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Representative Introduces Bill To Transfer Air Museum To City

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Washington Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler has introduced a bill that would transfer Vancouver’s Pearson Air Museum into city ownership.

This is one of several efforts to resolve the spat between the Parks administrators who own the Museum and the non-profit trust charged with running it.

Beutler says the bill is narrowly tailored for a simple transfer of seven acres.

“I would love it if this lit a little bit of a fire, and in the next twenty days they could work this out, and it didn’t take an act of Congress.”

The non-profit Fort Vancouver National Trust supports the Fort’s parklands and manages the Museum. Trust leaders can’t agree with the Fort’s administrators on what kind of events are appropriate on Museum grounds.

Parks administrator Tracy Fortmann severed the Trust’s management agreement last week, and the Museum moved out all its exhibits the same day.

Beutler says she thinks the administrative decisions should be made by local leaders.

Members of the Trust’s board have donated $16,000 to Herrera Beutler over the years. But she says the board is diverse, and she drew up the bill with the Museum in mind.

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