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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...
Commissioners seek info from tourism council

Commissioners seek info from tourism council

The Okanogan County commissioners have asked the organization that markets the county to tourists for more detailed information about how it promotes different regions of the county. The commissioners also want the Okanogan County Tourism Council …
Mackie gets new contract for legal services

Mackie gets new contract for legal services

Okanogan County has entered into a new contract with attorney Sandy Mackie for continued professional legal services for land-use matters and litigation. The contract sets an hourly rate of $200 and reimburses fees for legal research. Mackie has been handling land-use matters for the county since June 2013, initially through his former law firm, Perkins...
County reviewing development plan in light of recent court decision

County reviewing development plan in light of recent court decision

The Okanogan County commissioners are reviewing a revised version of a new ordinance that would consolidate procedures for land use and development, including countywide policies like the comprehensive plan, zoning and subdivisions.
Last-half property taxes due to Okanogan County

Last-half property taxes due to Okanogan County

Last-half Okanogan County property taxes and irrigation assessments are due (or must be postmarked by) Monday, Oct. 31. Interest and penalties start accruing Nov. 1 for any unpaid taxes. Mail your taxes or assessments to Okanogan County Treasurer, P.O. Box 111, Okanogan, WA 98840. Payments by credit card are accepted at www.okanogancounty.org/Treasurer or by calling 1-877-737-4772....
Long battle expected over county zoning code

Long battle expected over county zoning code

Okanogan County has filed responses denying all claims in two lawsuits that challenge the county’s new zoning code. The county says the plaintiffs’ claims that the new code fails to protect the county’s natural resources — in particular its water and farmland — lack factual …
Okanogan County proposes new ordinance to guide land-use process

Okanogan County proposes new ordinance to guide land-use process

Okanogan County is proposing a new ordinance that would consolidate application, review and approval procedures for land-use and development projects. The ordinance would cover projects such as subdivisions, development near shorelines, and polices like the comprehensive…
Valley and county to get modern emergency communications

Valley and county to get modern emergency communications

A 40-foot-tall wooden pole and a yurt that have housed the Methow Valley’s emergency communications equipment for half a century are being replaced over the next few weeks with new structures and modern wireless technology. Once completed, the system will use microwave transmission instead of the existing …