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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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Saturday Morning Live for May 20, 2017

Host Kris Halterman will speak to invited guest, Sen. Deputy Pros. Atty, Will Honea. Host Kris Halterman will get an update from Skagit County Senior Deputy Prosecuting Atty, Will Honea. Skagit County has engaged itself to defend control of the properties within their boundaries against the will of the Swinomish Tribe, to expand theirs. Skagit County is another of the small, rural counties, which depend on the revenues that their two refineries; Tesoro and Shell Oil Company. With the recent protest at March Point, ceding control of these properties would likely be economic suicide for the county. Skagit County is nationally known for their tulip fields and farm land. They are also an industrial giant located on the West Coast and home of one of the largest rivers in Washington State and the West Coast, the Skagit River.     

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Saturday Morning Live for May 6, 2017

Host Kris Halterman will speak to invited guest, Native American Civil Rights Activist and Author, Elaine Willman. Elaine Willman, MPA with a focus on Federal Indian Policy and is a strong advocate for tribal members and U.S. civil rights within tribal governments, and in protecting the rights of non-tribal citizens from the over-reach of tribal government. Elaine is also the author of two books: Slumbering Thunder and Going to Pieces.

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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 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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If Not Us, Who? If Not Now, When?

Common Threads NW and The Fourth Corner, brought Wm. Perry Pendley, President and CEO of the Mountain States Legal Foundation (MSLF) here to share his insight and gauge local interest to litigate for our property and water rights, in a federal court of law. Mr. Pendley, addressed several groups and local residents, to share information about the different types of cases which MSLF has successfully litigated in the protection of individual property rights. This is a brief summation of Mr. Pendley’ s message, at the two presentations last Thursday: The most direct route to protection of property rights is working locally with your elected officials. It is important to keep your elected officials, judges offering opinions, and agencies aware of negative impacts you have experienced. All of your communications need to be documented and in written form. Always be specific as to any notifications you have received from government agencies, identifying the legislation or judicial decision that has impacted your property rights, and maintain copies of each communication.  If you believe your property has been devalued, contact your local assessor’s office and seek taxation relief. They are well equipped to determine proper property valuation in changing circumstances, and maintain copies of all communication. Legal remedies can be pursued in local, state, and federal courts, depending on the …

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Saturday Morning Live for Jan. 14, 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 will interview Jacob Deschenes, VP of SAVE, and give an update on how the “Growing the Economy with Raspberry Pi,” project is coming along at Bayview Elementary’ s, 5th grade classes.

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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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Saturday Morning Live for Dec. 31, 206

Host Kris Halterman will discuss the current “water dilemma,” with Dave Onkels (former Whatcom County Planning Commissioner) and Ed Kilduff (licensed hydro-geologist) and it’s relationship to “The Nooksack Rule.” What is the problem? How did Whatcom County get here? Who is to blame? How can this be resolved?              

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