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Federal, state and county lands ban all campfires

Federal, state and county lands ban all campfires

Campfires and charcoal grills are prohibited everywhere in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, including in developed campgrounds, dispersed campsites and wilderness areas, as of Friday (Aug. 4). Worsening fire conditions and continued hot and dry weather prompted fire officers to impose the complete ban.
French Creek Road ... or ‘Private Access Road’? Court to decide

French Creek Road … or ‘Private Access Road’? Court to decide

By Marcy Stamper A struggle over a 7.6-mile stretch of French Creek Road hinges on whether the fact that the road has been consistently used since the early 20th century makes it a public road, or whether the fact that adjoining property owners have gated the road — preventing others from traveling on it — means that it belongs...
Okanogan County to receive $2.4 million in PILT funds in 2017 to offset tax losses

Okanogan County to receive $2.4 million in PILT funds in 2017 to offset tax losses

Okanogan County will receive $2.4 million in Payments in Lieu of Taxes (PILT), which are federal payments to local governments that help offset losses in property taxes due to non-taxable federal land within their boundaries. The payments are made annually for tax-exempt federal lands, which include …
County imposes 6-month moratorium on permitting marijuana operations

County imposes 6-month moratorium on permitting marijuana operations

A moratorium on new applications for marijuana operations has been imposed by the Okanogan County commissioners, in response to complaints from the public as well as from people involved in the marijuana industry. The moratorium, approved by commissioners on June 26, places a …
Speed limit changes considered on several county road segments

Speed limit changes considered on several county road segments

Local residents petitioned for reductions By Marcy Stamper Okanogan County is considering lowering the speed limit on short segments of three roads in the Methow Valley — one in Mazama and two near Carlton — based on petitions from local residents. In Mazama, the proposed change would create a 35-mile-per-hour (mph) transition zone on Lost River Road between the...
Nonprofit group and Okanogan County fight effort to close road

Nonprofit group and Okanogan County fight effort to close road

Pointing to the more-than-100-year history of public travel on French Creek Road, a nonprofit dedicated to keeping backcountry roads open has challenged efforts by a private landowner to close 7.6 miles of the road to the public. Okanogan County has also challenged the effort to privatize …
County educates citizens on legal, moral ramifications of self-defense

County educates citizens on legal, moral ramifications of self-defense

Okanogan County wants its residents to be safe. But it’s not enough for people to know how to defend themselves — they also need to take into account the legal, moral and emotional components of self-defense. That was a fundamental message of a detailed four-hour class on Self-Defense and …
Oral arguments heard in county comp plan suit

Oral arguments heard in county comp plan suit

Oral arguments in the lawsuit over Okanogan County’s comprehensive plan and zoning code—the suit claims the plans fail to protect water quality, don’t address wildfire risk, and don’t protect wildlife habitat—were heard in court recently. Okanogan County Superior Court Judge Chris Culp heard arguments on May 1, …
Prosecuting attorney’s office won’t recuse itself from ‘quiet-title’ suit

Prosecuting attorney’s office won’t recuse itself from ‘quiet-title’ suit

By Marcy Stamper In a six-page letter countering charges of favoritism and a failure to defend the public interest, Okanogan County Prosecuting Attorney Karl Sloan has declined a request that he and his deputy recuse themselves from a lawsuit against the county that seeks to declare a road private property through the quiet-title process. “The...
Okanogan County sets informational meetings on water usage

Okanogan County sets informational meetings on water usage

As part of its efforts to develop a procedure that complies with a state Supreme Court ruling on water adequacy, Okanogan County is holding a series of informational sessions and opportunities for public comment. The October court ruling in a Whatcom County case requires anyone who wants to use a well as the source for water...