Tag Archives: City of Bellingham

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 BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that any resolutions or parts of resolutions in conflict herewith are hereby repealed insofar as they conflict with the provisions of this resolution.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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Saturday Morning Live for Sept. 23, 2017

Host Kris Halterman discusses the recently released Whatcom County Wildlife Advisory Report with Ed Kilduff. How does this report and its recommendations benefit or threaten the already precarious property rights of Whatcom County residents?    

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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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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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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. 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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Saturday Morning Live July 22, 2017

Whatcom County Jail: Discussion with Sheriff Bill Elfo on the proposed new WC Jail tax. What does the new tax cover? The size, scope, and timeline to get this done if it passes? What is at stake if it fails? The existing Whatcom County Jail was built in 1983 and ran over the permitted “Average Daily Population,” in 1989. It’s been an issue in Whatcom County for twenty-eight years and we are no closer to fixing the problem now, than we were then. Why? Learn about the history and time-line of this issue, the need to fix-it or build a new county jail, and who-what-and why it is taking so long to do the right thing. Or, is it “If We Build It – They Will Come,” as some local, legal council would have us believe?  

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