Action Items

Opportunities to Get Involved and Make A Difference

Whatcom County has recently published an updated list of boards and commissions which have vacant positions which need to be filled by willing and able people who live in Whatcom County. Many of these boards and committees provide recommendations that can be considered by the County Council to make changes in the way we conduct our lives and businesses here. Please take a moment to look over the list of vacancies and putting your name into the hat for consideration. ~ LR The following list represents all current volunteer positions on Executive-appointed and Council-appointed boards, committees, and commissions. IMPORTANT NOTE:  Please note at the end of each narrative it will indicate Executive- appointed or Council- appointed. For those appointments made by the  Whatcom County Council the deadline for those applications has been extended to 10:00 a.m. January 23, 2018.  If you have questions place contact the Whatcom County Council office at 360-778-5010 or the Whatcom County Executive’s office at 360-778-5200. Applications are available from the Whatcom County Executive 360-778-5200, or the Whatcom County Council 360-778-5018. Or online at: http://wa-whatcomcounty.civicplus.com/1584/How-to-Apply County Council & County Executive Expectations for Boards and Commissions information may be found on line at: http://wa-whatcomcounty.civicplus.com/DocumentCenter/View/5946     Council-appointed and Flood …

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Saturday Morning Live for Jan. 6, 2018

Today’s Show: Host Kris Halterman will interview Keith Mofley (CEO) and Jacob Grant (COO), to talk about their new business venture. A local shopping app named, Locale. Small Businesses need to stay competitive in today’s online shopping surge. Whether your small business is online, bricks-and-mortar, or both; Locale brings the advantages of same-day-delivery to local small businesses.     LIBERTY ALERTS: On Tuesday, January 9th, 2018 the newly seated Whatcom County Council will select the candidate to fulfill the vacancy created with the election of Councilmember Todd Donovan to the new District 2 seat. There are currently twenty-nine candidates who have thrown their hat in the ring. Many of the names are familiar to political-geeks like me. You (the listeners) might want to take a moment to see who’s asking to be seated and weigh-in on who you believe they should select. With the last four-year + of an echo chamber in the Council Chambers it would be refreshing if they were to pick a candidate who is either middle of the road (a true independent voice) or conservative in their following of the national, state, and local laws.

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As Energy Use Drops … How Do Energy Companies Pay their Bills?

Local Puget Sound Energy has released their required public notice of intent to request rate changes for electrical and natural gas energy usage. A cursory reading of the rates that will increase vs decrease, it looks as though the single-family residential and small business properties will be paying more for their electrical and natural gas use. Rental units, farming, and large industry rates are seeking a stay of rates or decrease.

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Saturday Morning Live for Dec. 2, 2017

Glen Morgan, from We the Governed, will be filling in for Kris Halterman. Glen’s topic de jour will be going over the recent local PDC filings and the 2018 Agenda for the Washington State Legislator’s. What outcomes should the residents and tax payers of Washington pay attention to?

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Temporary (?) Chuckanut Forest Budget Calls for Tax Increase

If you live within the Special Taxing District which funds the Chuckanut Metropolitan Park you should pay close attention to the following information within the attached documents.     NOW THEREFORE, THE BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS OF THE CHUCKANUT COMMUNITY FOREST PARK DISTRICT, WHATCOM COUNTY, WASHINGTON, HEREBY RESOLVES AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. An increase in the regular property tax levy, in addition to the increase resulting from the addition of new construction and improvements to property, newly constructed wind turbines, solar, biomass and geothermal facilities, and any increase in the value of state assessed property, is hereby authorized for the 2018 levy in the amount of $527,158.52, which is $35,407.67 more than last year and is an approximate seven percent (7%) increase from the previous year. Section 2. BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that any resolutions or parts of resolutions in conflict herewith are hereby repealed insofar as they conflict with the provisions of this resolution. Section 3. If any section, subsection, sentence, clause or phrase of this Resolution is for any reason held to be invalid or unconstitutional, such decision shall not affect the validity of the remaining portions of this Resolution. The Board hereby declares that it would have passed this code and …

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City of Bellingham Fails in Negotiations with Local Management for Lake Padden Public Golf Course

