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.

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Letters to the Editor, April 19, 2012

Aesthetics great, yet insignificant

Dear Gary,
If $10,000 is “toilet paper” how big is the budget? While the (Oroville) school is getting a new reader board for $32,000, which is by no means “toilet paper.” I am curious about the politics that are being discussed.
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Lake group hopes to use weevils to reduce milfoil

OROVILLE – The Lake Osoyoos Association will try and control Eurasian Watermilfoil through the use of weevils, rather than herbicides due to concerns from across the border about their use.

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Clyde Andrews, president of the Oroville Chamber of Commerce, demonstrates the organization's new website at the chamber's general membership meeting held last Thursday, April 12 in the public library's conference room. Photo by Gary DeVon

New Oroville Chamber of Commerce website launched

OROVILLE – The membership was introduced to the Oroville Chamber of Commerce’s new website at their meeting Thursday, April 12.

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Jackie Bradley (right) with U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell.

Former County Clerk dies in accident

TWISP – Jacqueline “Jackie” L. Bradley, who served nine 4-year terms as Okanogan County Clerk, died in a fatal accident last Monday, according to the Washington State Patrol.

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Out of My Mind, April 12, 2012

Shouldn’t we be making it easier to vote, not harder?

Thank God we live in Washington State where the legislature hasn’t attempted to tamper with our voters rights like several other states in the U.S. have.
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Oroville Chamber meets on Thursday at Public Library

OROVILLE – The Oroville Chamber of Commerce will introduce its redesigned website at the Thursday, April 12 meeting being held at 1 p.m. in the Oroville Public Library conference room.

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TSD board hears alternative school proposal

TONASKET – The Tonasket School Board heard a presentation by parent Jennifer Steinshouer at its Monday, April 9, board meeting, to create a type of alternative education program for grades K-8 in the district.

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Oroville School Board offered a ‘pep talk’

OROVILLE – The Oroville School Board met Monday to consider reorganizing the board and to evaluate the superintendent and got a “pep talk” asking them to focus on educating kids.

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Spring clean-ups planned

NORTH COUNTY – Oroville and Tonasket have scheduled their Spring Clean-ups for next week, with Oroville’s starting on Monday and Tonasket’s on Tuesday.

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In 2011 Gorman Brothers Inc. spent $5.5 million three new dry kilns and bio-energy steam plant at their Oroville Reman & Reload facility. The company told the Oroville City Council it plans an additional $10 million in upgrades, including a state-of-t

Oroville Reman and Reload plans $10 million in upgrades

OROVILLE – A representative of Oroville Reload and Reman told the Oroville City Council that the parent company plans $10 million in upgrades to their facilities.

Doug Tracey, from B.C.-based Gorman Brothers Inc., Oroville Reman & Reload’s parent company, updated the city council on the wood products manufacturer’s plans at their Tuesday, April 10 meeting. Tracy said Reman & Reload had $4.2 million worth of revenue last year, an increase in $1.4 million due to several plant upgrades. These included the addition of three dry kilns, as well as an increase in molder volume, the edge glue line and lumber loading. He credits the heavy haul corridor…

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