Gang Green and Government’s Staff Infection – Whittle style

“An Evening with Bill Whittle,” came to the Mt. Baker Theatre on a Friday evening in August. During the evenings event Bill Whittle gave kudos and credited the brilliant mind of Glen Morgan, for capturing in a brief and descriptive sentence the illness which is consuming our state; “Gang Green and Government’s Staff Infection.”

Even our own Joe Remenar is mentioned in Bill’s, “Tie-Dyed Tyranny.” Who is Joe Remenar? Saturday Morning Live shared Joe’s story in April of 2013 for the first time and as in the famous words of Rahm Emanuel ;

You never let a serious crisis go to waste. And what I mean by that it’s an opportunity to do things you think you could not do before.  ~ Rahm Emanuel

The story of Joe Remenar was highlighted to help push back against an out of control Whatcom County Planning Department and their gang of bullies who demanded that Joe fill in the water habitat he created or pay a hefty fine. Joe’s story didn’t have a fairytale ending…

Thank you for the honorable mention on Saturday morning.  As far as my pond, the county has allowed me to keep it as long as I complete extensive mitigation.  I received a favorable ruling from Washington Fish and Wildlife and a benign ruling from the Army Corps of Engineers who basically said I technically violated the Clean Water Act but there was no downstream impact and they would not pursue any action against me.  It’s costing me close to an additional $5000 to have hundreds of native trees, plants, and bushes planted.  I then have to submit a report each year for five years and replace dead plantings over that time period.  I’ve had to pay over $10,000 since I built the pond.  I guess that’s the cost of trying to improve my property and the environment for wildlife.  Once again, thank you for all your assistance.

With regards,


Watch this short video and remember to share it with family and friends. Washington State and Whatcom County are deservedly gaining national attention due to actions of their own making.

~ Kris Halterman

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