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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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City of Bellingham Fails in Negotiations with Local Management for Lake Padden Public Golf Course

The City of Bellingham has put out to bid for new management of the Lake Padden Municipal Golf Course. After suffering for years with a contract with the City, which failed to include the City’s participation in a planned capital maintenance program for this asset, the current management has opted not to renew their contract. The City receives a percentage of the fees charged for each round of golf. Fees which should be used for the capital maintenance of this city asset. The current management has made a reasonable offer to the City of Bellingham which would not only keep in place a professionally trained and established local management of our public golf course; it would improve the course to keep it competitive with the private courses in the area. See links below for the two interviews with Padden Golf Course Directors, and the Managements Attorney and Padden Golf Course members, for a fuller understanding of what was offered and why the current management is unwilling to sign-on for another ten-year contract. The Arnie Hanna Aquatic Center loses hundreds of thousands of dollars every year and relies upon the City for maintenance. In contrast, the City of Bellingham has benefited …

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Saturday Morning Live for June 17, 2017

Part One: Discussion with Glen Morgan of “We the Governed.” Whatcom County Council has hired Jay Manning, from Cascadia Law to: THE FOLLOWING ITEM HAS BEEN ADDED TO THE PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE MEETING AGENDA: Committee Discussion 2. Discussion concerning requesting the Prosecutor move forward with special counsel for reviewing the Council’s legal authority and policy options related to limiting fossil fuel exports (AB2017-201). Part Two: Host Kris Halterman continues the conversation about Lake Padden Municipal Golf Course with two local Attorney’s, Ron Hardesty and Jim Doran. They will be discussing the current state of contract negotiations with for managing Lake Padden for the next generation. Is the City of Bellingham negotiating in good faith, for a win-win for our community?  

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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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Saturday Morning Live for June 3, 2017

Host Kris Halterman discusses concerns of the contract negotiations between the City of Bellingham and Lake Padden Municipal Golf Course with board members from the LPMGC, Steve Swank and Mike Hatfield.

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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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Upset About Your Property Tax Bill? Don’t Blame the Assessor.

Upset about your property tax bill? Don’t blame the Assessor…he’s just crunching the numbers in the database to calculate who pays all those taxes, from all the different taxing authorities and voter approved special levies. Our political leaders approve the budgets proposed by the County Executive and City Mayors, based on the differing needs of our public service entities like Cemetery, Police, Fire, Schools, Roads, Flood, Real Estate Development Excise, EMS, Greenways, Metropolitan Parks, etc., etc. Thousands of Whatcom County property owners received their property tax liability bill this week. All over the County eyeballs were popping, heads were exploding, and pace-makers were working overtime. Why? Because the Pied-Piper brought the unsuspecting populace to the brink of the wharf and encouraged them to jump into the water. Whatcom County’s chickens have come home to roost. Or, better stated as the policies of our political leaders are working. The County Council and the Bellingham City Council have chosen not to increase and fund the urban growth areas in Bellingham and Whatcom County, to accommodate local growth in a planned and sustained measure. Without a proper supply of build-able lots, your assessed property values go up at a faster than normal rate. The …

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Saturday Morning Live for Feb. 18, 2017

Part One: Host Kris Halterman interviews Steve McLaughlin (former candidate for Public Lands Commissioner) about the proposal to re-introduce the Grizzly bear into Washington State. Part Two: Host Kris Halterman discusses the numerous Exempt-Well bills being proposed, to resolve the Hirst lawsuit, as they work their way through the legislative processes in Olympia.

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Saturday Morning Live for Dec. 10, 2016

Host Kris Halterman will interview Gary Hagland, board member of the Skagit County CAPR, to discuss the latest threats to people’s safety and private property. The reintroduction of the Grizzly Bear is slowly moving forward and with the newly elected Public Lands Commissioner, Hillary Franz at the helm in Washington State…it’s likely to become a reality sooner, rather than later. Also, the Swinomish Indians have asked to expand their tribal authority over thousands of acres in Skagit County, including the industrially zoned property where the Shell and Tesoro refineries are located.  

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“All Hail Caesar”…The Romans are at the Well…a Vision for the “Royals and Serfs,” in Whatcom County

It has been interesting (in a macabre way) to watch the metamorphosis of the Whatcom County Council and the parallels it has with Roman history. Ancient Rome started as a republic controlled by the wealthy few. Think RE Sources, a very well-funded few who live-in our community, who actively take money from our Council and use it to control your lives and promote people into positions of power to control people and business, here. The only voice for the middle and lesser-classes has been limited to a veto that could be exercised through a Tribune, our cause against the Council. Whatcom County citizens only have the possibility of a veto if a “Tribune” (County Executive) champions their cause. The Roman Republic only worked well for those wealthy few, so there was unrest. In Rome, the unrest would manifest into riots or civil wars. Although less violent, our marathon council sessions where the masses bring their grievances to the council have been signals of the growing unrest of the people. The Roman Senate offered bread and circuses to placate the people; much like our council has provided us with parks and trails, and promised housing for the homeless. But eventually even free stuff …

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