Wednesday, September 15, 8:50 a.m.

A group of about 40 people protesting mask mandates disrupted the meeting of Klickitat County Commissioners yesterday afternoon, causing the meeting to quickly end when commission Chair David Sauter told the crowd to put on their masks or, by state mandate, he would have to close the meeting.

The group, which had been holding a protest outside the county courthouse, came into the commissioners’ meeting room at 1 p.m. for the public comment period. The group was escorted into the meeting by Undersheriff Tim Neher. Members of the group soon began shouting slogans and waving copies of the U.S. Constitution.

When shouting intensified and the group showed no signs of conforming to the mandate or respecting direction given them, Sauter concluded the meeting and indicated perhaps meetings would have to go back to Zoom only rather than in person.

Commissioners Dan Christopher and Jacob Anderson remained and tried to calm the crowd down. The group lingered for more than an hour. Sheriff Bob Songer was in attendance and spoke briefly.

More details will be forthcoming as The Sentinel continues to contact involved parties.