected to Oroville School Board

OKANOGAN – The face of the Oroville School Board appears to have changed dramatically following last Tuesday’s election-day vote counts.

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Leah Cathryn Day Spa opens in new location

OROVILLE – The Day Spa on Main has reopened with a new name – Leah Cathryn Day Spa and in a new location – 809 14th Avenue.

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Apple harvest finishing up this week

NORTH COUNTY – Apple pickers should have the last of this year’s apple crop off the trees by the end of this week.
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Same man arrested for threats a year after previous arrest for ‘threats to

OROVILLE – Okanogan County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested a man for pointing a shotgun at another man one day shy of exactly one year after he had been arrested on threats to kill charges for holding two hunters at gunpoint.

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Ballots need to be postmarked by Nov. 8

OKANOGAN – Ballots for the primary election need to be postmarked by Nov. 8 to count for next Tuesday’s primary election.

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The gruesome twosome, members of the band Severed Heads, was just one of many scary sights on this year's Haunted Hayride in Oroville.

Haunted Houses planned in Oroville and Tonasket

OROVILLE – The Haunted Hayride Saturday attracted 700 people, but the Halloween fun isn’t over yet. There are still Haunted Houses, a Halloween Carnival and a Halloween Party in Oroville and Tonasket.

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Oroville School District working on facility improvement plan

OROVILLE – Superintendent Steve Quick told the Oroville School Board he had met with the pre-bond facilities committee and they were working towards a “solid” plan to finance improvements to the district’s buildings.

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Nov. 8 General election will determine look of Oroville School Board

OKANOGAN – Among other things, the Nov. 8 general election will determine who will sit on the Oroville School Board, the new or the old, as four current board members face challengers on the ballot.

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