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Saturday Morning Live for July 9, 2016

Host Kris Halterman will interview; Jacob Deschenes, Ed Kilduff, and Todd Hausman, from SAVE on their new project, Growing the Economy with RaspberryPi. and how the Maker Movement is set to expand economic business and employment opportunities in America.

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Whatcom County needs to hit the Planning Attitude Reset Button

  There is a new  informational booklet out there about Bellingham that asks are we “Failing to Plan or Planning to Fail?”   It is a pertinent question in light of the recent news that we at the bottom of the 50 worst places to live in the United States.  We need to start asking what has gone wrong here? Perhaps part of our problem can be gleaned from this article from the Charleston Post Courier, “The Mega-Developments.” For those interested in developments, especially mega-planned developments, this is a good read. It highlights development issues faced in the Charleston, South Carolina area. It speaks of both the positives and negatives. This upbeat article tells how people on all sides worked together and focused on solving problems rather than just say no to everything. The last sentence says it all, about a community that is willing to face a changing future unafraid, and shape it into a place for all. “Berkeley County” will continue to push for industrial and commercial growth, so our residents are able to live, work, raise a family and play here in Berkeley County,” he said. “We want to make sure that our residents can continue to enjoy the beauty …

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Think It Cannot Happen to You? To Whatcom County? To Middle America USA?

Via Richard Fox, from JoAnn Walker, a personal story of a property owner who’s lost most of the value of her land to the Swinomish decision.  Very impassioned and very true.  Am wondering how many elected representatives will show up at our July 7th Town Hall in Concrete. Gary —–Original Message—– From: Richard Fox Sent: Friday, July 01, 2016 9:08 AM To: Subject: FW: Good day – this topic NEEDS to be brought up!!! You All, I received this from JoAnn Walker yesterday and ask her if I could forward it on to you. She said yes, and gave us permission to forward it on to our contacts, also. JoAnn and Steve have supported our lawsuit from the beginning and has sent this letter to our Representatives, Governor, and Dori Munson hoping to get a reply from them. It was too long for the paper. Richard —–Original Message—– From: Joann Walker Sent: Thursday, June 30, 2016 9:39 AM To: Richard Fox Subject: Good day – this topic NEEDS to be brought up!!! Good day – this topic NEEDS to be brought up!!! You can connect me at XXX-XXX-XXXX If you any questions My move to Skagit Valley… I’ve been visiting the Skagit Valley since 2002. First …

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Saturday Morning Live for June 25, 2016

In the first segment of the show, Host Kris Halterman will interview Herb Meyer, author and of many books such as; The Cure for Poverty, Real World Intelligence, and Hard Thinking.  Herb will discuss his most recent book, Why is the World So Dangerous. Herb Meyer gives speeches all around the world and in our small community, about the greatness of the United States, and how much we have to be grateful for. The remaining segments, Host Kris Halterman will talk to Eric Minor, regarding the Convention of States, a movement to convene and restore our state’s ability to reign-in an out of control Federal Government.    

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Saturday Morning Live for June 18, 2016

Host Kris Halterman will interview retiring Executive Director, Ron Buchinski, on his past accomplishments and future plans, as he prepares to pass the torch of his successful leadership for the Lighthouse Mission Ministries.  

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Can You Think of One?

What other U.S. Constitutional Right would you be willing to forego your right to due process? Can you think of one? Would you be okay with any of these other rights being taken away and in order for you to regain it you would have to petition your government to give it back? Congressman Trey Goudy gets it right…will you? THE BILL OF RIGHTS – FULL TEXT Amendment I Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances. Amendment II A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed. Amendment III No soldier shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house, without the consent of the owner, nor in time of war, but in a manner to be prescribed by law. Amendment IV The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not …

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Saturday Morning Live for June 11, 2016

Host Kris Halterman will interview Jami Lund, the Freedom Foundation’s Senior Policy Analyst on public education issues. Jami’s focus at the Freedom Foundation is on teachers’ rights, student curriculum, education costs, unionization cost vs. benefit analysis, and many, many, education related actions that form the future of Washington’s public education.

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Saturday Morning Live June 4, 2016

Host Kris Halterman will interview Ed Kilduff about the pending lawsuit to restore property rights and uphold the Supreme Courts recent decision that the government cannot require action by a property owner that affects the value of the property and their ability to use it, without a direct nexus between the action being required and its relation to the property. This week Pacific Legal Foundation filed this petition in the Supreme Court of the United States, asking it to decide whether the government can make shoreline property owners give up part of their land to serve as water quality buffers for the surrounding community. This case,Common Sense Alliance v. San Juan County, deals with a perennial problem that property owners face. Government jurisdictions require permits to develop property, and use that authority as leverage to take property which they would otherwise have to pay for. The Supreme Court has aptly described this as an “out-and-out plan of extortion.“ Previously, in limited circumstances where an adjudicative land use permitting decision required a dedication of property to offset impacts on the public from a particular project, reviewing courts would apply the Nollan/Dolan standard to ensure that the requisite property dedication had a reasonable nexus …

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Good News for Owners of Puddles, Ditches and Plows

The Supreme Court does not always offer unanimous decisions, but here is one that supporters of property rights will like in the case titled United States v. the Army Corps of Engineers v. Hawkes Co., Inc.   Today they ruled that landowners may challenge  the Army Corps of Engineers, a federal agency,  when they attempt to improperly regulate land with regulations designed to protect water. To give a little background, in the past the Army Corps of Engineers could write a “determination”  that your property could be regulated because it impacts water.  But a “determination”  was not considered as a “final agency action.”   As a result property owners who received a “determination” that a landscape feature was a “water of the United States” from the Army Corp of Engineers had two options,  continue what they were doing and face civil fines up to $37,500 a day, or attempt to comply.  The compliance process would take several years and require tens to hundreds of thousands of dollars to apply for a permit, only to have the permit ultimately denied.   Only after a permit was denied could they seek remedy in the courts. Now property owners will have the right to challenge the …

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Saturday Morning Live for May 28, 2016

Host Kris Halterman first talks to Tom Westergreen about the upcoming, 2016 Whatcom Woods Tour. Next up is Gerald Baron, speaking about the organization, Save Family Farming and their work to educate the public about the reality of farms, family farms, and the bad science and lies that threaten local farming. Gerald Baron will update the listeners about how the What’s Up Stream political media campaign was illegal, and what’s being done to prevent this from happening in the future.

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