Okanogan County is holding a public hearing about a request from Cascade Holdings and Gebbers Farms to purchase four very small tax-title properties adjoining property the companies already own near Brewster. The county ended up with the four parcels — a total of three-quarters of an acre — in the 1930s through a tax foreclosure […]
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 […]
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 …
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 to protect its adjacent property …
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 …
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 …
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 […]
Citing a “strong appearance of favoritism” and a failure “to defend the public interest in public roads,” a group called the Okanogan Open Roads Coalition has asked the county’s prosecuting attorney and chief civil deputy prosecuting attorney to recuse themselves in a quiet-title lawsuit filed against the county this month by Gamble Land and Timber.
The lawsuit filed …
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 found.
Gamble Land & Timber and Cascade Holdings Group have filed a lawsuit charging that Okanogan County claimed 7.66 miles of French Creek-Texas Creek Road in 1955 without any right to the property.
The complaint to “quiet title” was filed in Okanogan County Superior Court on March 3.