Lake Chelan Ferry Fight heads to Court

October 20, 2011

    The longstanding fight over who can

operate a ferry on
    Lake Chelan has moved to court.
    Two brothers

who operate a ranch resort in the remote community of Stehekin have filed suit against the Washington Utilities

and Transportation Commission, arguing that a nearly century-old state law governing ferry operators has resulted

in a government imposed monopoly.
    The law requires potential ferry operators to obtain a

certificate from the state showing the public need for service.
    Stehekin is reachable only

by boat, floatplane or on foot. The company that operates the Lady of the Lake has exclusive ferry rights on Lake

    Now the Courtney family is challenging the WUTC in US District Court. Isaac

Kaplan-Woolner has more.
    Thanks to our sister station KOZI in Chelan for providing audio

of litigant Cliff Courtney for this report. KOHO News will follow that lawsuit as it develops.



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