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

Briety Tufte, a professional dance instructor, will be teaching ballet to people of all ages in classes to be held at the Oroville Fitness Center. Registration is this Thursday. Photo by Gary DeVon

Ballerina offers classes at Oroville Fitness

OROVILLE – Breity Tufte will be teaching ballet for all ages at the Oroville Fitness Center beginning this spring.

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The Burnells - Noah, Heather, Ellamae, Elija and Jasper. The couple recently opened the Phoenix Café and Gallery in the old Inn at Molson location. Submitted photo.

Burnells open the Phoenix Cafe and Gallery at Molson

MOLSON – Noah and Heather Burnell have recently taken over the Inn at Molson and transformed it into the Phoenix Café and Gallery.

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Dam plan blasted before Oroville Council

OROVILLE – Joseph Enzensperger approached the Oroville City Council to ask that they consider opposing Okanogan County PUD’s current plan to generate hydroelectric power at Enloe Dam because of the high cost and potential to dewater the Similkameen Falls below.

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Judge Burchard

Judge Burchard won’t seek return to the bench

OKANOGAN – After 19 years on the bench, Judge Jack Burchard has announced that it is time to retire and he will not be seeking a sixth term.

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Assessor says personal property tax list is due

OKANOGAN – Okanogan County Assessor, Scott Furman, is reminding everyone that owns a business, ranch, farm or orchard in in the county that they are required by state law to provide the assessor with an itemized list of all personal property as of Jan. 1 of each year.

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Ballots for Oroville and Tonasket Schools M&O levies due back by Tuesda

NORTH COUNTY – Voters in the Tonasket and Oroville School Districts have been asked to approve two-year Maintenance and Operations levies to replace levies approved in 2010.

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NCW Ice Fishing Festival is Saturday, Feb. 18

MOLSON – The 2012 North Central Washington Ice Fishing Festival will be the Saturday of Presidents’ Day Weekend, Feb. 18 at Molson.

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Title IX raises questions for Oroville School Board

OROVILLE – The fact post season tournaments for boys and girls wrestling are held at two different locations raised the question of whether a volunteer coach could stand in the corner for the girls and still meet federal Title IX requirements.

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Out of My Mind, Feb. 2, 2012

Ballots are out, time to vote for our kids

Both Oroville and Tonasket School Districts are going before the voters asking them to replace the two-year Maintenance and Operations Levies that are running out this year. The new two-year M&Os, which will be collected in the years 2013 and 2014, are necessary to continue to provide our school kids with an education they can use to go on to find jobs, pursue higher education opportunities and to better the communities in which they live. An excellent education prepares our students to be good citizens and to become productive members of society.

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Letters to the Editor, Feb. 2, 2012

Only Paul speaks of Constitutional limits

Dear Editor,
I would have to agree with John Connot, that there is a slim chance that Ron Paul will get the nomination for president from the Republican Party.

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