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County must close 597 miles of roads to ATV traffic

County must close 597 miles of roads to ATV traffic

Okanogan County will have to close 597 miles of roads to all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) and do a thorough review of possible environmental impacts before opening any more roads to the vehicles. The ruling is …
Citizens urge simple water-application process

Citizens urge simple water-application process

Requiring any residents who want to build a house to also build a case to show they have enough water and the right to use it would be burdensome, costly and time-consuming, a dozen citizens …
Clean air project will collect vegetation as alternative to burning

Clean air project will collect vegetation as alternative to burning

Even when conditions are wet enough to burn brush piles safely, the tiny particles in smoke are not safe, creating air pollution that can be particularly persistent from October through March. “Poor air quality affects all of us …
Long battle expected over county zoning code

Long battle expected over county zoning code

Okanogan County has filed responses denying all claims in two lawsuits that challenge the county’s new zoning code. The county says the plaintiffs’ claims that the new code fails to protect the county’s natural resources — in particular its water and farmland — lack factual …
County asks state’s high court to hear ATV case

County asks state’s high court to hear ATV case

Plaintiffs cite potential environmental damage to miles of local roads By Marcy Stamper Okanogan County is petitioning the state Supreme Court to hear a case about ATVs’ access to 600 miles of county roads, saying the environmental groups that filed the original lawsuit have not shown they suffered actual harm from the county’s decision to...
MV Citizens Council celebrates 40 years of activism

MV Citizens Council celebrates 40 years of activism

For many Methow Valley residents, the battle fought over a downhill ski resort in Mazama is a distant memory, or was over before they moved here. But lessons learned during that conflict still guide the Methow Valley Citizens Council (MVCC), created four …
Yakama Nation joins others in suing Okanogan County over zoning code

Yakama Nation joins others in suing Okanogan County over zoning code

The Yakama Nation has filed a lawsuit against Okanogan County, claiming that the county’s new zoning code threatens the tribe’s fishing rights because it fails to protect the quality and quantity of groundwater. The lawsuit also asserts that the environmental review the county conducted on the zoning…
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.