Tag Archives: GMHB

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 Dec. 10, 2016

Host Kris Halterman will interview Gary Hagland, board member of the Skagit County CAPR, to discuss the latest threats to people’s safety and private property. The reintroduction of the Grizzly Bear is slowly moving forward and with the newly elected Public Lands Commissioner, Hillary Franz at the helm in Washington State…it’s likely to become a reality sooner, rather than later. Also, the Swinomish Indians have asked to expand their tribal authority over thousands of acres in Skagit County, including the industrially zoned property where the Shell and Tesoro refineries are located.  

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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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Is There a Closed Door Executive Session Planned to Continue to Shut Down Exempt-Well Properties?

We’ve received a cry for help from a friend. There’s a strong chance that the Whatcom County Council will extend their private, exempt-well moratorium for an additional six-months, after their sixty-day moratorium expires in December 2016. On Tuesday, Nov. 22nd, 2016, the Whatcom County Council will meet at their afternoon Special Committee of the Whole, 2:00 p.m., Council Committee Room, 311 Grand AVE., Bellingham, WA. Discussion with Senior Deputy Prosecutor Karen Frakes regarding pending litigation, Hirst et al v. Whatcom County, GMHB Case No. 12-2-0013 (AB2016-018) [Discussion of this item may take place in executive session (closed to the public) pursuant to RCW42.30.110 (1) (i)] Page 225 Their own meeting schedule indicates that the meeting may (likely will) be closed to the public. While the future of so many tax-paying, county residents hangs in the balance…this Council keeps everyone in the dark about their future. Why? There was no legitimate reason to have placed the sixty-day moratorium, especially when you consider that the State Supreme Court’s actions were in part due to this Council’s failure to take the lead and fund the Planning Unit’s work on water planning for Whatcom County. Can’t make it to the Tuesday, afternoon committee meeting? If you …

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Saturday Morning Live for July 4, 2015

Host Kris Halterman will be off for the July 4th Holiday. Show sponsor, Dick Donahue has put together a special called, “David and Goliath.” Dick Donahue, Glen Morgan, Karl Uppiano (DOVE Whatcom) and Buzz Kats (Whatcom County Cattleman) on SML. The show will continue at 11:00 AM, on “Wealth Wakeup,” with Richard Fox (Skagit County Property Owner & Water/Well Rights) and Roger Almskaar (Land Use Specialist & CAPR), will share their personal experiences about how Goliath (Government agencies) are the biggest bullies on the block.

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Press Release: Common Threads Northwest submits criticism of Whatcom County’s draft environmental impact statement on future growth for the County

Contact: Dick Donahue, Chair / Common Threads NW / (360) 319-2839    Common Threads NW criticizes draft EIS for Whatcom County’s comp plan update The draft Environmental Impact Statement for Whatcom County’s comprehensive plan update and Urban Growth Areas (UGAs) review prepared by a Seattle consulting firm is lacking in many areas, according to Common Threads NW, a Bellingham-based nonprofit public interest organization. Some of the more serious deficiencies include: assuming certain policies will be adopted without needed support from key decision making bodies; ignoring deficiencies in urban infrastructure planned years ago, but not built yet; not giving sufficient credence to the most recent trends in population and housing distribution; ignoring recent expansion of the Lummi Nation at I-5 and Slater; and disregarding the need to address deficiencies in existing housing stock as well as new, and needs for several kinds of housing. “Policy decisions regarding Growth Management Act updates are supposed to be made by those charged with decision-making for the people of Whatcom County: planning commissions, the County Councils, and others,” Donahue said. “Policy decisions are not supposed to be made by planning staff or hired consultants. Most especially, policy decisions are not supposed to be made in a way that …

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Saturday Morning Live for Mar. 7, 2015

Part 1 of the program: Host Kris Halterman has invited the two candidates asking for your vote to elect them to the board of the Whatcom County Conservation District. Larry Helm and Joy Monjure have been invited to participate. Part 2 of the program: Host Kris Halterman will talk to Jack and Clayton Petree on their collaborative effort to publish, “The Washington State Growth Management Act, Plain and Simple.”   Unfortunately, today’s audio file is missing the last two segments of the show due to technical errors at Cascade Radio’s, KGMI studio. ~ K.Halterman

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Saturday Morning Live for July 5, 2014

With the July 4th holiday on Friday, the SML will run a repeat show and be back live on July 12th, 2014. Host Kris Halterman discusses the Growth Management Act with experts Ed Kilduff from Lopez Island (hydro geologist) and Glen Morgan of the Freedom Foundation (property rights specialist).  What are the 13 principles of the Act?  What has been the results of its implementation after 24 years?    

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Water Woes III – in search of Answers

As promised SML is providing a brief outline, commentary and links to the third in a series of four water forums, and sponsored by the Rome Grange. I want to personally thank the Kirk Family and Whatcom Works, for providing the high quality Whatcom Works – YouTube video(s) of the past water forums. Your dedication to the process and promotion of transparent government is greatly appreciated. The panel discussions within all three of the past forums has covered a wide-range of the water issues. Each panelist comes from a differing sector of the Whatcom County; private business, public employee, government leaders, non-government leaders, property rights, water rights, environmental rights, wildlife concerns and many other personal agendas. The forums address the water issue, and the information shared by the panelists and the questions asked, will give the tax payers and residents of the County a basic understanding of this issue and help them to plan for the future. There is a great need to wake-up citizens in Whatcom County about the litigation and regulatory restrictions being looked at. In regards to water access and usage, this is happening across the state including here in, Whatcom County. There are many questions to ask, such as; how much water is there, where is …

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Is Whatcom County Winning?

Last Tuesday’s County Council meeting had two disconcerting moments for this County resident. The first uncomfortable moment was when the Council brought forward nominations to fill a vacancy on the Ferry Advisory Board.  At the time that the Council agenda packet was published there were two applicants.  Both of these applicants were well qualified and had submitted their applications on time for consideration by all of the Council.  During open session one applicant withdrew her name and the second spoke to the council about the ferry.  When it came time to approve the applicant a last minute additional applicant  was added to the nominees, that of Byron Moye. At this time, Mr. Moye’s application is not available online for public access to view his qualifications for the position he was successfully nominated to.  The first applicant, Mr. Jim Dickinson’s application is available online.  It clearly shows that Mr. Dickinson would have been a quality member to fill out the Ferry Advisory Board. All of that said, what bothers me most is not only that Mr. Moye’s application was added at the last minute with no access for the public to see his qualifications for the position, but the whole process of how he …

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