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Last Night at County Council: RE Sources vs. Cherry Point Industry?

This year Whatcom County will put the final touches on what is called the Whatcom County Comprehensive Planning Document (Comp Plan). This planning document will be the playbook used to plan for the future growth of Whatcom County for the next 20 years. The Comp Plan is mandated by the Growth Management Act as a tool to be used as a way to insure that Cities, Counties, and our State plans for growth in a manner that meets the needs of these areas to avoid the waste of resources and provide an overlap between cities and counties as a guard against conflicts within each entity. Proper planning promotes good growth. To do anything but that creates deficiencies in education, infrastructure, livability, safety and protection, and discourages economic growth for the residents and tax payers living here. Last night the Whatcom County Council held a published, public comment period for the people of Whatcom County to show up and voice their vision of what they want Council to address within the 2016 Comp Plan update. That was the stated purpose of last night’s public comment. Council Chambers were overflowing out into the Rotunda and many people used this opportunity to share their thoughts  to the …

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Dear Whatcom County Council…

Here we are tonight…the purveyors of paranoia as some have recently said. Is it paranoid to think that the industries at Cherry Point are at risk? The soon to be finalized Whatcom County Comp Plan is the plan for which the residents and businesses of this County should be able to rely upon. The letter sent to WC Planning about inserting a moratorium on exporting fossil fuels and future growth at Cherry Point is a cause for great concern to thousands of families and hundreds of businesses. When 25% of the tax base comes from the current industries at Cherry Point, and much more when you factor in the hundreds of businesses and people who work at or derive their economic stability from these industries…I hope and trust that these things will not be ignored. The comp plan update needs to include Cherry Point industrial zoning and growth, as well as many other items if you are to do your due diligence for the entire community. The comp plan update must include: Proper planning for land growth to keep housing affordable Proper planning for resource lands such as farming, manufacturing, mineral extraction, forestry, and industry is an important factor too. Whatcom …

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RE Sources Trains People on Talking Points for Tonight’s County Council Meeting

Last night RE Sources held a planning session to educate those in attendance on talking points, emotional connections, opportunity to show you care, and who you are…because you don’t want to argue with the Whatcom County Council…they just need your support to do the right thing. What is the right thing? RE Sources are pushing to encourage the County Council to add the Lummi Nation’s request for a fossil fuel moratorium and restriction of growth for the Cherry Point Industrial areas. What’s next? Cherry Point Park? Cherry Point Heritage Site? Below is the end of the RE Sources planning session on Monday, Jan. 25th, 2016. Go to the 16 min. mark of the recording and you will hear the speaker from RE Sources advise the audience about how the County Council just needs your support to do the right thing. The right thing for who? Certainly not for all of the people and businesses who rely upon the economic benefits of the Cherry Point Industrial zone. If you attend tonight’s meeting listen for the use of trigger words such as; Positive: protect, beautiful, forest, clean, healthy, air, water, urban growth areas, future generations, home, values. Negative: destruction, urban sprawl, finite, line the pockets of, speculators, housing crisis, …

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Saturday Morning Live for Jan. 23, 2016

Part 1: Host Kris Halterman interviews Krystal Garmon and Mike Hudson, about the needs of the mentally ill in Bellingham/Whatcom County and a new service available to all Whatcom County residents; the Compass Health – Crisis Prevention and Intervention Team. Part 2: Host Kris Halterman interviews Tony Larson about the importance of public participation in the 2016 Whatcom County Comprehensive Plan update, and the actions of RE Sources and the Lummi Nation to implement a moratorium on fossil fuel exports and industry expansion at the Cherry Point Industrial sites. Quoted from Cascadia Weekly’s Community Posting by, Matt Petryni, January 20, 2016 The comprehensive plan update is an opportunity to protect productive farmlands and beautiful forests from the destruction wrought by urban sprawl. Land is finite and we are in a position to use this resource well as long as we plan for the growth we are expecting. While it may not line the pockets of the real estate speculators that brought about America’s housing crisis, restricting the expansion of urban growth areas will serve the interests of the public and future generations. And then, there are fossil fuels. The fact that Whacom County is the prime location for exporting the continent’s …

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The Hammonds vs. the United States of America…What if the People Actually Understood the Whole Story?

