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Saturday Morning Live for Aug. 16, 2014

Dr. Roger Stark from the Washington Policy Center and author of “The Patient Centered Solution,” will join host Kris Halterman in a discussion about the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare). How are things working out for the people? In Washington State? Around the Nation? What is Medi-Share? Does Medi-Share exempt you from the ACA individual mandate penalty?    

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Big Government v. Elderly Couples Retirement Dreams

This is a great visual to share with your family, friends and neighbors about the importance of water rights in Whatcom County and all around Washington State. Last month I posted an article on the Fox’s v. Skagit County and their legal battle to get Skagit County to either approve or deny their permit to drill a well on their retirement property. Their case was to be heard in a Snohomish County court but was delayed because Skagit County Officials, the Department of Ecology and the Swinomish Tribe all needed more time to weigh-in on the case. Five Big Government officials versus one lawyer fighting for the rights of the Fox’s to build their dream retirement home on their existing, subdivided property in rural Skagit County. Doesn’t feel right. Does it? ~ Kris Halterman

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Saturday Morning Live for Aug. 9, 2014

Part 1: Special guest interview with Bill Whittle. Who is Bill Whittle? Where did he come from and where is he going? Part 2: Host Kris Halterman interviews Scott Roberts from the Freedom Foundation. Scott Roberts is Director of the Citizen Action Network for the Freedom Foundation. Scott assists local people and groups to organize grassroots’ activism and build coalitions to grow individual choice and rights for a free society. Scott will share some local projects happening right now around the state and county.  

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Saturday Morning Live for Aug. 2, 2014

Host Kris Halterman will discuss the 2014 Primary Elections with Glen Morgan from the Freedom Foundation. Up for discussion are the Congressional District 1 Candidates, 42nd District Candidates for State Senate and Legislature, and the District 1 Public Utilities District Commissioners and more…  

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Saturday Morning Live for July 26, 2014

Host Kris Halterman interviews Mary Baker, graduate of Middlebury College and acting President of the San Diego/Orange County Chapter for the non-profit organization, Citizens’ Alliance for Property Rights (CAPR). “What’s a Citizen Ninja?” Connect with Mary Baker and learn how to be a “Citizen Ninja.” cell #: 1(858)967-0465 email: marybaker86@gmail.com blog: www.exurbiachronicles.com www.caprsdoc.org www.societyoffreerangeamericans.com  

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Fox’s vs. Skagit County, Dept. of Ecology and the Swinomish Indians

  If you wonder why the things are so messed up in Washington State, you have no further to look than the idiotic lengths that our own governments will go to insure that private land owners will no longer have adequate access to water…even when it’s available. The Fox’s have the water, they had their property divided up, they had everything ready to go rightfully in their effort to build their retirement home. Now their golden years are being consumed by bogus arguments that there’s not enough water. At a recent water forum, Department of Ecology’s Water Resource Manager, Tom Loranger had this to say: When you look at water overall on an annualized basis there is no problem whatsoever, but there are tiny sectors of the calendar year when it can affect water levels. It is these small peak periods that need to be dealt with. So why are we bullying people like the Fox’s? Why aren’t we dealing with the small peak periods of the summer that water “could” be an issue? Missed within all of this is the fact that water drawn from a well has an 85% – 90% return rate to the aquifer and the …

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Water / Sewer Rates on Steep Incline for Whatcom County

The Lake Whatcom Water & Sewer District (LWWSD) sent out a letter this week regarding their proposed increases for water and sewer rates. I am left wondering how other properties in Whatcom County will fare as the Department of Ecology layers more costly regulatory hurdles on us? Their  letter admits that the LWWSD rates are high in comparison to other water and sewer utilities. The LWWSD cite a number of reasons for the need to increase water and sewer rates: Smaller customer base Stagnant growth Aging infrastructure Few industrial or commercial accounts They even offer a number of subsidies to help single family households to manage the overall 21% increase in rates over the next five years: Low-Income Senior and Disabled Rate – LWWSD propose to create discounted rates for low-income seniors and the disabled single family residents of up to 40%. Conservation Block Rate – LWWSD propose to consolidate a group of single family residential water customers to create an artificially higher volume of water usage per month, entitling them to the lower overage rate. Well I have a question for the LWWSD. Who picks up the difference after you’ve created the subsidized households and is that sustainable? As …

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The Village is Mediocrity

An Evening with Bill Whittle is coming to Bellingham. On August 29th, 2014 at 8:00 PM, Bill Whittle will entertain and inform us in his own unique way. This program is coming to Bellingham due to the efforts and sponsorship of the Northwest Business Club. Tickets can be purchased for $10 (plus fees) by clicking this link .

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Saturday Morning Live for July 19, 2014

Host Kris Halterman discusses Common Core and the Glenn Beck, Fathom event: “We Will Not Conform,” with local educator Todd Hausman.  

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Wrapping Up the Local Grange Water Forums

Over the past four months, Larry Helm facilitated through the sponsorship of the Rome Grange to pull together four water forums, featuring a wide sector of people connected to water usage, planning and protection.  The Thursday, July 10th Water Woes IV forum was moderated by, Whatcom County Executive Jack Louws. The forum panel featured: Ed Block (Agriculture), Dave Olson (Water Systems Manager), GI James (Lummi Tribal Spokesman), and Skip Richards (Non-government Water Resource Caucus). City of Bellingham – Mayor Kelli Linville was unable to attend at the last-minute due to illness. This is a brief write-up taken from the notes I took of highlighted comments made by the panelists. In addition it is helpful to watch the Water Woes IV video (produced and provided by Whatcom Works) and also read the article published in the Cascadia Weekly on the same subject. Ed Block (Ag District Coalition): Farmers are uncertain about water leases.  They support formation of a Water Improvement District (WID). Mr. Block stated that they do not intend that the WID’s are to be a big stick for local farmers. He stated that they would be self-controlled by land owners within the WID, based on percentages of land owned. The WID would be self …

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