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Ballot title court fight sustains AG Ferguson not informing voters! A Carbon Tax by any other name is Still a Carbon Tax

Glen Morgan took the Tax and Spend Environmental Interest and Attorney General Bob Ferguson to court  to make a ballot measure more clear to the voters... NOTE: Glen Morgan is one half of the FULL CONTACT ACTIVISM TOUR that begins May 10th. (See Flyer below for details) Background: An Initiative Measure (No. 1631) was filed March 13th with the Secratary of State's office and may be on the ballot this fall if it gets ...

City giving 35,000 gallons a week to Lummi Tribal Sewer and Water District for Slater Road Construction Project.

This story is another in the series of stories that have arisen because of the Hirst Decision and about the reaction to that decision of local entities. Some of the Stories that the Fourth Corner have provided are Lummi Nation Needs City of Bellingham Water.   And this one by Tribal Leader Tim Bellew...Lummi Leader says NO to Hirst Fix. Tribal Leader Tim Bellew No lack of Water in the City of ...

Whatcom County Meeting Reports Feb 26 to Mar 2nd

Report from the trenches A summary of Local Meetings of Interest from February 26th to March 2nd 2018 Tuesday, February 26th PUD (Public Utility District) meeting, From 8:00 AM-9:30 AM, ESSB6091( State Mandated Hirst Fix) , took up much time and discussion. Also on Tuesday Februrary 26th Whatcom County Council meeting, From 10:30 AM Tuesday until  1:15 AM Wednesday Morning Included: An hour presentation by attorney Brown of Cascadia Law Services reporting to the  ...

Water Meeting REPORT 2/17/17 Stay informed…. Water Control: …” is about control of our Lives and Freedom”

  Highlights of the February 17th Well Owners meetings Held at Rome Grange: Rep Van Werven; Councilman Tyler Byrd attended. Paul Isaacson, chairs this ad-hoc committee, and represents well owners in the fix hirst planning process. Goals: Well Owners will have a greater understanding of very basic state water-law concepts Well Owners will have a greater understanding of key policies affecting well-use. Well Owners will have a greater understanding of how these policies are ...

“Hirst Whatcom”- keep in mind: its not over yet.

From County Councilman Tyler Byrd: "Make certain you stay involved.. this Hirst legislation is not the end for property owners in rural  Whatcom County who need wells; Tyler Byrd we need to continue to be vigilant as the County Council steps through this process." Background: The  State Legislature passed its Hirst Fix, not as a consistent solution over the 39 Counties of Washington State but as groups of Watersheds throughout the state.  ...

RE-Sources refuses to talk to farmers on CAFO issue

The RE-Store run by RE-Sources RE-Sources, in a slickly worded video; responds to some of the concerns more and more Whatcom Countiains are having about the goals of "RE-Sources for sustainable communities" as far as RE- Sources capability of being a positive part of our community.  Is RE-Sources being open and do they wish to work with those parts of the community their legal activities affect? You Decide. In this case we ...

Carbon Tax: Governor may use proceeds to refill emergency fund that his plan empties.

Senate proposed legislation for a new carbon tax may add up to $.30 a gallon more to be paid directly at the pump by Washington Tax Payers. Governor Inslee In a speech made to the WSSDA (Washington State School Director's Association) conference on Jan 28th in Olympia the Governor spoke about the results of the McCleary Decision and stated that he wants additional money for education to be budgeted this year; spending ...

Alert: Realtors: CALL FOR ACTION… Hirst Update County Council: can we restrict more??

In an e-mail to their mailing list the Whatcom County Association of Realtors... Government Affairs Committee... Tell the Council to be open and transparent especially on Hirst. Background: From our reporter at the meeting: The County Council must remove the permit "Moratorium" on new wells and construction that was instituted on Land Owners after the State Supreme Court ruled in October 2016 to implement the legislature's passage of ESSB 6091 (the Hirst Fix). A ...

Whatcom Family Farmers letter to RE-Sources Donors: Consider how contributions are being used.

​"Whatcom Family Farmers is the new, (2015) unified voice of Whatcom County's family farmers. Berry farmers, dairy farmers, potato farmers, beef farmers, vegetable farmers, nut farmers, ornamental farmers--all farmers who are family owned and whose farm provides the family income." Whatcom Family Farmers call on RE Sources' donors to consider how RE Sources contributions are being used and writes an open letter to RE Sources donors: Highlights: Whatcom Family Farmers is Contacting RE-Sources Donors. ...

BREAKING Hirst Fix Bill 6091 pass House and Senate Last Night (Jan 18th) Governor to Sign

BREAKING JAN 18th BILL PASSES SENATE AND HOUSE MOVES ON TO GOVERNOR Only 11 days into the session the legislature sends a Hirst Fix to the Governor along with a 4 Billion Capital Budget (that was held up until Hirst action could be taken).  The Fix and the Budget bill Passed about 8:00 PM on January 18th. From Rep Vince Buys: Lots of people want to know the details of the Hirst fix. Here’s ...

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