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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...
Okanogan County planners nearer to zoning code completion

Okanogan County planners nearer to zoning code completion

The Okanogan County planning commissioners seemed satisfied with changes currently proposed for the county’s zoning, with most suggestions at their meeting on May 2 focused on how to handle nightly rental. They also made some changes to boundaries of the zones on maps for the entire county. The commissioners have recommended …
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...
Two property owners seek to divide riverfront land

Two property owners seek to divide riverfront land

Okanogan County planners are reviewing two applications to subdivide lots, one in the Lost River Airport development near Mazama, and one on Twisp-Airport Road 1 mile south of Twisp. Laurence and Lisa Savage seek to divide 13.67 acres on the Methow River in the Lost River Airport development into two lots. One lot, on the...
County to review applications for Twisp tow yard, Mazama development

County to review applications for Twisp tow yard, Mazama development

Development proposals in Mazama and Twisp are coming up for public hearings before the Okanogan County hearing examiner. The county is considering an application for a conditional-use permit from Classic Towing, which would allow the company to operate a towing operation, impound yard and repair shop 1 mile south of Twisp on Highway 20. The...
Concerns about fencing, public access in county shoreline plan

Concerns about fencing, public access in county shoreline plan

The Okanogan County Planning Commission voted by a 3-2 margin to approve the county’s plan covering development and protections along lakes and rivers, but the Methow’s representative is concerned …
Proposed road closure pits local residents against private company

Proposed road closure pits local residents against private company

Chiliwist neighbors say road is an escape route and access to public lands By Marcy Stamper A request to the county to relinquish a road that connects the Chiliwist area with the Loup Loup summit has attracted concern from more than 100 people, who say that closing the road to the public would cut off...
County commissioners hear emotional accounts of fire, charges of inaction

County commissioners hear emotional accounts of fire, charges of inaction

By Marcy Stamper
Emotion ran high as speakers erupted in tears and anger at a meeting called by the Okanogan County commissioners to gather information about the summer’s wildfires that will be used for emergency planning and coordination with agencies on fire response.
County commissioners seek input on response

County commissioners seek input on response

The Okanogan County commissioners are holding a public meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 22, to gather information regarding the management of the Carlton Complex Fire. The objective of the meeting is to gather information from citizens who experienced the fire firsthand, according to a legal notice issued by the county. People will be allotted time to...
Environmental groups appeal county’s analysis of ATV impacts

Environmental groups appeal county’s analysis of ATV impacts

By Marcy Stamper
The two environmental organizations that successfully sued Okanogan County to overturn two ordinances that would have allowed all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) on most county roads have …