The City of Bellingham has put out to bid for new management of the Lake Padden Municipal Golf Course. After suffering for years with a contract with the City, which failed to include the City’s participation in a planned capital maintenance program for this asset, the current management has opted not to renew their contract. The City receives a percentage of the fees charged for each round of golf. Fees which should be used for the capital maintenance of this city asset. The current management has made a reasonable offer to the City of Bellingham which would not only keep in place a professionally trained and established local management of our public golf course; it would improve the course to keep it competitive with the private courses in the area. See links below for the two interviews with Padden Golf Course Directors, and the Managements Attorney and Padden Golf Course members, for a fuller understanding of what was offered and why the current management is unwilling to sign-on for another ten-year contract. The Arnie Hanna Aquatic Center loses hundreds of thousands of dollars every year and relies upon the City for maintenance. In contrast, the City of Bellingham has benefited …

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Threat Letter Sent to Local Businesses that Support Cherry Point Industries

Last Saturday, on the Saturday Morning Live radio show, we talked about a newly uncovered threat letter from Stand.Earth, formerly ForestEthics. This nonprofit 501c3 has the usual characters with deep roots in San Francisco, CA, Vancouver, B.C., Canada, and Bellingham, WA. Two of this NGO’s board members reside in Bellingham, WA. and have strong links to Futurewise and RE Sources. Alex Ramel and Matt Krogh. Ramel frequently testifies before the Whatcom County Council, bragging about how proud he is that they helped to get the current Council elected. Ramel also promotes for stronger restrictions on exempt-wells, farming and industrial operations in our community. Matt Krogh, who has also testified before the Council for the same purposes, was successfully elected and served for one term on the Bellingham City Council. Apparently Ramel and Krogh are desperate and have signed their names on Stand.Earth letterhead to a threatening letter mailed to many local Bellingham/Whatcom County businesses. Why? Because these businesses are members of the Whatcom Business Alliance (WBA) and they do not like the WBA. Why don’t they like the WBA? Because the WBA has developed a new program named, Step-Up, whose mission it is to promote and support local businesses and industries here. Step-Up strives to educate …

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Swinomish Indian Tribal Community Approves Constitution Changes to Seek Jurisdiction over Skagit County

We received this press release from Marty Loesch regarding the recent May 23 Swinomish Constitutional Amendment vote.  (Mr. Loesch was the principal architect of the “What’s Upstream” campaign as well.) Unsurprisingly, it passed a vote of the Swinomish membership. The press release does not address the off-reservation jurisdictional and territorial claims in any way, either in the March Point area or elsewhere. Mr. Loesch’s press release only repeats the partially true statement from prior Regional Director Speaks that this Constitutional Amendment alone cannot change the actual reservation boundaries (with respect to March’s Point), which is true insofar as this  is the first of two process steps by which that would happen. The Secretary of the Interior now has 45 days within which to approve or reject the Constitutional Amendment, after which I believe there are 30 days in which an aggrieved party must file an appeal. ~ Will Honea

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Let Them Eat Crow … RE Sources Crows About Victory to Shut Down Cherry Point

Update: Whatcom County and Washington State seriously needed a change at the seat of government in Olympia, too. Governor Jay Inslee has bestowed the Whatcom County Council with an award for their actions to restrict growth in Whatcom County through their actions last Tuesday, with The Governor’s Smart Communities Award. Whatcom County 2016 Comprehensive Plan Update was unique. It brought in new elements including climate change resiliency strategies and Marine Resource Lands section to conserve and enhance Whatcom County’s marine land base for the long-term and sustainable production commercial and recreational economic activities. Smart Choices Award – Implementation of a comprehensive plan Crina Hoyer, the local Executive Director of RE Sources for a Sustainable Community sent out a victory lap for achieving what many believed to be the unachievable…the Whatcom County Council approves Comp Plan Changes to the Cherry Point Industrial Growth Plan…which stops growth and starts the wheels of shutting down the industries at Cherry Point. Ms. Hoyer is so proud of their results that they are using it as a campaign feature to fund raise for more of your money to continue their march to de-industrialize Whatcom County. Wake Up Whatcom County…this is the real agenda for your community. …

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Saturday Morning Live for May 13, 2017

Host Kris Halterman will interview Tony Larson about the Wake Up Whatcom County Rally. What is it? Why is it needed? Who is the audience? Why should people show up? All it takes for good things to happen is for good people to show up and make a difference.

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