Opinions

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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Saturday Morning Live for Dec. 17, 2016

Host Kris Halterman interviews Bryan Brown, President of Slingshot. Slingshot works closely with the NW Innovation Resource Center (NWIRC), to assist entrepreneurs to bring their dreams and ideas to the marketplace.

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Saturday Morning Live for Dec. 10, 2016

Host Kris Halterman will interview Gary Hagland, board member of the Skagit County CAPR, to discuss the latest threats to people’s safety and private property. The reintroduction of the Grizzly Bear is slowly moving forward and with the newly elected Public Lands Commissioner, Hillary Franz at the helm in Washington State…it’s likely to become a reality sooner, rather than later. Also, the Swinomish Indians have asked to expand their tribal authority over thousands of acres in Skagit County, including the industrially zoned property where the Shell and Tesoro refineries are located.  

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Bow Down

Several years ago, when the Whatcom County Council proposed purchasing land back from the State, I wrote about the King’s Forest. The concept being this purchase was merely to enhance the council and would be of no benefit to anyone else. Sad to say that seems to be the case, as no increased ability to use the Whatcom Reconveyance had materialized. In October, I wrote about our Council behaving like the Romans with an insatiable desire for power over life and death. Fast forward to last night’s Council meeting, where a man came to them and begged for them not to continue their moratorium on permits to develop property within the Nooksack watershed. Council-members Weimer, Browne, Mann, Buchanan, Brenner, Donovan, and Sidhu, all sat as witnesses tp a man begging before them, creating a new picture that will forever be etched in their minds and of those who attended. A “man” went down on his knees in front of them and begged them to allow for a well on his property, so that he and his family would not become homeless. Do you find this hard-to-believe? After all we are in a rainfall rich county and only half of our county is develop-able, the other …

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Contact Public Lands Commissioner Peter Goldmark to Save Industrially Zoned Property at Cherry Point

Sharing this urgent message from a supporter of liberty and pro-economic vitality to continue in Whatcom County. Business and labor supporters of the Cherry Point Industrial Area are being asked to call outgoing state Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark, who will be making a decision any day now on adding the long-proposed fourth pier site to the Cherry Point Aquatic Reserve. This “cutout” would basically prevent any industrial development and additional family-wage jobs at the site. There are some talking points below, plus a link to a recent article about the issue. Be certain to include that you are Whatcom or Northwest Washington residents. Goldmark’s office number is (360) 902-1001. Incoming Commissioner Franz will look favorably on blocking a fourth pier. Our voices need to be heard. Thank you. The message below is the message we want to send to Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark. When I called I stressed the fact that this industrial cutout must be preserved if Whatcom County is going to have any industrial future. Many of you have been involved in trying to preserve and create living wage jobs for the people of Whatcom and if this industrial cut out is not available for …

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Saturday Morning Live for December 3, 2016

Host Kris Halterman interviews Matt Pridachuk, Custer Sportsmen Club Director for USPSA, or IPSC (IP-sik) and their “Toys-for-Tots” Charity event.

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