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County mulls moving juvenile detention to facility near Spokane

County mulls moving juvenile detention to facility near Spokane

The Okanogan County commissioners have begun an analysis of the county’s options for juvenile detention, sparking concern from county employees and the public over the prospect of sending juveniles to a facility near Spokane, some three hours away.
County commissioners seek input on juvenile-detention facility options

County commissioners seek input on juvenile-detention facility options

Keep local facility, or move it out of county? The Okanogan County commissioners are analyzing the costs of continuing to operate the county’s own juvenile-detention facility versus renting a facility in another county. Okanogan County currently operates its own juvenile-detention facility but state law allows a county to lease detention space, according to a legal...
Judge to rule in comp plan case after county, plaintiffs can’t agree

Judge to rule in comp plan case after county, plaintiffs can’t agree

By Marcy Stamper After Okanogan County rejected a judge’s suggestion of using a year-long extension to resolve a lawsuit over the county’s comprehensive plan, lawyers for the county and the two environmental groups that appealed the plan will each have to propose a resolution by this Friday (Jan. 15). Okanogan County Superior Court Judge Christopher...
Comment on zoning, Public Health proposals

Comment on zoning, Public Health proposals

In late December, the county commissioners extended an interim zoning ordinance until June 22 so they can consider proposed changes. The Planning Commission will discuss the proposed zoning code — which covers many things beyond nightly rentals — on Monday (Jan. 11) at 7 p.m. in the commissioners’ hearing room in Okanogan. They won’t be taking any testimony at...
County commissioners mull ways to plug early gaps in firefighting response

County commissioners mull ways to plug early gaps in firefighting response

Concerned about what they say are gaps in the earliest stages of firefighting that contribute to the growth of large, catastrophic wildfires, the Okanogan County commissioners are considering several proposals to the state Legislature. The ideas grow out of community meetings and discussions with fire chiefs and others with experience in …
News briefs: Dec. 30, 2015

News briefs: Dec. 30, 2015

Outdoor burn ban imposed in county A stage 1 burn ban was imposed Tuesday (Dec. 29) in Okanogan, Kittitas, Chelan, Douglas, Ferry, Stevens, Pend Oreille, Asotin and Walla Walla counties, the state Department of Ecology (DOE) announced. The ban will continue through at least 10 a.m. on Monday (Jan. 4), DOE said. DOE said it...
County weighs voluntary protection program for agricultural lands, other critical areas

County weighs voluntary protection program for agricultural lands, other critical areas

Three years ago, Okanogan County commissioners opted in to a program to protect farmland through voluntary measures, but no action was required by the county because the state did not fund the program until late this year.
County commissioners seek to create nimble response to wildfires

County commissioners seek to create nimble response to wildfires

Reeling from two summers of severe wildfires that burned 1,200 square miles in the county, Okanogan County commissioners have started brainstorming about a way to put out fires while they are still small, rather than wait for large state teams. The commissioners envision some local structure that could …
Judge issues order closing Three Devils Road; appeal probable

Judge issues order closing Three Devils Road; appeal probable

A final order has been signed closing Three Devils Road, affirming that vacating the road was a valid legislative decision by the Okanogan County commissioners. The order also dismisses the plaintiffs’ claims of fraud and collusion against Gamble Land and Timber, the county commissioners and
County hears criticism, praise for fire response

County hears criticism, praise for fire response

As Okanogan County residents shared their experiences in this summer’s wildfire with county officials, some echoed themes heard last year — of firefighters standing around while fires grew out of control, and of confusion, panic and poor communication. But — particularly compared to last year — there was also praise for effective firefighting …