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, June 21, 2012

President made the right immigration call

President Obama used his executive powers to make some needed changes in the way the Justice Department handles young, undocumented immigrants. They will now have a chance to remain in this country to try and become U.S. Citizens. Obama’s order grants temporary legal status to nearly a million undocumented people brought to this country as children.

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Letters to the Editor, June 21, 2012

Getting facts straight

Dear Editor,
I am writing this letter because I am outraged at the huge write up in last week’s paper from the editor himself. Accusing Mrs. Combs-Boge of submitting “unsubstantiated claims of enrollment dropping.”

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Out of My Mind, June 16, 2012

Time to give other opinions some space

We’ve taken some criticism of late for publishing several letters from Mendy Combs-Boge regarding the school board. She’s had her share of this newspaper’s ink for awhile.

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Letters to the Editor, June 14, 2012

Limit personal attacks

Dear Editor,
My last child graduated from Oroville High School over 20 years ago. In spite of that I have maintained a fairly consistant contact and interest in Oroville schools.

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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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