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Okanogan County looks at compensation process for vacated roads

Okanogan County looks at compensation process for vacated roads

When county roads are closed at the request of a property owner, the county code sets out ways for the county to be compensated for the value of the road. But the Okanogan County code, which lists three categories of roads and multiples scenarios for …
Methow Valley’s housing crunch won’t be eased soon

Methow Valley’s housing crunch won’t be eased soon

The shortage of affordable housing in the Methow Valley is a problem that is described by local housing advocates as acute and chronic. “We’re currently working with around 40 families or individuals who need ....
Battle over rural roads will have court hearing

Battle over rural roads will have court hearing

To people accustomed to traveling on the main highways of Okanogan County, roads to upper Texas Creek, French Creek, Brewster and the Chiliwist can seem far apart. But these areas are actually all connected via old back roads that span the hills between the Methow ...
State auditors: revenue not carefully tracked at county fair

State auditors: revenue not carefully tracked at county fair

A state audit of Okanogan County for 2016 could not account for about $1,200 from advance ticket sales at the county fair and almost $4,000 in facility rental the fairgrounds. There were receipts for $1,232 in advance ticket sales, but the money was never deposited …
Commissioners open 365 miles of roads to ATVs

Commissioners open 365 miles of roads to ATVs

There are now almost 365 miles of roads open to ATV riders in the northeastern part of Okanogan County, with the adoption of a resolution by the county commissioners on Monday (Nov. 27). After considering comments from the public and land-management agencies about …
Election roundup: Marchbank, Ranzau, Vanderhalf are winners

Election roundup: Marchbank, Ranzau, Vanderhalf are winners

With the final round of ballot counting for the Nov. 7 general election concluding on Tuesday (Nov. 14), Sally Ranzau has been elected mayor in Winthrop, defeating town council member Bob DeHart; and incumbent Methow Valley School Board member Gary...
Okanogan County trying to cut $2 million to balance 2018 budget

Okanogan County trying to cut $2 million to balance 2018 budget

As the Okanogan County commissioners and department heads try to shave $2 million from an already tight 2018 budget, they’re using an approach that will give the department leaders more flexibility in managing their money in the coming year. When the …
State voting law puts burden on counties

State voting law puts burden on counties

Okanogan County, bigger than Connecticut, Rhode Island and Delaware — and with a population density of fewer than eight people per square mile — is anticipating a financial burden from a new state law that requires a ballot box in every city, town and census-designated place with an official U.S. post office. The law requires 12 boxes in addition...
Proposal would open 368 miles in north county to ATVs

Proposal would open 368 miles in north county to ATVs

County reviews options in District 3; will consider other locations also By Marcy Stamper An additional 368 miles of roads, primarily in northeastern Okanogan County, may be opened to wheeled all-terrain vehicles (ATVs), based on a proposal by the county commissioners. The new review of roads suitable for ATV riders comes after the commissioners rescinded...
Okanogan County burn ban lifted

Okanogan County burn ban lifted

With cooler and damper weather in the county and across the state, bans on burning in Okanogan County have been lifted. The Okanogan County commissioners lifted the burn ban as of Monday (Oct. 16). The Washington Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and U.S. Forest Service had already lifted their bans on campfires in approved fire...