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Three Devils Road closed after high court declines to hear appeal from challengers

Three Devils Road closed after high court declines to hear appeal from challengers

The Washington State Supreme Court has denied a request to review a challenge to the closure of Three Devils Road, ending the lawsuit and allowing 3 miles of the remote road to be gated. The gated section traverses land owned by Gamble Land and Timber, which petitioned Okanogan County in 2015 to vacate the road...
State Supreme Court still considering request on Three Devils Road suit

State Supreme Court still considering request on Three Devils Road suit

The Washington Supreme Court is still evaluating an April request from a citizens’ group to hear a lawsuit about whether the Okanogan County commissioners had the right to close a remote road in the Chiliwist. This week the court agreed to consider …
State appeals court upholds closure of Three Devils Road by the county

State appeals court upholds closure of Three Devils Road by the county

The Okanogan County commissioners had the authority to close Three Devils Road to the public at the request of adjacent landowner Gamble Land and Timber, the Washington Court of Appeals has ruled. Moreover, discussions between the commissioners and representatives of the company were a normal part of county business and not evidence of collusion, the court...
County considers vacating roads to clear up discrepancies

County considers vacating roads to clear up discrepancies

Okanogan County is considering vacating 11 roads — about 36 miles — as the Public Works staff attempts to reconcile decades-old maps and road logs with actual roads on the ground. Five of the roads are in the Methow Valley and Brewster areas; others are near …
Temporary injunction will keep Three Devils Road open

Temporary injunction will keep Three Devils Road open

The citizen group that wants to keep a primitive road in the Chiliwist open to the public has asked the state Supreme Court to hear the case and to impose a stay on closing the road until the case is resolved. A deputy commissioner for the court imposed a temporary injunction on Okanogan County’s vacation of...
Judge issues order closing Three Devils Road; appeal probable

Judge issues order closing Three Devils Road; appeal probable

A final order has been signed closing Three Devils Road, affirming that vacating the road was a valid legislative decision by the Okanogan County commissioners. The order also dismisses the plaintiffs’ claims of fraud and collusion against Gamble Land and Timber, the county commissioners and
Judge: No conspiracy by county commissioners in Three Devils Road case

Judge: No conspiracy by county commissioners in Three Devils Road case

A decision by Douglas County Superior Court Judge John Hotchkiss has found Okanogan County Commissioner Ray Campbell did not engage in conspiracy or unlawful action when Campbell voted to close a primitive county road. Despite “significant suspicion” and questions about whether Campbell could …
Judge: commissioners had authority to close Three Devils Road to the public

Judge: commissioners had authority to close Three Devils Road to the public

The Okanogan County commissioners had the prerogative to close Three Devils Road as part of their management of the county’s road network, according to Douglas County Superior Court Judge John Hotchkiss. But Hotchkiss is still evaluating whether a jury trial is warranted to determine if the commissioners’ decision had been unlawfully influenced by their …...
Superior Court hearing on Three Devils Road set for Sept. 18

Superior Court hearing on Three Devils Road set for Sept. 18

A hearing in the dispute over whether Three Devils Road should remain open to the public is scheduled in Okanogan County Superior Court for Friday (Sept. 18) at 10 a.m. The case is being heard by Douglas County Superior Court Judge John Hotchkiss, since the Okanogan County judges recused themselves. A citizen group called Chiliwist...
Three Devils Road hearing rescheduled

Three Devils Road hearing rescheduled

A hearing in Okanogan County Superior Court on whether the county commissioners acted properly in vacating Three Devils Road was rescheduled from last Friday (June 26) to 4 p.m. Tuesday (June 30). The hearing occurred too late for coverage in this week’s Methow Valley News. Look for a full report in next week’s newspaper. Douglas...