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County asks appeals court to review ATV ruling

County asks appeals court to review ATV ruling

Attorneys for Okanogan County have asked the state Court of Appeals in Spokane to reconsider a ruling issued last month that found the county had failed to adequately analyze the environmental impacts of opening almost 600 miles of roads to wheeled all-terrain vehicles (ATVs). The county’s motion for reconsideration challenges the court’s ruling on technical procedural...
County zoning code nearing completion

County zoning code nearing completion

Okanogan County appears to be close to having its first new zoning code in 38 years, now that the county’s planning commissioners have made their final changes to sections regulating nightly rentals and marijuana operations. The commissioners have also …
Juvenile facility, programs will stay in Okanogan County

Juvenile facility, programs will stay in Okanogan County

Okanogan County will continue to use the local facility in Okanogan to house its juvenile offenders, where they will receive schooling, drug and alcohol counseling, and behavior-management interventions from county staff and community volunteers. The Okanogan County commissioners announced the decision at a public meeting on June 21 after a long fact-finding process …
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...
County, rebuked in state audit, had already fixed problems

County, rebuked in state audit, had already fixed problems

The final state audit presented to Okanogan County commissioners last week uncovered several problems with the way the county kept records and categorized funds in 2014, although all the issues had already been caught and corrected by county financial and administrative staff before the …
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…