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French Creek Road access dispute apparently will proceed to trial

French Creek Road access dispute apparently will proceed to trial

County judge hears persuasive evidence from both sides By Marcy Stamper It will require more fact-finding to determine whether a 3-mile segment of French Creek Road has always been a public road or has been used by the public only by permission of adjacent property owners, Okanogan County Superior Court Judge Henry Rawson concluded last...
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 …
County prosecutor asks state AG for opinion on road claims

County prosecutor asks state AG for opinion on road claims

The Okanogan County prosecutor has asked the state attorney general for an informal opinion about how to officially recognize that the county has no claim or right to a road on a 1955 list of county roads. Okanogan County Prosecutor Branden Platter submitted the opinion request to …
Legal arguments continue in dispute over primitive road access

Legal arguments continue in dispute over primitive road access

It was standing-room-only in Okanogan County Superior Court last week for oral arguments over the ownership of a primitive road in the lower Methow Valley. A 3-mile stretch of road on French Creek outside the town...
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 ...
Commissioners propose road vacation

Commissioners propose road vacation

The Okanogan County commissioners are considering a resolution that would direct the county engineer to evaluate whether Hanford Cutoff Road near Brewster is useful to the public and the county road system. The resolution states that the old right-of-way is no longer required because the road has been relocated. The resolution doesn’t specify the length...
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...
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 …
Open Roads Coalition seeks to preserve access

Open Roads Coalition seeks to preserve access

Over the past 15 years, people who live on Okanogan County’s back roads started noticing that routes they used to visit friends, hunt or ride horses were being closed one by one. In some cases, the roads had been blocked by gates, but in others, the road closures involved official …