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Supreme Court Ruling Favors Beas

Gorge commission expresses disappointment in ruling which favors Skamania County residents.

The day after the Supreme Court decision was filed, Gorge Commission officials expressed disappointment in the ruling.

"We have not yet had time to carefully review the Court's deciÿsion, however, we are very disÿappointed that the Supreme Court ruled against the Gorge Commisÿsion in this case," read a statement. "This case involved a landÿowner who did not accurately porÿtray his proposed development on the application, and Skamania County issuing a decision that did not accurately describe the impacts of the development and failing to enforce the conditions of that deciÿsion ... Over the next several days, the Gorge Commission will careÿfully review the Court's decision and consider its options, including how to correct the problems of this particular case."

"We'll have more to say very soon," added Gorge Commission Planner Brian Litt.

Anderson pointed out that it was premature to determine exactly what will happen with the Bea house. He said the Beas still need to comply with issues raised by Skamania County.

"We'll have to to pick up where we left off two years ago (before the lawsuits), look at the conditions and make sure the house is built appropriately, and see where condiÿtions with the county have been satisfied," Anderson said. "We've been in contact with the Beas. They want to get in the house, and we'll all move as quickly as we can to resolve the county's issues."

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