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

Democratic Convention was a comedy

Dear Gary,

While channel surfing between America’s Funniest Home Videos and the Democrat Convention last week I saw some predictable similarities of the two types of comedy. It is predictable and funny to see a guy try to teach a kid to hit balls with a bat, only to have the bat connect with the wrong balls. While the guy is on the ground rolling around in pain, the rest of the family is laughing.

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Open house Sept. 19 to discuss US 97/Cameron Lake Road intersection

Public invited to give feedback on roundabout, other design options OKANOGAN – Improvements are on the way for the busy US 97/Cameron Lake Road intersection – and local residents and drivers are invited to share their thoughts on several design options at an open house on Wednesday, Sept. 19 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. [...]

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Republicans didn’t let facts get in the way

Dear Editor, The sheer magnitude of falsifications streaming from the Republican camp is unprecedented. The only thing worse is the gullible people who hate Obama so much will believe anything that discredits him. But then again, the organizers of the Republican Convention said they weren’t going to let fact checkers dictate their show. And they [...]

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Central Ave. and Cherry St.

Oroville and U.S. Border Patrol come to an agreement on water

Central and Cherry resurfacing project to begin April 2013 OROVILLE – After several months of back and forth, the Oroville City Council authorized Mayor Chuck Spieth to sign an agreement with U.S. Border Patrol to supply water to their new multi-million dollar facility north of the city. The city had a letter from the U.S. [...]

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PUD needs to listen on Enloe Dam

Dear Editor,

Like every ratepayer in the county my electric bill took a big jump in August, my largest total ever for a single month. It reflects the last 6.5 percent increase imposed by the PUD and a very hot summer. I get even hotter when I think of all the millions of dollars wasted by the PUD on projects that clearly were not needed.

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Out of My Mind

Buckhorn gold mine’s closure will hit local economy in more ways than one

We sat down and talked with Okanogan County Assessor Scott Furman (see related story, page 1) last week about the current reassessment of the property within the Oroville School District and learned some surprising things. Although most of us know the Buckhorn Gold Mine was a big part of the reconstruction boom within the district [...]

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Appreciate county road crew

Dear Gary, We want extend a huge Thank You to The Okanogan Department of Public Works. To Ken Stanley for working his magic on the scheduling of the road work, to Mike Rairdan for referring me to Ken Stanley and to all the crew who swept and made the roads clear and safe for the [...]

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President is a dictator

Dear Editor, There are some major differences between our present president and VP and the Republican nominees. Obama has always been anti-America. His actions speak louder than the pretty words he uses to con people into voting for him. It spans most of his life and it sure isn’t what we needed to put us [...]

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Great first quilt show

Dear Editor, Wow! We did it! We’re the Highland Stitchers and we are so proud of our first annual quilt show. For all who came thank you so much for joining us. It was so nice to see old friends, meet new friends and to have so many come from far and wide. It was [...]

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Enjoy your Labor Day holiday?

The reason we celebrate Labor Day is largely because of the contributions made by unions to the betterment of America’s workers. The idea of a Labor Day holiday itself was conceived and promoted by labor organizations. The numerous beneficial influences of organized labor cannot be ignored. Most of the benefits workers now enjoy are directly [...]

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