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

Seems to be no love for the roundabout

Seems to be no love for the roundabout

I hadn’t even heard a roundabout was one of the fixes proposed for the intersection off Highway 97 to Okanogan. That is until the Facebook links started appearing in my email towards the end of last week. And by the time we got a press release about an Open House meeting to be held on Wednesday, Sept. 19 at the DOT maintenance facility (article in Gazette-Tribune), it was old news.

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Letters to the Editor, August 16, 2012

Adopt a Fair Tax

Dear Editor,
Fellow Americans, there’s been a proposal before Congress for over a decade that would put America on track to a swift and permanent economic recovery. Congress won’t pass it unless we demand it. Its adoption would drastically reduce elected politicians’ power and control over US citizens. It’s called the Fair Tax.

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Brian Tanzman at the Similkameen Trailhead in Oroville. Tanzman is hiking the 1200 mile Pacific Northwest National Scenic Trail and Oroville is the halfway point. He spent a few days resting up at the Camaray Motel before continuing his journey up the Sim

Take a hike

OROVILLE – Brian Tanzman, just back from hiking 2,000 miles in New Zealand, decided he’d like to try the Pacific Northwest Trail (PNT). Oroville is the halfway point on his journey, which began in Glacier National Park on June 26.

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Travis Loudon is given the oath of office as the Oroville School Board's newest director at the Monday, July 30 meeting. Photo by Gary DeVon

Travis Loudon newest member of Oroville School Board

OROVILLE – Travis Loudon, a 2001 graduate of Oroville High School, was chosen to fill the remaining empty position on the Oroville School Board at the board’s Monday, July 30 meeting.

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Agent in Charge Richard Graham retires from U.S. Border Patrol

OROVILLE – Richard “Dick” Graham, Agent in Charge at the Oroville Station of the U.S. Border Patrol for the past 15 years is hanging up his spurs and riding off into the sunset.

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Geoff Klein, Mo Fine and Esther Bricques winemakers Steve and Linda Colvin welcome movie-goers to the barrel room which has been converted to a theater for the TwIFF.

Three nights of great short films in Oroville at Tumbleweed Film Festival

OROVILLE – The Tumbleweed International Film Festival presented 33 short films over three nights, featuring everything from documentaries, to an Oscar winning animated film.

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Tumbleweed Film Festival a great experience

Tumbleweed Film Festival a great experience

For those who missed the Tumbleweed International Film Festival this year, you missed out on a great film-going experience.

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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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