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Saturday Morning Live for May 30th, 2015

Host Kris Halterman interviews Maxford Nelsen, the Labor Policy Analyst for the Freedom Foundation about their FOIA and formal complaints against LERC with the Public Disclosure Commission, the Executive Ethics Board and the State Auditor’s Office with regards to public funds abuse. The Labor Education and Research Center has received public funds to and are using them to train union members to push back against anyone who should attempt to transform Washington State into a Right to Work state. Is it legal for a nonprofit to use public funds in this manner?  

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Saturday Morning Live for May 23, 2015

Guest Host Todd Hausman interviews two public school teachers about the Washington State “Smarter Balanced” assessment test, and why so many students and their parents are protesting it.  

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Saturday Morning Live for May 16, 2015

Guest host Todd Hausman interviews Marilyn McKenna about her personal journey and new book Eat Like It Matters.  

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Press Release: Common Threads Northwest submits criticism of Whatcom County’s draft environmental impact statement on future growth for the County

Contact: Dick Donahue, Chair / Common Threads NW / (360) 319-2839    Common Threads NW criticizes draft EIS for Whatcom County’s comp plan update The draft Environmental Impact Statement for Whatcom County’s comprehensive plan update and Urban Growth Areas (UGAs) review prepared by a Seattle consulting firm is lacking in many areas, according to Common Threads NW, a Bellingham-based nonprofit public interest organization. Some of the more serious deficiencies include: assuming certain policies will be adopted without needed support from key decision making bodies; ignoring deficiencies in urban infrastructure planned years ago, but not built yet; not giving sufficient credence to the most recent trends in population and housing distribution; ignoring recent expansion of the Lummi Nation at I-5 and Slater; and disregarding the need to address deficiencies in existing housing stock as well as new, and needs for several kinds of housing. “Policy decisions regarding Growth Management Act updates are supposed to be made by those charged with decision-making for the people of Whatcom County: planning commissions, the County Councils, and others,” Donahue said. “Policy decisions are not supposed to be made by planning staff or hired consultants. Most especially, policy decisions are not supposed to be made in a way that …

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Saturday Morning Live for May 9, 2015

Host Kris Halterman interviews Dr. Roger Stark, of the Washington Policy Center. How are things progressing, or regressing with regards to health care and health insurance in our state?  

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Saturday Morning Live for May 2, 2015

Host Kris Halterman interviews Bellingham Police Chief Clifford Cook and Whatcom County Sherriff Bill Elfo on the proposed .02 percent sales tax increase to construct the new Whatcom County Jail.       

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Saturday Morning Live for Apr. 25, 2015

Guest Host Jacob Deschenes will interview Rob Port, from Bakken.com and sayanythingblog.com to discuss: -How Washington and North Dakota can benefit together to enrich our lives and  economies thanks to hydraulic fracking. -Our nations new vast energy reserves and what is means for our national economy in the future. -New energy assets such as Oil Refinery’s, Natural Gas Processing facilities, Oil Transportation, etc. -Safety issues such as oil by rail, drilling techniques, etc. -The growing pains experienced in Western ND towns and what the future holds for this modern day gold rush.

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Saturday Morning Live for Apr. 18, 2015

SML Introduction, Liberty Alerts, Common Cents, and commentary on the public hearing for the Whatcom County Jail: Interview with Dr. Patrick Moore: Host Kris Halterman will interview Dr. Patrick Moore, co-founder and former leader of Greenpeace. Dr. Patrick Moore is now Chair of Ecology, Energy, and Prosperity with the Frontier Centre for Public Policy.Their discussion will center on the harm that has been caused by designating CO2 as a pollutant, and why bad science does denies humananity, wildlife, marinelife, and the environment, the ability to thrive.      

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Saturday Morning Live for Apr. 11, 2015

  Morgan interview with Clayton Petree on Whatcom County EIS (Environmental Impact Statement) Draft proposal: Morgan discussion on how to find and expose government corruption: Guest Host, Glen Morgan fills in for Kris Halterman, to discuss two important topics. During the first part of the show, Glen speaks to Clayton Petree about the recently published Environmental Impact Statement for Whatcom County and her Cities. This study will be used jointly by the County and Cities as they plan for the future of our communities for the next ten years. During the second half of the show, Glen will share how to find fraud, financial mismanagement, incompetence, and other problems in local government.  How to expose it to the public so that real change can occur.   

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Saturday Morning Live for Apr. 4, 2015

Guest Host, Glen Morgan fills in for Kris Halterman. First half:  Conservation District’s; their history, why we established them, and the controversies that surround this type of taxing district. Second Half: Whatcom County attempts to make code enforcement that is harmful to the residents of Whatcom County.  

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