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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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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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Let Them Eat Crow … RE Sources Crows About Victory to Shut Down Cherry Point

Update: Whatcom County and Washington State seriously needed a change at the seat of government in Olympia, too. Governor Jay Inslee has bestowed the Whatcom County Council with an award for their actions to restrict growth in Whatcom County through their actions last Tuesday, with The Governor’s Smart Communities Award. Whatcom County 2016 Comprehensive Plan Update was unique. It brought in new elements including climate change resiliency strategies and Marine Resource Lands section to conserve and enhance Whatcom County’s marine land base for the long-term and sustainable production commercial and recreational economic activities. Smart Choices Award – Implementation of a comprehensive plan Crina Hoyer, the local Executive Director of RE Sources for a Sustainable Community sent out a victory lap for achieving what many believed to be the unachievable…the Whatcom County Council approves Comp Plan Changes to the Cherry Point Industrial Growth Plan…which stops growth and starts the wheels of shutting down the industries at Cherry Point. Ms. Hoyer is so proud of their results that they are using it as a campaign feature to fund raise for more of your money to continue their march to de-industrialize Whatcom County. Wake Up Whatcom County…this is the real agenda for your community. …

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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 Apr. 22, 2017

Host Kris Halterman interviews Paul Driessen, co-author of “Cracking Big Green,” on Earth Day and Science Week. What is Earth Day really about? What’s behind the March for Science, Peoples Climate Movement, and Green Energy Poverty? The EPA has recently added the Rusty Patched Bumblebee to the endangered species list. What does that mean for plans to Making America Great Again? And, was this a positive move for America and the Rusty Patched Bumblebee?

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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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