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

Hospital battles rise in warrants

TONASKET – Multiple factors have led to a recent rise in North Valley Hospital’s warrants.

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Probably no need for special assessment area for Eastlake Sewer

OKANOGAN – Perry Huston, Okanogan County Planner, says there is still a possibility that the state Public Works Board might defer the loan used to build the Eastlake Sewer Project and make improvements to Oroville wastewater treatment system.

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Mayor Chuck Spieth presents a certificate of appreciation to Karen Monroe for her 30 years of service to Oroville. Monroe is the deputy city clerk. Photo by Gary DeVon

Ambulance ride-alongs debated at Oroville Council

OROVILLE – Having recently completed the EMT course, Chris Allen approached the Oroville Council and asked why he couldn’t participate in “ride-alongs” anymore.

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Out of My Mind, June 7, 2012

Relicensing Enloe a question of economics

Last week I had the chance to sit down with Rich Bowers and Gere Gillespie, two opponents of relicensing Enloe Dam. Bowers is Northwest Coordinator for the Hydropower Reform Coalition and Gillespie, a local environmentalist, probably best known as publisher of the Columbiana, an environmental newspaper.

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Letters to the Editor, June 7, 2012

Reach out to God

Dear Editor,
The other day I had some quiet time and did some thinking. Now the fact I was doing some thinking may come as a shock to some but miracles do happen, aw, smile! Anyway, got to thinking about the condition of our nation.

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Graduate Katy Smith and her  sister Tracy and graduate Nick Perez. Photo by  Gary DeVon

OHS graduates 52 in Class of 2012

OROVILLE – The Oroville High School Class of 2012 graduated 52 students in a ceremony held at the Coulton Auditorium on Saturday, June 2.

Heather Galvan, the class valedictorian, received the Glover Cup, which is awarded to the student who best represents, the “spirit of Americanism.” Liliana Castrejon-Perez was the class salutatorian.

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Molson Midsummer Festival June 16

MOLSON – The community of Molson is inviting everyone to come participate in their Midsummer Festival on Saturday, June 16, a summer fun day with something for everyone.

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Two resign from Oroville School Board

OROVILLE – As their first order of business, the Oroville School Board approved the resignation of Phil Barker and Christina Rise from their number.

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Public Works Board will extend Eastside Sewer loan

OKANOGAN – Okanogan County will get some relief from the state Public Works Board in paying back the loan they took to construct the Eastlake Sewer Project.

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Out of My Mind, May 31, 2012

New Nighthawk Port of Entry is nice, but…

The new U.S. Port of Entry facility at Nighthawk is a technological wonder and features some nice touches, especially when it comes to renewable energy. The remote border crossing is the perfect place to take advantage of solar and wind energy. And to me the idea that the federal government will be able to sell back excess electricity into the grid makes a lot of sense

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