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

Oroville will make improvements to Ironwood and Fir

OROVILLE – Oroville will do an overlay of portions of Ironwood and Fir Streets under a state Transportation Improvement Board grant of around $85,000.

Read full story
Seattle filmmakers Geoff  Klein (left) and Mo Fine (right) and friends relax at the Globe at Veranda Beach Resort following the first night of the Tumbleweed Film Festival in Oroville earlier this month. The two bring their festival to Osoyoos this weeken

Tumbleweed brings three nights of short films to Osoyoos

OSOYOOS, BC – The Tumbleweed International Film Festival rolls north to Osoyoos, B.C. for three consecutive nights of short films from around the world, Aug. 16-18, at Nk’Mip Resort’s Desert Cultural Centre.

Read full story

Oroville School Board approves $1.2 million capital levy

OROVILLE – The Oroville School Board approved a three-year capital improvement levy of $1,200,129 to put a new roof on the elementary school.

Read full story
Henry "Hank" Rawson

Henry ‘ Hank’ Rawson elected to Superior Court seat

OKANOGAN – Okanogan County has a new Superior Court Judge in Henry “Hank” Rawson, who won a winner-takes-all primary vote in a race against Prosecutor Karl Sloan.

Read full story

Environmental groups appeal Ecology permit for Enloe Dam project

OROVILLE – This week several national, state and local environmental groups appealed a decision by the state Department of Ecology that would allow the licensing of the proposed Enloe Dam hydropower project on the Similkameen River to move forward.
Read full story

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.

Read full story

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.

Read full story
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.

Read full story
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.

Read full story

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.

Read full story