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

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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Out of My Mind, April 5, 2012

Groups disagree about best way to legalize marijuana in Washington

I attended the marijuana roundtable held at the Tonasket Community Cultural Center last Friday night, but came away wondering if supporting Initiative 502 in marijuana reform was really the way to go or not for our state.

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Enrollment still up at Oroville Schools

OROVILLE – Enrollment still remains higher than the Oroville School District based their budget for the year, which means that the district will be eligible for more state basic education funds.

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Tonasket to get highway and sidewalk improvements in 2013

TONASKET – Saving the good news for last at the Tuesday, March 27 Tonasket City Council meeting, City Clerk Alice Attwood informed the mayor and council that the state Department of Transportation plans major improvements to the highway and handicapped ramps next year.

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Two from Oroville arrested on drug charges

OROVILLLE – Members of the drug task force and local law enforcement arrested a man and young woman Wednesday on suspicion of dealing drugs from an Oroville residence.

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