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

Don’t close Assisted Living

Hospital District Board decides; Assisted Living Residents to get eviction notice?  Really? That is the latest news that the Community is hearing as of the last Hospital Board meeting. Well, I wasn’t going to get “involved,” but I can’t not be involved when this type of eviction action is threatened and it is our local [...]

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He will be missed

Dear Editor,

It is with a heavy heart that I am writing this letter. I had double walking pneumonia the week that Dennis Lorz passed away, consequently was out of the loop and missed the funeral. For that I apologize, to the family and the community. I felt compelled to make an effort to express my feelings because of that absence.

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John Smith chosen to replace Morton on Senate

OLYMPIA – John Smith, a Colville area farmer was appointed to take the place of retired state Senator Bob Morton for the Seventh Legislative District.

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Looking back at 2012, the year that was

With the start of each year we like to take a moment to look back at some of the news stories that made the front page of the Gazette-Tribune. While not every story is earth-shattering there were some that stick in our minds and some that we say oh ya, that happened back then

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It’s Dec. 27 and the world has not ended

Well, we really don’t know that for sure, we can only assume if you’re reading this as I write it on Friday, Dec. 21, that the Mayans were wrong. It we didn’t have an early deadline for this week’s issue because of the Christmas holiday then we’d know for sure. For those that didn’t know [...]

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Oroville passes $8 million 2013 budget

OROVILLE – The Oroville City Council approved a 2013 Budget of $8 million, $1.5 million more than last year due to additional projects.

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Just a question

Dear Editor,

What makes this small town of Tonasket so special that it could not get it’s act together to lower two of its prominently displayed flags to respect the 20 children and six adults that were murdered in a small town in Connecticut very much like ours?

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Oroville Schools named ‘School of Distinction’

OROVILLE – Oroville Junior/Senior High School was named a “2012 School of Distinction” by the Center for Educational Effectiveness.

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Despite recent tragedy, Christmas is a perfect time to reflect on peace

Each year our Christmas wish is for peace throughout the world. Our hope is that that we could view Christmas and the holidays through a child’s eyes. As we read through the avalanche of Letters to Santa (see special section this issue) before forwarding them on to the North Pole, we can just about recapture [...]

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School Levy election ‘good news’

OROVILLE – Under “Good News and Announcements” at the Monday, Nov. 26 Oroville School Board meeting Superintendent Steve Quick pointed to the successful $1.2 million capital levy passage. “It means we can put a new roof on the elementary… that’s really good news,” said Supt. Quick. “What are we going to do with all those [...]

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