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Conservation groups sue county over newly adopted zoning code

Conservation groups sue county over newly adopted zoning code

Okanogan County’s new zoning code — the first complete update in 38 years — has been challenged in court by two conservation groups who argue that the code fails to protect the county’s natural resources, in particular its water and farmland. The lawsuit also asserts that the county did not take into account the potential impacts of wildfire in allowing...
State appeals court declines to reconsider ATV decision

State appeals court declines to reconsider ATV decision

Okanogan County’s environmental analysis of the impact of allowing all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) to use almost 600 miles of county roads will not get a re-hearing by the state Court of Appeals, which last week declined the county’s request to reconsider its June ruling. The court also rejected a request by the plaintiffs, the Methow Valley Citizens’...
County zoning code’s EIS attachments include personal information about citizens council board members, staff

County zoning code’s EIS attachments include personal information about citizens council board members, staff

The environmental impact statement (EIS) on the county’s new zoning code is backed up by 21 attachments, such as maps, population estimates and an overview of county employment patterns.
County asks appeals court to review ATV ruling

County asks appeals court to review ATV ruling

Attorneys for Okanogan County have asked the state Court of Appeals in Spokane to reconsider a ruling issued last month that found the county had failed to adequately analyze the environmental impacts of opening almost 600 miles of roads to wheeled all-terrain vehicles (ATVs). The county’s motion for reconsideration challenges the court’s ruling on technical procedural...
Court voids county ATV ordinance, closing roads to the vehicles

Court voids county ATV ordinance, closing roads to the vehicles

Environmental review called ‘superficial’ By Marcy Stamper Okanogan County’s ordinance opening almost 600 miles of roads to wheeled all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) has been invalidated because the county failed to analyze the environmental impacts of allowing ATVs to use these roads, the state Court of Appeals in Spokane ruled last week. In a ruling that the...
Murray, Cantwell sponsor bill to nix mining in Methow Headwaters

Murray, Cantwell sponsor bill to nix mining in Methow Headwaters

A campaign to protect the upper Methow Valley from future mining got a boost last week when Washington’s senators introduced legislation aimed at making the area off-limits to mining development. Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) introduced a bill, co-sponsored by Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-WA), that seeks to protect 340,079 acres of National Forest lands in the upper...
New executive director named for Methow Valley Citizens Council

New executive director named for Methow Valley Citizens Council

The Methow Valley Citizens Council (MVCC) has hired Brian de Place as its new executive director. He will join MVCC on June 20. “Moving to the Methow Valley and working at an organization that has been so instrumental in preserving this place is like a dream come true,” said de Place, a lifelong visitor to...
Headwaters Campaign gets grant to support its work

Headwaters Campaign gets grant to support its work

The Methow Headwaters Campaign, launched earlier this year to fight possible copper mining in Mazama, has received a grant from the Conservation Alliance — an organization of outdoor industry companies — to help build support for the anti-mining campaign.
Judge: wait for county zoning update before ruling in comp plan case

Judge: wait for county zoning update before ruling in comp plan case

It’s too early to say whether Okanogan County’s comprehensive plan protects water and farmland, since it’s necessary to see how the county’s zoning code handles these and other issues connected with growth, wrote Okanogan County Superior Court Judge Christopher Culp in an order issued March 11.
County, environmental groups differ on comp plan resolution

County, environmental groups differ on comp plan resolution

In proposed resolutions in the lawsuit over Okanogan County’s comprehensive plan, the county and the environmental groups challenging the plan differ as much about whether the plan adequately protects water and farmland as when and where these protections must be guaranteed. At the request of Okanogan County Superior Court Judge Christopher Culp, Okanogan County and the...