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Okanogan County’s shoreline development plan nears final approval

Okanogan County’s shoreline development plan nears final approval

After 10 years of work, Okanogan County appears close to finalizing its plan for development and protections along the county’s lakes and rivers. The county commissioners reviewed the latest draft of the Shoreline Master Program (SMP), which incorporates changes from the state Department of Ecology, the planning commissioners, and the commissioners themselves.
Okanogan County issues changes in public-benefit open-space program

Okanogan County issues changes in public-benefit open-space program

Property owners who charge a fee for use of part of their land — but who allow the public to use other areas for free — can now apply to Okanogan County for a property-tax reduction. The county commissioners approved the change to the county code on June 8. The change permits owners of businesses such as campgrounds, RV parks,...
Mazama-area resident appeals cell-tower upgrade

Mazama-area resident appeals cell-tower upgrade

Fears radio emissions may be endangering her health By Ann McCreary After moving into her remodeled cabin on Davelaar Drive near Mazama last fall, Carolyn Burkhardt said she began experiencing some disturbing physical sensations. Burkhardt didn’t live at the cabin full-time, but during extended visits to her new cabin last fall and winter, she experienced...
PUD looking to dewater Enloe to verify safety of dam

PUD looking to dewater Enloe to verify safety of dam

As it moves forward with potentially generating power again at Enloe Dam, the Okanogan County Public Utility District (PUD) needs to examine the condition of the almost-century-old dam.
No penalties to change status for land damaged by fire, flood

No penalties to change status for land damaged by fire, flood

Property owners who own land within the Carlton Complex or the Rising Eagle Road fire areas that is in any of the county’s open-space property tax classifications can request to have their property removed from the classification without paying the additional tax, interest and penalty normally associated with removal. Property owners must make the request...
Chapter 5: Is it more than ‘just getting old’? Diagnosis and acceptance of Alzheimer’s

Chapter 5: Is it more than ‘just getting old’? Diagnosis and acceptance of Alzheimer’s

Forgetfulness can be a normal part of aging. As people get older, changes occur in all parts of the body, including the brain. As a result, you may notice that it takes longer to learn new things; you don’t remember information as well as you once did; or you can’t remember where you put things,...
County seeks more time to work on zoning; seeks public comment

County seeks more time to work on zoning; seeks public comment

At 178 pages, the county’s zoning code is not an easy read, but it is a vital piece of planning for the county’s future – in essence, the literal plans for growth on the ground. The zoning code puts the philosophical underpinning of the county’s new comprehensive plan into effect in particular neighborhoods and on...
Initial training for Twisp CERT team completed

Initial training for Twisp CERT team completed

Nineteen people participated in a three-day Citizen Emergency Response Team (CERT) training conducted by Twisp Police Chief Paul Budrow on May 29, 30 and 31. It was the first in a series of trainings that will lead to the eventual formation of a Twisp CERT team, according to Budrow. “At this point [in the process],...
Questions about ATV routes, access remain unresolved

Questions about ATV routes, access remain unresolved

As all-terrain vehicle (ATV) enthusiasts seek more places to ride, and conservation organizations try to protect fragile lands, the groups continue to cut each other off at the pass. The latest volleys are over county roads in the Methow Valley and proposed ATV routes in the national forest. The North Central ATV Club has asked...
Mazama Corral plan to add parking and more at trailhead

Mazama Corral plan to add parking and more at trailhead

It’s more than a parking lot. The Mazama Corral parking expansion now underway, spearheaded by Methow Trails, is also meant to provide year-round amenities for skiers, hikers, cyclists and horse riders. In addition to 133 parking spaces in what will be a gravel lot, the Mazama Corral plan calls for a warming hut, restroom facilities,...