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 is single with a grown daughter, Segornae Douglas and a young granddaughter, Erin.

Stories by Gary DeVon

Community Schools plans two fundraisers

NORTH COUNTY – North Valley Community Schools is holding two fundraisers in October to help continue to fund the organization which offers several popular continuing education classes in Oroville and Tonasket.

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Oroville School Superintendent Steve Quick presents a plaque of appreciation to Jane Lynch for her 41 years of service to the Oroville School District. Lynch recently retired as a school bus driver. Photo by Gary DeVon

Student enrollment up at Oroville schools

OROVILLE – The number of students attending Oroville schools has increased and so much so in the Kindergarten that the district is hiring a third teacher.

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Tonasket City Planner Kurt Danison of Highlands Associates, points out land use designations on the Tonasket map that will pave the way to annexation in the Mill Drive, Seventh Street and Bonaparte Creek area. Photo by Gary DeVon

Tonasket holds hearing on update of Comp Plan, land use map

TONASKET – Tonasket held a public hearing regarding amendments to the municipal code, Comprehensive Plan and land use map at their Tuesday, Sept. 27 city council meeting.

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Tonasket EMS has purchased a 2005 Ford Medtec ambulance to add to their fleet, fulfilling one of the promises the EMS District made to voters when it passed the last levy. The new ambulance brings the number to three in the fleet. It joins another late mo

Tonasket EMS adds new ambulance to fleet

TONASKET – The Tonasket EMS District has added a third ambulance to their fleet in an effort to fulfill a promise it made to voters when they approved the EMS levy.

The new ambulance, a Ford-cabbed 2005 Medtec model, joins with the 2007 Ford Medtec ambulance and a third, older ambulance used as back up for the district. The new ambulance cost $41,000, according to Jeff Cravy with Tonasket EMS, who adds it replaces a 1995 Chevy that has so many mechanical problems it could not be relied upon.

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Those on the field trip last Sunday, Sept. 18 stop to take in the view of the Similkameen River on the refurbished steel girder bridge that is now part of the Similkameen Connector Trail. In addition to the river, those crossing the bridge can take in vie

Following in footsteps of the Fur Brigade

NORTH COUNTY – Several people took advantage of the chance to follow in the footsteps of the fur brigades that trailed through the American and Canadian Okanogan/Okanogan Valley some 200 years ago, listening to lectures and participating in field trips to McLaughlin Canyon and the Similkameen River Trail.

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Director redistricting at Tonasket School District

TONASKET – Director redistricting, which occurs every 10 years following the results of the U.S. Census has brought little change to the Tonasket School District.

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Tumbleweed ‘Best of Fest’ Film Festival starts Thursday in Osoyoos

OSOYOOS, B.C. – The Tumbleweed Film Festival is bringing the best-rated films from its Oroville film fest to Osoyoos, BC, Sept 22-24.

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Tonasket approves CDBG contract for sewer project

TONASKET – The Tonasket City Council approved a CDBG grant to cover the city’s match for the $1.256 million project extending the sewer to Mill Drive area near Bonaparte Creek.

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A helicopter, one of four dropping water on the fire on the hillside near the Nighthawk-Chopaka border crossing last Monday afternoon. Photo by Gary DeVon

Firefighters fighting wildlandfire spanning both sides of border

NIGHTHAWK – A small fire spanning the U.S.-Canadian Border was still burning in scattered pine and brush in the hills near the Nighthawk/Chopaka Port of Entry.

The fire, which is believed to have started on Sunday, Sept. 18 had grown to 593 acres on the American side of the border and 50 to 100 acres on the Canadian side, according to Guy Gifford, a fire information spokesman with the Department of Natural Resources (DNR).

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In the Grange exhibit hall at the Okanogan County Fair was a display espousing our country's founding on Freedom of Religion. The exhibit serves as a reminder that the United States has a long tradition of opening its arms to peace-loving people of all re

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Since 9-11 everything has changed

September11, 2001 affected us all to one extent or another – whether you were a nativeNew Yorker, working in Washington, DC or living in rural Okanogan County.

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