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Saturday Morning Live for Sept. 16, 2017

Host Kris Halterman talks to Guy Occhigrosso, CEO and President of the Bellingham / Whatcom County Chamber of Commerce, about what it means to Live, Work, and Play, in Whatcom County, Skagit County, or any home town? What makes people so passionate to live in their community and what’s the recipe for success?    

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Saturday Morning Live for Aug. 19, 2017

Guest Host Hans Erchinger-Davis, Executive Director of the Lighthouse Mission Ministries will interview Chaplain Aaron Speyer and New Life Program graduate, Kevin about the work done at the Lighthouse Mission Ministries to restore peoples lives.         Saturday Morning Live Podcast – August 19, 2017: Exec. Director, Hans Erchinger-Davis talks to Chaplain Aaron Speyer and New Live Program graduate Kevin about the services at The Lighthouse Mission Ministries and how they continue to affect the lives of the homeless in our community. Whatcom Report Podcast – August 20, 2017: Wes Herman of Woods Coffee and Exec. Director, Hans Erchinger-Davis, discuss the mission of The Lighthouse Mission Ministries and how they are moving forward to help relieve homelessness with their expanded Drop in Center services.

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A Nation Stands By While American History is Erased….

Top news of the day is Mayor Kelli Linville and the Bellingham City Council moving to the trend that we must remove any historical reminders to those who fought as soldiers in the south during the American Civil War. So, today Mayor Linville has ordered the removal of the Pickett Bridge sign. As the nation wrestles with a tragedy the solution seems to be to erase history. Is this the way we heal as a nation? Can we ever unite as a nation if we erase all physical commemoration from our public spaces? Perhaps the most attuned President of our beloved Nation said it best when he united a nation after a horrific civil war by claiming that every soldier was entitled to be treated with equality. Where is our Abraham Lincoln at a time when so many work to divide this nation? Fact #9: Lincoln desired a forgiving Reconstruction. After a long war there were many who felt that Southerners should be severely punished for their insurrection.  Some wanted to hold rebels criminally accountable, exact huge financial penalties, and relegate the Southern states to second-class status.  Lincoln, on the other hand, advocated amnesty and a swift return to an …

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Saturday Morning Live for July 15, 2017

Part One: Jami Lund, from the Freedom Foundation, discusses the Seattle City Council’s recently passed income tax on individuals earning $250k or higher and joint filers earning $500k or higher. The Freedom Foundation is taking the City of Seattle’s illegal, unconstitutional act to court. Part Two: What was life on the campus of Evergreen State College like for the students? How did it affect their studies, their safety, their sense of free speech, and was this all hype and fear mongering? Or, was is this a growing social-awareness to “hear-see-and say” no evil to the student population of Evergreen State College?

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Saturday Morning Live for June 24, 2017

Host Kris Halterman discusses the mission of SAVE, aka Social Alliance for a Vibrant Economy. Who are they? What is their mission? What are have they done? What is Raspberry Pi? What are their future plans?   

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When Did It Become Okay?

When did it become okay? To bully? Bullying has become an epidemic in our everyday lives and has become a significant issue for our children. When we lead by examples as bullies ourselves, is it any wonder that this issue has grown to near epidemic proportions? Think about it. How many instances of bullying do you see, hear, and read in social media every day? With the ease of social media, we have become faceless drones who would rather threaten another faceless drone, than to have civil discourse. How will these examples of bad manners leave a nation built-on self-reliance and social responsibility to our community? To shame people to be PC? When did our schools and higher-learning institutions become havens for children and young adults who cannot handle a thought or word that they consider offensive? Thoughts spoken out loud, not to offend. But, which we analyze, dissect and twist, to find some hidden, evil intent within them. Gay no longer means to be happy. Man, woman, boy, and girl are no longer nouns, but unwanted labels of gender inequality. And so, it goes, on-and-on, until we can no longer carry-on a comfortable conversation with our neighbors, let alone …

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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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Rusty Patched Bumblebee ~ A Pandora’s Box for Property Development

Off to a bumbling start at Interior If this is the kind of housecleaning and swamp draining we’re going to get, we’re in real trouble. ~ Paul Driessen Was it because there were too few senior Trump Administration officials in place to catch and stop it? Or because Department of the Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke was new on the job, and had so much on his plate, that this decision just slipped right past him? Maybe it was because the new Administration faces so many battles with environmental activists already that it didn’t want another one?  Or perhaps Interior was intimidated by environmentalist lawsuits challenging President Trump’s 60-day delay of newly-issued Obama Administration regulations? Whatever the reason, Trump’s Interior Department opened a real can of worms when it let the Obama Administration’s last-minute endangered species designation for the rusty patched bumblebee (RPB) take effect March 21 – exactly 60 days after President Trump issued his regulatory Executive Order. The designation has serious adverse implications for Mr. Trump’s ambitious plans for infrastructure improvements, economic growth, job creation, and reining in regulatory abuse and overreach. Already, officials in the Minneapolis area have delayed a road construction project – purportedly near a patch of …

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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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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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