Wayward houseboat saga grows more murky

first_imgA wayward houseboat remained intact and afloat near the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge on Wednesday, but the fate of a sunken cruiser alongside the houseboat appeared bleak.Clark County sheriff’s Sgt. Fred Neiman said the houseboat appeared to be in good condition.“We’ll certainly work with them to get it into the moorage,” he said. “If we can get it resolved without clogging up the court system, that’ll be better for everybody.”Lance Balderree towed the houseboat upstream as he was in the process of being evicted from McCuddy’s Ridgefield Marina. Balderree was locked in a dispute with the marina over back-due moorage fees.Ownership and control of the houseboat remains somewhat murky.County property records list the houseboat’s owner as William and Genevieve Traub. The eviction notice filed in Clark County Superior Court lists the Traubs, along with Lance Balderree and his brother, Robert Balderree.Genevieve Traub declined to comment when contacted by The Columbian on Wednesday.Sheriff’s deputies and state environmental regulators have been dealing with Lance Balderree as the assumed owner of the houseboat and the now-sunken 32-foot cruiser alongside.last_img read more