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County taking another look at cannabis growing regulations

County taking another look at cannabis growing regulations

More tweaks to zoning code requirements By Marcy Stamper Okanogan County continues to tweak its zoning regulations to make marijuana operations more compatible with residential and commercial areas and more clearly defined for growers. The county currently has an interim zoning code that bans cannabis farms in some areas and requires a conditional-use permit in...
Early primary returns: Diamond and Goehner appear headed to 12th District showdown; county sheriff’s race remains close

Early primary returns: Diamond and Goehner appear headed to 12th District showdown; county sheriff’s race remains close

independent Ann Diamond of Winthrop was winning Okanogan County in the primary election race among four candidates hoping to replace retiring 12th Legislative District Rep. Cary Condotta for Position 1 in early returns Tuesday (Aug. 7). But Republican Keith Goehner of Leavenworth was leading overall in the multi-county race.
County Planning Commission endorses new marijuana regs 

County Planning Commission endorses new marijuana regs 

By some measures, marijuana has been a booming business in Okanogan County. The county has the second-highest number of growers and processors in the state, accounting for 8.5 percent of all licensed operations.
County joins class-action suit to recover lost federal revenues

County joins class-action suit to recover lost federal revenues

Okanogan County has joined a class-action suit against the federal government to recover almost $100,000 the county says it was due as compensation for nontaxable land. The lawsuit, originally filed by Kane County, Utah, contends that the U.S. government violated …

State AG provides guidance for correcting county’s roads list

Okanogan County has new guidance from the state assistant attorney general about correcting errors on its road log — carefully worded to avoid affecting ongoing litigation about whether French Creek Road is a public or private road. Assistant Attorney General H. Lee Overton responded last month to …
Candidate filings have closed for primary elections

Candidate filings have closed for primary elections

Filings have closed for the Aug. 7 primary elections for state and local offices. In Okanogan County, at least three county positions will be filled by newcomers. Sheriff Frank Rogers said earlier that he was retiring. Six people have filed for the position: Michael Blake of Okanogan (prefers Republican); Kevin Newport of Omak (prefers Republican);...
County gets $1.37 million in federal forest funds for local roads and schools

County gets $1.37 million in federal forest funds for local roads and schools

Okanogan County received $1.37 million in federal forest funds this week — half for the county road fund and half to be split among the eight school districts in the county. Getting almost half a million dollars is a welcome change after last year, when the county received only $180,000 — $90,000 for each program...
Public hearing on sale of foreclosed county property

Public hearing on sale of foreclosed county property

Okanogan County is holding a public hearing about a request from Cascade Holdings and Gebbers Farms to purchase four very small tax-title properties adjoining property the companies already own near Brewster. The county ended up with the four parcels — a total of three-quarters of an acre — in the 1930s through a tax foreclosure...
County Assessor Scott Furman retiring after 20 years in office

County Assessor Scott Furman retiring after 20 years in office

In his 20 years as Okanogan County assessor, Scott Furman has computerized the property records and parcel listings, revalued hundreds of properties destroyed by wildfire and mudslides, and overseen an almost 70-percent increase in the number of taxable parcels. Furman is retiring …
County considers stricter regs for marijuana operations, locations

County considers stricter regs for marijuana operations, locations

By Marcy Stamper Okanogan County is considering new restrictions as to where marijuana businesses can be located, including changes to fencing requirements and the distance from neighboring properties. The proposed changes come after a ban imposed last June on new marijuana operations to allow the county’s cannabis advisory committee to study the issue and make...