Tag Archives: City of 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 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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WWU – Politics – Elections – And the Future

The Whatcom County Council Candidates were invited to attend a forum at Western Washington University tonight. Having observed some of the candidates and their answers at the Whatcom County Sierra Club forum and the WBA Whatcom County-wide forum; it interested us to attend this forum because of the student audience that would be there, to see how or if the candidates would respond differently to this audience. A welcoming like no other. The Student Master or Ceremony (MC) began this evening’s event by informing the audience that the forum was being held on land that had been stolen from the Coast Salish People. And, next the MC  let the audience know that outside the lecture hall doors there were generational bathrooms’ available for our use. We were definitely in the land of the politically correct. The video clips shared here are not the best, but we do not claim to be professional videographers. The videos do provide some additional insight into each of the candidates and their fitness to represent the constituents of each District and Whatcom County as a whole. Present were all of the candidates running for office: District 1 (South Bellingham) – Phil Morgan and Rud Browne (incumbent), District 2 …

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Saturday Morning Live for Oct. 21, 2017

Host Kris Halterman and Lorraine Newman will discuss recent events. The Whatcom County-wide forum and the #wakeupwhatcomcounty event held at Meridian HS with Tim Eyman, Glen Morgan, and Lars Larson. Their question for the listening audience, “What are your concerns, your vision, and your solutions for Whatcom County and our neighboring counties?”  

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Saturday Morning Live for Oct. 14, 2017

Host Kris Halterman will interview Bellingham City Council Candidates: Gene Knutson, Michael Lilliquist, and Eric Bostrom, on their vision and concerns for the future of the City of Bellingham and other current issues. Candidates Pinky Vargas, Quenby Peterson, and Roxanne Murphy were invited to participate in today’s program, but either emailed their inability to attend or did not respond to my invitation.

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