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 By Isabelle Spohn    Opinion

County draft plan looks to rely on "landed gentry"

As you read this letter, there may be only a week until the deadline of 12 pm, Nov. 29, for written public comments on the draft Okanogan County Comprehensive Plan. Fortunately, this revision supports our county’s need to form ... — Updated 11/17/2021

 By Isabelle Spohn    Opinion

Your county oversight needed

If you are a resident or landowner concerned about how water, air, and land resources in our county will be managed for humans, wildlife, and natural occurrences such as wildfire in the coming decades, you should read the County Le... — Updated 1/27/2021

 By Isabelle Spohn    Opinion

Uninformed opinion on public health should qualify chairman to resign

If your family member or loved one is employed by Okanogan County, I would be seriously concerned due to: The attitude of County Commissioner DeTro, chairman of the Board of Commissioners and Board of Health.  Recent positive Covi... — Updated 12/16/2020

 By Isabelle Spohn    Opinion

Keep Branch's leadership in Okanogan County

Let’s not risk losing Chris Branch as Okanogan County District 1 commissioner. I can confirm the complexity of an Okanogan County commissioner’s job, having taken notes at commissioners’ meetings since 2014. It includes such... — Updated 10/7/2020

 By Isabelle Spohn    Opinion

Why I'm supporting independents, Democrats and Republicans

I urge voters to consider personal qualifications of candidates - rather than simply party affiliations. My votes for unaffiliated/independent candidates Ann Diamond and Salley Bull are for their ability to unite people rather than... — Updated 10/31/2018

 By Isabelle Spohn    Opinion

Need for clear thinking still an issue in Okanogan County

In 2016, Okanogan County’s voters made a clear statement on values by ousting the two county commissioners who were up for election at that time. Issues included: lack of transparency regarding plans for housing juvenile... — Updated 9/19/2018

 By Isabelle Spohn    Opinion

Vote to support juvenile center upgrades

It hasn’t been long since our previous county commissioners held evening meetings discussing the pros and cons of sending our juvenile offenders to Martin Hall in Medical Lake. Individuals from the Coulee Dam area even made the l... — Updated 11/1/2017

 By Isabelle Spohn    Opinion

County commissioners making improvements

One bright spot in an otherwise troubling political scenario is the significant change in Okanogan County governance made by our two new county commissioners, Branch and Hover, during their first four months in office. Now that... — Updated 5/3/2017 Full story

 By Isabelle Spohn    Opinion

Overcoming legacy, new commissioners need support

Public participation and support from citizens are essential to carrying out improvements that are now underway by our newly- elected Okanogan County commissioners. These commissioners have inherited significant difficulties,... — Updated 1/25/2017 Full story

 By Isabelle Spohn    Opinion

County best served by clean sweep

I am one of eight citizen volunteers from Oroville, Okanogan, the Chilliwist, Twisp, and the upper Methow who have recorded notes of county commissioner proceedings during the past year. This effort was initiated because minutes... — Updated 10/26/2016 Full story

 By Isabelle Spohn    Opinion

Addressing misinformation in Okanogan County

Two letters attacking our Superior Court judges and commissioner candidate Chris Branch appeared in the Omak Chronicle recently. Citizens county-wide, including Districts 2 and 3, will be choosing between Branch and Sheilah... — Updated 9/7/2016 Full story

 By Isabelle Spohn    Opinion

Principles of governance, freedom not understood by commissioners

How old were you when you first learned about Freedom of Speech, Freedom of the Press, and the First Amendment? Fourth grade? High School? It is disturbing that our county commissioners publicly questioned whether a critical editor... — Updated 6/29/2016 Full story

 By Isabelle Spohn    Opinion

Your county tax dollars are hard at work! But accomplishing what?

On 1/11/16, the Spokesman Review announced that Okanogan County is one of five Washington counties that each donated $1,000 to the American Land Council (ALC), an organization supporting the militant (Bundy) takeover of the... — Updated 1/27/2016 Full story


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