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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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SCOWS Decision to Leave Whatcom County in Shambles…Does and Will the Whatcom County Council Represent You?

Good Morning Friends, As you awoke this morning some of you may have heard on the news that the Supreme Court of Washington State found in favor of the litigants for Futurewise. The “Futurewise, Hirst, Stalheim, Brakke, and Harris vs. Whatcom County,” is a court decision that will decimate property values throughout Whatcom County and dims the future for many Whatcom County families and businesses, forever. In a nutshell, the SCOWS have agreed that you must prove that your exempt-well will-not negatively affect the in-stream water flow to your watershed streams and rivers. This is a “you are guilty unless you can prove you are innocent demand, that cannot be proven ‘and’ at what cost to you? I received an email with some informative information and links for you, so you can post your thoughts on the recent Supreme Court of Washington State (SCOWS) decision against private well-owners and the current EMS levy, and I’ve shared some of my own questions about these important issues before us all. The EMS levy asks to take emergency services off the County’s budget and give it a “special levy” to fund it outside of the County’s budget process, why? Is it possible they …

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S.2012 … A United Nations and Tribal Takeover?

Hidden provisions in congressional energy bills undermine America’s water and property rights ~ by Lawrence Kogan A UN and tribal takeover? A massive 792-page Senate Energy Committee bill threatens to authorize federal bureaucrats to cede extensive control over western state water and property rights, energy development and forest management to Native American tribes, local UN sustainability councils and radical environmentalist groups. Certain provisions could undermine the foundations of our nation from within our nation. S.2012, the North American Energy Security and Infrastructure Act of 2016, incorporates some 393 amendments. Incredibly, it is being driven forward by U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and other members of Congress behind closed doors. Probably very few have read the bill in its entirety. Virtually none understand its likely impacts on western and other rural land, water and property rights, potentially throughout America, or on the families and communities whose lives will be upended. This secretive approach – with no opportunities for meaningful public examination or comment, even by those who will be most affected – is almost unprecedented. It could well become another example of “we have to pass it to find out what’s in it.” But numerous people will have to live with …

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Saturday Morning Live for Sept. 24, 2016 ~ 2016 Candidate Interview Series

Host Kris Halterman will interview two candidates for the upcoming November 2016 election ballot. The host first interview is with Steve McLaughlin, candidate for Washington State Public Lands Commissioner. The second interview is with Michael Waite, candidate for Washington State Treasurer. Each candidate has been informed to expect any questions related to the position they are running for from the host. Sept. 24th – 8:10 AM – 8:25 AM         Stephen McLaughlin / WA State Public Lands Comm.           mclaugsa@yahoo.com  Sept. 24th – 8:35 AM – 8:50 AM         Michael Waite / WA State Treasurer                                    mw@hiremichaelwaite.com 

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Saturday Morning Live for Sept. 17, 2016

During the first segment of today’s program, host Kris Halterman, will interview candidate for Governor of Washington State, Bill Bryant. Next up, Whatcom County Assessor, Keith Willnauer, will share the details of the new Greenways Levy IV and EMS Levy, to be voted on in this November’s General Election, with host Kris Halterman and guest Glen Morgan.

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Saturday Morning Live for May 21, 2016

Host Kris Halterman discusses the proposed changes to the Whatcom County Comprehensive Plan update of 2016, with the Petree’s of Public Policy Perspectives, LLC.   

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