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Whatcom County Health Dept. Seeks Change in Septic Inspection Ordinance

Attention all septic owners in Whatcom County, your ability to self-inspect is in jeopardy. The Whatcom County Health Department is seeking a change in county ordinances regarding your septic systems. The change would disallow any self-inspections of your septic system. Why? Because they claim some people are cheating on their inspections. Who? That’s up for debate as they have not disclosed that to the Whatcom County Council. When? This will be up for discussion on Tuesday, Jan. 24th, 2017, at the 1:00 PM Public Works, Health and Safety Committee Meeting (chair Barbara Brenner) and likely introduced at the Whatcom County Council’s evening meeting on the same day, at 7:00 PM, in the Council Chambers. The County’s Health Department is taking the State Supreme Courts questioning in their Hirst decision, that the public should not be allowed to responsibly and skillfully inspect their own private septic systems. What does this mean to all septic systems in Whatcom County? Increased costs, regulatory compliance reporting, and more invasion of your private property rights. The Health Department should be asked to prove that there are people cheating on their inspections and then ask why these people are not being fined for their actions? The vast majority …

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Saturday Morning Live for Jan. 21, 2017

Host Kris Halterman will interview Gene Knutson, Bellingham City Councilmember, on his decision to run for re-election. Why? And, what current and future issues should the people living in Bellingham / Whatcom County be aware of for the future?

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Saturday Morning Live for Jan. 14, 2017

Part One: Host Kris Halterman interview (Wm.) Perry Pendley, Pres. and CEO of the Mountain States Legal Foundation. Mr. Pendley is an active member of a nonprofit group, fighting for water and land use issues (property rights) in the United States. Part Two: Host Kris Halterman will interview Jacob Deschenes, VP of SAVE, and give an update on how the “Growing the Economy with Raspberry Pi,” project is coming along at Bayview Elementary’ s, 5th grade classes.

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Mountain States Legal Foundation Coming to Whatcom County – Feb. 9, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 12, 2016 Contact: Jim McKinney, Executive Director, Common Threads Northwest 360-739 6473, info@commonthreadsnw.org Common Threads Northwest Speaker Series Presents Mr. William (Perry) Pendley President, Mountain States Legal Foundation Fighting for Whatcom Jobs and Property – Legal Options  February 9th, 2017 7-9:30pm, Meridian High School Auditorium 194 West Laurel Road, Bellingham, WA 98226 Doors open at 6:30pm Are you concerned about the local economy, your job, your property values, your family’s future?  You should be. Did you know Whatcom County is the least affordable place to live in Washington based on wages to cost of living ratios? Surprised? You shouldn’t be. Did you know that over the last year, the County Council: Lost a State Supreme Court case due to bad planning? Placed a moratorium on building due to that failure? Ignored hundreds of concerned citizens’ pleas for help? Planned for dense urban clusters to cram in residences? Planned to stop growth and close industries at Cherry Point? Sat back and allowed the DNR to annex County property? Was driven by well-resourced special interest groups? Why? Simple, the Council doesn’t represent the County, it represents Bellingham. And its disastrous actions may devastate our economy: County property will be …

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Dairy Farmers to Request Help from Conservation District to Pay Lummi Tribe – $150k

Update on today’s story Gerald Baron has requested some corrections and clarifications to this posting, so I have posted this with Mr. Baron’s approval: The grant request to the Whatcom Conservation District board meeting tonight, comes from the Lummi Indian Business Council The grant request amount is for $150,000.00, not $180,000.00 The grant request will be used to fulfill a portion of the remaining $539,700.00 from the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA), signed on Jan. 6th, 2017, for the purpose to establish a Portage Bay Recovery Fund, as a joint effort to raise additional funds from mostly public sources, to compensate shellfish harvesters harmed by the closures, and to aid in recovering shellfish beds None of the $150,000.00 will be paid to the original 7 Farmers who signed the MOA Request of the grant funds to come from this state program: Conservation District Board Members will be asked Thursday evening, Jan. 12th to vote in favor of the Conservation District giving the 7 Farmers who signed the Agreement with the Lummi Tribe, a GRANT of $150,000.00 to help pay for the $450,000.00 GOOD FAITH payment due the Lummi Tribe upon signing the agreement.  Taxpaying citizens of Whatcom County and Washington State that …

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Is This the Beginning or the End of Dairy Farms in Whatcom County?

