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

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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Seventh District Reps. Joel Kretz and Shelly Short won’t seek senate seat

OLYMPIA – Seventh District Representatives Joel Kretz and Shelly Short say they won’t be vying for the Senate seat being vacated by Bob Morton the first of the new year.

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In life change is the only constant

We were surprised by the announcement that state Senator Bob Morton was retiring as of the first of the year.

It seems like Bob has always been our senator here in the seventh district, and he has been for the past 22 years…

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Sen. Bob Morton announces retirement

OLYMPIA – After more than two decades in the state senate, Sen. Bob Morton (R-7th District) announced he will retire at the first of the new year.

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Update: Ray Campbell official winner of county commissioner race

OKANOGAN – It looks like Ray L. Campbell will be the new Okanogan County Commissioner in Position 2, according to the results of the manual recount released Tuesday evening.

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Do-nothing Republican anti-tax jihad

Dear Editor,

Republicans have become a consummate negative force in American politics. Florida Gov. Rick Scott has said he will not implement the state health insurance exchanges mandated in the Affordable Care Act. In other words, one politician’s crazed ideology will keep millions of his state’s citizens from receiving mandated health care.

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Shopping local, the real homeland security

A few years back members of the Oroville Chamber of Commerce attended a presentation in Tonasket about the importance of shopping local. The presentation was hosted by the Tonasket Chamber, and although well attended by the hometown crowd, it could have had better representation from those of us up north.

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Leah Colbert and Heather Rodriguez

Heather Rodriguez joins Leah Cathryn Day Spa team

Day Spa Grand Opening Friday and Saturday OROVILLE – Heather Rodriguez will be doing manicures and pedicures at Leah Cathryn Day Spa in Oroville. She and her husband Victor moved here from California 20 years ago. “We have enjoyed raising our boys her where they could enjoy our beautiful nature and experience all four seasons [...]

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Jackelyn Loera

Cowgirl Connections welcomes Jackelyn Loera

OROVILLE – Justine Salazar, owner of Cowgirl Connection, is welcoming Jackelyn Loera to to her salon in Oroville. Loera, who hails from Oroville, will offer salon services by appointment. These include haircuts, coloring and waxing. “I have always had a passion for creativity and making people look and feel their best,” she said. Loera has [...]

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Centennial Park

Christmas tree lightings planned in Tonasket and Oroville

NORTH COUNTY – North Okanogan County communities plan their Christmas tree light-ups this weekend, with Tonasket’s on Friday, Nov. 30 at Founder’s Park and Oroville’s on Saturday, Dec. 1 at Centennial Park.

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