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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...
County commissioners fine-tuning $56.7 million budget

County commissioners fine-tuning $56.7 million budget

By Marcy Stamper
Okanogan County commissioners and staff are still finalizing their $56.7 million budget for 2015. The biggest change is accommodating the new position of county coroner, which is mandated by state law based on passing a population threshold. The $143,000 to set up …
Commissioners’ land-use changes clarify process, raise concerns

Commissioners’ land-use changes clarify process, raise concerns

By Marcy Stamper

The ordinances adopted last week by the Okanogan County commissioners clarify the role of the hearing examiner and the planning commission, separating the types of land-use proposals and projects each would hear. In general, the hearing commissioner, who is under contract …

Commissioners adopt changes on land use applications, appeals

Commissioners adopt changes on land use applications, appeals

The Okanogan County commissioners have adopted six ordinances amending the county code that affect the duties of the hearing examiner, the review process for land-use applications and countywide policies like the comprehensive plan, and appeals of these decisions. The board approved the changes on Monday (Sept. 29). The amendments also mean that only a decision...
County ponders changes to land-use hearings, appeals

County ponders changes to land-use hearings, appeals

By Marcy Stamper
The Okanogan County commissioners are considering revisions to the county code that would affect who reviews applications for land-use matters such as subdivisions, planned developments and conditional-use permits, as well as countywide policies like …
Commissioners OK expansion of ATV access

Commissioners OK expansion of ATV access

By Ann McCreary

An ordinance opening more than 420 miles of roads in Okanogan County to all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) was approved Monday (June 23) by the Okanogan County Commission.