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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 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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Threat Letter Sent to Local Businesses that Support Cherry Point Industries

Last Saturday, on the Saturday Morning Live radio show, we talked about a newly uncovered threat letter from Stand.Earth, formerly ForestEthics. This nonprofit 501c3 has the usual characters with deep roots in San Francisco, CA, Vancouver, B.C., Canada, and Bellingham, WA. Two of this NGO’s board members reside in Bellingham, WA. and have strong links to Futurewise and RE Sources. Alex Ramel and Matt Krogh. Ramel frequently testifies before the Whatcom County Council, bragging about how proud he is that they helped to get the current Council elected. Ramel also promotes for stronger restrictions on exempt-wells, farming and industrial operations in our community. Matt Krogh, who has also testified before the Council for the same purposes, was successfully elected and served for one term on the Bellingham City Council. Apparently Ramel and Krogh are desperate and have signed their names on Stand.Earth letterhead to a threatening letter mailed to many local Bellingham/Whatcom County businesses. Why? Because these businesses are members of the Whatcom Business Alliance (WBA) and they do not like the WBA. Why don’t they like the WBA? Because the WBA has developed a new program named, Step-Up, whose mission it is to promote and support local businesses and industries here. Step-Up strives to educate …

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Let Them Eat Crow … RE Sources Crows About Victory to Shut Down Cherry Point

Update: Whatcom County and Washington State seriously needed a change at the seat of government in Olympia, too. Governor Jay Inslee has bestowed the Whatcom County Council with an award for their actions to restrict growth in Whatcom County through their actions last Tuesday, with The Governor’s Smart Communities Award. Whatcom County 2016 Comprehensive Plan Update was unique. It brought in new elements including climate change resiliency strategies and Marine Resource Lands section to conserve and enhance Whatcom County’s marine land base for the long-term and sustainable production commercial and recreational economic activities. Smart Choices Award – Implementation of a comprehensive plan Crina Hoyer, the local Executive Director of RE Sources for a Sustainable Community sent out a victory lap for achieving what many believed to be the unachievable…the Whatcom County Council approves Comp Plan Changes to the Cherry Point Industrial Growth Plan…which stops growth and starts the wheels of shutting down the industries at Cherry Point. Ms. Hoyer is so proud of their results that they are using it as a campaign feature to fund raise for more of your money to continue their march to de-industrialize Whatcom County. Wake Up Whatcom County…this is the real agenda for your community. …

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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 13, 2017

Host Kris Halterman will interview Tony Larson about the Wake Up Whatcom County Rally. What is it? Why is it needed? Who is the audience? Why should people show up? All it takes for good things to happen is for good people to show up and make a difference.

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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. 29, 2017

Host Kris Halterman will interview Whatcom County Assessor, Keith Willnauer, to talk about the 2017 Whatcom County property tax assessments and liabilities. Why the big jump? Is there someone, something, some way, to slow down or stop property taxes from these unsustainable jumps?  

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