JAN. 8, 2017 Update: Received this comment on the points we posted and questioned on here, from Ann Appel, and wish to thank her for these points of correction. Ann Appel I appreciate your concern for the farming community. We are obviously concerned as well! A lot of work still needs to happen to make this agreement succeed. On that note, I’d like to provide a few clarifications. The initial money, 450,000, was raised by the Dairy community. A Portage Bay Shellfish Recovery Fund will be established and additional funds will be raised by both entities. There will be 2 mutually agreed upon experts from both sides who will, alongside the farmer, develop Water Quality Improvement Plans customized for each farm. The experts can only come at a mutually agreed upon time. “Mutually agreed upon” are the keywords here. As long as everyone is working in good faith towards clean water, no litigation. Those involved did their best and had lawyers looking at the wording of the agreement to protect farmers and their farms. No one knows for sure how it will all turn out but we are hopeful. On Thursday, January 5th, 2017, Rich Appel of Whatcom Family Farmers and …

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Saturday Morning Live for Jan. 7, 2016

Part One: Host Kris Halterman will discuss I-1501 with Jeff Rhodes, of the Freedom Foundation. What will the outcome of passage of this measure be for Washington State? Part Two: Host Kris Halterman will discuss the failed attempt to put a graduated income tax on the ballot for the City of Olympia, WA., with Jason Mercier, Director for Center for Gov. Reform, at the Washington Policy Center. Also, what does Jason see for the 2017 session in Olympia for lawmakers to pass a capital gains tax, or an income tax in Washington State?

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Saturday Morning Live for Dec. 31, 206

Host Kris Halterman will discuss the current “water dilemma,” with Dave Onkels (former Whatcom County Planning Commissioner) and Ed Kilduff (licensed hydro-geologist) and it’s relationship to “The Nooksack Rule.” What is the problem? How did Whatcom County get here? Who is to blame? How can this be resolved?              

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States Rights vs. Tribal Rights ~ What Difference Does it Make Now?

With the recent events regarding the Washington State Supreme Court, exempt private-wells, moratoriums on permitting for properties requiring exempt well for potable water, and property rights violations in general…Elaine Willman, author and of Cherokee heritage herself, shares her extensive insight on how our local, state, and federal governments have failed to study and understand the details of this complicated issue. Elaine had granted Liberty Road the rights to publish her article. Part One of her article was published in the LaConnor Weekly. Part Two will be published next week. Liberty Road has published both parts for our readers and followers, here. Are Your Elected Officials Forsaking You? By Elaine Willman, MPA* Let’s get one thing clear:  Tribal governments do not create Federal Indian Policy. The Executive Branch, Congress and the Courts do. Tribal government officials, lobbyists and legal counsels of 567 tribes have been heavily persuasive with our elected officials at every level of government, but tribes do not make federal/state law. The people you and I elect to every level of office make abundant decisions to benefit Indian tribes, generally to the direct harm of the state citizens served. As example, there were approximately 270 bills in Congress for …

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Merry Christmas from Saturday Morning Live

“There is no Freedom or Liberty without the Soldier Their sacrifice insures the safety of us all”       The embers glowed softly, and in their dim light,        I gazed round the room and I cherished the sight.        My wife was asleep, her head on my chest,        My daughter beside me, angelic in rest.        Outside the snow fell, a blanket of white,        Transforming the yard to a winter delight.        The sparkling lights in the tree I believe,        Completed the magic that was Christmas Eve.      My eyelids were heavy, my breathing was deep,        Secure and surrounded by love I would sleep.        In perfect contentment, or so it would seem,        So slumbered I, perhaps I started to dream.       The sound wasn’t loud, and it wasn’t too near,        But I opened my eyes when it tickled my ear.        Perhaps just a cough, I didn’t quite know, Then the sure sound of footsteps outside in the snow.       My soul gave …

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