Tag Archives: Whatcom

Opportunities to Get Involved and Make A Difference

Whatcom County has recently published an updated list of boards and commissions which have vacant positions which need to be filled by willing and able people who live in Whatcom County. Many of these boards and committees provide recommendations that can be considered by the County Council to make changes in the way we conduct our lives and businesses here. Please take a moment to look over the list of vacancies and putting your name into the hat for consideration. ~ LR The following list represents all current volunteer positions on Executive-appointed and Council-appointed boards, committees, and commissions. IMPORTANT NOTE:  Please note at the end of each narrative it will indicate Executive- appointed or Council- appointed. For those appointments made by the  Whatcom County Council the deadline for those applications has been extended to 10:00 a.m. January 23, 2018.  If you have questions place contact the Whatcom County Council office at 360-778-5010 or the Whatcom County Executive’s office at 360-778-5200. Applications are available from the Whatcom County Executive 360-778-5200, or the Whatcom County Council 360-778-5018. Or online at: http://wa-whatcomcounty.civicplus.com/1584/How-to-Apply County Council & County Executive Expectations for Boards and Commissions information may be found on line at: http://wa-whatcomcounty.civicplus.com/DocumentCenter/View/5946     Council-appointed and Flood …

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A Witty-Ditty to Welcome the New Council

Local author and citizen extraordinaire, Jack Petree, has written a poem to share with the community… The Woebegone In Whatcom Council Shuffle Read To The Cadence Of The Whose Line Is It Anyway Hoedown by Jack Petree Hi, my name is Barbara, I represent District five, Although I don’t really live there, it’s not too much of a drive; Satpal represents my district, he’s a real pal, And I’m still on the council, I’m the only gal. ~ You know me, I’m Satpal,  I represent the fourth, I vote for Barb and Carl, they live a way up in the north, I actually live in the third, but to me that’s not absurd. When I want representation I just call on Tyler Byrd. ~ Hello everyone I’m Barry, I served in District One, Gerrymandered into District Two, we still had lots of fun; I just ran to serve At-large, to avoid all confusion, And all the votes from Bellingham, proofed me from exclusion. ~ When Bellingham elected me, they’d have thought it pretty odd, That I’d step down after two short years but, hey, my name is Todd; I paid my dues and chose my side in the battle of …

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Saturday Morning Live for Jan. 13, 2018

Host Kris Halterman will interview Assoc. Prof. Hart Hodges on a recent study which compares the Economy of Whatcom County to other Washington State Counties, Other States, and the national trends. Today’s program will not be available on podcast due to technical distortion from the recording equipment at Cascade Radio. My apologies for this as there was a lot of information shared on the show that is not on the Show Outline.   Capital Calendar Jan. 12, 2018 – Your Eye on Olympia

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Saturday Morning Live for Dec. 30, 2017

Host Kris Halterman will interview Whatcom County Assessor Keith Willnauer on the soon to be released 2018 Whatcom County Property Tax bills. What’s up? What’s down? And Why? Statement from WC Assessor Keith Willnauer, Washington State had a highly equitable, fair, and transparent process. Our political leaders broke this with the McCleary Fix in its present form. Property Tax assessment should be restored to and administered in a Civic-ly responsible and quality direction.   Important to the discussion on today’s program with WC Assessor Keith Willnauer, is the fact that on the last day of last year’s session the State Legislators broke the way in which our property taxes are assessed and calculated. Prior to their McCleary Fix the property tax in Washington State was lawfully budget based on the taxing authority’s budget with an accepted limit of a cumulative 1% increase per year. Budget-Based Property Tax Washington State has a budget-based system of property taxation. There are three main components to the property tax: Levy Assessed value (AV) Levy rate As part of the budget process, the taxing jurisdiction establishes the amount of property tax revenue needed to fund the budget. That amount needed to fund the budget is called the levy. It is the total amount …

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Saturday Morning Live for Dec. 16, 2017

Kris Halterman has invited EJ Ledet back to discuss Lake Whatcom and the manner in which the City of Bellingham and Whatcom County propose to address TMDL and how Lake Whatcom is treated at the Lake Whatcom Water Supply and Treatment Facility.        

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Seeking Affordability: Will Efforts by the City of Bellingham to Upzone (infill) Residential Zoned Areas Work?

A recent editorial article in the Northwest Citizen, by Dick Conoboy, has signaled the alarm to protect single-family zoned land within the City of Bellingham. At the heart of Mr. Conoboy’s argument is a study that shows infill does not reduce the costs of housing and that there is adequate land available to allow for more development already. Why should we care?  Because if our planners make the wrong decision, it will impact the future of where we live and if we or our children can afford to live here. In an effort to secure more housing the City of Bellingham is considering changes to their urban, single-family and other residential zoned properties. The City of Bellingham seeks to shrink the size of minimum lot requirements to build new single-family housing and to allow for more Accessory Dwelling Units or ADU (think houses converted to include rental apartment / room) and Detached Accessory Dwelling Units or DADU. There is no question that there are not enough affordable, single-family homes available within the Bellingham city limits. This is the result of a vision, or plan, that is referred to as new-urbanism, although a more visual name would be “Stack ‘em and Pack ‘em.” When the City …

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Saturday Morning Live for Dec. 2, 2017

Glen Morgan, from We the Governed, will be filling in for Kris Halterman. Glen’s topic de jour will be going over the recent local PDC filings and the 2018 Agenda for the Washington State Legislator’s. What outcomes should the residents and tax payers of Washington pay attention to?

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Causes of Low Dissolved Oxygen (DO) in Basins 1 and 2 Hypolimnions of Lake Whatcom and Proposed solutions to increase DO and improve other Water Quality Properties

Prelude Before we get into the details of “Causes of Low Dissolved Oxygen (DO) in the Lake Whatcom and Proposed Solutions to Increase DO and Improve Water Quality Properties” please consider the following analogy to the Lake and try to create a mental picture in your mind. Let’s take carbonated drinks as an example. You may like drinking cold soft drinks/soda pops, beer, or carbonated water, especially on a warm summer day. What happens when you open that carbonated drink container? It loses pressure and begins going flat. It loses pressure because pressure was used to force, a gas, in this case carbon dioxide (CO2), into the liquid and that contained pressure was higher than the outside atmospheric pressure; which is why you hear a “swoosh” when that pressure is released. At the same time and in the same place, you may also observe that the gas (CO2) begins to “bubble out” of the liquid. As the temperature of the liquid becomes warmer the solubility of the gas in that liquid decreases; the effect of this is that the gas separates and bubbles out of the liquid as it warms. Like a flat soft drink, flat beer, or flat water, the …

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Saturday Morning Live for Nov. 18, 2017

Host Kris Halterman will interview Ed Kilduff and Michael Ausilio on the resurgence of a manufacturing renaissance in America. Why it is important to nurture this to level the economic future for middle-America.  

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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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