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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 …
Commissioners approve seven-member Board of Health

Commissioners approve seven-member Board of Health

By Marcy Stamper After initially considering a smaller Board of Health, the Okanogan County commissioners have elected to enlarge the board to seven members. The commissioners adopted a new charter increasing the membership from six to seven on Oct. 12. The size of the board coincides with the recommendation to the commissioners from an advisory...
State raises income level for property-tax relief for seniors and the disabled

State raises income level for property-tax relief for seniors and the disabled

Homeowners over the age of 61 can now apply for a reduction in their property taxes if they earn up to $40,000. The state recently increased the income threshold by $5,000. To be eligible, the individual must own and occupy the house and, along with a spouse or co-tenants, must have a combined disposable income (including...
County gets more than $2 million for nontaxable federal lands

County gets more than $2 million for nontaxable federal lands

Okanogan County received $2.14 million from the federal government at the end of June as compensation for nontaxable land. While this was $148,000 less than the county received last year, it was still the second-highest payment in the state, after Chelan County’s. The Payments in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) are made to counties with large...

County election supervisor gets state award

Mila Jury, the chief deputy auditor and election supervisor for Okanogan County, was recognized as county election employee of the year by Secretary of State Kim Wyman last week. Jury, who has 40 years of experience working in elections, was honored for providing leadership for her peers and offering feedback on election issues. The secretary...
County and Forest Service in early talks over road transfers

County and Forest Service in early talks over road transfers

While requests to take roads off Okanogan County’s roster come up with some regularity, a current proposal by the U.S. Forest Service, which would transfer management and maintenance of roads to the county, is much less common. The Forest Service and Okanogan County are in preliminary discussions over …