Wednesday, Apr. 23, 2014

Posts tagged "ATV"
Environmental groups challenge USFS ATV stance

Environmental groups challenge USFS ATV stance

By Marcy Stamper

A recent policy interpretation by the forest supervisor allowing ATVs to use roads in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest “is unlawful and should be reversed immediately,” argue two environmental organizations in a letter to the supervisor, Mike Balboni.

In a letter sent last week …

ATV lawsuit hearing set for March

By Marcy Stamper
A hearing has been scheduled in Okanogan County Superior Court on March 11 to consider a request to declare …

Lawsuit: Laws allowing ATVs on county roads should be struck down

By Marcy Stamper The Methow Valley Citizens’ Council (MVCC) and Conservation Northwest have filed a motion against Okanogan County asking the court to declare two county ordinances that opened hundreds of miles of roads to all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) invalid because the county did not determine if they were safe or suitable for ATVs. The legal...
ATV lawsuit: County cites commissioners’ right to make local laws

ATV lawsuit: County cites commissioners’ right to make local laws

By Marcy Stamper
County responds to lawsuit
Culture of ATVs and Methow at issue in state law, county lawsuit

Culture of ATVs and Methow at issue in state law, county lawsuit

By Marcy Stamper
Months before two environmental organizations filed suit against the Okanogan County commissioners for opening hundreds more miles of roads to ATVs around the county, there were at least two efforts to exempt the Methow Valley from a new state law that has expanded access for the vehicles across Washington.
County commissioners approve ATVs on most county roads in the Methow Valley

County commissioners approve ATVs on most county roads in the Methow Valley

Opponents question legality of the new ordinance   By Ann McCreary and Marcy Stamper Okanogan County Commissioners approved a request to open about 300 miles of roads – including virtually all county roads in the Methow Valley – to all-terrain vehicles (ATVs), despite the threat of lawsuits from some citizens who said the commissioners lack...
Petition could open county roads in Methow to ATVs

Petition could open county roads in Methow to ATVs

Provision in new law could allow riders to use high-speed roads By Marcy Stamper A petition to the county commissioners could open 324 additional miles of roads to off-road vehicle (ORV) use in the Methow and elsewhere in the county – including roads with speed limits above 35 miles per hour – escaping the restriction...
State ATV bill wins last-minute approval; awaits gov’s signature

State ATV bill wins last-minute approval; awaits gov’s signature

File photo by Sue Misao   BY MARCY STAMPER A bill designed to expand opportunities for people to ride off-road vehicles by clarifying rules about opening roads to their use and requiring registration tags and safety features such as headlights and mirrors passed the state House and Senate by wide margins on Saturday (June 29)....
ATV incident reported on Balky Hill

ATV incident reported on Balky Hill

Okanogan County Sheriff Deputy Ottis Buzzard and Winthrop Deputy Marshal Ken Bajema responded to a call over Memorial Day weekend after Lawrence Hooper and Erika Stephens encountered two men and a wrecked ATV on their property on Balky Hill Road, according to Sheriff’s Office reports. One of the men had been riding an ATV on...
ATVs can travel at speed limit on county roads

ATVs can travel at speed limit on county roads

BY MARCY STAMPER Off-road vehicles can now travel at the speed limit on Okanogan County roads, following a decision by the county commissioners on Tuesday, May 14. After a public hearing about the speed limit and other minor changes regarding the operation of off-road vehicles (ORVs), the commissioners elected to permit the vehicles to travel...