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

Students from Oroville Elementary School sing in honor of the Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday. They are accompanied on the piano by music teacher Jeff Gee. Photo by Gary DeVon

Martin Luther King Jr. Assembly celebrates more than the man

OROVILLE – The Martin Luther King Jr. Assembly at Oroville High School last Friday celebrated more than the man or even civil rights, it also delved into the history of women and the vote, as well as all voter’s rights.

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Members of the Oroville School Board and district staff joined Oroville Parent-Teacher Organization President Rich Scott at a Town Hall meeting to discuss issues involving the district on the evening of Wednesday, Jan. 11. Present were (L-R) Scott, Superi

Oroville PTO sponsors Town Hall meeting on school issues

OROVILLE – The Oroville Parent-Teacher Organization (PTO) brought together school board members, staff and the community at a special Town Hall meeting last week to discuss issues involving the Oroville School District.

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Out of My Mind, Jan. 19, 2012

Color on every page: Start of new look for the G-T

In case you haven’t noticed we took our first steps toward the new look for the newspaper, put our toe in the water so to speak. Starting this week we have the ability to print color pictures and advertisements on any page.

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Letters to the Editor, Jan. 19, 2012

Keep Similkameen wild and beautiful

Dear Gary,

The time has come when I can no longer remain silent. My own inner voice, my conscience, will no longer allow my silent acceptance of an intolerable situation. The P.U.D. is planning the destruction of a very special place to many here in north county. I speak of Enloe Falls on the Similkameen River.

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School board prepares for replacement levy election

TONASKET – The Tonasket School Board prepared to distribute information on the upcoming replacement levy election even as they worked to cope with uncertainty regarding the level of district’s future Levy Equalization Act funding.

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Oroville mayor reappoints department heads

OROVILLE – Oroville Mayor Chuck Spieth reappointed department heads and the city council approved them at their Tuesday, Jan. 3 meeting, their first meeting of 2012.

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Students put together benches that were installed at various points along the Similkameen River Trail.

County holds meeting on Recreation Plan update in Oroville

OROVILLE – Ted Murray and Sharon McKinzie with the Okanogan County Planning office came to Oroville last week to discuss the county’s efforts to update the Comprehensive Recreation Plan and the results of an online public survey.

“The state and federal governments require an update every six years for the county to maintain grant eligibility,” said Ted Murray, Outdoor Recreation Coordinator for Okanogan County. “This doesn’t just help the county… the city can draw off it as well.”

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Whistler Canyon is a popular hiking and horseback trail that the county helped to develop with help from the Backcountry Horsemen, U.S. Forest Service and U.S. Bureau of Land Management.

Out of My Mind, Jan. 12, 2012

Your chance to guide the county’s recreation plan

Turnout for the Okanogan County Recreation Plan meeting last Wednesday in Oroville was rather disappointing. However, the information gathered in the recreation survey was very interesting from many perspectives.

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Letters to the Editor, Jan. 12, 2012

Do they really want an answer?

Dear Editor,
Since the beginnings of Christianity there have been religious wars and conflicts, Christians against Christians of different denominations – and it is still happening in many places in our world.

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Out of My Mind, Jan. 5, 2012

Interesting to look back at the year that was

If you get the chance take a moment to look back with us over the previous year’s headlines, I always find it interesting.

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