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

Letters to the Editor, August 9, 2012

Tonasket mayor off base

Dear Editor,
As Executive Director of Okanogan County Transportation & Nutrition (OCTN), I would like to clarify the inaccurate and irresponsible statements made by Tonasket Mayor Patrick Plumb in the article
“Council asked for public transport input” published in the August 2nd issue of the Okanogan Valley Gazette-Tribune.

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Funding issues could delay street project

TONASKET – State budget woes could force the cancellation or delay of a much-needed road project that the Washington DOT had scheduled to repair Whitcomb Ave. through Tonasket in the spring or summer of 2013.

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John Artorbum, senior fish biologist with the Colville Confederated Tribes, was the first to testify at the International Joint Commission's public meeting held in Oroville. The IJC Commissioners in attendance were (L-R) Lana Pollack, U.S. Section Chair;

Public asks for more predictability in Lake Osoyoos water levels

OROVILLE – With the current orders regulating Lake Osoyoos water levels about to expire next February, the International Joint Commission (IJC) held the first of two public comment meetings in Oroville last Tuesday, Aug. 4.

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Buckhorn mine fined $395,000 for water quality violations

YAKIMA – The state Department of Ecology issued a penalty of $395,000 to Crown Resources Corp. for water quality violations at the Buckhorn Mountain gold mine near Chesaw, but Crown says it will appeal, especially those fines related to a landslide.

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Letters to the Editor, August 2, 2012

Via con Dios

Dear Editor,
Amigos – Well, the day has finally arrived! I entered on duty with the Patrol September 24, 1984, Class 165. Today, July 31, 2012, is my last day in green.

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Six-year or three-year EMS Levy?

OROVILLE – The Oroville City Council discussed whether they should ask for a six-year replacement of the EMS levy which will soon expire or seek a three-year levy as suggested by the rural EMS district.

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Focus changed to remodeling, rather than rebuilding Oroville library

OROVILLE – Rick Braman, with the Oroville Friends of the Library, told the council their focus has changed from tearing down the public library and building fresh, to remodeling and refurbishing the existing building.

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Leroy Smith, CCC Production Manager, stands next to a 1940/50's vintage French-brand seed crusher that was refurbished from two similar machines owned by the Carbon Cycle Crush. The machine, built in Piqua, Ohio, still needs to be hooked up to a 200HP ele

Refurbished seed mill added to line at Oroville canola plant

OROVILLE – Carbon Cycle Crush was showing off their new seed mill for crushing canola seeds at their plant in Oroville.

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Tumbleweed Film Festival brings the world to Oroville

OROVILLE – The Tumbleweed Film Festival, Washington’s most unique film fest, rolls its third annual film festival back to Oroville on Aug. 2, 3 and 4.

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Managing Editor Gary DeVon

Reopening the dialogue on guns

Reopening the dialogue on guns

Once again our nation is shocked and saddened by another senseless multiple killing by a gunman whose aim seems to be little more than a need for attention. While James Holmes is certainly getting a lot of attention on television, radio and in print for opening fire in a Colorado movie theater, the one thing that may come out of this is a rethinking of the debate on the ease of which these mass murderers can get their hands on firearms and ammunition.

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