Tag Archives: Bellingham

Saturday Morning Live for Jan. 13, 2018

Host Kris Halterman will interview Assoc. Prof. Hart Hodges on a recent study which compares the Economy of Whatcom County to other Washington State Counties, Other States, and the national trends. Today’s program will not be available on podcast due to technical distortion from the recording equipment at Cascade Radio. My apologies for this as there was a lot of information shared on the show that is not on the Show Outline.   Capital Calendar Jan. 12, 2018 – Your Eye on Olympia

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Saturday Morning Live for Jan. 6, 2018

Today’s Show: Host Kris Halterman will interview Keith Mofley (CEO) and Jacob Grant (COO), to talk about their new business venture. A local shopping app named, Locale. Small Businesses need to stay competitive in today’s online shopping surge. Whether your small business is online, bricks-and-mortar, or both; Locale brings the advantages of same-day-delivery to local small businesses.     LIBERTY ALERTS: On Tuesday, January 9th, 2018 the newly seated Whatcom County Council will select the candidate to fulfill the vacancy created with the election of Councilmember Todd Donovan to the new District 2 seat. There are currently twenty-nine candidates who have thrown their hat in the ring. Many of the names are familiar to political-geeks like me. You (the listeners) might want to take a moment to see who’s asking to be seated and weigh-in on who you believe they should select. With the last four-year + of an echo chamber in the Council Chambers it would be refreshing if they were to pick a candidate who is either middle of the road (a true independent voice) or conservative in their following of the national, state, and local laws.

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Saturday Morning Live for Dec. 30, 2017

Host Kris Halterman will interview Whatcom County Assessor Keith Willnauer on the soon to be released 2018 Whatcom County Property Tax bills. What’s up? What’s down? And Why? Statement from WC Assessor Keith Willnauer, Washington State had a highly equitable, fair, and transparent process. Our political leaders broke this with the McCleary Fix in its present form. Property Tax assessment should be restored to and administered in a Civic-ly responsible and quality direction.   Important to the discussion on today’s program with WC Assessor Keith Willnauer, is the fact that on the last day of last year’s session the State Legislators broke the way in which our property taxes are assessed and calculated. Prior to their McCleary Fix the property tax in Washington State was lawfully budget based on the taxing authority’s budget with an accepted limit of a cumulative 1% increase per year. Budget-Based Property Tax Washington State has a budget-based system of property taxation. There are three main components to the property tax: Levy Assessed value (AV) Levy rate As part of the budget process, the taxing jurisdiction establishes the amount of property tax revenue needed to fund the budget. That amount needed to fund the budget is called the levy. It is the total amount …

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Saturday Morning Live for Dec. 16, 2017

Kris Halterman has invited EJ Ledet back to discuss Lake Whatcom and the manner in which the City of Bellingham and Whatcom County propose to address TMDL and how Lake Whatcom is treated at the Lake Whatcom Water Supply and Treatment Facility.        

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Seeking Affordability: Will Efforts by the City of Bellingham to Upzone (infill) Residential Zoned Areas Work?

A recent editorial article in the Northwest Citizen, by Dick Conoboy, has signaled the alarm to protect single-family zoned land within the City of Bellingham. At the heart of Mr. Conoboy’s argument is a study that shows infill does not reduce the costs of housing and that there is adequate land available to allow for more development already. Why should we care?  Because if our planners make the wrong decision, it will impact the future of where we live and if we or our children can afford to live here. In an effort to secure more housing the City of Bellingham is considering changes to their urban, single-family and other residential zoned properties. The City of Bellingham seeks to shrink the size of minimum lot requirements to build new single-family housing and to allow for more Accessory Dwelling Units or ADU (think houses converted to include rental apartment / room) and Detached Accessory Dwelling Units or DADU. There is no question that there are not enough affordable, single-family homes available within the Bellingham city limits. This is the result of a vision, or plan, that is referred to as new-urbanism, although a more visual name would be “Stack ‘em and Pack ‘em.” When the City …

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Saturday Morning Live for Dec. 2, 2017

Glen Morgan, from We the Governed, will be filling in for Kris Halterman. Glen’s topic de jour will be going over the recent local PDC filings and the 2018 Agenda for the Washington State Legislator’s. What outcomes should the residents and tax payers of Washington pay attention to?

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Saturday Morning Live for Nov. 25, 2017

Host Kris Halterman prerecorded this show with Exec. Director for the Lighthouse Mission Ministries, Hans Erchinger-Davis. Hans updates the listeners on what’s happening at the mission, the status of the 24-7 Drop In Center, and how grateful they are for the fabulous volunteerism shown to the Mission.

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Causes of Low Dissolved Oxygen (DO) in Basins 1 and 2 Hypolimnions of Lake Whatcom and Proposed solutions to increase DO and improve other Water Quality Properties

Prelude Before we get into the details of “Causes of Low Dissolved Oxygen (DO) in the Lake Whatcom and Proposed Solutions to Increase DO and Improve Water Quality Properties” please consider the following analogy to the Lake and try to create a mental picture in your mind. Let’s take carbonated drinks as an example. You may like drinking cold soft drinks/soda pops, beer, or carbonated water, especially on a warm summer day. What happens when you open that carbonated drink container? It loses pressure and begins going flat. It loses pressure because pressure was used to force, a gas, in this case carbon dioxide (CO2), into the liquid and that contained pressure was higher than the outside atmospheric pressure; which is why you hear a “swoosh” when that pressure is released. At the same time and in the same place, you may also observe that the gas (CO2) begins to “bubble out” of the liquid. As the temperature of the liquid becomes warmer the solubility of the gas in that liquid decreases; the effect of this is that the gas separates and bubbles out of the liquid as it warms. Like a flat soft drink, flat beer, or flat water, the …

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Temporary (?) Chuckanut Forest Budget Calls for Tax Increase

If you live within the Special Taxing District which funds the Chuckanut Metropolitan Park you should pay close attention to the following information within the attached documents.     NOW THEREFORE, THE BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS OF THE CHUCKANUT COMMUNITY FOREST PARK DISTRICT, WHATCOM COUNTY, WASHINGTON, HEREBY RESOLVES AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. An increase in the regular property tax levy, in addition to the increase resulting from the addition of new construction and improvements to property, newly constructed wind turbines, solar, biomass and geothermal facilities, and any increase in the value of state assessed property, is hereby authorized for the 2018 levy in the amount of $527,158.52, which is $35,407.67 more than last year and is an approximate seven percent (7%) increase from the previous year. Section 2. BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that any resolutions or parts of resolutions in conflict herewith are hereby repealed insofar as they conflict with the provisions of this resolution. Section 3. If any section, subsection, sentence, clause or phrase of this Resolution is for any reason held to be invalid or unconstitutional, such decision shall not affect the validity of the remaining portions of this Resolution. The Board hereby declares that it would have passed this code and …

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Saturday Morning Live for Oct. 28, 2017

Host Kris Halterman will the local Whatcom County election. The audience will be encouraged to call-in with their questions and comments on, “What are your concerns, your vision, and your solutions for Whatcom County and our neighboring counties?”   

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