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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 …
County awaiting federal decision on $1.5 million to replace lost timber revenue

County awaiting federal decision on $1.5 million to replace lost timber revenue

By Marcy Stamper
One and a half million dollars for county roads, schools and fire prevention — to compensate counties for a loss of income from logging on federal lands — is hanging in the balance, since Congress did not …
County gets renewal of $2.3 million for nontaxable federal lands

County gets renewal of $2.3 million for nontaxable federal lands

By Marcy Stamper
Okanogan County will be getting about $2.3 million — thus joining almost 1,900 other rural counties around the country in a collective sigh of relief — after Congress authorized payments to counties for their nontaxable federal lands.
Environmental impacts of county’s comprehensive plan challenged

Environmental impacts of county’s comprehensive plan challenged

By Marcy Stamper Does Okanogan County have to imagine the future environmental effects of any growth allowed by its comprehensive plan, or only the impact of specific projects that the plan would permit? That distinction — and the county’s responsibility to do a thorough environmental analysis to inform the public and elected officials — was the crux of arguments...
General election ballots go out this week

General election ballots go out this week

Ballots for the Nov. 4 general election will be mailed this week in Okanogan County, and most will arrive by Friday (Oct. 17). Candidates for local, regional, statewide and national offices will fill the ballots along with local and statewide measures or levy requests. Okanogan is an all-mail ballot county. Ballots must be postmarked by...
County loses at least $28 million in property value from wildfires

County loses at least $28 million in property value from wildfires

By Marcy Stamper 

The assessed value of taxable property—mainly houses and cabins, but also shops and outbuildings—destroyed in the Carlton Complex wildfire is almost $28 million, according to Okanogan County Assessor Scott Furman, whose …