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County considers zoning code revisions for marijuana operations

County considers zoning code revisions for marijuana operations

After two packed hearings about proposed changes to how Okanogan County regulates marijuana operations, the county has received three formal suggestions for its new zoning code. Up to now, marijuana has been treated like any other type of crop. The draft zoning code proposes requiring a special permit for any new marijuana operations, which includes...
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 …
County weighs juvenile justice options

County weighs juvenile justice options

Okanogan County’s juvenile-detention facility houses up to 20 youths in 10 cells, but only half of the youths served by the county’s juvenile program actually end up in detention. That’s because most are served by interventions such as aggression-replacement …
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…
Nightly rentals could require advance approval before Public Health action

Nightly rentals could require advance approval before Public Health action

Okanogan County is considering requiring anyone who wants to operate a nightly rental to get approval from the Planning and Building departments before that individual can get a Public Health permit. The proposed changes were discussed by the…
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.
Taxable business property lists due

Taxable business property lists due

The annual itemized list of personal property used in a business, ranch or farm is due to the Okanogan County assessor. State law requires all businesses to submit a list of all taxable personal property as of Jan. 1, including desks and chairs, computers, display cases, camera security systems, furniture used in nightly rentals, farm...
County going over road list to clean up legal questions

County going over road list to clean up legal questions

Okanogan County’s 1955 list of almost 500 roads looks predictably dated, produced on an old typewriter with neatly handwritten notations and starting to fray at the edges. Now the engineers and technicians in the county’s Public Works Department are going through that old list  — as well as subsequent changes  — to clear up the legal status of...
News briefs: Dec. 16, 2015

News briefs: Dec. 16, 2015

School levies will be on February ballot Voters will decide in February on two replacement levies for the Methow Valley School District — one for maintenance and operations (M&O) and one for technology. Last week, the Methow Valley School Board directors unanimously approved two resolutions for the levies, which would help pay for school staff; instruction in...
Gun sales, applications for concealed-pistol licenses spike in Okanogan County

Gun sales, applications for concealed-pistol licenses spike in Okanogan County

Gun sales and applications for concealed-pistol licenses spiked dramatically in Okanogan County last week, as evidenced by the huge increase in background checks for people wanting to buy pistols — 20 or 30 a day, compared with …