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Court order requires closure of 600 miles of roads to ATVs

Court order requires closure of 600 miles of roads to ATVs

Okanogan County Commissioner Andy Hover has been talking with all-terrain vehicle (ATV) riders, public land agencies and environmental groups to try to come up with a balanced policy that will satisfy a court order — finalized last week — to consider environmental impacts before …
Hirst decision widely felt

Hirst decision widely felt

The effects of a state Supreme Court decision on water adequacy are already being felt by people around the county — builders, well-drillers, real estate brokers, and ordinary citizens with plans to build a house. Okanogan County has put building permits on hold while it works out a system for complying with the court ruling in the Whatcom...
Maycumber replaces Short in 7th District house seat

Maycumber replaces Short in 7th District house seat

Okanogan County commissioners joined their colleagues from the four other counties in Washington’s 7th legislative district in selecting Republican Jacquelin Maycumber to replace Shelly Short in the state House of Representatives. Maycumber was a long-time legislative assistant to Short, whom the commissioners chose last week to fill the Senate seat being vacated ...
Legislators push bills to clarify water rights

Legislators push bills to clarify water rights

Washington legislators have introduced a flurry of bills to address a situation created by a state Supreme Court ruling that has put the construction of many new houses on hold until people can prove they have the water to supply the homes. The October ruling by the high court requires …
County commissioners want more info before closing roads

County commissioners want more info before closing roads

The Okanogan County commissioners vacated three roads that have no trace on the ground, but want more information about eight other roads before they decide whether they are part of the county road system. After a three-hour public hearing on Monday (Jan. 23) on 11 roads …
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 …