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State AG provides guidance for correcting county’s roads list

Okanogan County has new guidance from the state assistant attorney general about correcting errors on its road log — carefully worded to avoid affecting ongoing litigation about whether French Creek Road is a public or private road. Assistant Attorney General H. Lee Overton responded last month to …
Burn ban imposed in Okanogan County starting this weekend

Burn ban imposed in Okanogan County starting this weekend

Finding that the county “is experiencing weather conditions that are contributing to unusual fire conditions,” the Okanogan County commissioners have signed their annual resolution banning all outdoor burning. The current conditions increase the potential for large, catastrophic fires, according to the resolution …
Commissioners object to North Cascades grizzly proposal

Commissioners object to North Cascades grizzly proposal

Transplanting grizzly bears into the North Cascades would threaten the “local economy, customs and culture” of Okanogan County, county commissioners said in a letter to federal officials who are preparing an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) on a grizzly bear restoration plan. The letter was written in …
County proposes stepped-up ATV fines for illegal riding

County proposes stepped-up ATV fines for illegal riding

Okanogan County is proposing a $500 penalty for illegal riding of wheeled all-terrain vehicles (WATVs), with double fines in sensitive environmental areas. The $500 penalty would be imposed for riding on a county road that is not open to WATVs. If the rider left the county road and operated the WATV …
Candidate filings have closed for primary elections

Candidate filings have closed for primary elections

Filings have closed for the Aug. 7 primary elections for state and local offices. In Okanogan County, at least three county positions will be filled by newcomers. Sheriff Frank Rogers said earlier that he was retiring. Six people have filed for the position: Michael Blake of Okanogan (prefers Republican); Kevin Newport of Omak (prefers Republican);...
County water study could halt some new development

County water study could halt some new development

Certain areas in the county could be off-limits to new development while the county studies water availability there. The Okanogan County commissioners are considering an amendment to the county code that would curtail certain land uses that rely on wells for drinking water where there are …
County’s moratorium on new marijuana farms is lifted

County’s moratorium on new marijuana farms is lifted

By Marcy Stamper The moratorium on new marijuana farms was lifted by the Okanogan County commissioners, who elected on Monday (Feb. 26) to adopt recommendations by the county’s cannabis committee as interim controls until the planning commission reviews the matter. The committee’s recommendations include a ban on outdoor farms in neighborhood commercial zones. Indoor operations...
Commissioners to review new water, wells rules

Commissioners to review new water, wells rules

With a new state law regarding the use of wells for new houses, the Okanogan County commissioners decided to eliminate the requirement for a water-availability review by the county. People planning a new residence will have to follow watershed plans and corresponding instream-flow rules. The commissioners formally eliminated the water-availability review on Monday (Feb. 26),...
Okanogan County’s marijuana farm moratorium up for renewal

Okanogan County’s marijuana farm moratorium up for renewal

The moratorium on new marijuana farms in the county that’s been in place since last June is up for reconsideration since it’s currently set to expire on March 5. During the ban on new grows, a cannabis committee with five representatives from the marijuana industry and …
County commissioners adopt $21.7-million budget for 2018

County commissioners adopt $21.7-million budget for 2018

The Okanogan County commissioners unanimously adopted a $21.7-million budget for 2018 that includes a conservative reserve fund and gives department heads the flexibility to adjust spending over the course of the year. They adopted the final budget on Dec. 26.