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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...
Judge to rule in comp plan case after county, plaintiffs can’t agree

Judge to rule in comp plan case after county, plaintiffs can’t agree

By Marcy Stamper After Okanogan County rejected a judge’s suggestion of using a year-long extension to resolve a lawsuit over the county’s comprehensive plan, lawyers for the county and the two environmental groups that appealed the plan will each have to propose a resolution by this Friday (Jan. 15). Okanogan County Superior Court Judge Christopher...
Arts briefs: Dec. 23, 2015

Arts briefs: Dec. 23, 2015

Jazz night benefits MVCC The Old Schoolhouse Brewery in Winthrop will host a night of jazz on Dec. 30 to benefit the Methow Valley Citizens Council (MVCC). Julliard graduate and founder of the Westerlies, Riley Mulherkar, and his brother Andrew, a New England Conservatory graduate, will be joined by local talent for a night of...
Judge urges Okanogan County and environmental groups to cooperate on comp plan update

Judge urges Okanogan County and environmental groups to cooperate on comp plan update

At hearing, Culp suggests putting off action for a year By Marcy Stamper Okanogan County Superior Court Judge Christopher Culp suggested waiting one more year to see if the county and the two environmental groups that challenged the county’s comprehensive plan can work together to revise the plan so that it protects water and agriculture...
ATV case in state Appeals Court this week

ATV case in state Appeals Court this week

The appeal claiming that the Okanogan County commissioners did not consider the environmental impacts of illegal all-terrain vehicle (ATV) riding nor the safety issues that could arise when ATVs share roads with other vehicles will be heard in the Washington Court of Appeals in Spokane on Thursday (Dec. 10). The Methow Valley Citizens’ Council and Conservation...