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County’s comprehensive plan to get new scrutiny, commissioners say

County’s comprehensive plan to get new scrutiny, commissioners say

By Marcy Stamper The Okanogan County commissioners have agreed to look at the county’s comprehensive plan “with a new set of eyes to see if there are places where we can make improvements,” County Commissioner Andy Hover said this week. After the comp plan was adopted by the former board of commissioners in 2014, it...
Chiliwist residents take Three Devils case to state Supreme Court

Chiliwist residents take Three Devils case to state Supreme Court

The Chiliwist residents who have been fighting to keep Three Devils Road open to the public have asked the state Supreme Court to hear their case. The Chiliwist Residents and Friends assert that lower courts used incorrect legal standards and precedents to assess whether the Okanogan County commissioners’ decision to close Three Devils …
Prosecuting attorney’s office won’t recuse itself from ‘quiet-title’ suit

Prosecuting attorney’s office won’t recuse itself from ‘quiet-title’ suit

By Marcy Stamper In a six-page letter countering charges of favoritism and a failure to defend the public interest, Okanogan County Prosecuting Attorney Karl Sloan has declined a request that he and his deputy recuse themselves from a lawsuit against the county that seeks to declare a road private property through the quiet-title process. “The...
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.