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Saturday Morning Live for May 13, 2017

Host Kris Halterman will interview Tony Larson about the Wake Up Whatcom County Rally. What is it? Why is it needed? Who is the audience? Why should people show up? All it takes for good things to happen is for good people to show up and make a difference.

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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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Farmers Under Assault Again; Tax’em Once – Tax’em Twice – and then Tax’em till They Go Away

They’re at it again and we need more voices to amplify that there are wolves in sheep’s clothing in Whatcom County who want to control your access to water. We are in a world where many people are busy working, playing, and spending a lot of time on their digital devices tuning out the noise. Who can blame them? Never in my wildest dreams did I think I’d be spending my time talking and writing about local issues, but the more I peel back the cover of the motives behind so much of what’s happened and continues to happen in Whatcom County, the more I see the need to dig further, talk or write about it, and share it with anyone who will listen. I received an email (Email: the curse or blessing that has bestowed so much information to the average person which the media fails to) which had a link to this Bellingham Herald editorial article written by Eric Hirst. Who is Eric Hirst? Any of my readers on this website or listeners on the Saturday Morning Live Show have heard me talk about the lawsuit between Whatcom County vs. Hirst, Brakke, Harris, Stalheim, and Futurewise. Yes, it’s …

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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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Saturday Morning Live for Mar. 21, 2015

     Host Kris Halterman will discuss the proposed Washinton State Department of Ecology Grant “Floodplains by Design,” by Whatcom Land Title for $3,200,00.00, with Glen Morgan (property rights specialist) and Ed Kilduff (licensed hydrogeologist) about this grant. Is planned flooding, or “back to nature” by design a good thing for the properties in South Lake Whatcom? This is a copy of the Application for a 2015-2017 Floodplains by Design Project Grant submitted to Ecology by Eric Carabba, WLT Director of Lands Project Title: South Fork Nooksack River – Flood, Fish, Farm Conservation and Restoration Integration Application for a 2015-2017 Floodplains by Design Project Grant Submitted applications will be rated to create a ranked list in support of Ecology’s FY 2015-2017 Floodplains by Design budget request. Applications must be submitted electronically via email to Ecology by 5:00 pm, September 8, 2014. Send applications to: Adam Sant at Adam.Sant@ecy.wa.gov With the Subject line: 2015-2017 Floodplains by Design Project Grant Application You will receive confirmation that your application has been received by close of business on September 15. Applicants must use this form as provided. No alterations will be accepted. Project Title: South Fork Nooksack River – Flood, Fish, Farm Conservation and Restoration Integration Organization/Jurisdiction Name: Whatcom …

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Saturday Morning Live for Feb. 7th, 2015

Hosts Kris Halterman interviews Gary Hagland (Skagit County CAPR) and Glen Morgan about the recent testimony and legislation being brought forward to address the In-stream flow rulings that has decimated Skagit County and other Counties in Washington.  

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Wrapping Up the Local Grange Water Forums

Over the past four months, Larry Helm facilitated through the sponsorship of the Rome Grange to pull together four water forums, featuring a wide sector of people connected to water usage, planning and protection.  The Thursday, July 10th Water Woes IV forum was moderated by, Whatcom County Executive Jack Louws. The forum panel featured: Ed Block (Agriculture), Dave Olson (Water Systems Manager), GI James (Lummi Tribal Spokesman), and Skip Richards (Non-government Water Resource Caucus). City of Bellingham – Mayor Kelli Linville was unable to attend at the last-minute due to illness. This is a brief write-up taken from the notes I took of highlighted comments made by the panelists. In addition it is helpful to watch the Water Woes IV video (produced and provided by Whatcom Works) and also read the article published in the Cascadia Weekly on the same subject. Ed Block (Ag District Coalition): Farmers are uncertain about water leases.  They support formation of a Water Improvement District (WID). Mr. Block stated that they do not intend that the WID’s are to be a big stick for local farmers. He stated that they would be self-controlled by land owners within the WID, based on percentages of land owned. The WID would be self …

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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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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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