Education

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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Saturday Morning Live for Feb. 25, 2017

Host Kris Halterman interviews Marlene Dawson, local historian and former Whatcom County Councilmember, regarding the recent email correspondence between herself and County Councilmember Satpal Sidhu. What precipitated the response email from Councilmember Sidhu? What did his response email say that was disconcerting to Marlene and others who read his email response, which she made public? What is this proposed ordinance that Marlene is asking the Whatcom County Council to consider?                

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Saturday Morning Live for Feb. 11, 2017

Host Kris Halterman will interview Erin Shannon, Director for the Washington Policy Center, for Small Business. Up for discussion is the state’s new minimum wage and paid time off laws. How will it roll out? What economic effects has it had, or will it potentially have, on the states small businesses? How is the paid time off going to be administered and reported? What, if any, are the continuing increases hidden within this initiative?

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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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Saturday Morning Live for Jan. 28, 2017

Ever heard “Clean Phil,” on KGMI 790 AM radio? Ever wonder who Phil is and why he calls himself, “Clean Phil?” Host Kris Halterman will interview Phil Morgan, Clean Phil, as he shares his amazing story on how life is what you make it.

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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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States Rights vs. Tribal Rights ~ What Difference Does it Make Now?

With the recent events regarding the Washington State Supreme Court, exempt private-wells, moratoriums on permitting for properties requiring exempt well for potable water, and property rights violations in general…Elaine Willman, author and of Cherokee heritage herself, shares her extensive insight on how our local, state, and federal governments have failed to study and understand the details of this complicated issue. Elaine had granted Liberty Road the rights to publish her article. Part One of her article was published in the LaConnor Weekly. Part Two will be published next week. Liberty Road has published both parts for our readers and followers, here. Are Your Elected Officials Forsaking You? By Elaine Willman, MPA* Let’s get one thing clear:  Tribal governments do not create Federal Indian Policy. The Executive Branch, Congress and the Courts do. Tribal government officials, lobbyists and legal counsels of 567 tribes have been heavily persuasive with our elected officials at every level of government, but tribes do not make federal/state law. The people you and I elect to every level of office make abundant decisions to benefit Indian tribes, generally to the direct harm of the state citizens served. As example, there were approximately 270 bills in Congress for …

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