Dwight and Steven Hammond got in trouble with the feds because they started a “backfire” to create a fire break and protect their home and ranch from a major fire and accidentally burned 139 acres of federal land in Oregon. They put the fire out, but could still have been charged under a 1948 law that provides penalties for setting a fire on government lands without permission. Instead, the Obama Justice Department charged them as terrorists under the 1996 Anti-Terrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act – and got them sentenced to five years in prison. Activists protesting that unfair sentence and federal land mismanagement in general have occupied the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge headquarters building, also in Oregon. Although they praised Occupy Wall Street actions and excused the Ferguson, MO riots, the White House and news media have sharply criticized the Malheur occupation. John Kerry added to the hypocrisy, saying: with Charlie Hebdo there was “perhaps … a rationale … [and] you could say, okay, they’re really angry because of this and that.” So twelve Hebdo staffers murdered by Islamist terrorists might be labeled “rational,” but occupying a federal building is intolerable. You figure it out. I can’t – though …

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Saturday Morning Live for Jan. 16, 2016

Host Kris Halterman will be joined by Kaeley Triller to discuss the little known law which took effect in January 2016, which enforces the right of trans-gendered individuals to use locker-rooms, restrooms, and other facilities that are normally designated exclusively for female, male, or mixed family use. The law affects both public and private facilities to comply with it. What is this law in its entirety? How is it affecting public and private entities? How did this happen? And what can people expect to happen in the future? Can it be fixed?  

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Lummi Nation Requests Moratorium on Oil and Coal at Cherry Point

Last week Liberty Road posted a RE Sources Facebook page invitation to their members, asking them to attend a meeting and demand a moratorium on all West Coast oil and coal exports. Apparently the Lummi Nation approves of this action plan and has sent a letter to Whatcom County’s Assistant to the Director of WC Planning, Marc Personius, asking for that moratorium…

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The Greatest Failure in Leadership..”Do As I Say…Not As I’ve Done.”

What Rush likes to call the drive-by media is already in full throttle – doing all it can to ensure a successful regulatory blitzkrieg from every corner of the Obama Administration, before it leaves office a long 375 days from now. A typical example is a recent Washington Post editorial that wails about the dangers of man-made climate change, warns Republicans not to “discredit” any “mainstream” scientists like Michael Mann and James Hansen, and says Republican claims on global warming are mere “bluster” and “buffoonery.” My column this week offers an alternative viewpoint – and wonders why government con artists and emissions fraud should not be treated the same way as Volkswagen is for its deceptive emissions software. For one thing, the costs and stakes are much higher when government defrauds us. Thank you for posting my article, quoting from it, and forwarding it to your friends and colleagues. Best regards ~ Paul The heat is on! Why should Volkswagen be investigated for emission deception, but not government agencies? ~ Paul Driessen The heat is on! Not the unusual winter warmth in much of the United States – but the unrelenting heat generated by propaganda and pressure campaigns that the White House, EPA, …

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Saturday Morning Live for Jan. 9, 2016

Part 1: Lorraine Newman and Hugh Foulke will talk about the “Constitutional Knowledge Bowl.” Joining them will be Shanna Leyenhorst and Julia vanDriel, to talk about the CKB and partake in a fun constitutional quiz with Hugh. The CKB will be hosted by; Whatcom County Citizens for Freedom and the Rome Grange, on Feb. 27th, 2016 from 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM. Part 2: Host Kris Halterman is joined by Julie Carney and Bill Geyer, to discuss the Lincoln Park Senior Community development slated for Birch Bay, Washington. Whatcom County Planning denied their permit and it goes to court on Jan. 12th, 2016 to be adjudicated. Tune-in to learn about their facility, why W.C. Planning denied the permit and how you can help.

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RE Sources sets Sights on Skagit and Whatcom County Industries

Intalco will substantially shut down operations in January 2016…and RE Sources ramps-up to continue their vilification and economic destruction to the Cherry Point Industries. Currently Whatcom County receives a large economic benefit from the industries at Cherry Point. Whatcom County receives about 25% of their property tax income from Intalco, BP, and Phillips 66 industries. These three industries contribute substantial, family-wage jobs, and contribute to the economic viability of over 200 other local, small businesses in Whatcom County. But, RE Sources and their many imported friends have set their sites to crush the oil industries in Whatcom County in 2016. The sky isn’t falling, but it’s time for Whatcom County residents to weigh-in and support these industries. If it is not economically feasible for them to stay…they will leave. Just ask Intalco…

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