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City of Bellingham Fails in Negotiations with Local Management for Lake Padden Public Golf Course

The City of Bellingham has put out to bid for new management of the Lake Padden Municipal Golf Course. After suffering for years with a contract with the City, which failed to include the City’s participation in a planned capital maintenance program for this asset, the current management has opted not to renew their contract. The City receives a percentage of the fees charged for each round of golf. Fees which should be used for the capital maintenance of this city asset. The current management has made a reasonable offer to the City of Bellingham which would not only keep in place a professionally trained and established local management of our public golf course; it would improve the course to keep it competitive with the private courses in the area. See links below for the two interviews with Padden Golf Course Directors, and the Managements Attorney and Padden Golf Course members, for a fuller understanding of what was offered and why the current management is unwilling to sign-on for another ten-year contract. The Arnie Hanna Aquatic Center loses hundreds of thousands of dollars every year and relies upon the City for maintenance. In contrast, the City of Bellingham has benefited …

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Saturday Morning Live for Aug. 5, 2017

Guest Host Jim McKinney will be discuss with Brett Bonner, of Saturna Capital (former KGMI new and media host) and Al Korelin, a natioally syndicated radio host whose focus is on the economy and politics, on tomorrow’s SML program at 8:00 AM. Topic de jure will be: The news media and insights on their the impact to our communities. Evolution – From print papers, to radio, TV, Cable, Internet, and now social media. Impact – How does it influence and direct our lives? Advertising – Do dollars ($$$) drive news content? Selective news – Catering to a specific clientele. Professional journalism versus profit motives. Can local media (Herald, KGMI etc…) survive Facebook and media monopolies?

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Saturday Morning Live for July 29, 2017

Host Kris Halterman discusses the failure of Congress to repeal Obamacare and restore the doctor-patient relationship with Dr. Roger Stark, Healthcare Policy Analyst at the Washington Policy Center on today’s show.    

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Saturday Morning Live July 22, 2017

Whatcom County Jail: Discussion with Sheriff Bill Elfo on the proposed new WC Jail tax. What does the new tax cover? The size, scope, and timeline to get this done if it passes? What is at stake if it fails? The existing Whatcom County Jail was built in 1983 and ran over the permitted “Average Daily Population,” in 1989. It’s been an issue in Whatcom County for twenty-eight years and we are no closer to fixing the problem now, than we were then. Why? Learn about the history and time-line of this issue, the need to fix-it or build a new county jail, and who-what-and why it is taking so long to do the right thing. Or, is it “If We Build It – They Will Come,” as some local, legal council would have us believe?  

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Saturday Morning Live for July 15, 2017

Part One: Jami Lund, from the Freedom Foundation, discusses the Seattle City Council’s recently passed income tax on individuals earning $250k or higher and joint filers earning $500k or higher. The Freedom Foundation is taking the City of Seattle’s illegal, unconstitutional act to court. Part Two: What was life on the campus of Evergreen State College like for the students? How did it affect their studies, their safety, their sense of free speech, and was this all hype and fear mongering? Or, was is this a growing social-awareness to “hear-see-and say” no evil to the student population of Evergreen State College?

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Saturday Morning Live for July 8, 2017

Host Kris Halterman discusses the effects of the Hirst Case on a local Whatcom County family. Learn how the affects the Hirst Case and the Whatcom County moratorium to stop building permits for rural properties that rely on a private-wells, have affected their family’s future. The discussion covers the family’s personal struggles to deal with a failure of leadership to Fix – Hirst and a personal observation of how the local Whatcom County Council and Washington State Legislature’s actions to fix this problem have failed, why they’ve failed, and how SB 5239 has been hi-jacked for political gains.  

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Saturday Morning Live for July 1, 2017

Saturday Morning Live was pre-recorded for July 1st, 2017 for the long, holiday weekend. Host Kris Halterman talks to retired military and former Department of Defense agency analyst, James McKinney about his experiences around the world with nations that have not lived under the structure of freedom, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Mr. McKinney shares a number of stories that showcase the differences between a nation of liberty vs. a nation of top-down bureaucracy.  

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Saturday Morning Live for June 24, 2017

Host Kris Halterman discusses the mission of SAVE, aka Social Alliance for a Vibrant Economy. Who are they? What is their mission? What are have they done? What is Raspberry Pi? What are their future plans?   

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Saturday Morning Live for June 17, 2017

Part One: Discussion with Glen Morgan of “We the Governed.” Whatcom County Council has hired Jay Manning, from Cascadia Law to: THE FOLLOWING ITEM HAS BEEN ADDED TO THE PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE MEETING AGENDA: Committee Discussion 2. Discussion concerning requesting the Prosecutor move forward with special counsel for reviewing the Council’s legal authority and policy options related to limiting fossil fuel exports (AB2017-201). Part Two: Host Kris Halterman continues the conversation about Lake Padden Municipal Golf Course with two local Attorney’s, Ron Hardesty and Jim Doran. They will be discussing the current state of contract negotiations with for managing Lake Padden for the next generation. Is the City of Bellingham negotiating in good faith, for a win-win for our community?  

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Saturday Morning Live for June 10, 2017

Who is PEER (Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility) and why should you care? Host Kris Halterman talk about PEER and how they are abusing the public trust, with Steve McLaughlin, on today’s show.          

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