Bellingham

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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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 December 3, 2016

Host Kris Halterman interviews Matt Pridachuk, Custer Sportsmen Club Director for USPSA, or IPSC (IP-sik) and their “Toys-for-Tots” Charity event.

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WWU to be a Sanctuary University?

University President Sabah Randhawa, has sent out an email to reassure the locals that he will be working to protect undocumented students at Western Washington University. Will this jeopordize federal funding for students who are legal U.S. citizens? Isn’t college tuition a huge expense that caused a lot of millenial’s to demand free tuition. Of course anyone who pays taxes understands that none of this is free and there is a cost to everyone when those who work for public institutions spend other peoples money. From: <President@wwu.edu> Date: November 28, 2016 at 2:59:59 PM PST To: ”  EMPLOYEE TYPES: C1 – Classified FT Perm/Salaried”, “C2 – Classified PT Perm/Salaried”, C3 – Class Temp Hourly, E1 – Exempt Prof FT Perm/Salaried, “E2 – Exempt Prof PT Perm/Salaried”, E3 – Exempt Prof Temp/Hourly, “E4 – Exempt Prof Temp/Salaried”, E5 – Executive Officer, “F1 – Fac FT 9-10 Mo Perm/Salaried”, F2 – Fac PT 9-10 Mo Perm/Salaried, “F3 – Faculty PT Temp/Salaried”, F4 – Faculty PT Temp/Hourly, L1 – Librarian FT Perm/Salaried, L2 – Librarian PT Perm/Salaried, L3 – Librarian PT Temp/Salaried Subject: Western`s Commitment to Our Undocumented Students Reply-To: <President@wwu.edu> Dear Western Community, I welcome everyone back from Thanksgiving break and hope that you …

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