Tag Archives: Council

Saturday Morning Live for Nov. 11, 2017

Host Kris Halterman will interview Enoch J. Ledet, about the issues facing Whatcom County to comply with the Dept. of Ecology’s mandates regarding TMDL (total maximum daily load), phosphorus loading, how the county is currently treating pollutants, and how best these issues can best be addressed. Correction: I repeatedly used the word turbidity which should have been turbulence. I wish to apologize for any confusion this might have caused. Abbreviated Vitae for EJ Ledet: BA in Biology (70 -UNO), and MS in Biochemistry (72- UNO), and Over 30hrs towards a PhD in Biochemistry (72-74). I worked as a graduate assistant from 1970-74 for the College of Sciences, University of New Orleans in Biochemistry.      Whatcom County Flood Zone Financial Data:     

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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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Like Pilgrims

Last evening at the Whatcom County Council’s public meeting they voted to continue their moratorium which prevents the issuance of a building permit for homes residing in the Nooksack watershed which would require a private-well for their potable water. Early in the evening, before the Council voted, they took public comments from the audience. Overwhelmingly the audience communicated their desire to have this moratorium lifted. One of those commentary’s was given by Mary Beth Teigrob. Mary Beth served on the Whatcom County Planning Commission and has given a lot of her personal time to public service. Mary Beth gave her permission for Liberty Road to share the poem she wrote and read to the Whatcom County Council on last night. ~ LR Like Pilgrims Like pilgrims before us, we dreamt of our land, Where children and livestock could flourish we planned. This dream came to be, In the previous century. Sandy loam soil with some dark rich peat, A place for country kids! Oh how sweet! Over the years we toiled and sweat, A house and a barn to keep out the wet. Fencing, cross fencing to protect the land, Carefully cared for by our own hand. But while we were …

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Saturday Morning Live for Oct. 7, 2017

Host Kris Halterman will interview Whatcom County Council Candidates: Clean Phil Morgan, Councilmember Rud Browne, and Mary Kay Robinson, on their vision and concerns for the future and other current issues.

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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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Saturday Morning Live for Aug. 26, 2017

Guest Host Jim McKinney has invited Rebecca Boonstra (Rebecca Boonstra did not accept the invitation to appear on today’s program) and Tyler Byrd to this weekend’s show. With the election season heating up and many unresolved local issues it will be interesting to gauge the direction that each of the candidates running in the new, Whatcom County District 3, wish to focus on. Issues up for discussion: Background? Why are you running? What are the best ways to address environmental concerns? What are District 3 property owner concerns? Solutions for: Development, Housing, Homelessness? What does Economic Development look like for Whatcom County? Tyler Byrd Campaign Photos from Facebook Page Rebecca Boonstra Campaign Photos from Facebook Page

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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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