Environment

Saturday Morning Live for Sept. 9, 2017

The wrap up. SML Host, Kris Halterman interviews Will Honea, Deputy Prosecuting Attorney for Skagit County, about the outcome of the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community’s constitutional amendments which sought to expand the reservation boundaries in Skagit County. Will shares observations about this experience.    

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The Costs of Non-Native Predatory Species In Your Community Endangers Food Safety

Last November, Steve McLaughlin ran unsuccessfully for the office of Public Lands Commissioner for Washington State. Since that time he has kept a close eye on how our public lands are being managed and whether the residents living nearby are being affected either positively or negatively by state land policies. Steve is an avid outdoors man who understands the eco-relationship between man and nature. One of the top issues being closely monitored by Washington State ranchers, the Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Fish and Wildlife, are the newly reintroduced, non-native wolf packs from the Montana area. They have watched as they populated across Montana, Idaho and now Washington. Why? Because the issue is one of people and food safety with broad economic impacts here in the State of Washington and across the nation. The Economic Effect of Wolf Predation on Rural Communities On Tuesday August 24, two calves were discovered in the Sherman Peak area on a federal grazing allotment that were killed by wolves.  This brings this season’s total to 9 calves killed or maimed by these predators.  To most, nine calf kills would not raise an eyebrow to anyone but the ranching family.  But the economic impacts …

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Saturday Morning Live for Aug. 26, 2017

Guest Host Jim McKinney has invited Rebecca Boonstra (Rebecca Boonstra did not accept the invitation to appear on today’s program) and Tyler Byrd to this weekend’s show. With the election season heating up and many unresolved local issues it will be interesting to gauge the direction that each of the candidates running in the new, Whatcom County District 3, wish to focus on. Issues up for discussion: Background? Why are you running? What are the best ways to address environmental concerns? What are District 3 property owner concerns? Solutions for: Development, Housing, Homelessness? What does Economic Development look like for Whatcom County? Tyler Byrd Campaign Photos from Facebook Page Rebecca Boonstra Campaign Photos from Facebook Page

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With Liberty and Justice for All…

The title of this piece was intentionally chosen from the words spoken by Bellingham City Council President, Michael Lilliquist, at the beginning of the Bellingham City Council’s August 14th, 2017 evening council meeting. As the City of Bellingham and Whatcom County struggle with many important issues why has the Bellingham City Council and the Mayor of Bellingham focused on Captain George Pickett? These are mere historical signs which label the history and benefits brought to Bellingham by Captain George Pickett. Are the Council-members and the Mayor truly concerned about the Pickett sign, or are they manufacturing an issue for the 2017 election? Top of the heap of real issues in Bellingham and Whatcom County is homelessness, a lack of affordable single family housing, and legal access to water to build single family homes in rural Whatcom County. Yet, the Bellingham City Council has focused itself on issues like the Pickett’s and even now are contemplating the sale of a large quantity of the City’s water rights for a new commercial development at the Slater Rd., proposed by the Lummi Nation. The City to its credit did ask for an economic analysis to be done by Dr. Hart Hodges of WWU. …

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Saturday Morning Live for July 8, 2017

Host Kris Halterman discusses the effects of the Hirst Case on a local Whatcom County family. Learn how the affects the Hirst Case and the Whatcom County moratorium to stop building permits for rural properties that rely on a private-wells, have affected their family’s future. The discussion covers the family’s personal struggles to deal with a failure of leadership to Fix – Hirst and a personal observation of how the local Whatcom County Council and Washington State Legislature’s actions to fix this problem have failed, why they’ve failed, and how SB 5239 has been hi-jacked for political gains.  

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Saturday Morning Live for June 10, 2017

Who is PEER (Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility) and why should you care? Host Kris Halterman talk about PEER and how they are abusing the public trust, with Steve McLaughlin, on today’s show.          

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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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Dear Mr. President…Please Exit Paris

The G7 summit is in full swing – and President Trump is under intense pressure to Remain in Paris – to force the United States to bow to global demands contained in the treaty that former President Obama insisted is not a treaty, but will nevertheless be made binding on the USA. Many G7 leaders want him to ignore his repeated promises to the Americans who voted for him and continue to support him – by locking the United States into the extensive constraints of the Paris climate agreement. Mark Carr and I have written an open letter to the President, urging him to Exit Paris … and giving him multiple reasons for doing so. We want to bring our letter to his attention … to the attention of White House, State Department, EPA and other Administration officials … and to Americans everywhere – to help them understand why the United States must Exit Paris. Thank you for posting our letter, quoting from it, and forwarding it to your friends and colleagues. Best regards, Paul Driessen Dear Mr. President: Please Exit Paris Are you are still wondering whether to Exit Paris? Overseas and US officials, environmentalists and bureaucrats urge you …

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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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Swinomish Indian Tribal Community Approves Constitution Changes to Seek Jurisdiction over Skagit County

We received this press release from Marty Loesch regarding the recent May 23 Swinomish Constitutional Amendment vote.  (Mr. Loesch was the principal architect of the “What’s Upstream” campaign as well.) Unsurprisingly, it passed a vote of the Swinomish membership. The press release does not address the off-reservation jurisdictional and territorial claims in any way, either in the March Point area or elsewhere. Mr. Loesch’s press release only repeats the partially true statement from prior Regional Director Speaks that this Constitutional Amendment alone cannot change the actual reservation boundaries (with respect to March’s Point), which is true insofar as this  is the first of two process steps by which that would happen. The Secretary of the Interior now has 45 days within which to approve or reject the Constitutional Amendment, after which I believe there are 30 days in which an aggrieved party must file an appeal. ~ Will Honea

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