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Saturday Morning Live July 22, 2017

Whatcom County Jail: Discussion with Sheriff Bill Elfo on the proposed new WC Jail tax. What does the new tax cover? The size, scope, and timeline to get this done if it passes? What is at stake if it fails? The existing Whatcom County Jail was built in 1983 and ran over the permitted “Average Daily Population,” in 1989. It’s been an issue in Whatcom County for twenty-eight years and we are no closer to fixing the problem now, than we were then. Why? Learn about the history and time-line of this issue, the need to fix-it or build a new county jail, and who-what-and why it is taking so long to do the right thing. Or, is it “If We Build It – They Will Come,” as some local, legal council would have us believe?  

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Saturday Morning Live for June 17, 2017

Part One: Discussion with Glen Morgan of “We the Governed.” Whatcom County Council has hired Jay Manning, from Cascadia Law to: THE FOLLOWING ITEM HAS BEEN ADDED TO THE PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE MEETING AGENDA: Committee Discussion 2. Discussion concerning requesting the Prosecutor move forward with special counsel for reviewing the Council’s legal authority and policy options related to limiting fossil fuel exports (AB2017-201). Part Two: Host Kris Halterman continues the conversation about Lake Padden Municipal Golf Course with two local Attorney’s, Ron Hardesty and Jim Doran. They will be discussing the current state of contract negotiations with for managing Lake Padden for the next generation. Is the City of Bellingham negotiating in good faith, for a win-win for our community?  

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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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Saturday Morning Live for May 27, 2017

Host Kris Halterman discusses the Wake-Up Whatcom County Rally with Glen Morgan, Executive Director for the Washington State organization, Citizens Alliance for Property Rights and We the Governed, one of the featured speakers at the Tuesday event. Jim McKinney, Executive Director for Common Threads Northwest, will also be joining the program to talk about the event and what’s next?   

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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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Saturday Morning Live for Apr. 29, 2017

Host Kris Halterman will interview Whatcom County Assessor, Keith Willnauer, to talk about the 2017 Whatcom County property tax assessments and liabilities. Why the big jump? Is there someone, something, some way, to slow down or stop property taxes from these unsustainable jumps?  

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Saturday Morning Live for Mar. 25, 2017

First Segment: Dr. Roger Stark, Health Care Policy Analyst for the Washington Policy Center, will weigh-in on the Repeal and Replace of Obamacare. The AHCA bill has been pulled? What does that mean to health insurance premiums, health care consumers, businesses, and the future of health care in America? Remainder of the Program: Host Kris Halterman will interview City of Bellingham Mayor, Kelli Linville and Exec. Dir. of the Lighthouse Mission Ministries, Hans Erchinger-Davis, on the proposed expansion of the Mission’s, Drop-In-Center. The City of Bellingham and the Mission have put together an agreement. What is that agreement and will it help reduce homelessness in Bellingham?  

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Saturday Morning Live for Mar. 18, 2017

PART ONE: Host Kris Halterman will interview 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. PART TWO: Host Kris Halterman will interview Whatcom County Assessor, Keith Willnauer, to talk about the 2017 Whatcom County property tax assessments and liabilities. Why the big jump? Is there someone, something, someway to slow down or stop property taxes from these unsustainable jumps?      

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Saturday Morning Live for Mar. 11, 2017

Part One: Host Kris Halterman invites Ed Kilduff, licensed hydro-geologist, to give his summation of what he heard at the Mar. 7th, 2017, special presentation, public comments, and council-panel discussion which followed the special presentation. Par Two: Host Kris Halterman will interview Glen Morgan and Bruce Ayers on the numerous Public Disclosure Commission violations that have been filed in Olympia, WA., with Atty. Gen. Bob Ferguson. Specific attention will be given one of the most recent complaints which has been filed against the local EMS Saves Lives levy, which passed by only 40 votes. Liberty Road Summary of  County’s Council Special Presentation and Meeting of Mar. 2, 2017 Last night at the Whatcom County Council, after 4.0 hrs of a special presentation, a public hearing and discussion by the Council, they passed a six-week, continuing Interim-ordinance for a moratorium on permitting for properties that require an exempt-well as their source for potable water. Prior to the public hearing, the Council held a presentation of video clips from agency heads giving testimony to the Washington State Legislature about the issues surrounding the Hirst and Postema cases. After the video, there was a four-panel group which addressed the Council with statements and …

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Upset About Your Property Tax Bill? Don’t Blame the Assessor.

Upset about your property tax bill? Don’t blame the Assessor…he’s just crunching the numbers in the database to calculate who pays all those taxes, from all the different taxing authorities and voter approved special levies. Our political leaders approve the budgets proposed by the County Executive and City Mayors, based on the differing needs of our public service entities like Cemetery, Police, Fire, Schools, Roads, Flood, Real Estate Development Excise, EMS, Greenways, Metropolitan Parks, etc., etc. Thousands of Whatcom County property owners received their property tax liability bill this week. All over the County eyeballs were popping, heads were exploding, and pace-makers were working overtime. Why? Because the Pied-Piper brought the unsuspecting populace to the brink of the wharf and encouraged them to jump into the water. Whatcom County’s chickens have come home to roost. Or, better stated as the policies of our political leaders are working. The County Council and the Bellingham City Council have chosen not to increase and fund the urban growth areas in Bellingham and Whatcom County, to accommodate local growth in a planned and sustained measure. Without a proper supply of build-able lots, your assessed property values go up at a faster than normal rate. The …

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