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Watch On Olympia – Your Weekly Update for Jan. 12th: Jan. 15th – Jan. 19th, 2018

This is a new weekly segment that Liberty Road is please to share on our website each week. Enjoy and let the Washington State House of Representatives know that you heard it on Liberty Road first. Dear Radio Clients, We are pleased to bring you the Capitol Calendar – a one-minute audio look ahead at the legislative calendar in Olympia, announced by Kelley Hays. You will be receiving this program by 5 p.m. on Fridays, beginning today and ending March 2. We recommend broadcast use of the program from the time you receive it on Fridays through the noon hour on Mondays so that it will remain fresh for your audience. Let me know if you have any questions or comments about this program or your radio broadcast needs involving the Legislature. Thanks again for airing this! John Sattgast / Broadcast Coordinator Washington House of Representatives Republican Communications 447 John L. O’Brien Building P.O. Box 40600 Olympia, WA 98504-0600 Work: (360) 786-7257 Cell: (360) 789-2698

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Saturday Morning Live for Dec. 30, 2017

Host Kris Halterman will interview Whatcom County Assessor Keith Willnauer on the soon to be released 2018 Whatcom County Property Tax bills. What’s up? What’s down? And Why? Statement from WC Assessor Keith Willnauer, Washington State had a highly equitable, fair, and transparent process. Our political leaders broke this with the McCleary Fix in its present form. Property Tax assessment should be restored to and administered in a Civic-ly responsible and quality direction.   Important to the discussion on today’s program with WC Assessor Keith Willnauer, is the fact that on the last day of last year’s session the State Legislators broke the way in which our property taxes are assessed and calculated. Prior to their McCleary Fix the property tax in Washington State was lawfully budget based on the taxing authority’s budget with an accepted limit of a cumulative 1% increase per year. Budget-Based Property Tax Washington State has a budget-based system of property taxation. There are three main components to the property tax: Levy Assessed value (AV) Levy rate As part of the budget process, the taxing jurisdiction establishes the amount of property tax revenue needed to fund the budget. That amount needed to fund the budget is called the levy. It is the total amount …

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Saturday Morning Live for Dec. 9, 2017

Part 1: Kris Halterman will talk to EJ Ledet about how Whatcom County is proposing to “fix” Lake Whatcom. Part 2: Kris Halterman will interview Jacob Deschenes, ERA Capital CEO, about what people should know about the coming 2017 Trump Tax Cuts. What steps should be taken now to be ready for the end of the year which will benefit you economically and a brief discussion on “what is a bitcoin?”  

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Saturday Morning Live for Dec. 2, 2017

Glen Morgan, from We the Governed, will be filling in for Kris Halterman. Glen’s topic de jour will be going over the recent local PDC filings and the 2018 Agenda for the Washington State Legislator’s. What outcomes should the residents and tax payers of Washington pay attention to?

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Causes of Low Dissolved Oxygen (DO) in Basins 1 and 2 Hypolimnions of Lake Whatcom and Proposed solutions to increase DO and improve other Water Quality Properties

Prelude Before we get into the details of “Causes of Low Dissolved Oxygen (DO) in the Lake Whatcom and Proposed Solutions to Increase DO and Improve Water Quality Properties” please consider the following analogy to the Lake and try to create a mental picture in your mind. Let’s take carbonated drinks as an example. You may like drinking cold soft drinks/soda pops, beer, or carbonated water, especially on a warm summer day. What happens when you open that carbonated drink container? It loses pressure and begins going flat. It loses pressure because pressure was used to force, a gas, in this case carbon dioxide (CO2), into the liquid and that contained pressure was higher than the outside atmospheric pressure; which is why you hear a “swoosh” when that pressure is released. At the same time and in the same place, you may also observe that the gas (CO2) begins to “bubble out” of the liquid. As the temperature of the liquid becomes warmer the solubility of the gas in that liquid decreases; the effect of this is that the gas separates and bubbles out of the liquid as it warms. Like a flat soft drink, flat beer, or flat water, the …

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Temporary (?) Chuckanut Forest Budget Calls for Tax Increase

If you live within the Special Taxing District which funds the Chuckanut Metropolitan Park you should pay close attention to the following information within the attached documents.     NOW THEREFORE, THE BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS OF THE CHUCKANUT COMMUNITY FOREST PARK DISTRICT, WHATCOM COUNTY, WASHINGTON, HEREBY RESOLVES AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. An increase in the regular property tax levy, in addition to the increase resulting from the addition of new construction and improvements to property, newly constructed wind turbines, solar, biomass and geothermal facilities, and any increase in the value of state assessed property, is hereby authorized for the 2018 levy in the amount of $527,158.52, which is $35,407.67 more than last year and is an approximate seven percent (7%) increase from the previous year. Section 2. BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that any resolutions or parts of resolutions in conflict herewith are hereby repealed insofar as they conflict with the provisions of this resolution. Section 3. If any section, subsection, sentence, clause or phrase of this Resolution is for any reason held to be invalid or unconstitutional, such decision shall not affect the validity of the remaining portions of this Resolution. The Board hereby declares that it would have passed this code and …

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Saturday Morning Live for Nov. 4, 2017

Guest Host Mary Beth Teigrob will be talking to farmers and the audience about Farm Plans…are these good for farming in Whatcom County?

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Saturday Morning Live for Oct. 28, 2017

Host Kris Halterman will the local Whatcom County election. The audience will be encouraged to call-in with their questions and comments on, “What are your concerns, your vision, and your solutions for Whatcom County and our neighboring counties?”   

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WWU – Politics – Elections – And the Future

The Whatcom County Council Candidates were invited to attend a forum at Western Washington University tonight. Having observed some of the candidates and their answers at the Whatcom County Sierra Club forum and the WBA Whatcom County-wide forum; it interested us to attend this forum because of the student audience that would be there, to see how or if the candidates would respond differently to this audience. A welcoming like no other. The Student Master or Ceremony (MC) began this evening’s event by informing the audience that the forum was being held on land that had been stolen from the Coast Salish People. And, next the MC  let the audience know that outside the lecture hall doors there were generational bathrooms’ available for our use. We were definitely in the land of the politically correct. The video clips shared here are not the best, but we do not claim to be professional videographers. The videos do provide some additional insight into each of the candidates and their fitness to represent the constituents of each District and Whatcom County as a whole. Present were all of the candidates running for office: District 1 (South Bellingham) – Phil Morgan and Rud Browne (incumbent), District 2 …

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Saturday Morning Live for Oct. 21, 2017

Host Kris Halterman and Lorraine Newman will discuss recent events. The Whatcom County-wide forum and the #wakeupwhatcomcounty event held at Meridian HS with Tim Eyman, Glen Morgan, and Lars Larson. Their question for the listening audience, “What are your concerns, your vision, and your solutions for Whatcom County and our neighboring counties?”  

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