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Saturday Morning Live for Feb. 4, 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 interviews Garret, a student in the Ferndale School District. Garret wanted to try out for the Ferndale Girls’ Volleyball Team. Title IX states that: No person in the United States shall, based on sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance. Garret has been denied access to try out for the girls’ volleyball team, and the District has encouraged him to form a coed, or boys’ volleyball team…a team that would not have anyone to compete against. Garret shares the story of his quest on Saturday Morning Live, Gender equality for thee, but no gender equality for me?  

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Councilmember At-large, Rud Browne, Files Candidacy for W.C. District No. 1

As Whatcom County Gears Up for 2017 General Elections; Councilmember At-large, Rud Browne, Files his Candidacy for Whatcom County District 1 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: 360-820-9494 Bellingham, WA—Whatcom County Council Member Rud Browne announced today that he will be a candidate for re-election this year, and will file the official paperwork to run for Council District #1 in the newly-reconfigured Council landscape. Browne currently serves in an at-large seat. “As a 22 year resident of the new District One, I am happy to be redistricted alongside so many who share my values, environmental commitment, and desire for Whatcom County to generate more jobs for our citizens,” he said. “I’m running from the area which supported me in large numbers in my last election, which makes it even more rewarding.” Browne, finishing his first term in public office, has been a proud progressive vote, and the leading advocate for broader Council roles in economic development. “Our great educational institutions produce some of the brightest and boldest educated new work force, yet all too often our graduates are unable to find a decent job here and are forced to move elsewhere to build their careers. The future of our community will be …

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Saturday Morning Live for Jan. 28, 2017

Ever heard “Clean Phil,” on KGMI 790 AM radio? Ever wonder who Phil is and why he calls himself, “Clean Phil?” Host Kris Halterman will interview Phil Morgan, Clean Phil, as he shares his amazing story on how life is what you make it.

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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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