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In Washington, legal skirmish over view-marring modular cabin comes to a happy end


Nearly 20 months, one short film and a handful of devastating wildfires later, the residents of a tiny yet tenacious community in north-central Washington state can claim victory: a sleek, modernist cabin cantilevered on an undeveloped ridge over the village of Mazama like a "wart on the hillside" and an "extended third finger" must be relocated from its current view-busting site in the upper Methow Valley.

 Earlier this week, Okanogan County Superior Court Judge Christopher E. Culp ruled in favor of plaintiffs, Steve and Kristin Devin, in a lawsuit alleging that the owners of the offending "ridgebuster" of a structure directly violated a view-protecting 1987 covenant requiring future owners of the parcel on Flagg Mountain "to minimize the visual impact of any structures on the Mazama community as a whole."


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