Whatcom County

Saturday Morning Live for Sept. 16, 2017

Host Kris Halterman talks to Guy Occhigrosso, CEO and President of the Bellingham / Whatcom County Chamber of Commerce, about what it means to Live, Work, and Play, in Whatcom County, Skagit County, or any home town? What makes people so passionate to live in their community and what’s the recipe for success?    

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The Costs of Non-Native Predatory Species In Your Community Endangers Food Safety

Last November, Steve McLaughlin ran unsuccessfully for the office of Public Lands Commissioner for Washington State. Since that time he has kept a close eye on how our public lands are being managed and whether the residents living nearby are being affected either positively or negatively by state land policies. Steve is an avid outdoors man who understands the eco-relationship between man and nature. One of the top issues being closely monitored by Washington State ranchers, the Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Fish and Wildlife, are the newly reintroduced, non-native wolf packs from the Montana area. They have watched as they populated across Montana, Idaho and now Washington. Why? Because the issue is one of people and food safety with broad economic impacts here in the State of Washington and across the nation. The Economic Effect of Wolf Predation on Rural Communities On Tuesday August 24, two calves were discovered in the Sherman Peak area on a federal grazing allotment that were killed by wolves.  This brings this season’s total to 9 calves killed or maimed by these predators.  To most, nine calf kills would not raise an eyebrow to anyone but the ranching family.  But the economic impacts …

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Saturday Morning Live for Sept. 2, 2017

Host Kris Halterman will discuss the history of Labor Day, Minimum Wage vs. Living Wages, Millennial Work Ethics, and some interesting Dept. of Labor Statistics, with guest Lorraine Newman.      

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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. 19, 2017

Guest Host Hans Erchinger-Davis, Executive Director of the Lighthouse Mission Ministries will interview Chaplain Aaron Speyer and New Life Program graduate, Kevin about the work done at the Lighthouse Mission Ministries to restore peoples lives.         Saturday Morning Live Podcast – August 19, 2017: Exec. Director, Hans Erchinger-Davis talks to Chaplain Aaron Speyer and New Live Program graduate Kevin about the services at The Lighthouse Mission Ministries and how they continue to affect the lives of the homeless in our community. Whatcom Report Podcast – August 20, 2017: Wes Herman of Woods Coffee and Exec. Director, Hans Erchinger-Davis, discuss the mission of The Lighthouse Mission Ministries and how they are moving forward to help relieve homelessness with their expanded Drop in Center services.

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A Nation Stands By While American History is Erased….

Top news of the day is Mayor Kelli Linville and the Bellingham City Council moving to the trend that we must remove any historical reminders to those who fought as soldiers in the south during the American Civil War. So, today Mayor Linville has ordered the removal of the Pickett Bridge sign. As the nation wrestles with a tragedy the solution seems to be to erase history. Is this the way we heal as a nation? Can we ever unite as a nation if we erase all physical commemoration from our public spaces? Perhaps the most attuned President of our beloved Nation said it best when he united a nation after a horrific civil war by claiming that every soldier was entitled to be treated with equality. Where is our Abraham Lincoln at a time when so many work to divide this nation? Fact #9: Lincoln desired a forgiving Reconstruction. After a long war there were many who felt that Southerners should be severely punished for their insurrection.  Some wanted to hold rebels criminally accountable, exact huge financial penalties, and relegate the Southern states to second-class status.  Lincoln, on the other hand, advocated amnesty and a swift return to an …

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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 Aug. 5, 2017

Guest Host Jim McKinney will be discuss with Brett Bonner, of Saturna Capital (former KGMI new and media host) and Al Korelin, a natioally syndicated radio host whose focus is on the economy and politics, on tomorrow’s SML program at 8:00 AM. Topic de jure will be: The news media and insights on their the impact to our communities. Evolution – From print papers, to radio, TV, Cable, Internet, and now social media. Impact – How does it influence and direct our lives? Advertising – Do dollars ($$$) drive news content? Selective news – Catering to a specific clientele. Professional journalism versus profit motives. Can local media (Herald, KGMI etc…) survive Facebook and media monopolies?

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