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Ecology joins lawsuit, charges county plan doesn’t protect water

Ecology joins lawsuit, charges county plan doesn’t protect water

The Washington Department of Ecology has joined a lawsuit against Okanogan County, saying that the county’s new comprehensive plan allows additional development but does not make sure there is enough water to support it. Ecology’s friend-of-the-court brief also charges that the comp plan and accompanying zoning code do not protect water quality.
County commissioners still reviewing Board of Health structure

County commissioners still reviewing Board of Health structure

The Okanogan County commissioners heard from a dozen members of the public about their proposal for a smaller Board of Health at their hearing on Monday (Oct. 5). Speakers favored a larger board with more representation from the cities and the health profession, according to County Commissioner Ray Campbell.
News briefs: Sept. 30, 2015

News briefs: Sept. 30, 2015

New group formed to promote strong leaders for county commissioner Although three dozen candidates are vying to be the next U.S. president, there are only a handful of contested races in this November’s local elections. Okanogan County Commissioner Jim DeTro ran unopposed for his second term in 2014. A new organization — called Represent Okanogan County, or...
County commissioners to review plan for five-member health board

County commissioners to review plan for five-member health board

By Marcy Stamper After considering the composition of the county’s Board of Health, which has had two vacancies for several months, the Okanogan County commissioners are proposing a smaller board with five members — the three commissioners, a mayor or city council member, and a representative from the medical or environmental health community. The current board charter,...
Community News briefs

Community News briefs

Fire action comments sought The Okanogan County commissioners are hosting a public meeting on Oct. 6 at 6:30 p.m. to hear comments about firefighting actions during the recent fires. The meeting will be held at the Okanogan County Fairgrounds Agri-Plex Annex. For more information, call (509) 422‑7206. Pumpkin Fest is back Gary and Patty Walker...
County commissioners want smaller board to oversee Public Health

County commissioners want smaller board to oversee Public Health

The Okanogan County commissioners want a smaller Board of Health with different representation to oversee the county’s Public Health district. The move is partially an outcome of their recent concerns about the district’s cash flow and management. The commissioners directed Perry Huston, their administrative officer and the county’s planning director, to draft a …
County commissioners, Public Health staff at odds

County commissioners, Public Health staff at odds

A large withdrawal from an emergency fund at Okanogan County Public Health, differing opinions about wages there, and other issues have prompted the county commissioners to scrutinize the county’s health district — along with the board that oversees it. The situation also has the Public Health staff taking days of unpaid leave. The health district, which is funded...
County commissioners hear about proposed land-transfer strategies

County commissioners hear about proposed land-transfer strategies

Frustrated by what they say are fruitless efforts to compel the federal government to consult county officials before taking actions that affect land use and natural resources within the county, the Okanogan …
Four Methow Valley roads get lower speed limits

Four Methow Valley roads get lower speed limits

Speed limits on four Methow Valley Roads — about 5 miles total — will be lowered to 35 miles per hour (mph) by the end of next week, after Okanogan County Public Works installs new signs, according to county engineer Josh Thomson. The Okanogan County commissioners approved the changes by a vote of 2-to-1 at their meeting on July 14....
County commissioners add third weekly meeting day

County commissioners add third weekly meeting day

The Okanogan County commissioners have added a third day of meetings each week. Their regular weekly meetings will be held on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday starting at 9 a.m. in their hearing room in Okanogan. The commissioners may also hold special meetings at places other than their official hearing room to make it easier for...