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New county commissioners take office this week

New county commissioners take office this week

Hover, Branch complete training sessions for new office-holders By Marcy Stamper Newly elected county commissioners Andy Hover and Chris Branch are making lists of priorities and learning about the responsibilities they will assume when they’re sworn in this Friday (Dec. 30). Hover and Branch both attended a three-day training run by the Washington State Association...
Commissioners hear opposition to lower speeds on W. Chewuch Road

Commissioners hear opposition to lower speeds on W. Chewuch Road

The Okanogan County commissioners have postponed a decision on lowering speed limits on two Methow Valley Roads, but they have lots of input to consider — in favor of the lower speed on the Gold Creek Loop Road but opposed to a reduction on West Chewuch Road. The commissioners have …
County considers ending public access on several roads

County considers ending public access on several roads

Okanogan County is considering vacating 11 roads, four in or near the Methow Valley, having determined that they are no longer needed for public use. Some sections are a fraction of a mile, while others are as long as 7 miles. If all the road segments were closed, it would affect more than 36 miles.
Citizens urge simple water-application process

Citizens urge simple water-application process

Requiring any residents who want to build a house to also build a case to show they have enough water and the right to use it would be burdensome, costly and time-consuming, a dozen citizens …
Speed reductions considered on two roads

Speed reductions considered on two roads

The Okanogan County commissioners are considering reducing the speed limit on two roads in the Methow Valley — Gold Creek Loop Road and West Chewuch Road — from 50 to 35 miles per hour (mph). The change would affect 2.4 miles on Gold Creek Loup Road — the entire …
New water use application process proposed by county

New water use application process proposed by county

To comply with an October ruling by the state Supreme Court that requires anyone who wants to build a house to prove there is enough water — and that they have the right to use it — Okanogan County is proposing a new application process. The court’s decision applies to …
Arguments heard in dispute between county and juvenile administrator, Superior Court judges

Arguments heard in dispute between county and juvenile administrator, Superior Court judges

In oral arguments last week, attorneys for Okanogan County argued that the county commissioners have the sole authority to set salaries for county staff. At the same time, lawyers for the county’s superior court and juvenile department administrator asserted that…
Two new commissioners on Okanogan County board

Two new commissioners on Okanogan County board

Okanogan County will have two new commissioners — a majority on the three-member board — with both Andy Hover and Chris Branch defeating their opponents by healthy margins in the Nov. 8 general election.
Hover, Branch hold leads in county commissioner races

Hover, Branch hold leads in county commissioner races

Challenger Chris Branch maintained his lead over incumbent Okanogan County Commissioner Sheilah Kennedy for the District 1 seat after an updated count of election returns was posted Monday (Nov. 14) by the Okanogan Count…
New date for Superior Court lawsuit

New date for Superior Court lawsuit

Oral arguments in a lawsuit filed by an Okanogan County Superior Court administrator against the Okanogan County and its commissioners over salary have been rescheduled for next month. Also at issue is whether authority to determine compensation for staff rests with the Superior Court judges or the county commissioners. Dennis Rabidou, Okanogan County’s superior court...