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County hopes to resume issuing building permits soon, after several months of delay

County hopes to resume issuing building permits soon, after several months of delay

After a several-month-long hiatus in issuing building permits for houses that depend on a well for water, Okanogan County has started reviewing applications and hopes to begin issuing permits by the end of March. Three dozen building permits have been on hold as the county worked out an approach for complying with …
February snow accumulations brighten outlook for summer water

February snow accumulations brighten outlook for summer water

After an unusually cold and dry January, February brought a bounty of snow that made the water outlook a lot brighter throughout Washington. “We picked up good snow in most places,” said Scott Pattee, water supply specialist with the Natural Resources Conservation Service. What looked like a “dismal snow year” in January turned around last...
Hirst decision widely felt

Hirst decision widely felt

The effects of a state Supreme Court decision on water adequacy are already being felt by people around the county — builders, well-drillers, real estate brokers, and ordinary citizens with plans to build a house. Okanogan County has put building permits on hold while it works out a system for complying with the court ruling in the Whatcom...
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...
Frozen water lines still a problem for some Winthrop residents

Frozen water lines still a problem for some Winthrop residents

Relationships between the town of Winthrop and its residents whose water pipes are frozen didn’t thaw out much at last week’s Town Council meeting. Residents and business owners are still frustrated that their water service is disrupted — perhaps until spring. The town’s ability to help them is still limited by a combination of town ordinance, state law,...
Legislators push bills to clarify water rights

Legislators push bills to clarify water rights

Washington legislators have introduced a flurry of bills to address a situation created by a state Supreme Court ruling that has put the construction of many new houses on hold until people can prove they have the water to supply the homes. The October ruling by the high court requires …
Frozen water lines getting an icy reception in Winthrop

Frozen water lines getting an icy reception in Winthrop

Frozen service lines have left at least a dozen homes and businesses in Winthrop without water since the recent sub-zero temperatures, but there is little the town can do to restore water service before the frozen ground begins to thaw. That’s cold comfort to residents who …
Twisp on alert for possible ice dams blocking river as temps fall

Twisp on alert for possible ice dams blocking river as temps fall

Andrew Denham, Twisp’s public works director, was keeping a close watch early this week on ice that has built up on the Twisp River, hoping to avoid a repeat of last year’s ice dams that that threatened to flood parts of Twisp. The recent prolonged spell of frigid temperatures has produced thick ice on sections of...
Big slate of public works projects in Twisp this year

Big slate of public works projects in Twisp this year

Twisp residents can expect to see lots of construction in town in 2017, including street and sidewalk improvement work and water line replacement projects. Among the work expected next year is a street and sidewalk improvement project that will include …
County adopts new water availability ordinance

County adopts new water availability ordinance

The county planning director will determine whether there is adequate, legal water available as part of the process of obtaining a new building permit in Okanogan County, commissioners decided last week. Grappling with a Supreme Court decision that said counties, not …