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

An aerial view of the Okanogan Family Faire grounds on Cayuse Mountain. It was reported that some 6,000 people attended this year's Faire which took place last Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Photo by Terry Mills

Out of My Mind 42

Everyone should attend at least one Faire

It was another great Okanogan Family Faire, although I still fall back to calling it the Barter Faire when I don’t watch myself. Everyone I talked to Saturday said they were having a good Faire. One friend said he’d be out of the jars of pickled garlic he had prepared before the end of the day and wished he had been able to make more, but the automatic peeler he had ordered from back east hadn’t arrived yet. He was just one of the many familiar faces you see at the Faire each year, the faces of people who make a little money selling their handicrafts, fruits and vegetables and a wide variety of arts and crafts. And yes, if you ask, many of them will still barter for their goods.

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Letters to the Editor, Oct. 27 issue


The real Old Coffee Drinker

Dear Editor

No cultural society is perfect because one of the aspects is that the society is made up of humans and, in my opinion, there are no perfect humans. One of the maladies of imperfection is that imperfect humans, of which I am one,

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A wrecked boat lies abandoned at the Chief Tonasket Park boat launch. Littering and illegal dumping have become a problem at the park, prompting city council discussion on how to remedy the situation. Photo by Brent Baker

Concerns about how to pay for improvements to water system

TONASKET – Revenues aren’t coming into Tonasket’s coffers as quickly as anticipated, but overall revenue should be about the same as last year.

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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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