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Okanogan County lags in census returns

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OKANOGAN — Officials say they don’t know why Okanogan County has one of the lowest return rates for census forms in the state. Only 48 percent of households in the county have mailed back the form. But if the trend continues, the state’s biggest county could be under-represented and under-funded for the next 10 years, said Duane Wakan, a tribal partnership specialist for the U.S. Census Bureau.

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