Tag Archives: DOE

Local Whatcom County Citizen’s Share their Concerns for Ozzie and Farm Pets…

Thanks to everyone who showed to the “Save Ozzie” protest today. We were approximately 40 strong in number. We showed up prepared and informed. We showed up to ask the DOE questions. And, sadly I must report here that the answers given by the Regional Office Director, Doug Allen did not satisfy many there. A ‘zero’ tolerance level for the potential to pollute is not humanly possible and is not healthy for the environment. As agents for the DOE, it is not a satisfactory answer that they are only enforcing what the Legislature has directed them to do. If the State and Local Legislative Representatives had this intent in mind, then they need to be contacted too. These are the word of the Whatcom County citizen’s who attended the “SAVE Ozzie” protest. Be patient. Be strong. This type of bullying must stop and we must all come together to ensure that it does. Thank You for showing your support for “Ozzie” and all Farm Pets…because pets lives matter too.  

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“Save Ozzie” – Because All Pets Lives Matter

Ozzie is 28 years old with the probability of 2 more years of life. We invite you to join us Tuesday, July 19th, 2016, 12 noon, at the Department of Ecology’s Regional Branch, in Bellingham ’s Fairhaven District (see map below), to seek answers.  What are their intentions for the lives of all pets in Whatcom County, and Ozzie in particular? Last week we shared a post from a Whatcom County rural resident about her problem dealing with the State Department of Ecology (DOE). We shared Kathy and Ozzie’s post because we have heard rumblings from the county that DOE is expanding their compliance programs with real negative effects on rural lives. Well, Ozzie’s story has struck a chord in our county and beyond.  (See Kathy’s story below.) When a state agency comes knocking at your door it is intimidating. They come with the full weight of the state behind them. You can only hope whatever compliance they are seeking will not crush you. Whatcom County rural land owners are finding there is no easy, quick, or inexpensive way to keep their pets on their acreage when the DOE comes knocking. They are being told they must comply with similar …

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Think It Cannot Happen to You? To Whatcom County? To Middle America USA?

Via Richard Fox, from JoAnn Walker, a personal story of a property owner who’s lost most of the value of her land to the Swinomish decision.  Very impassioned and very true.  Am wondering how many elected representatives will show up at our July 7th Town Hall in Concrete. Gary —–Original Message—– From: Richard Fox Sent: Friday, July 01, 2016 9:08 AM To: Subject: FW: Good day – this topic NEEDS to be brought up!!! You All, I received this from JoAnn Walker yesterday and ask her if I could forward it on to you. She said yes, and gave us permission to forward it on to our contacts, also. JoAnn and Steve have supported our lawsuit from the beginning and has sent this letter to our Representatives, Governor, and Dori Munson hoping to get a reply from them. It was too long for the paper. Richard —–Original Message—– From: Joann Walker Sent: Thursday, June 30, 2016 9:39 AM To: Richard Fox Subject: Good day – this topic NEEDS to be brought up!!! Good day – this topic NEEDS to be brought up!!! You can connect me at XXX-XXX-XXXX If you any questions My move to Skagit Valley… I’ve been visiting the Skagit Valley since 2002. First …

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Saturday Morning Live for May 28, 2016

Host Kris Halterman first talks to Tom Westergreen about the upcoming, 2016 Whatcom Woods Tour. Next up is Gerald Baron, speaking about the organization, Save Family Farming and their work to educate the public about the reality of farms, family farms, and the bad science and lies that threaten local farming. Gerald Baron will update the listeners about how the What’s Up Stream political media campaign was illegal, and what’s being done to prevent this from happening in the future.

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Saturday Morning Live for Apr. 9, 2016

Host Kris Halterman is talks with Glen Morgan of, We the Governed on today’s show. Did you know that it is illegal to wash your car in Bellingham and Whatcom County? Hear the story of a local businessman’s recent run-in with the Dept. of Ecology and the City of Bellingham for washing his vehicles on a Bellingham Street. Also, are our local government offices keeping track of the personal assets that have been bought and paid for with your tax dollars? Maybe not. Hear how Douglas County (and others) have not been following state law.

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Gateway Pacific Terminal Project Suspends EIS

Gateway Pacific Terminal has suspended the Environmental Impact Statement process until after the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers come to a decision on whether they will allow the results and lawful process to proceed without interference from the request of the Lummi Tribe to “deny” them the permits necessary to develop and construct a dry bulk export facility at Cherry point, outside of the normal channels of science and law. The enormity of how the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers responds will forever be felt by the tax paying residents of Whatcom County. The industrial zoned lands at Cherry Point are under assault and could be turned from a postive revenue force in the county to another blood sucking, tax burden, as was done to the Bellingham Bay operations of Georgia Pacific. The tax payers will be the biggest winners or losers on this one.

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Here’s to A Positive Outcome and Kudos to the Fox’s for Fighting the Good Fight

To All, We had our day in Appellate court and now we wait. Thanks to all of you for getting us there. I thought Peter did a great job representing us and staying focused on the law. What the DOE and Tribe said was nothing that I haven’t heard before.  I do find it interesting of being accused of “making end run around the instream flow rule and trying to move to the head of the line” that has been said many time by the tribe in their oral arguments. When I think about that statement it I see that is the issue with the instream flow rule; the opposing side is using the instream flow rule to get around the water law, without going through the legislature, where laws are supposed to be made or changed, to change state water law. If this is upheld in the that court our “due process” has been eliminated without legislative action. I have been asked about where we go from here and my answer is; we have to wait for the court’s ruling to make any decisions on our path forward, the waiting is the hardest part. In a couple days we …

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Saturday Morning Live for Jan. 2, 2016

Today’s show was not broadcast in it’s entirety due to problems with the stations transmitter. The full podcast will be made available once it’s posted to the KGMI Sound Cloud site. My humble apology to the listeners who tuned-in today. ~ Kris Halterman Whatcom Family Farmers – Scott Bedlington and Gerald Baron join the host to talk about the new Watershed Improvement Districts (WID) and Whatcom Family Farmers. All Whatcom family farmers are united in protecting the future of farming. The most immediate threats: potential litigation against dairy farmers and Ecology regulations that would devastate the industry. Learn more about these threats and how you can help.

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Saturday Morning Live for Sept. 12, 2015

Attorney Peter Ojala will give the listeners an update on the Fox vs. Skagit County, Dept. of Ecology, and Swinomish Indians; regarding the County’s denial to issue the Fox’s a building permit without ‘reliable’ and ‘continuous’ access to potable water for their retirement dream home.   Also on today’s show, Host Kris Halterman will interview Brad Owens of NW Jobs Alliance about a 2012 letter received by the Lummi Indian Business Council from Salishcommunity.org, asking them to “Just Say No,” to the Gateway Pacific Terminal project ‘and’ their alternative idea to change Cherry Point forever.      

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Saturday Morning Live for Aug. 15, 2015

Host Kris Halterman will interview Roger Almskaar (Professional Land Use Specialist) and David Onkels (former WC Planning Commissioner) about the pending Aug. 2016 Critical Areas Ordinance update for Whatcom County. Included in the shows discussion will be an update on water issues and the Planning Unit’s progress for water quantity and needs for Whatcom County.   

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