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Outside legal representation not an issue in Okanogan County

Outside legal representation not an issue in Okanogan County

Like many counties across the state, Okanogan County sometimes hires outside attorneys for their expertise in certain areas of the law or for a large workload. But Okanogan County’s use of contract lawyers is not analogous to the arrangement that drew a rebuke for …
State auditors: county surplused vehicles without proper documentation

State auditors: county surplused vehicles without proper documentation

Okanogan County did not follow its own policies when it disposed of 16 vehicles it no longer needed, with nine sheriff’s vehicles given free to other police agencies and several cars sold at auction — all without officially being declared as surplus by the county commissioners, according to a state audit of county procedures.
County administrator salary dispute can proceed to trial, judge says

County administrator salary dispute can proceed to trial, judge says

The judge hearing the lawsuit brought against Okanogan County by Superior Court administrator Dennis Rabidou, who contends that the county commissioners interfered with payment of his full salary, has…
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 …
County adopts new water availability ordinance

County adopts new water availability ordinance

The county planning director will determine whether there is adequate, legal water available as part of the process of obtaining a new building permit in Okanogan County, commissioners decided last week. Grappling with a Supreme Court decision that said counties, not …
Commissioners adopt reduced speed on Gold Creek Loop Road

Commissioners adopt reduced speed on Gold Creek Loop Road

In keeping with the majority of public opinion, Okanogan County commissioners decided to maintain the posted speed limit on the West Chewuch Road at 50 miles per hour (mph), except for the last 1.47 miles, where it will drop to 35 mph. On Gold Creek Loop Road the posted speed will be reduced from …
New county commissioners take office this week

New county commissioners take office this week

Hover, Branch complete training sessions for new office-holders By Marcy Stamper Newly elected county commissioners Andy Hover and Chris Branch are making lists of priorities and learning about the responsibilities they will assume when they’re sworn in this Friday (Dec. 30). Hover and Branch both attended a three-day training run by the Washington State Association...
Commissioners hear opposition to lower speeds on W. Chewuch Road

Commissioners hear opposition to lower speeds on W. Chewuch Road

The Okanogan County commissioners have postponed a decision on lowering speed limits on two Methow Valley Roads, but they have lots of input to consider — in favor of the lower speed on the Gold Creek Loop Road but opposed to a reduction on West Chewuch Road. The commissioners have …
County considers ending public access on several roads

County considers ending public access on several roads

Okanogan County is considering vacating 11 roads, four in or near the Methow Valley, having determined that they are no longer needed for public use. Some sections are a fraction of a mile, while others are as long as 7 miles. If all the road segments were closed, it would affect more than 36 miles.
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 …