Issues
   En Español

picture of irrigation

Water

Water has been a central issue in our county for a long time and has become more so in recent years. Our watershed councils have been meeting and talking about how to manage our water for more than 20 years. We can have enough water, if we plan for it. I believe that we need to bring all parties and points of view to the table and use our combined knowledge and experience to come up with a plan that ensures we can continue to grow our food, provide for our domestic needs, and maintain healthy fish habitat in our rivers and lakes.

Picture of fire

The Changing Climate


Anyone who has lived in or visited our county in the past few years knows that we are experiencing more intense wildfires (and smoke), fluctuations in water levels, and changes in the wildlife we see. This impacts everyone from a business that depends on a healthy snowpack, to a homeowner trying to find affordable insurance, and a child who struggles with respiratory problems. I believe that Okanogan County can be a model for the West on how a rural community adapts and addresses climate change.

Health Care

Rural counties all over the country are struggling to keep their hospitals open, and we are no different. There are enormous challenges with providing quality services to a relatively small population and dealing with problems such as the opioid crisis. We are lucky to have dedicated, experienced people working on these issues in all parts of Okanogan County. I have been meeting with them to find solutions and talk about ideas to help move us forward.

County Government

I have been attending Okanogan County Commissioner meetings for several years and have found that it is not easy for the average resident to participate in our local government. The large size of our county, and the fact that commission meetings and hearings take place during work hours present serious obstacles for many people. Here are some of my ideas for improving citizen participation in county government:

  • Use video technology to record meetings and archive the video so people can watch at their convenience.
  • Use software to manage records and information the county is required to keep and make them easy to find.
  • Use a collaborative approach to include county-appointed advisory boards in decision making.
  • Improve communication with constituents through periodic newsletters and community town halls to share updates and take questions on the latest developments.

 


Issues
   En Español

Picture of irrigation

Water

Water has been a central issue in our county for a long time and has become more so in recent years. Our watershed councils have been meeting and talking about how to manage our water for more than 20 years. We can have enough water, if we plan for it. I believe that we need to bring all parties and points of view to the table and use our combined knowledge and experience to come up with a plan that ensures we can continue to grow our food, provide for our domestic needs, and maintain healthy fish habitat in our rivers and lakes.

picture of fire

The Changing Climate

Anyone who has lived in or visited our county in the past few years knows that we are experiencing more intense wildfires (and smoke), fluctuations in water levels, and changes in the wildlife we see. This impacts everyone from a business that depends on a healthy snowpack, to a homeowner trying to find affordable insurance, and a child who struggles with respiratory problems. I believe that Okanogan County can be a model for the West on how a rural community adapts and addresses climate change.

Health Care

Rural counties all over the country are struggling to keep their hospitals open, and we are no different. There are enormous challenges with providing quality services to a relatively small population and dealing with problems such as the opioid crisis. We are lucky to have dedicated, experienced people working on these issues in all parts of Okanogan County. I have been meeting with them to find solutions and talk about ideas to help move us forward.

County Government

I have been attending Okanogan County Commissioner meetings for several years and have found that it is not easy for the average resident to participate in our local government. The large size of our county, and the fact that commission meetings and hearings take place during work hours present serious obstacles for many people. Here are some of my ideas for improving citizen participation in county government:

  • Use video technology to record meetings and archive the video so people can watch at their convenience.
  • Use software to manage records and information the county is required to keep and make them easy to find.
  • Use a collaborative approach to include county-appointed advisory boards in decision making.
  • Improve communication with constituents through periodic newsletters and community town halls to share updates and take questions on the latest developments.

 


Paid for by Citizens for Katie Haven
PO Box 918, Twisp, WA 98856    509-449-6898

Paid for by Citizens for Katie Haven
PO Box 918, Twisp, WA 98856    509-449-6898

Paid for by Citizens for Katie Haven
PO Box 918, Twisp, WA 98856    509-449-6898

 

Paid for by Citizens for Katie Haven
PO Box 918, Twisp, WA 98856    509-449-6898