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Open Roads Coalition seeks to preserve access

Open Roads Coalition seeks to preserve access

Over the past 15 years, people who live on Okanogan County’s back roads started noticing that routes they used to visit friends, hunt or ride horses were being closed one by one. In some cases, the roads had been blocked by gates, but in others, the road closures involved official …
Prosecuting attorney’s office won’t recuse itself from ‘quiet-title’ suit

Prosecuting attorney’s office won’t recuse itself from ‘quiet-title’ suit

By Marcy Stamper In a six-page letter countering charges of favoritism and a failure to defend the public interest, Okanogan County Prosecuting Attorney Karl Sloan has declined a request that he and his deputy recuse themselves from a lawsuit against the county that seeks to declare a road private property through the quiet-title process. “The...
Open roads group asks county lawyers to recuse themselves in ‘quiet title’ case

Open roads group asks county lawyers to recuse themselves in ‘quiet title’ case

Citing a “strong appearance of favoritism” and a failure “to defend the public interest in public roads,” a group called the Okanogan Open Roads Coalition has asked the county’s prosecuting attorney and chief civil deputy prosecuting attorney to recuse themselves in a quiet-title lawsuit filed against the county this month by Gamble Land and Timber. The...
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...
Plaintiffs seek ‘quiet title’ to portion of French Creek-Texas Creek Road

Plaintiffs seek ‘quiet title’ to portion of French Creek-Texas Creek Road

Gamble Land & Timber and Cascade Holdings Group have filed a lawsuit charging that Okanogan County claimed 7.66 miles of French Creek-Texas Creek Road in 1955 without any right to the property. The complaint to “quiet title” was filed in Okanogan County Superior Court on March 3.
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...