County vs. Tribal Sovereignty Issues – Where’s the Win-Win?
May 6 @ 8:00 am – 9:00 am
County vs. Tribal Sovereignty Issues - Where's the Win-Win?

Host Kris Halterman will speak to invited guest, Native American Civil Rights Activist and Author, Elaine Willman.

Elaine Willman, MPA with a focus on Federal Indian Policy and is a strong advocate for tribal members and U.S. civil rights within tribal governments, and in protecting the rights of non-tribal citizens from the over-reach of tribal government. Elaine is also the author of two books: Slumbering Thunder and Going to Pieces.

Update on Skagit County’s Fight to Retain Governing Control of March Point
May 13 @ 8:00 am – 9:00 am
Update on Skagit County's Fight to Retain Governing Control of March Point

Host Kris Halterman will speak to invited guest, Sen. Deputy Prosec. Atty, Will Honea.

Host Kris Halterman will get an update from Skagit County Senior Deputy Prosecuting Atty, Will Honea. Skagit County has engaged itself to defend control of the properties within their boundaries against the will of the Swinomish Tribe, to expand theirs. Skagit County is another of the small, rural counties, which depend on the revenues that their two refineries; Tesoro and Shell Oil Company. With the recent protest at March Point, ceding control of these properties would likely be economic suicide for the county. Skagit County is more than tulip fields and farm land. They are also an industrial giant located on the West Coast and home of largest river system in Washington State, the Skagit River.

City Council hosts Town Hall Meeting May 15 @ Housing Affordability
May 15 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
City Council hosts Town Hall Meeting May 15 @ Housing Affordability | Bellingham | Washington | United States

Council seeks input on housing affordability

by Marie Marchand, Legislative Assistant / April 27, 2017 (Thursday)

The Bellingham City Council will host a Town Hall Meeting on Housing Affordability from 7-8:30 p.m. on Monday, May 15, 2017, at the Mount Baker Theatre’s Encore Room, 104 N. Commercial Street.  Doors will open at 6:30 p.m.  The event is an opportunity for people in the community to share their ideas with their elected councilmembers in the form of both comments and questions related to the evening’s topic.

Housing affordability has become a growing challenge for many cities in Western Washington, including Bellingham.

According to the recent Bellingham Residential Survey conducted by WWU’s Center for Economic and Business Research, housing affordability is rated as the second most important challenge facing Bellingham; 43 percent of respondents listed it as either their first or second concern.  The issue of homelessness is rated the leading issue for people who were polled.

“The Town Hall format is an historically important venue for hearing the public’s voice on issues that affect them directly,” said City Council President Michael Lilliquist.  “The City Council wants to reintroduce the Town Hall to help reinvigorate democracy locally and encourage people to get involved in the political process.”

The Town Hall venue has limited capacity with seating for 80 and standing room for an additional 20 people.  The event will be recorded and broadcast later on BTV Comcast Channel 10 and also made available online at

There will be a two-minute time limit for speaking, and sign-up sheets will be made available when doors open at 6:30 p.m. The City Council always welcomes feedback from the public.  Contact the Council by emailing, or calling 360-778-8200.  Visit the City Council at and

Media Contacts

​Marie Marchand, Legislative Assistant / City Council Office / 360.778.8202