Whatcom County

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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Saturday Morning Live for Apr. 1, 2017

42nd District Representatives Luanne VanWerven and Vincent Buys, join host Kris Halterman, to share an update on what’s happening in Olympia this session. What has or is likely to pass? Will they pass a budget that resolves the McCleary decision? What are the details for changing local property tax levies to state property tax levies, to comply with the McCleary decision? Will the Hirst Fix be realized this session?  

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Saturday Morning Live for Mar. 18, 2017

PART ONE: Host Kris Halterman will interview 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 more than tulip fields and farm land. They are also an industrial giant located on the West Coast and home of largest river system in Washington State, the Skagit River. PART TWO: 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, someway to slow down or stop property taxes from these unsustainable jumps?      

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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 Mar. 4, 2017

Host Kris Halterman interviews Ed Kilduff, licensed hydro-geologist, and Dave Onkels, former Whatcom County Planning Commissioner. Ed and Dave will share the recent hydro-geologic study produced by Camassia, for a local property in rural Whatcom County and the response to this study by Whatcom County Planning and Development Services.      

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