Flagg Mountain cabin case goes to trial

The legal dispute over a small cabin built atop Flagg Mountain near Mazama will go to trial on Tuesday (Aug. 12) in Okanogan County Superior Court, after a pre-trial settlement meeting failed to produce an out-of-court compromise.

The case will be heard in a non-jury trial before Superior Court Judge Chris Culp. Four days have been set aside to hear arguments in the suit, which was filed in April 2013.

The small structure, given a county building permit as a “hunting cabin” to be used only 60 days a year, was built on the crest of Flagg Mountain overlooking Mazama in 2012. The cabin has no running water, electricity or septic system. It is built on pylons that thrust the structure off the edge of the mountain, where it is easily visible from many points in the Mazama area.

The suit was brought by former owners of the 10.5-acre site on which the cabin is built, who cite what they claim are binding covenants prohibiting any structure that compromises views from the valley floor. The remaining plaintiffs are Steve and Kristin Devin of Mazama.

The defendants are the cabin’s Seattle-based owners James Dow, Tom and Jeannie Kundig, and Ben Rand. Kundig is an internationally acclaimed architect whose most visible project in the valley is the Rolling Huts Cabins development on Highway 20.

A nonprofit organization, Move the Hut, was formed last year to back a legal challenge to the cabin. Seattle attorney David Bricklin of Bricklin & Newman is representing the plaintiffs. Wenatchee attorney Michelle Green of Jeffers, Danielson, Sonn & Alyward, represents the cabin’s owners.

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Head for the Stampede

The Omak Stampede hits full gallop this week with a packed schedule of events beginning Thursday (Aug. 7) and continuing through Sunday at the Stampede Arena and other locations around town.

Top rodeo competitors will be featured, along with the world-famous Suicide Race, an Indian encampment, parades, a carnival, dances, an art show and other western-themed attractions. Prices vary depending on events.

For complete information, go to www.omakstampede.org.