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County commissioners consider adding third meeting day

County commissioners consider adding third meeting day

There may be changes to when and where the Okanogan County commissioners meet, based on new state laws and a proposal to add a third meeting day to the commissioners’ regular schedule. The commissioners are considering amending the county code so they would meet every Wednesday — in addition to Monday and …
Burn ban in county; some fires restricted on public land

Burn ban in county; some fires restricted on public land

The Okanogan County commissioners signed their annual resolution on Tuesday (June 16), banning all outdoor burning because of the potential for large, catastrophic fires. The ban typically goes into effect before the July 4 holiday. Under the ban, agricultural burning and outdoor burning of yard waste are prohibited. The use of gas- or charcoal-fired barbecues is...
Mazama-area resident appeals cell-tower upgrade

Mazama-area resident appeals cell-tower upgrade

Fears radio emissions may be endangering her health By Ann McCreary After moving into her remodeled cabin on Davelaar Drive near Mazama last fall, Carolyn Burkhardt said she began experiencing some disturbing physical sensations. Burkhardt didn’t live at the cabin full-time, but during extended visits to her new cabin last fall and winter, she experienced...
County seeks more time to work on zoning; seeks public comment

County seeks more time to work on zoning; seeks public comment

At 178 pages, the county’s zoning code is not an easy read, but it is a vital piece of planning for the county’s future – in essence, the literal plans for growth on the ground. The zoning code puts the philosophical underpinning of the county’s new comprehensive plan into effect in particular neighborhoods and on...
Three Devils Road closure halted by judge

Three Devils Road closure halted by judge

The closure of Three Devils Road was halted Tuesday (June 9) by Okanogan County Superior Court Judge Chris Culp, who agreed to give Chiliwist residents a chance to show that the county commissioners had violated the law when they voted to close the road. Culp signed an order putting the road vacation on hold.
More time to comment on county open-space changes

More time to comment on county open-space changes

The Okanogan County commissioners have slightly modified a proposal that would allow owners of businesses such as campgrounds and golf courses that charge a fee to receive a property-tax reduction if they allow the general public to use some areas for free,
Forecast: dry summer with familiar arsenal for fire prevention, suppression

Forecast: dry summer with familiar arsenal for fire prevention, suppression

With the first lightning-caused fire in the county in early May and the governor’s declaration of a statewide drought this week, government officials and the general public are nervously anticipating another extra-dry summer. In terms of funding and actual resources — firefighting …
County officials and property owners try to sort out roadside no-spray requirements

County officials and property owners try to sort out roadside no-spray requirements

People who choose to control weeds and vegetation on county roads that border their property got more-detailed agreements and some clarification at a meeting with Okanogan County officials last week, but many people said they still had questions about how to comply with their no-spray agreements. They also were frustrated that …
Revamped county boards begin work on tourism grants

Revamped county boards begin work on tourism grants

By Marcy Stamper
The Okanogan County commissioners have merged the two committees that advise them about how to distribute taxes on lodging to attract more tourists to the county. The commissioners adopted a resolution establishing the combined committee, which will be known as the Lodging Tax Advisory Committee (LTAC), on Dec. 30. After hearing...
County tweaks budget to accommodate coroner, new vehicles

County tweaks budget to accommodate coroner, new vehicles

Public Works gets full funding for road maintenance By Marcy Stamper A day before the close of the year, the Okanogan County commissioners adopted a $60 million budget for 2015. The bottom line of $60 million includes $20.4 million for current operating expenses, about $500,000 more than last year. It also reflects dedicated accounts that...