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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 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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Saturday Morning Live for June 3, 2017

Host Kris Halterman discusses concerns of the contract negotiations between the City of Bellingham and Lake Padden Municipal Golf Course with board members from the LPMGC, Steve Swank and Mike Hatfield.

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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 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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Whatcom County Wish List Updated for 2017

Whatcom County has what is know as a wish list for funding needed projects. Their updated wish list has been put on the Tuesday council agenda, and latest Comprehensive Economic Development (CED) wish list is in the queue for approval.  Some say this list is just their list of dream projects, but it’s used as evidence/substantiation for grant applications. The image above is merely page one of seventeen pages. Those closest to the top are the priorities list…but does not guarantee they’ll be first in line to be funded and realized. Council approves the concept, and the locusts swoop in and make it so.

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