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Stevens County sets hearing on OHV laws

OFF-ROADING -- The controversial issue of making it legal to ride ATVs and other non-highway-suitable vehicles on more public roads is back on the front burner in Stevens County.

Amendments to OHV Ordinance 06-2009 is set for discussion at a special Dec. 20 County Commissioners hearing, 6:30 p.m., at the Loon Lake Old School House.

Insiders say this is Commissioner Merrill Ott's last effort to pass the ordinance amendments before he is replaced in January.

Maps and the list of roads proposed for opening to OHVs are posted on the Stevens County website.

Some residents contend the ordinance would make it easier for unethical riders to access public and private land where they are not allowed to ride.

Info: Stevens County Commissioner's office  (509) 684-3751.

The Dec. 20 Stevens County Commissioners hearing will consider proposed amendments to Ordinance No. 6-2009, the Off Highway Vehicle (OHV) ordinance. Proposed amendments include deletion of or changes (underlined) to roads already approved and the addition (bold face) of new county roads and rights of way within Stevens County under the Board’s jurisdiction as indicated by un below.

  • Railroad Rd (Hwy. 395 to Whittier in Clayton area)
  • Bayley Creek Rd
  • Major Rd (Chewelah area)
  • United Copper Mine Rd
  • Leadpoint Rd (North Aladdin Rd area)
  • Aladdin Rd (portion of)
  • Broderius Rd
  • Deep Creek Lake Boundary Rd (portion of)
  • Northport-Boundary Waneta Rd
  • Old Kettle Rd

In the Little Pend Oreille Lake area:

  • Sherry Drive
  • Young Rd
  • Lakeview Drive
  • Tamarack Drive
  • Lake Thomas Drive
  • Black Lake Rd

In the Waitts Lake area:

  • Waitts Lake Rd
  • Waitts Lake South Rd
  • Klines Meadows Rd
  • Red Marble Rd
  • Jepsen Rd
  • Boyles Rd
  • Long Prairie Rd
  • Forest Center Rd
  • Deer Creek Rd
  • Little Sweden Rd
  • Hesseltine Rd
  • Wrights Vly Rd
  • Farm to Market Rd
  • Heine Rd
  • Alm Ln (portion of) to Chewelah city limits
  • Schmidlekofer Rd
  • Old Hwy NW Chewelah Rd
  • Kramer Rd
  • Sand Canyon Rd (portion of) at Kramer Rd, then north

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