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Okanogan County Watch is a group of citizen volunteers from various areas of the county who take notes of Commissioners' meetings and post them for the public in a timely fashion. When additional volunteers are available, meetings at other governmental levels are covered.
Our goal is to work toward a high level of transparent, responsive, and accountable government for the people of Okanogan County by providing information they can use to make informed decisions and to encourage participation in the public process.
Okanogan County Watch does not support, nor is it affiliated with, any political party.
We are inspired and guided by these words from the Revised Code of Washington (RCW 42.30.010):
"The legislature finds and declares that all public commissions, boards, councils, committees, subcommittees, departments, divisions, offices, and all other public agencies of this state and subdivisions thereof exist to aid in the conduct of the people's business. It is the intent of this chapter that their actions be taken openly and that their deliberations be conducted openly.
The people of this state do not yield their sovereignty to the agencies which serve them. The people, in delegating authority, do not give their public servants the right to decide what is good for the people to know and what is not good for them to know. The people insist on remaining informed so that they may retain control over the instruments they have created."
Okanogan County Watch is featured on Northwest Now - a public television program produced at KBTC in Tacoma, WA.
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