Opinions

Opportunities to Get Involved and Make A Difference

Whatcom County has recently published an updated list of boards and commissions which have vacant positions which need to be filled by willing and able people who live in Whatcom County. Many of these boards and committees provide recommendations that can be considered by the County Council to make changes in the way we conduct our lives and businesses here. Please take a moment to look over the list of vacancies and putting your name into the hat for consideration. ~ LR The following list represents all current volunteer positions on Executive-appointed and Council-appointed boards, committees, and commissions. IMPORTANT NOTE:  Please note at the end of each narrative it will indicate Executive- appointed or Council- appointed. For those appointments made by the  Whatcom County Council the deadline for those applications has been extended to 10:00 a.m. January 23, 2018.  If you have questions place contact the Whatcom County Council office at 360-778-5010 or the Whatcom County Executive’s office at 360-778-5200. Applications are available from the Whatcom County Executive 360-778-5200, or the Whatcom County Council 360-778-5018. Or online at: http://wa-whatcomcounty.civicplus.com/1584/How-to-Apply County Council & County Executive Expectations for Boards and Commissions information may be found on line at: http://wa-whatcomcounty.civicplus.com/DocumentCenter/View/5946     Council-appointed and Flood …

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A Witty-Ditty to Welcome the New Council

Local author and citizen extraordinaire, Jack Petree, has written a poem to share with the community… The Woebegone In Whatcom Council Shuffle Read To The Cadence Of The Whose Line Is It Anyway Hoedown by Jack Petree Hi, my name is Barbara, I represent District five, Although I don’t really live there, it’s not too much of a drive; Satpal represents my district, he’s a real pal, And I’m still on the council, I’m the only gal. ~ You know me, I’m Satpal,  I represent the fourth, I vote for Barb and Carl, they live a way up in the north, I actually live in the third, but to me that’s not absurd. When I want representation I just call on Tyler Byrd. ~ Hello everyone I’m Barry, I served in District One, Gerrymandered into District Two, we still had lots of fun; I just ran to serve At-large, to avoid all confusion, And all the votes from Bellingham, proofed me from exclusion. ~ When Bellingham elected me, they’d have thought it pretty odd, That I’d step down after two short years but, hey, my name is Todd; I paid my dues and chose my side in the battle of …

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Saturday Morning Live for Jan. 13, 2018

Host Kris Halterman will interview Assoc. Prof. Hart Hodges on a recent study which compares the Economy of Whatcom County to other Washington State Counties, Other States, and the national trends. Today’s program will not be available on podcast due to technical distortion from the recording equipment at Cascade Radio. My apologies for this as there was a lot of information shared on the show that is not on the Show Outline.   Capital Calendar Jan. 12, 2018 – Your Eye on Olympia

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Watch On Olympia – Your Weekly Update for Jan. 12th: Jan. 15th – Jan. 19th, 2018

This is a new weekly segment that Liberty Road is please to share on our website each week. Enjoy and let the Washington State House of Representatives know that you heard it on Liberty Road first. Dear Radio Clients, We are pleased to bring you the Capitol Calendar – a one-minute audio look ahead at the legislative calendar in Olympia, announced by Kelley Hays. You will be receiving this program by 5 p.m. on Fridays, beginning today and ending March 2. We recommend broadcast use of the program from the time you receive it on Fridays through the noon hour on Mondays so that it will remain fresh for your audience. Let me know if you have any questions or comments about this program or your radio broadcast needs involving the Legislature. Thanks again for airing this! John Sattgast / Broadcast Coordinator Washington House of Representatives Republican Communications 447 John L. O’Brien Building P.O. Box 40600 Olympia, WA 98504-0600 Work: (360) 786-7257 Cell: (360) 789-2698

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Saturday Morning Live for Jan. 6, 2018

Today’s Show: Host Kris Halterman will interview Keith Mofley (CEO) and Jacob Grant (COO), to talk about their new business venture. A local shopping app named, Locale. Small Businesses need to stay competitive in today’s online shopping surge. Whether your small business is online, bricks-and-mortar, or both; Locale brings the advantages of same-day-delivery to local small businesses.     LIBERTY ALERTS: On Tuesday, January 9th, 2018 the newly seated Whatcom County Council will select the candidate to fulfill the vacancy created with the election of Councilmember Todd Donovan to the new District 2 seat. There are currently twenty-nine candidates who have thrown their hat in the ring. Many of the names are familiar to political-geeks like me. You (the listeners) might want to take a moment to see who’s asking to be seated and weigh-in on who you believe they should select. With the last four-year + of an echo chamber in the Council Chambers it would be refreshing if they were to pick a candidate who is either middle of the road (a true independent voice) or conservative in their following of the national, state, and local laws.

