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Gate blocking Three Devils Road vandalized

Gate blocking Three Devils Road vandalized

A gate closing Three Devils Road to the public was vandalized a week after it was installed, after a court decision ended public access to the road. Jon Wyss, a member of the Gebbers Family, reported damage to the gate and theft of a sign to Okanogan County Sheriff’s Deputy Jodie Barcus on Aug. 11....
Three Devils Road closed after high court declines to hear appeal from challengers

Three Devils Road closed after high court declines to hear appeal from challengers

The Washington State Supreme Court has denied a request to review a challenge to the closure of Three Devils Road, ending the lawsuit and allowing 3 miles of the remote road to be gated. The gated section traverses land owned by Gamble Land and Timber, which petitioned Okanogan County in 2015 to vacate the road...
State Supreme Court still considering request on Three Devils Road suit

State Supreme Court still considering request on Three Devils Road suit

The Washington Supreme Court is still evaluating an April request from a citizens’ group to hear a lawsuit about whether the Okanogan County commissioners had the right to close a remote road in the Chiliwist. This week the court agreed to consider …
Chiliwist residents take Three Devils case to state Supreme Court

Chiliwist residents take Three Devils case to state Supreme Court

The Chiliwist residents who have been fighting to keep Three Devils Road open to the public have asked the state Supreme Court to hear their case. The Chiliwist Residents and Friends assert that lower courts used incorrect legal standards and precedents to assess whether the Okanogan County commissioners’ decision to close Three Devils …
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 …
State appeals court upholds closure of Three Devils Road by the county

State appeals court upholds closure of Three Devils Road by the county

The Okanogan County commissioners had the authority to close Three Devils Road to the public at the request of adjacent landowner Gamble Land and Timber, the Washington Court of Appeals has ruled. Moreover, discussions between the commissioners and representatives of the company were a normal part of county business and not evidence of collusion, the court...
Arguments in Three Devils Road case turn technical

Arguments in Three Devils Road case turn technical

Appeals court hears challenge to road closure By Marcy Stamper On the face of it, the Three Devils Road legal dispute appears to pit the public’s right to use a primitive road to reach public land, or to escape from a wildfire, against the adjacent property owner’s right to protect its property from vandalism or...
County considers vacating roads to clear up discrepancies

County considers vacating roads to clear up discrepancies

Okanogan County is considering vacating 11 roads — about 36 miles — as the Public Works staff attempts to reconcile decades-old maps and road logs with actual roads on the ground. Five of the roads are in the Methow Valley and Brewster areas; others are near …
County considers ending public access on several roads

County considers ending public access on several roads

Okanogan County is considering vacating 11 roads, four in or near the Methow Valley, having determined that they are no longer needed for public use. Some sections are a fraction of a mile, while others are as long as 7 miles. If all the road segments were closed, it would affect more than 36 miles.
Temporary injunction will keep Three Devils Road open

Temporary injunction will keep Three Devils Road open

The citizen group that wants to keep a primitive road in the Chiliwist open to the public has asked the state Supreme Court to hear the case and to impose a stay on closing the road until the case is resolved. A deputy commissioner for the court imposed a temporary injunction on Okanogan County’s vacation of...