Michaud, Pingree: Cobscook boat launch to stay open

1:59 PM, Oct 16, 2013   |    comments
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LUBEC, Maine (AP) - U.S. Reps. Mike Michaud and Chellie Pingree say the federal government will allow a boat launch ramp at a state park to stay open despite the shutdown. 

Michaud and Pingree said in a statement on Thursday that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service won't prohibit the public from accessing the launch at Moosehorn National Wildlife Refuge for the remainder of the shutdown. 

Republican Gov. Paul LePage said federal officials placed barricades to block the entrance to the Edmunds boat launch Tuesday. 

LePage has called on the government to open the launch at Cobscook Bay State Park to allow fishermen access. LePage is planning to travel to the state park in eastern Maine on Thursday. 

The state parked is owned by the federal government, but run and maintained by state officials.

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