A contingency of Mazama-area residents gathered Tuesday morning (Aug. 12), ready to travel to Okanogan to observe the first day of a trial over the legality of a small cabin built atop Flagg Mountain in 2012. The trial, expected to last about four days, will be heard by Okanogan County Superior Court Judge Chris Culp. The suit was initially brought in 2013 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. A nonprofit organization, Move the Hut, was formed last year to back a legal challenge to the cabin.
Today is Monday, Jan. 16, 2017