Jim and Cliff Courtney

Jim and Cliff Courtney are brothers who have long suffered the Lake Chelan ferry monopoly. They are fourth-generation residents of Stehekin, which their great-grandparents helped settle. They and their siblings have several businesses in and around the community, including a pastry shop, the Stehekin Valley Ranch (a rustic ranch with cabins and a lodge house) and Stehekin Outfitters, a recreation company that offers white water river outings and horseback riding.

  • October 19, 2011    |   Economic Liberty

    Lake Chelan Ferries

    Charting a New Course for Economic Liberty: Challenging Lake Chelan’s Government-Imposed Ferry Monopoly Under the Fourteenth Amendment’s Privileges or Immunities Clause

    Jim and Cliff Courtney have a plan to bring economic prosperity to their small community. Unfortunately, the state of Washington has sunk their plan with a law that requires them to obtain a certificate of “public convenience and necessity” from the state in order to pick up and drop off passengers.

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