Editor’s note: This version of the article was updated from the version that appeared in the March 6, 2019 issue of the Methow Valley News to correct information about the outcome of the lawsuit over the plan. Most of the input came from Methow Valley residents Although Okanogan County’s comprehensive plan outlines the future of […]
Citizen group cited for open government watchdog efforts Okanogan County Watch, the group of volunteers who take detailed notes every week at county commissioners’ meetings, is being featured on a public TV show for shining a light on the functions and inner workings of local government. Tom Layson, the writer and producer of the Emmy […]
More tweaks to zoning code requirements By Marcy Stamper Okanogan County continues to tweak its zoning regulations to make marijuana operations more compatible with residential and commercial areas and more clearly defined for growers. The county currently has an interim zoning code that bans cannabis farms in some areas and requires a conditional-use permit in […]
independent Ann Diamond of Winthrop was winning Okanogan County in the primary election race among four candidates hoping to replace retiring 12th Legislative District Rep. Cary Condotta for Position 1 in early returns Tuesday (Aug. 7). But Republican Keith Goehner of Leavenworth was leading overall in the multi-county race.
By some measures, marijuana has been a booming business in Okanogan County. The county has the second-highest number of growers and processors in the state, accounting for 8.5 percent of all licensed operations.
Okanogan County has joined a class-action suit against the federal government to recover almost $100,000 the county says it was due as compensation for nontaxable land.
The lawsuit, originally filed by Kane County, Utah, contends that the U.S. government violated …
Okanogan County has new guidance from the state assistant attorney general about correcting errors on its road log — carefully worded to avoid affecting ongoing litigation about whether French Creek Road is a public or private road.
Assistant Attorney General H. Lee Overton responded last month to …
Filings have closed for the Aug. 7 primary elections for state and local offices. In Okanogan County, at least three county positions will be filled by newcomers. Sheriff Frank Rogers said earlier that he was retiring. Six people have filed for the position: Michael Blake of Okanogan (prefers Republican); Kevin Newport of Omak (prefers Republican); […]
Okanogan County received $1.37 million in federal forest funds this week — half for the county road fund and half to be split among the eight school districts in the county. Getting almost half a million dollars is a welcome change after last year, when the county received only $180,000 — $90,000 for each program […]
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 […]