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Court voids county ATV ordinance, closing roads to the vehicles

Court voids county ATV ordinance, closing roads to the vehicles

Environmental review called ‘superficial’ By Marcy Stamper Okanogan County’s ordinance opening almost 600 miles of roads to wheeled all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) has been invalidated because the county failed to analyze the environmental impacts of allowing ATVs to use these roads, the state Court of Appeals in Spokane ruled last week. In a ruling that the...
County commissioners extend deadline for zoning update

County commissioners extend deadline for zoning update

The Okanogan County commissioners have added another month for completing the update of the county’s zoning code, keeping the interim code in effect until the end of July. The interim code was adopted in December 2014 to preserve the status quo while the commissioners, planning staff and public worked on the first major update to...
County commissioners seek another month to work on zoning code

County commissioners seek another month to work on zoning code

The Okanogan County commissioners are seeking another month to complete the update of the county’s zoning code, and therefore want to keep the interim code in effect until the end of July. The interim code was adopted in December 2014 to preserve the status quo while the commissioners, planning staff and public worked on the...
Superior Court judges ask Twisp’s support for keeping juvenile detention in county

Superior Court judges ask Twisp’s support for keeping juvenile detention in county

Two Okanogan County Superior Court judges came to the Twisp Town Council last week to appeal for the town’s support in keeping juvenile detention in Okanogan County. Judges Henry Rawson and Christopher Culp attended the May 24 council meeting, along with several people who work in juvenile justice in the county, to explain why they oppose...
Countywide races draw many contenders

Countywide races draw many contenders

Incumbent commissioners each draw three challengers By Marcy Stamper Okanogan County incumbent commissioners Ray Campbell and Sheilah Kennedy each face three challengers in their bid for a second four-year term. Andy Hover of Winthrop, Ashley Thrasher of Twisp and Stan Kvistad of Okanogan filed declarations of candidacy last week for the District 2 seat held...
Commissioners extend moratorium on new marijuana operations

Commissioners extend moratorium on new marijuana operations

The Okanogan County commissioners have extended a moratorium on new marijuana operations through the end of June to prevent people from getting in under current rules. The commissioners are considering stricter controls in a new zoning code that is under review. The resolution, adopted on May 3, states that …
‘Wanted: New County Commissioners’

‘Wanted: New County Commissioners’

Two years ago during election season, Gay Northrup was sitting on her couch and clicking on online petitions to tell elected officials where she stood on a wide range of issues. “But I started to wonder if that was accomplishing anything,” said the Mazama resident.
Commissioners OK emergency funds transfer to cover current expenses

Commissioners OK emergency funds transfer to cover current expenses

The Okanogan County commissioners approved a resolution to transfer $605,463 into the county’s current-expense fund, if needed, to cover payroll and other expenses. The unanimous approval came after an urgent public hearing on Tuesday (April 26). The resolution allows the money …
Commissioners, staff take steps to cover cash-flow troubles

Commissioners, staff take steps to cover cash-flow troubles

Okanogan County department heads have been asked to hold off on large purchases and avoid unnecessary expenditures to be sure the county can pay staff and other bills. The county’s finance committee informed the commissioners…
County commissioners schedule urgent public hearing on April 26 about fund transfers

County commissioners schedule urgent public hearing on April 26 about fund transfers

The Okanogan County commissioners are holding an urgent public hearing on Tuesday (April 26) about potential fund transfers that would be used to cover payroll and other expenses if necessary. The hearing is part of the authorization process to be sure that the money can be transferred by the end of April if needed.