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Watch On Olympia – Your Weekly Update for Jan. 2nd – Jan. 5th, 2018

This is a new weekly segment that Liberty Road is please to share on our website each week. Enjoy and let the Washington State House of Representatives know that you heard it on Liberty Road first. Dear Radio Clients, We are pleased to bring you the first segment of Capitol Calendar – a one-minute audio look ahead at the legislative calendar in Olympia, announced by Kelley Hays. You will be receiving this program by 5 p.m. on Fridays, beginning today and ending March 2. We recommend broadcast use of the program from the time you receive it on Fridays through the noon hour on Mondays so that it will remain fresh for your audience. Let me know if you have any questions or comments about this program or your radio broadcast needs involving the Legislature. Thanks again for airing this! John Sattgast / Broadcast Coordinator Washington House of Representatives Republican Communications 447 John L. O’Brien Building P.O. Box 40600 Olympia, WA 98504-0600 Work: (360) 786-7257 Cell: (360) 789-2698 Visit our Web site: www.houserepublicans.wa.gov

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Saturday Morning Live for Dec. 30, 2017

Host Kris Halterman will interview Whatcom County Assessor Keith Willnauer on the soon to be released 2018 Whatcom County Property Tax bills. What’s up? What’s down? And Why? Statement from WC Assessor Keith Willnauer, Washington State had a highly equitable, fair, and transparent process. Our political leaders broke this with the McCleary Fix in its present form. Property Tax assessment should be restored to and administered in a Civic-ly responsible and quality direction.   Important to the discussion on today’s program with WC Assessor Keith Willnauer, is the fact that on the last day of last year’s session the State Legislators broke the way in which our property taxes are assessed and calculated. Prior to their McCleary Fix the property tax in Washington State was lawfully budget based on the taxing authority’s budget with an accepted limit of a cumulative 1% increase per year. Budget-Based Property Tax Washington State has a budget-based system of property taxation. There are three main components to the property tax: Levy Assessed value (AV) Levy rate As part of the budget process, the taxing jurisdiction establishes the amount of property tax revenue needed to fund the budget. That amount needed to fund the budget is called the levy. It is the total amount …

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Saturday Morning Live for Dec. 23rd, 2017

Host Kris Halterman has invited Mary Beth Teigrob to share holiday song and traditions.  

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Saturday Morning Live for Dec. 16, 2017

Kris Halterman has invited EJ Ledet back to discuss Lake Whatcom and the manner in which the City of Bellingham and Whatcom County propose to address TMDL and how Lake Whatcom is treated at the Lake Whatcom Water Supply and Treatment Facility.        

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Seeking Affordability: Will Efforts by the City of Bellingham to Upzone (infill) Residential Zoned Areas Work?

A recent editorial article in the Northwest Citizen, by Dick Conoboy, has signaled the alarm to protect single-family zoned land within the City of Bellingham. At the heart of Mr. Conoboy’s argument is a study that shows infill does not reduce the costs of housing and that there is adequate land available to allow for more development already. Why should we care?  Because if our planners make the wrong decision, it will impact the future of where we live and if we or our children can afford to live here. In an effort to secure more housing the City of Bellingham is considering changes to their urban, single-family and other residential zoned properties. The City of Bellingham seeks to shrink the size of minimum lot requirements to build new single-family housing and to allow for more Accessory Dwelling Units or ADU (think houses converted to include rental apartment / room) and Detached Accessory Dwelling Units or DADU. There is no question that there are not enough affordable, single-family homes available within the Bellingham city limits. This is the result of a vision, or plan, that is referred to as new-urbanism, although a more visual name would be “Stack ‘em and Pack ‘em.” When the City …

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