Action Items

The Hirst Fix – 40th Dist. Representative Kristine Lytton Denies Support for SB 5239

As many of the readers of Liberty Road know, we’ve advocated for personal property rights, most importantly water rights, since we began covering property rights issues in 2012. The Washington State Senate recently passed  SB 5239, to address the moratoriums put in place to address the Washington State Supreme Court (WSSC) ruling on the “Hirst, Harris, Stalheim, Brakke, Melious, and Futurewise,” lawsuit that has upended rural properties across this state. That bill is now in the State House, and has a lot of support from the 42nd District Representatives. Our 40th District Representatives have failed to help move this legislation forward to bring it to the floor for a vote. Specifically, Rep. Kristine Lytton, 40th Dist., is not representing you. Why? Is it because she is using this water issue as leverage to get tax increases passed for the McCleary Public Education case? McCleary, is another of the WSSC’s judicial overreach that is going to cost the tax paying citizens of Washington State “billions” of dollars in increased spending. Did you get your 2017 Property Tax bill? How much did your public education portion of your property tax bill increase for 2017? Are you willing to gamble your water rights on another property …

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Saturday Morning Live for Feb. 18, 2017

Part One: Host Kris Halterman interviews Steve McLaughlin (former candidate for Public Lands Commissioner) about the proposal to re-introduce the Grizzly bear into Washington State. Part Two: Host Kris Halterman discusses the numerous Exempt-Well bills being proposed, to resolve the Hirst lawsuit, as they work their way through the legislative processes in Olympia.

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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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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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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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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 November 19, 2016

Host Kris Halterman discusses the recent Hirst, Futurewise vs. Whatcom County suit, with former Whatcom County Planning Commissioner, Dave Onkels, and Hydro-Geologist, Ed Kilduff.

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