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Saturday Morning Live for November 16, 2013

Host Kris Halterman interviews Whatcom County developer, Rick Rockwell to discuss his eco-village proposal for Birch Bay.  How green is it? Why did Whatcom County Public Works pull his already issued permits?  Mr. Rockwell’s eco-village concept has the potential to attract and retain our short stay retail visitors in a classy, eco-friendly and highly desirable location.  What are Mr. Rockwell’s visions and how can they promote sustainable growth in Whatcom County?  Kris and Rick will be joined by Ed Kilduff.  Ed will share his expertise and experience with water hydrology and the environment, with relation to the Rockwell project. View Full Album     

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Proposed Drayton Harbor Eco-Village Septic Permits Pulled?

Host Kris Halterman interviews Whatcom County developer, Rick Rockwell to discuss his eco-village proposal for Drayton Harbor.  How green is it? Why did Whatcom County Public Works pull his already issued permits?  Mr. Rockwell’s eco-village concept has the potential to attract and retain our short stay retail visitors in a classy, eco-friendly and highly desirable location.  What are Mr. Rockwell’s visions and how can they promote sustainable growth in Whatcom County?  View Full Album

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Saturday Morning Live for November 9, 2013

Today’s Show: Please join me for a special Veteran’s Day Program with; Cassie Aguilar of Whatcom County singing Lee Greenwood’s,  “God Bless the USA” and Clara Olink Kelly, author of “The Flamboya Tree” and resident of Whatcom County.  Clara and her family were prisoners of war in a Japanese internment camp during the Second World War on the Island of Java.  Clara will share her story of how her mother and family managed to survive, the families return to Holland and how her mother, father, brothers and Clara’s lives were forever affected and their different roads to healing.     Cassie Aguilar singing Lee Greenwood version of, “God Bless the USA.” Clara Olink Kelly interview, “The Flamboya Tree.” Full Show – Direct play The Flamboya Tree: Memories of a Family’s War Time Courage  Bottom of Form by Clara Olink Kelly “The Flamboya Tree is a fascinating story that will leave the reader informed about a missing piece of the World War II experience, and in awe of one family’s survival.” —It is a well-known fact that war, any war, is senseless and degrading. When innocent people are brought into that war because they happen to be in the wrong place at the wrong time, …

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Always look for the Silver Lining in Grey Clouds … they are there!

After the results of the 2013 local elections it is always hard to encapsulate your thoughts to express a loss of balance on what I considered a well balanced county government.  I’ve been asked by many media publications what my thoughts on the results are and these are the thoughts I shared with them. Negative Ads – they appear to work more than positive ads Money buys a bigger amplifier than less money Lies are never addressed by the media in campaign advertisements Voters still thought this election was about coal when in fact it should have been focused on water rights, wells and septic systems for our rural industries, commerce and residential property owners. I specifically asked Ralph Schwartz to respect the people of Whatcom County and give the issue about water the full news coverage that it deserves.  With the potential to render so much property useless or valueless, how does a County pay for all those lovely parks?  Who will be able to afford to keep the land they have if the tax shifting puts more private land ownership in jeopardy? All that negativity must be set aside if we are to preserve our Whatcom County way-of-life for …

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Whatcom County Council Appeals GHMB Ruling on Rural Element; a decision to affect Your Water Rights

As you know from previous shows and postings, the real issue that should have been at the forefront of the 2013 General Election was everything about water.  Due to Whatcom Wins (Whatcom Democrat Party) and the Washington Conservation Voters insistence that this election’s focus was to be on the Gateway Pacific Terminal and denigrating it to be a project only about coal, CO2, climate change, global warming and every other nonsensical enviro-scare tactic…the candidates and other issue groups were denied the chance to talk to the voters about what is coming down from the State of Washington’s Department of Ecology. Now before you say that I do not care about clean water, please remember that I have been bringing to my programs and my postings the work of licensed experts in the field of water and hydrology (the study of how water moves).  The State’s reliance has not been with licensed hydrologist’s or proven science.  This is where the crux of the problem lies.  How do you prove against a potential?  You cannot successfully prove against a potential harm and that is where our State DOE have moved us.  I believe they have taken up the mantel of the enviro-scare groups and by changing out the word proven with …

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Saturday Morning Live for November 2, 2013

Executive Director of the Light House Mission, Ron Buchinski, joins host Kris Halterman to talk about the LHM kick-off for their “Season of Giving,” and how the LHM uses your private donations. Next up Kris will interview Ed Kilduff on a recent story out of Snohomish County, involving a small private property owner, Kay Kohler: “One of our local San Juan County citizens, Kay Kohler, has run into a spot of trouble on her family homestead that she inherited in Snohomish County …”   

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More Government Lies and Media Ineptness

With all of the hoopla about the implementation for all insurance plans to offer what government mandates as a core package of services as the product(s) that health insurance carriers must offer to the consumer, they are spinning the truth and missing the big picture. When my husband and I chose our health insurance plan we did so intentionally to cover ourselves for the level of coverage we needed and we chose a plan that allowed us to put money into a Health Savings Account which we use to pay all  of our co-pays and deductible costs.  What we wanted was health insurance plan that would pay for what we could not comfortably pay for ourselves.  When we chose our plan, we also set aside personal funds monthly in to our Health Savings Account, so that we would always have the money available to pay for our deductibles and co-pays without disruption to our monthly budget.  This has other advantages, such as the money was allowed to grow, it reduced our annual taxable income and it would be available for us to spend in our retirement years for other purchases beyond medical expenses. After December 31st, 2013, our plan is …

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Saturday Morning Live for October 26, 2013

Clayton Petree, candidate for the Bellingham City Council Ward 4, joins Kris and Jacob on the first half of the program.  Clayton will be interviewed on local City of Bellingham issues.  Clayton will participate unopposed as Pink Vargas has declined to participate in any of the Saturday Morning Live and Conservative forums.  Whatcom County at Large Council Candidates, Councilman Bill Knutzen and Rud Browne, join Kris and Jacob for the second half of the program to answer questions and challenge their opponents political policies.   

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Wealth Wake-up Live for October 26, 2013

Host Dick Donahue invited me to discuss the upcoming 2013 Whatcom County Election.  Why SAVEWhatcom was formed, the Cherry Point Resolution, how coal was drowned out by the Dem’s Whatcom Wins and the Washington Conservation Voters Action Fund over the most pressing issue for Whatcom County which is all things water.  Then Dick and I switch gears to talk about the Port of Bellingham races and why they are just as important this election as the Whatcom County Council races.  

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Good Jobs ‘or’ Clean Environment?

The question has come to a head: Good Jobs OR clean environment, as if these two were mutually exclusive. We can all debate which employers are good and evil, but for all of us employers are necessary if we want to stay in Whatcom County. As we might say on the farm, “They are the cow that supplies our milk, both in the paychecks they write and the taxes they pay.” It does us no good to shut that messy cow out of the barn and starve her. It is better to bring her into the barn so that she continues to produce milk and care for the environment she lives in. We have been managing this relationship on our farms for generations. That is why I am dumbfounded that some would have us believe that the excellent jobs at Cherry Point and a clean environment are mutually exclusive. In the olden days of agriculture “clean environment” was a man with a shovel behind the cow, a back breaking nasty job. So we invented methods to ease the difficulty of caring for that milk producing cow and improved the quality of our barn’s environments for both the cow and farmer. …

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