October 20, 2011
The longstanding fight over who can
operate a ferry on
Lake Chelan has moved to court.
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.