Tag Archives: Lake Whatcom

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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Saturday Morning Live for Apr. 30, 2016

It’s property tax time for everyone. High on that list is every property owner’s 1st Half Property Taxes due April 30th, 2016. Hosts Kris Halterman continue the discussion with Whatcom County’s Assessor, Keith Willnauer. As your property taxes go up, learn how they’re being shifted and fewer people are paying the tax bill. What is a tax shift and how has it caused (and continues to cause) your property tax bill to rise?

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Saturday Morning Live for Apr. 16, 2016

Host Kris Halterman is discusses the proposed addition of Aquatic Lands, as a new element to Chapter 8, Resource Lands, to the 2016 update to the, Whatcom County Comprehensive Plan. Also included in today’s discussion is the public declaration of disenfranchisement towards residents of Whatcom County by Whatcom County Councilperson, Ken Mann, on his public Facebook page.             

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Saturday Morning Live for Jan. 23, 2016

Part 1: Host Kris Halterman interviews Krystal Garmon and Mike Hudson, about the needs of the mentally ill in Bellingham/Whatcom County and a new service available to all Whatcom County residents; the Compass Health – Crisis Prevention and Intervention Team. Part 2: Host Kris Halterman interviews Tony Larson about the importance of public participation in the 2016 Whatcom County Comprehensive Plan update, and the actions of RE Sources and the Lummi Nation to implement a moratorium on fossil fuel exports and industry expansion at the Cherry Point Industrial sites. Quoted from Cascadia Weekly’s Community Posting by, Matt Petryni, January 20, 2016 The comprehensive plan update is an opportunity to protect productive farmlands and beautiful forests from the destruction wrought by urban sprawl. Land is finite and we are in a position to use this resource well as long as we plan for the growth we are expecting. While it may not line the pockets of the real estate speculators that brought about America’s housing crisis, restricting the expansion of urban growth areas will serve the interests of the public and future generations. And then, there are fossil fuels. The fact that Whacom County is the prime location for exporting the continent’s …

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Saturday Morning Live for Sep. 6, 2014

Host Kris Halterman talks to Jack Salstrom (professional fly-tier / celebrity) about the Northwest Fly Fishing article written by Scott Willison. The July/August edition of Northwest Fly Fishing featured Jack Salstrom and his world renowned works of art. Jack Salstrom is a lifetime resident to Whatcom County and for anyone who knows the wet/dry world of fly fishing…they know about Jack’s Innovative Bugs on a Hook.  

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Water / Sewer Rates on Steep Incline for Whatcom County

The Lake Whatcom Water & Sewer District (LWWSD) sent out a letter this week regarding their proposed increases for water and sewer rates. I am left wondering how other properties in Whatcom County will fare as the Department of Ecology layers more costly regulatory hurdles on us? Their  letter admits that the LWWSD rates are high in comparison to other water and sewer utilities. The LWWSD cite a number of reasons for the need to increase water and sewer rates: Smaller customer base Stagnant growth Aging infrastructure Few industrial or commercial accounts They even offer a number of subsidies to help single family households to manage the overall 21% increase in rates over the next five years: Low-Income Senior and Disabled Rate – LWWSD propose to create discounted rates for low-income seniors and the disabled single family residents of up to 40%. Conservation Block Rate – LWWSD propose to consolidate a group of single family residential water customers to create an artificially higher volume of water usage per month, entitling them to the lower overage rate. Well I have a question for the LWWSD. Who picks up the difference after you’ve created the subsidized households and is that sustainable? As …

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Updated: Water Woes II – the road to Awareness

UPDATED: At last May’s “Water Woes II” there was a lengthy Q&A segment from the audience that I wish to share with you. There are a lot of important questions asked here which will increase your understanding of the present concerns that all Whatcom County residents need to be aware of. “Water Woes III” was held on June 14th, 2014 in the Whatcom County Council Chambers. The panelists speaking at the forum were: City of Ferndale: Gary Jensen, Mayor Whatcom County Public Works:  Gary Stoyka, LHG, Natural Resources Manager, Public Works Department Washington State Ground Water Assn.:  Glen Smith, Gov’t Affairs Coordinator Futurewise:  Ryan Ericson, Whatcom Community Director Citizens’ Alliance for Property Rights: Roger Almskaar, President “Water Woes III” will be available on SML after it has been publicly published at the Whatcom Works – YouTube Channel. ~ Kris Halterman WATER WOES II Q&A – MAY 13TH, 2014 – sponsored by the Rome Grange “Water Woes II,” was held on Tuesday, May 13th, 2014 at the Ten-Mile Grange Hall in Lynden, Washington. The Rome Grange have set up four “Whatcom County Water Forums,” to help raise awareness of the current and future regulatory and litigation actions that will negatively affect all of …

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Saturday Morning Live for June 14, 2014

Host Kris Halterman is joined by Glen Morgan of the Freedom Foundation to discuss:  What’s the importance of Charter Review to our Whatcom County Charter?    “HAPPY FATHER’S DAY TO ALL THE DAD’S out there from SATURDAY MORNING LIVE”

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County Council Approves transfer of $1.5M from Conservation Futures Fund to Parks Improvement Fund

Last Tuesday’s Council meeting was full of important issues.  As many of you likely remember, with all of the hoopla over the Council taking over 8,800 acres of forested land in the Lake Whatcom watershed there was the discovery that the funds loaned from the Conservation Futures Fund (CFF) to purchase the Lily Point property had not been paid back.  These funds were loaned specifically for the Lily Point purchase while the County waited for the Federal grant money (which had been approved) to be made available to them.  It was written in the contract that the money loaned from CFF would be returned to CFF once the Federal money was received. Fast forward again, the discovery was made public and brought to the attention of the state auditors who found that: “The Council may choose to legally authorize to keep the money in the Parks Improvement Fund, or to return it to the Conservation Futures Fund as the contract subscribed.  The Council then voted 0-6 to return the money to CFF.” Resolution designating the Parks Improvement Fund to receive grant proceeds generated by the purchase of the Lily Point Marine Park (AB2013-050) Failed 0-6 Fast forward some more, the …

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What’s the Rush? Whatcom County Parks Department pushes for passage of Parks Plan Now!

With the pending Whatcom County Comprehensive Plan update looming for finalization in 2016…people need to pay attention and take time to write the County Council on important items on the upcoming Council agenda.  One of the items is a presentation on the update for the Parks Recreation and Open Space plan.  Long-time Whatcom County resident, author and historian, Jack Petree has submitted a letter to the Council addressing this issue before their Tuesday, 3:00 pm, March 11th, 2014 presentation in the Whatcom County Council Chambers. ~ Kris Halterman TO:  Whatcom County Council, Whatcom County Planning Commission, Whatcom County PDS, Whatcom County Parks Director RE:  AB2014 – 119…  According To State Agency, Whatcom County Has Already Missed The Deadline For Submission Of Parks Plan – Next Submission Date is March 1 of 2016 So There Is Time For A Proper Public Process Regarding The Comprehensive Parks, Recreation and Open Space Plan With No Penalty So Long As The 2016 Deadline Is Met. Council, Commission, PDS and, Parks Director, March 11, the County Council Planning Committee will begin discussion of a newly developed Whatcom County Comprehensive Parks, Recreation and Open Space Plan. The primary reason for rushing a Whatcom County Parks plan …

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