Washington

It’s Earth Day! WWYD?

  So here comes another “Earth Day” or for those of us who remember “Arbor Day.” What are you going to do for this roundish ball we live on that floats in the galaxy? Plant a tree? Weed your flower bed? Pick up trash? Or, take a walk through a forested park? On the farms and ranches of the USA we celebrate Earth Day 24/7, 365 days a year, and have been for centuries. From our indigenous people who cross-pollinated to create sturdier and healthier crops, to the farmers and ranchers who sustain us today; it is a full-time effort to treat our environment kindly with a look towards feeding people in the future. Here are just some of the developments that have happened during my life in the agriculture industry. Crop rotation has been a concept on small irrigated farm land since I was a wee girl. Many days were spent rolling, wet hay bales so that they could dry out after a rain. While that hay crop was never a big money-maker, it put nitrogen back in the soil for our beet and corn crops. Each year the landscape changed with each rotation of crop sites, which then …

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The Hirst Fix – 40th Dist. Representative Kristine Lytton Denies Support for SB 5239

As many of the readers of Liberty Road know, we’ve advocated for personal property rights, most importantly water rights, since we began covering property rights issues in 2012. The Washington State Senate recently passed  SB 5239, to address the moratoriums put in place to address the Washington State Supreme Court (WSSC) ruling on the “Hirst, Harris, Stalheim, Brakke, Melious, and Futurewise,” lawsuit that has upended rural properties across this state. That bill is now in the State House, and has a lot of support from the 42nd District Representatives. Our 40th District Representatives have failed to help move this legislation forward to bring it to the floor for a vote. Specifically, Rep. Kristine Lytton, 40th Dist., is not representing you. Why? Is it because she is using this water issue as leverage to get tax increases passed for the McCleary Public Education case? McCleary, is another of the WSSC’s judicial overreach that is going to cost the tax paying citizens of Washington State “billions” of dollars in increased spending. Did you get your 2017 Property Tax bill? How much did your public education portion of your property tax bill increase for 2017? Are you willing to gamble your water rights on another property …

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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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Saturday Morning Live for Feb. 25, 2017

Host Kris Halterman interviews Marlene Dawson, local historian and former Whatcom County Councilmember, regarding the recent email correspondence between herself and County Councilmember Satpal Sidhu. What precipitated the response email from Councilmember Sidhu? What did his response email say that was disconcerting to Marlene and others who read his email response, which she made public? What is this proposed ordinance that Marlene is asking the Whatcom County Council to consider?                

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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 Feb. 11, 2017

Host Kris Halterman will interview Erin Shannon, Director for the Washington Policy Center, for Small Business. Up for discussion is the state’s new minimum wage and paid time off laws. How will it roll out? What economic effects has it had, or will it potentially have, on the states small businesses? How is the paid time off going to be administered and reported? What, if any, are the continuing increases hidden within this initiative?

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Saturday Morning Live for Feb. 4, 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 interviews Garret, a student in the Ferndale School District. Garret wanted to try out for the Ferndale Girls’ Volleyball Team. Title IX states that: No person in the United States shall, based on sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance. Garret has been denied access to try out for the girls’ volleyball team, and the District has encouraged him to form a coed, or boys’ volleyball team…a team that would not have anyone to compete against. Garret shares the story of his quest on Saturday Morning Live, Gender equality for thee, but no gender equality for me?  

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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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Saturday Morning Live for Jan. 7, 2016

Part One: Host Kris Halterman will discuss I-1501 with Jeff Rhodes, of the Freedom Foundation. What will the outcome of passage of this measure be for Washington State? Part Two: Host Kris Halterman will discuss the failed attempt to put a graduated income tax on the ballot for the City of Olympia, WA., with Jason Mercier, Director for Center for Gov. Reform, at the Washington Policy Center. Also, what does Jason see for the 2017 session in Olympia for lawmakers to pass a capital gains tax, or an income tax in Washington State?

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