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Saturday Morning Live for July 8, 2017

Host Kris Halterman discusses the effects of the Hirst Case on a local Whatcom County family. Learn how the affects the Hirst Case and the Whatcom County moratorium to stop building permits for rural properties that rely on a private-wells, have affected their family’s future. The discussion covers the family’s personal struggles to deal with a failure of leadership to Fix – Hirst and a personal observation of how the local Whatcom County Council and Washington State Legislature’s actions to fix this problem have failed, why they’ve failed, and how SB 5239 has been hi-jacked for political gains.  

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Saturday Morning Live for Apr. 29, 2017

Host Kris Halterman will interview Whatcom County Assessor, Keith Willnauer, to talk about the 2017 Whatcom County property tax assessments and liabilities. Why the big jump? Is there someone, something, some way, to slow down or stop property taxes from these unsustainable jumps?  

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The Hirst Fix – 40th Dist. Representative Kristine Lytton Denies Support for SB 5239

As many of the readers of Liberty Road know, we’ve advocated for personal property rights, most importantly water rights, since we began covering property rights issues in 2012. The Washington State Senate recently passed  SB 5239, to address the moratoriums put in place to address the Washington State Supreme Court (WSSC) ruling on the “Hirst, Harris, Stalheim, Brakke, Melious, and Futurewise,” lawsuit that has upended rural properties across this state. That bill is now in the State House, and has a lot of support from the 42nd District Representatives. Our 40th District Representatives have failed to help move this legislation forward to bring it to the floor for a vote. Specifically, Rep. Kristine Lytton, 40th Dist., is not representing you. Why? Is it because she is using this water issue as leverage to get tax increases passed for the McCleary Public Education case? McCleary, is another of the WSSC’s judicial overreach that is going to cost the tax paying citizens of Washington State “billions” of dollars in increased spending. Did you get your 2017 Property Tax bill? How much did your public education portion of your property tax bill increase for 2017? Are you willing to gamble your water rights on another property …

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Saturday Morning Live for Feb. 18, 2017

Part One: Host Kris Halterman interviews Steve McLaughlin (former candidate for Public Lands Commissioner) about the proposal to re-introduce the Grizzly bear into Washington State. Part Two: Host Kris Halterman discusses the numerous Exempt-Well bills being proposed, to resolve the Hirst lawsuit, as they work their way through the legislative processes in Olympia.

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Saturday Morning Live for Feb. 4, 2017

Part One: Host Kris Halterman interview Wm. Perry Pendley, Pres. and CEO of the Mountain States Legal Foundation. Mr. Pendley is an active member of a nonprofit group, fighting for water and land use issues (property rights) in the United States.   Part Two: Host Kris Halterman interviews Garret, a student in the Ferndale School District. Garret wanted to try out for the Ferndale Girls’ Volleyball Team. Title IX states that: No person in the United States shall, based on sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance. Garret has been denied access to try out for the girls’ volleyball team, and the District has encouraged him to form a coed, or boys’ volleyball team…a team that would not have anyone to compete against. Garret shares the story of his quest on Saturday Morning Live, Gender equality for thee, but no gender equality for me?  

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Is This the Beginning or the End of Dairy Farms in Whatcom County?

JAN. 8, 2017 Update: Received this comment on the points we posted and questioned on here, from Ann Appel, and wish to thank her for these points of correction. Ann Appel I appreciate your concern for the farming community. We are obviously concerned as well! A lot of work still needs to happen to make this agreement succeed. On that note, I’d like to provide a few clarifications. The initial money, 450,000, was raised by the Dairy community. A Portage Bay Shellfish Recovery Fund will be established and additional funds will be raised by both entities. There will be 2 mutually agreed upon experts from both sides who will, alongside the farmer, develop Water Quality Improvement Plans customized for each farm. The experts can only come at a mutually agreed upon time. “Mutually agreed upon” are the keywords here. As long as everyone is working in good faith towards clean water, no litigation. Those involved did their best and had lawyers looking at the wording of the agreement to protect farmers and their farms. No one knows for sure how it will all turn out but we are hopeful. On Thursday, January 5th, 2017, Rich Appel of Whatcom Family Farmers and …

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Saturday Morning Live for Dec. 31, 206

Host Kris Halterman will discuss the current “water dilemma,” with Dave Onkels (former Whatcom County Planning Commissioner) and Ed Kilduff (licensed hydro-geologist) and it’s relationship to “The Nooksack Rule.” What is the problem? How did Whatcom County get here? Who is to blame? How can this be resolved?              

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Saturday Morning Live for November 19, 2016

Host Kris Halterman discusses the recent Hirst, Futurewise vs. Whatcom County suit, with former Whatcom County Planning Commissioner, Dave Onkels, and Hydro-Geologist, Ed Kilduff.

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“All Hail Caesar”…The Romans are at the Well…a Vision for the “Royals and Serfs,” in Whatcom County

It has been interesting (in a macabre way) to watch the metamorphosis of the Whatcom County Council and the parallels it has with Roman history. Ancient Rome started as a republic controlled by the wealthy few. Think RE Sources, a very well-funded few who live-in our community, who actively take money from our Council and use it to control your lives and promote people into positions of power to control people and business, here. The only voice for the middle and lesser-classes has been limited to a veto that could be exercised through a Tribune, our cause against the Council. Whatcom County citizens only have the possibility of a veto if a “Tribune” (County Executive) champions their cause. The Roman Republic only worked well for those wealthy few, so there was unrest. In Rome, the unrest would manifest into riots or civil wars. Although less violent, our marathon council sessions where the masses bring their grievances to the council have been signals of the growing unrest of the people. The Roman Senate offered bread and circuses to placate the people; much like our council has provided us with parks and trails, and promised housing for the homeless. But eventually even free stuff …

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Saturday Morning Live for Aug 13, 2016

Audio-file of Judge McDermott’s comments to defendent’s at judgement against the City of SeaTac: On the first segment of today’s show, host Kris Halterman will talk to Kathy Cross, about their journey with the Dept. of Ecology and the last days of their fight to Save Ozzie, their farm pet.     Next up is Glen Morgan, who will join the program to share the scantily reported  scandal about the, $18.3M financial judgement against the, City of SeaTac.  

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