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Archive for Karen Skoog

Water, Water, Everywhere…

…And not a drop to drink. That explains the legal world of water. Like actual water flowing in a stream, where there are constant changes in a steady stream, the courts are making decisions that affect our ability to access the water that is under our land. State law has always said that without drinkable […]

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More Jobs Less Fires

I hear the frustration about the Forest Service lands: access denied, roads closed, lack of forest management, loss of jobs, endless meetings just trying to keep grazing that your family has done for years, mining claims being swept into potential wilderness areas, to name a few. I hear the stories and see the effects of […]

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Roads, Roofs and Radios

Sometimes you need to spend in order to save – or at least avoid the complete loss of something. That is often the case when it comes to infrastructure and equipment. The Road Department receives taxes and other revenues for a road fund dedicated to the maintenance and improvement of county roads. In the past, […]

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Growth?

An old adage states that “If you’re not growing, you’re dying”. This is especially applicable to the aging population of Pend Orielle county. Retirees fill many of the homes and are a blessing to our community.  It’s hard to face the changes that result from an aging community but it happens whether we are ready […]

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EXTREMEly for you…

My Republican opponent paid for an ad where the author writes a letter claiming I am an extremist. However, he gives no example of my extremism, far-out concepts or associations. He gives no example of confrontation or antagonism. He gives no example of agendas that are anti-government. Why? Because these are baseless accusations.   The […]

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July 2016 County Commissioner Questionnaire (Also printed in the Miner)

Karen Skoog was elected as County Commissioner in 2012. She is an appointed member of the Public Lands Steering Committee with National Association of Counties and received the 2016 Property Rights Defender of the Year from Citizens Alliance for Property Rights. Karen lives with John, her husband of 30 years, near Elk. They are blessed […]

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Habituated Wolves by Karen Skoog

The story of Thelma and Louise is winding down as the last Ruby Creek Pack wolf has been placed into captivity just down the street from the State Capitol. We first started calling them Thelma and Louise after Department of Fish and Wildlife informed us that one of the Ruby Creek wolves was hanging out […]

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Op Ed for the Natural Resources Plan by Karen Skoog

When people think of planning, they typically think of the Comprehensive Plan used to determine zoning uses, transportation, capital facilities, recreation, and housing. Many rural counties, especially those with a large percentage of public lands, have also officially adopted a Natural Resource policy that apply to the surrounding pubic land – both state and federal. […]

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Little Spokane River by Karen Skoog

Between A Rock and A Hard Spot… When it comes to water, that is where counties find themselves. Without water that is potable and physically available, the property owner cannot get a building permit. Now water has to be “legally available” too. In several Washington counties lawsuits relating to the flow of a river have […]

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