Kris Halterman

Wondering who Kris Halterman is? I am 3rd generation, Whatcom County resident, wife, mother, daughter, sister, business owner, citizen journalist, who values her time with family, friends and hard work. I believe that if we promote strong ties to individual liberty and self reliance "we" can all travel "the road to liberty." "Two roads diverged in the woods...and I chose to travel the road less traveled and that has made all the difference." ~ Robert Frost

Oh What Tangled Web We Weave. When First We Practice to Deceive!

Interesting stuff posted at the Whatcom Watchdog.  The deeper Delaine dug, the more muck she came up with.  Ever wonder how We the People got to the place we are today?  When organization’s create other organizations, who create other organizations, eventually you end up with a giant tangle of muck, that it’s no wonder you need a device like Muckety to try to sort it all out.  Like the images I’ve captured here you see how these groups have become so powerful, as they’re a definite source of huge sums of money designed to round up the masses and herd them into urban hi-rise cities for our own good.  Yeah!, right and I have a mansion in Timbuctoo for you at a really cheap price. Enjoy Delaine’s bit of detective work and never stop asking, “what’s in it for these exteme environmental groups?”  Follow the money and you’ll find the answer.  ~ Kris Halterman   Oh what a tangled web we weave, When first we practice to deceive!  Sir Walter Scott, Marmion, Canto vi. Stanza 17. Scottish author & novelist (1771 – 1832) The tangled web they weave 10/16/2013 I spent some time looking into the background of the PowerPastCoal.org …

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Congressman Larsen admits Obamacare isn’t perfect

In 2009 through 2010 the American public was very clear about how they felt about the passing of Obamacare (PPACA).  The publics response in 2009/2010, according to Congressman Larsen was, “No” and “Hell No!”  But Congressman Larsen let the little people know that he knew better and that Obamacare would slow down health insurance and medical costs immediately and curb the cost curve downward in the future. Two weeks ago I received the new rates for both my sons health insurance premiums and on a separate plan the premium rate increase for my husband and I.  Both are slated to take effect on January 1, 2013.  My sons plan increases from $102.00 to $220.00, with a  higher deductible, co-pay and out of pocket maximum as another kick in the rear for good measure.  The health insurance premiums for my husband and I are going from $556.00 per month for both of us to $1080.00 per month for both of us.  Again, higher deductibles, co-pays and out of pocket maximums. So now Congress has the opportunity to do the right thing for the middle class who will be crushed by these changes.  Whether it is due to a +100% increases in …

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Life from the seat of a tractor

Sometimes you receive an email that is too good not to share.  It may not be from a local farmer, but I’ll bet a lot of our local farmers know exactly where this farmers wisdom comes from.  Common sense.  We’re not born with it – we earn it! ~  Lorraine Newman Life from the seat of a tractor An old farmer’s words of wisdom we could all live by. The last quote fits everyone… I don’t care who you are. Your fences need to be horse-high, pig-tight and bull-strong. Keep skunks and bankers at a distance. Life is simpler when you plow around the stump. A bumble bee is considerably faster than a John Deere tractor. Do not corner something that you know is meaner than you. It don’t take a very big person to carry a grudge. You cannot unsay a cruel word. Every path has a few puddles. When you wallow with pigs, expect to get dirty. Most of the stuff people worry about, ain’t never gonna happen anyway. Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer. Don’t interfere with somethin’ that ain’t bothering you none. Timin’ has a lot to do with the outcome of a rain …

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Freedom Foundation’s Tales of Tyranny features local Whatcom County resident “Joe Remenar’s” Pond Story

Last April 2013, SML posted the story and featured Joe Remenar’s story on our live KGMI 790 program.  Glen Morgan and I visited with Joe at his property on H Street Road in Blaine, WA. to see for ourselves the marvelous improvements Joe had done to his level four wetlands, by creating a pond and native plants that raised Joe’s back yard into a natural level one wetlands habitat.  The Remenar’s are not the only one’s enjoying Joe’s efforts.  There are a lot of wetland fowl, amphibian’s, mammals and birds of prey which regularly stop by to enjoy the area. Last week I called Joe to ask if he had received any resolution to the enforcement action that Whatcom County Planning had taken against him because of the improvements that were done on Joe’s property.  Sadly, Joe shared that he has not heard anything from Whatcom County Planning, or anyone from Whatcom County government, so that Joe and his wife can close the chapter on this sad, unwelcoming action taken on the Remenar’s.  Did I forget to mention that Joe and his wife actually chose to retire to Whatcom County and came here from the east coast, expecting that sleepy …

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Whatcom Wins? Resolution to Oppose Development "On or Near" Cherry Point Approved by Local Democrat Central Committee

Apparently there’s going to be little fan-fare, or media attention given to the July 18th, 2013 resolutions adopted at the Whatcom County Democrat Central Committee meeting.  There was overwhelming approval for these three resolutions, of which two did receive Bellingham Herald media attention, but not the Resolution to Honor the Lummi Nation’s Sacred Lands and Waters of Cherry Point. It’s hard to understand why a party that says it supports labor would approve this resolution?  Especially, since it is well in advance of receiving the results from the State of Washington’s environmental impact statement (EIS), which has been given carte blanche to scope the Gateway Pacific Terminal (GPT) project impacts from an unprecedented global viewpoint.  The Department of Ecology will be looking at the effects that this project will have on train traffic, coal, site-development, employment, natural resource uses and so many other hoops-for-them-to-jump, that it would create one, huge run-on-sentence; all at an unprecedented global level.  But, what is an even greater quandary to me is; Why do the local labor halls continue to organize and support a party that has, and continues to chase out legal, viable, manufacturing and production jobs from Whatcom County?  According to my sources, the …

