WASHINGTON, D.C. (March 10, 2017) – This week, the National Park Service announced its offer of a one-year contract extension at the Kettle Falls Marina. Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers (WA-05) released the following statement regarding the announcement.
“I am glad the National Park Service has extended the Kettle Falls Marina contract for an additional year. The initial decision to shut down the marina would prevent opportunities to enjoy the lake and posed serious security concerns by closing down the only refueling station for miles around. As we work to find a permanent solution at the Kettle Falls Marina, this extension will allow us to work with our local community on a long-term commitment to increase recreation opportunities while meeting the needs of our area’s emergency response teams. In the meantime, I am thrilled to announce the Marina will be open this summer.”
Note: In February, the Congresswoman authored a letter to Laura E. Joss, Pacific West Regional Director for the National Park Service expressing her deep concerns over the closure of longstanding recreation services at the Kettle Falls Marina and asking for clarification on how and why the decision was reached. The Congresswoman recently received word of the Park Service’s intentions of extending the contract at the marina. We understand the concessionaire will accept the extension. The Congresswoman is working with the concessionaire and the Department of Interior to find an equitable solution for a long term contract.
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