With a new state law regarding the use of wells for new houses, the Okanogan County commissioners decided to eliminate the requirement for a water-availability review by the county. People planning a new residence will have to follow watershed plans and corresponding instream-flow rules. The commissioners formally eliminated the water-availability review on Monday (Feb. 26), […]
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The moratorium on new marijuana farms in the county that’s been in place since last June is up for reconsideration since it’s currently set to expire on March 5.
During the ban on new grows, a cannabis committee with five representatives from the marijuana industry and …
The Okanogan County commissioners unanimously adopted a $21.7-million budget for 2018 that includes a conservative reserve fund and gives department heads the flexibility to adjust spending over the course of the year. They adopted the final budget on Dec. 26.
It could be three more months before new marijuana farms can start up in Okanogan County. After a hearing on Monday (Dec. 11) on the county’s six-month moratorium on new cannabis producers, the Okanogan County commissioners asked the planning director to prepare a resolution extending the moratorium until March 5, 2018. The current moratorium is […]
It took 51 years for the Okanogan County commissioners to adopt a new comprehensive plan, but that 2014 plan quickly became the subject of lawsuits contending that it fails to protect water quality, doesn’t address wildfire risk, and doesn’t protect wildlife habitat.
The Okanogan County commissioners are holding a public hearing on Monday (Nov. 13) to consider an ordinance that would open 368 miles of county roads in District 3, which includes Omak, Tonasket and Oroville, to wheeled all-terrain vehicles (ATVs). An environmental review of the proposal by Okanogan County Planning Director Perry Huston found that letting […]
As the Okanogan County commissioners and department heads try to shave $2 million from an already tight 2018 budget, they’re using an approach that will give the department leaders more flexibility in managing their money in the coming year.
When the …
Okanogan County voters are being asked on the Nov. 7 general election ballot to pay a higher sales tax that would raise money for upgrades to the county’s juvenile detention facility, which was built in 1973.
The facility has been in use since 1974 with only minor upgrades …
With cooler and damper weather in the county and across the state, bans on burning in Okanogan County have been lifted. The Okanogan County commissioners lifted the burn ban as of Monday (Oct. 16). The Washington Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and U.S. Forest Service had already lifted their bans on campfires in approved fire […]
After serving four-and-a-half years of his term, Okanogan County Public Utility District (PUD) Commissioner Steve Houston has resigned so he can apply for the job of general manager of the PUD.
Houston announced his resignation at a special meeting on Oct. 4, explaining to the board and…