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Saturday Morning Live for Sept. 9, 2017

The wrap up. SML Host, Kris Halterman interviews Will Honea, Deputy Prosecuting Attorney for Skagit County, about the outcome of the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community’s constitutional amendments which sought to expand the reservation boundaries in Skagit County. Will shares observations about this experience.    

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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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With Liberty and Justice for All…

The title of this piece was intentionally chosen from the words spoken by Bellingham City Council President, Michael Lilliquist, at the beginning of the Bellingham City Council’s August 14th, 2017 evening council meeting. As the City of Bellingham and Whatcom County struggle with many important issues why has the Bellingham City Council and the Mayor of Bellingham focused on Captain George Pickett? These are mere historical signs which label the history and benefits brought to Bellingham by Captain George Pickett. Are the Council-members and the Mayor truly concerned about the Pickett sign, or are they manufacturing an issue for the 2017 election? Top of the heap of real issues in Bellingham and Whatcom County is homelessness, a lack of affordable single family housing, and legal access to water to build single family homes in rural Whatcom County. Yet, the Bellingham City Council has focused itself on issues like the Pickett’s and even now are contemplating the sale of a large quantity of the City’s water rights for a new commercial development at the Slater Rd., proposed by the Lummi Nation. The City to its credit did ask for an economic analysis to be done by Dr. Hart Hodges of WWU. …

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Saturday Morning Live for Aug. 12, 2017

  Guest Host Jim McKinney will interview Len Saunders, from The Immigration Law Firm, to discuss immigration. Today’s topics to include: Illegal immigration versus legal immigration Recent Immigration policy changes Impact to immigrants, employers, job market The “Muslim Ban,” fact or fiction The “Wall,” fact or fiction Why is immigration such a hot-button issue for progressives? Will their position help them, or America?

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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 July 29, 2017

Host Kris Halterman discusses the failure of Congress to repeal Obamacare and restore the doctor-patient relationship with Dr. Roger Stark, Healthcare Policy Analyst at the Washington Policy Center on today’s show.    

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Saturday Morning Live July 22, 2017

Whatcom County Jail: Discussion with Sheriff Bill Elfo on the proposed new WC Jail tax. What does the new tax cover? The size, scope, and timeline to get this done if it passes? What is at stake if it fails? The existing Whatcom County Jail was built in 1983 and ran over the permitted “Average Daily Population,” in 1989. It’s been an issue in Whatcom County for twenty-eight years and we are no closer to fixing the problem now, than we were then. Why? Learn about the history and time-line of this issue, the need to fix-it or build a new county jail, and who-what-and why it is taking so long to do the right thing. Or, is it “If We Build It – They Will Come,” as some local, legal council would have us believe?  

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Saturday Morning Live for July 15, 2017

Part One: Jami Lund, from the Freedom Foundation, discusses the Seattle City Council’s recently passed income tax on individuals earning $250k or higher and joint filers earning $500k or higher. The Freedom Foundation is taking the City of Seattle’s illegal, unconstitutional act to court. Part Two: What was life on the campus of Evergreen State College like for the students? How did it affect their studies, their safety, their sense of free speech, and was this all hype and fear mongering? Or, was is this a growing social-awareness to “hear-see-and say” no evil to the student population of Evergreen State College?

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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 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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