SML Contributors

It’s Earth Day! WWYD?

  So here comes another “Earth Day” or for those of us who remember “Arbor Day.” What are you going to do for this roundish ball we live on that floats in the galaxy? Plant a tree? Weed your flower bed? Pick up trash? Or, take a walk through a forested park? On the farms and ranches of the USA we celebrate Earth Day 24/7, 365 days a year, and have been for centuries. From our indigenous people who cross-pollinated to create sturdier and healthier crops, to the farmers and ranchers who sustain us today; it is a full-time effort to treat our environment kindly with a look towards feeding people in the future. Here are just some of the developments that have happened during my life in the agriculture industry. Crop rotation has been a concept on small irrigated farm land since I was a wee girl. Many days were spent rolling, wet hay bales so that they could dry out after a rain. While that hay crop was never a big money-maker, it put nitrogen back in the soil for our beet and corn crops. Each year the landscape changed with each rotation of crop sites, which then …

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Saturday Morning Live for Apr. 8, 2017

Host Kris Halterman continues the interview with Dr. Robert (Bob) Patton, on Dr. Patton’s  Q1 2017 fiscal analysis of the nation. How did the U.S. economy fare in Q1 2017? Where are the growth potentials with a divided nation? Are we a divided nation, and if so why? Suggestions for the average citizen in planning for their household budget, retirement, and future?

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Whatcom County Wish List Updated for 2017

Whatcom County has what is know as a wish list for funding needed projects. Their updated wish list has been put on the Tuesday council agenda, and latest Comprehensive Economic Development (CED) wish list is in the queue for approval.  Some say this list is just their list of dream projects, but it’s used as evidence/substantiation for grant applications. The image above is merely page one of seventeen pages. Those closest to the top are the priorities list…but does not guarantee they’ll be first in line to be funded and realized. Council approves the concept, and the locusts swoop in and make it so.

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Q1 2017 State of the Nation – Dr. Robert Patton

If you are from Whatcom County, or have been a frequent listener to Saturday Morning Live on KGMI/790 AM, likely you know a little about Dr. Robert (Bob) Patton. Dr. Patton is a financial adviser and puts out a quarterly financial report that he shares with the public. The first quarter for 2017 is already in and the results have some stunning numbers along with a strong dose of reality for the American public to digest. The links below will familiarize those of you who do not know Dr. Patton’s credentials, his financial report on the U.S. Economy for the first quarter of 2017, and how the nation voted for change in America. Enjoy Dr. Patton’s fiscal analysis of Q1-2017 and his wise words for all of us to take heed to.   

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Saturday Morning Live for Apr. 1, 2017

42nd District Representatives Luanne VanWerven and Vincent Buys, join host Kris Halterman, to share an update on what’s happening in Olympia this session. What has or is likely to pass? Will they pass a budget that resolves the McCleary decision? What are the details for changing local property tax levies to state property tax levies, to comply with the McCleary decision? Will the Hirst Fix be realized this session?  

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Privacy Rights get a Victory – Thanks to Farmers!

It is great to see conflicts being resolved without further court battles. It is great to see citizens privacy being respected. And I love that part of the settlement where the EPA has to take training on the Freedom of Information Act.  Hope you are heartened by this also. ` Lorraine Newman March 28, 2017 Farm Bureau applauds settlement agreement to protect farmers’ privacy The American Farm Bureau Federation and the National Pork Producers Council have closed the final chapter of their lawsuit challenging EPA’s release of farmer and rancher personal information, when a federal judge approved a settlement that secures the private information of thousands of livestock and poultry farmers in 36 states. “This lawsuit has won a major victory for personal privacy,” said American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall. “Months ago, we won a court decision that vindicates the rights of farmers and all Americans to protect their personal information from dissemination by the government. This settlement is the final step, requiring that EPA scrub all personal information from the records involved and train its staff on the proper handling of personal information.” AFBF and NPPC filed the lawsuit in 2013 after EPA released a vast compilation …

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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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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 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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