Herrera-Beutler tries to save Pearson museum

Herrera-Beutler tries to save Pearson museum

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by KGW Staff

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Posted on March 14, 2013 at 11:14 AM

Updated Thursday, Mar 14 at 12:41 PM

VANCOUVER -- The controversy over Vancouver's Pearson Air Museum headed to Washington, D.C. Thursday morning.

Congresswoman Jamie Herrera Beutler asked lawmakers to sign off on her plan to transfer the facility from the National Parks Service to the City of Vancouver.

The museum switched management in early February when conflicts came to a head between the parks service, which owns the land and building, and the Fort Vancouver National Trust.

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At the time, museum staff and volunteers moved almost everything out of the museum. Since then, many groups have cancelled or moved events that were scheduled for the facility.

Herrera-Beutler said she is committed to putting the city of Vancouver back in charge when it comes to community access.

“This is a treasure for our region,” she told KGW before she testified. “It is disappointing quite honestly. It shouldn't take an act of congress to resolve this sort of an issue.”

If the natural resources subcommittee signs off on the bill, it will head to the House floor for a vote.

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