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Is the County Council Ignoring the Public Process?

Is the Whatcom County Council following the public policy guidelines from the “Growth Management Act,” and the same policy from the guide on how-to-integrate-public-comments in the,”Whatcom County Comprehensive Plan update for 2017?” Has the Whatcom County Council’s refusal to turn over their proposed changes to the Comp Plan update to the Planning Commission, for review and analysis, to insure that it smoothly melds with the updates being proposed by Bellingham and the other smaller Cities, setup Whatcom County to slide further into economic decline? It’s hard to fathom that being dead last, being 39th of 39 Counties, on the economically unaffordable places to live and work is possible, but maybe it is? It appears on the face of it that they are not. The Growth Management Act is specifically designed to be a bottom-up, public process, where all concerns are addressed before approving and passing the changes placed within it. In an email reply, Councilperson Barbara Brenner questions whether the process has been followed by the other Council members when she states; ” I don’t believe they had any intent on taking the time to absorb all the correspondence and comments we received yesterday.” (see email thread below) There is a 60 day …

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Whatcom County Council Approves Emergency Moratorium to Cherry Point Industries

At last evenings Whatcom County Council, Councilman Barry Buchanan brought forward a motion to impose an emergency moratorium to any new unrefined fossil fuel exports  from Cherry Point industries. The full Council approved the proposed moratorium, unanimously. Audio file of Satpal Sidhu interview with Dillon Honcoop, on KGMI / 790Am, Aug. 10, 2016: On KGMI / 790Am, Morning Show with Dillon Honcoop, Councilman Satpal Sidhu defended the actions taken by the full Council to stifle free and legal commerce from happening at Cherry Point Industries. The reason for an emergency moratorium, are simple…to protect from the a present and current harm to the public. As Councilman Sidhu admits, he does not know of any pending actions by Cherry Point Industries to export unrefined fossil fuels from Cherry Point. But, Councilman Satpal Sidhu admits that it is important that this Council works towards protecting the citizens of Whatcom County from any nefarious possibility of that occuring…because in 20 years or less, we won’t need fossil fuels…??? For the uniformed Whatcom County resident, Councilman Barry Buchanan retired from his well paid  job in the aerospace industry (heavily dependent upon fossil fuels) and Councilman Satpal Sidhu has been instrumental in developing a program to train people …

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Voices of Sanity Ignored by Local County Council

Aug. 9th, 2016 was the last opportunity citizens had to publicly speak, for or against, the proposed changes to Whatcom County’s future plans for growth. The Council passed their garbage and ignored the many common sense arguments against their proposed changes. Whatcom County is 39th of 39 counties with regards to economic livability due to the high costs to live here, versus the communities average wages. Wages are determined by our ability to produce, attract, and retain the industries capable of paying the wages needed to live here. Producing a vibrant economy is more than beautiful vistas and a smattering of farm pets grazing in the pastures. Whoops!, forgot that farm pets are under attack too. The next time you wonder, Why is housing so expensive? Why aren’t my wages keeping up with the costs of living? Ask yourself if you can house and eat, that pretty pasture your local county politician is working to protect.  A vibrant economy depends on the ability to conduct business in a predictable business climate…something Bellingham and Whatcom County lacks. This is an example of the type of commonsense that was publicly heard and officially posted to the public record on the Council’s proposed changes to …

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Saturday Morning Live for Aug. 6, 2016

Host Kris Halterman continues the interview with Dr. Robert (Bob) Patton, on his white paper proposal, “The Case for a National Sales Tax,” the current state of Washington’s taxing system,” and the economic realities of the new Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) update on salaried workers; how it’s applied to private, nonprofit, and churches.  

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Saturday Morning Live for July 30, 2016

Host Kris Halterman will interview Joseph Mueller about his WWI, Eagle Scout project in the first segment of today’s show. Robert Sutherland, candidate for U.S. Congress, Dist. 1, will be Kris’s guest for the remainder of the program.  

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Primary Voter Confusion at All-time High

Have you opened up your primary ballot yet? If not, you need to…because there are a lot of choices, a lot of unknown candidates, and the primary will choose the top-two candidates from the primary election, who will move forward to this years general election. Last week I reached out to a number of liberty-loving, smaller-government, pro-business, individuals and this is how that discussion penciled out on the primary ballot. The top criteria was that they are qualified to hold the position and that they are the best candidate for the previously mentioned ideals: 2016 Primary Ballot Choices to Consider: U.S. Senate Position 1 – Scott Nazarino US Representative Congressional Dist. 1 – Robert Sutherland US Representative Congressional Dist. 2 – Mark Hennemann Governor – Bill Bryant Lieutenant governor – Marty Mc Clendon Secretary of State – Kim Wyman State Treasurer – Duane Davidson State Auditor – Mark Miloscia Attorney General – Joshua Trumbull Commissioner of Public Lands – Steve McLaughlin Superintendent of Public Instruction – Ron Higgins Insurance Commissioner – Justin Murta State Senator District 40 – Daniel Miller State Representative District 42 Position 1 – Luanne VanWerven State Representative District 42 Position 2…Vincent Buys State Representative District 40 Position …

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Saturday Morning Live for July 23, 2016

Host Kris Halterman interviews Dr. Robert (Bob) Patton, on his white paper proposal, “The Case for a National Sales Tax.”      

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Local Whatcom County Citizen’s Share their Concerns for Ozzie and Farm Pets…

Thanks to everyone who showed to the “Save Ozzie” protest today. We were approximately 40 strong in number. We showed up prepared and informed. We showed up to ask the DOE questions. And, sadly I must report here that the answers given by the Regional Office Director, Doug Allen did not satisfy many there. A ‘zero’ tolerance level for the potential to pollute is not humanly possible and is not healthy for the environment. As agents for the DOE, it is not a satisfactory answer that they are only enforcing what the Legislature has directed them to do. If the State and Local Legislative Representatives had this intent in mind, then they need to be contacted too. These are the word of the Whatcom County citizen’s who attended the “SAVE Ozzie” protest. Be patient. Be strong. This type of bullying must stop and we must all come together to ensure that it does. Thank You for showing your support for “Ozzie” and all Farm Pets…because pets lives matter too.  

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“Save Ozzie” – Because All Pets Lives Matter

Ozzie is 28 years old with the probability of 2 more years of life. We invite you to join us Tuesday, July 19th, 2016, 12 noon, at the Department of Ecology’s Regional Branch, in Bellingham ’s Fairhaven District (see map below), to seek answers.  What are their intentions for the lives of all pets in Whatcom County, and Ozzie in particular? Last week we shared a post from a Whatcom County rural resident about her problem dealing with the State Department of Ecology (DOE). We shared Kathy and Ozzie’s post because we have heard rumblings from the county that DOE is expanding their compliance programs with real negative effects on rural lives. Well, Ozzie’s story has struck a chord in our county and beyond.  (See Kathy’s story below.) When a state agency comes knocking at your door it is intimidating. They come with the full weight of the state behind them. You can only hope whatever compliance they are seeking will not crush you. Whatcom County rural land owners are finding there is no easy, quick, or inexpensive way to keep their pets on their acreage when the DOE comes knocking. They are being told they must comply with similar …

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Saturday Morning Live for July 16, 2016

Host Kris Halterman will interview; Doug Karlberg, candidate for 42nd Dist. Rep. and 42nd Dist. Rep. Luanne VanWerven, incumbent, during the first half of the program.   The second part of the program will be an interview with Steve McLaughlin, candidate for Washington State Public Lands Commissioner.

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