- Associated Press - Saturday, August 19, 2017

UMATILLA, Ore. (AP) - Umatilla County has instructed a strip club to stop operations amid allegations that it lacks a permit to operate, but a strip club official disputes the claim.

The East Oregonian reports (https://bit.ly/2wk5pdY ) a stop use order was sent to Zen-Den strip club on Friday.

Umatilla County counsel Doug Olsen says the club is in violation of land use regulations because it lacks a permit to operate. But Zen-Den spokesman Justin Evans says the business does not need the permit. He said it’s a case of local government trying to close down a new establishment it doesn’t like.

Zen-Den has been operating since December 2016. It is outside Umatilla’s city limits, but inside its urban growth boundary. Olsen said the location means Zen-Den needs a city business license, which the county’s code enforcement division handles.

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Information from: East Oregonian, https://www.eastoregonian.com

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