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Common Sense at County Fair

This past week I volunteered at the Whatcom Tea Party (WTP) booth at the Northwest Washington Fair (NWWF).  As always there were many citizen’s who passed through with family and friends to check for themselves on what’s the Tea Party all about?  Well of course there were lots of brochures, posters, yard signs, bumper stickers, pins, games and prizes…all centered around the Constitution of the United States.  The most popular item being handed out to fair-goers were pocket constitutions, especially after they’d tested their ability to answer the same constitutional questions required for U.S. citizenship. Thanks to Greg and Karen  Brown, and Terry Cox, the WTP booth featured some of the funniest games at the Fair.  There was a spinning wheel that lands on easy, medium and hard questions to be asked of the spinner.  Questions  on the U.S. Constitution, and if you’re really lucky it might land on a We the People sticker to win a U.S. Flag.  Another winning idea from Greg, Karen and Terry was the Nerf shooting gallery, where everyone had the opportunity to aim and shoot at what the WTP call, invasive species like; IRS targeting Private Citizens, NSA spying, Benghazi-gate, Anti-gun Rights Legislation, Plastic Bag …

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My Freedom Foundation Works for You–How Koontz vs. St. Johns River District will affect Whatcom County

The local Freedom Foundation in the State of Washington has a growing reputation of success stories where they have helped private citizens like you and I, to stop being extorted, or bullied by their local, state and federal government. Recently the Koontz vs. St. Johns River Management District, case was decided in affirmation for Koontz.  What is Koontz vs. St. Johns River Management you ask?  It was a little publicized case that started in Orange County, Florida. Coy A. Koontz wants to develop commercial land, most of which lies within a riparian habitat protection zone in Orange County, Florida. He applied for a dredge and fill permit with the St. Johns Water Management District. St. Johns agreed to grant the permit, but only on the condition that he place a conservation easement over his land, and perform mitigation off-site by replacing culverts and plugging certain drainage canals on other properties not owned by Koontz and miles away from the property. When Koontz refused to perform the off-site mitigation, St. Johns denied the permit. This did not sit well with Mr. Koontz and he opted to push back and take his case to court.  The case continued past Mr. Koontz life, …

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Proposal to Spend $4.2 Million to Design and Install ‘88’ Logjams Along Nooksack River Moves Forward

On July 30th, 2013, the Water Resource Inventory Area 1 – Management Team held their meeting at the Civic Center Annex Building, the Garden Room, in downtown Bellingham, from 9:30am – 11:30am. For the purposes of this informational posting I ask that you look over the meeting documents and absorb the depth to which local Whatcom County lands and water issues are sucking away a lot of tax dollars for funding, and public employee energy and staff time, now and for what looks to be far into the future.  This is not just a Whatcom County issue.  This type of activity is happening across the State of Washington and is one of the chief drivers of uncertainty for growth and development in our state, as it pertains to water allocation, water rights and the security of individual property owners.  This issue is especially concerning for the future retention and growth of farming in the State of Washington. In summation of this meeting it appears that the Salmon Recovery Funding Board and the Puget Sound Acquisition and Restoration programs have recommended and received approval to move forward and spend (over the next two to three years) approximately $4.177 million dollars. The …

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How will Whatcom County and this Nationalized Political Climate Survive? Coal–Council–Nonprofits-Ecology-Jobs-Property Rights

To start off this post we remind you that last July 17th, at the Ferndale High School Auditorium, the Whatcom Tea Party held one of two candidate forums that were hosted in July.  (The audio version of these forums have been posted here on SML and now that the July 17th video has been released, we thought it would be a good idea to add this media to our website also- see below.  On July 24th, there was a candidate forum held at Bellingham High School’s Auditorium, for the City of Bellingham and Port of Bellingham candidates.  Once that video has been released for public sharing, we will post it here as well.)  There has been a lot of media focus on a cancelled candidate forum for this evening, which was to be hosted by Futurewise of Whatcom County.  Apparently the so-called conservative candidates had declined to participate in the forum.  The reasons given for that decision were based on the ongoing litigation between Futurewise and RE Sources for a Sustainable Community, and the potential conflict that would likely occur at a forum sponsored by these litigants: “It seems if they don’t get their way, they litigate everything,” Knutzen said …

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Bellingham City Council and Port Commissioner Candidates Highlighted at last Wednesday’s ~ 2013 Whatcom Tea Party Candidate Forum

  2013 Bellingham City Council and Port of Bellingham Political Candidates VIEW SLIDE SHOW DOWNLOAD ALL Last Wednesday, July 24th, 2013, the Whatcom Tea Party held their second Candidate Forum. This forum focused on the people who are running for the Bellingham City Council and the Port of Bellingham positions.  There was less  audience in attendance (I have it on good authority that there was a Fun-raiser being held at the same time for Barry Buchanan and Pinky Vargas; the Fun-raiser was organized by Lisa McShane and Kathy Lehman who are the master developers of the County Council slate of candidates for the Whatcom Win’s promotion) but, there was still a relatively good balance of people in the audience to participate.  The audience questions were focused on; the GP Waterfront development, Emergency Management Service funding, Jobs, Water Quality, Biodiversity, the City and Ports spending and budget priorities, Enticing New Business to Bellingham/Whatcom County as well as retaining the Local Businesses already here.  Each candidate who had agreed to participate showed up (again I want to thank them all for that) and answered the questions directly.  At this forum I did see distinct differences in each of the candidates platform.  The …

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