By Hal Bernton
Seattle Times Staff Reporter 

Surveillance photos causing stir between ranchers, Yakima Nation

A Yakima official, Glenwood water access, and a suspicious fire...


September 13, 2017

Contributed: Klickitat County Prosecuting Attorney's Office

FLAMING TENSIONS: A man in uniform, at left, is clearly shown walking from a fire at Hell Roaring Irrigation's water gate in this Aug. 18 surveillance-camera photo. The Sentinel has additional pictures that plainly show the man placing wood by the gate, the fire starting, and the mans face and badge. The Sentinel chooses not to publish those pending filing of charges. The story below, from The Seattle Times, is used by permission.

The photo has caused a big stir in this small ranching hamlet in southern Washington. Posted on Facebook and forwarded to law-enforcement, it shows a man in uniform standing next to a fire that is consuming a wooden water gate.

A surveillance camera grabbed the image Aug. 18 on Yakama Nation land. It was put there by a small irrigation company that sends water from tribal lands to ranches outside the reservation.

Company leaders had been concerned that someone this summer had been trying to sabotage the structure that funnels water from Cougar Creek, where they hold water rights, into a canal. So they set up the camera.

The camera took a series of photos of what appears to be a Yakama Na...

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