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By Donald W. Myers
The Yakima Herald Republic 

County attempt to shut down stand is blocked


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OUNCE OF PREVENTION: Klickitat County tried to shut down a Yakama Nation fireworks stand to prevent a fire of the likes of last year's Eagle Creek fire.

For nearly 40 years, Valarie Hiler's family operated a fireworks stand near Wishram. But last Tuesday, she was one of several fireworks stand operators given a day to close their stands or risk arrest and seizure of their merchandise by Klickitat County officials.

"I'm still in shock," Hiler said in a phone interview Wednesday. "It's very scary and frustrating."

Klickitat County Prosecuting Attorney David Quesnel said the county is enforcing its law after determining it can do so on tribal land that is outside the Yakama Nation's 1.2 million-acre reservation.

"We're just trying to protect people from all these fires," Quesnel said. "You saw what happened with the fireworks in the gorge la...

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