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Central Skagit Rural Partial County Library District - July 26, 2017

Central Skagit County Library Director Jeanne Williams talks with Jerry Shackette about the library's governance, daily operations and the recent move into downtown Sedro-Woolley. Progress towards partnership with the Sedro-Woolley City Library is updated. Could that mean a new library facility is planned? What might that look like? Plus, Jerry finally learns how to get his library card.

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Woolley Food Forest - April 26, 2017

Dave McConnell talks with Sarai Stevens, Executive Director of the Woolley Food Forest Association. Sarai explains the nature of a Food Forest and describes the development of the Woolley Food Forest in conjunction with Helping Hands Food Bank in Sedro-Woolley.

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A CULTURAL SHIFT IN FIREARM LEGISLATION - March 15, 2017

It's been proven in Washington State that common-sense gun laws are favored by the majority of citizens. The Alliance for Gun Responsibility works to create laws that reflect this, promoting a culture of gun ownership that balances rights with responsibilities. Following the successful passage of two citizen-initiated gun violence prevention initiatives in 2014 and 2016 - both by wide margins - there is now a better opportunity to create common-sense gun legislation in our state. Julia Hurd talks with Renee Hopkins, Executive Director of the Alliance, about the Alliance's current policy points as well as its collaboration with civic leaders, other organizations, and grass roots networks, including Safe and Sane Skagit https://www.facebook.com/Safe-and-Sane-Skagit-171649423199321/?fref=photo ; and promotion of community education to reduce the gun violence crisis in our society.

http://gunresponsibility.org/our-alliance/

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County Libraries: LaConner Regional Library, Part 1 - March 3, 2017

Our community libraries are still great repositories of reading materials, but times are certainly changing. LaConner Library Director Joy Neal shares the story of today's library of wifi connections, meeting places, continuing education classes and computer training with host Jerry Shackette. It's moved way past long rows of books. It's a new story of meeting the informational needs of the community today. This conversation will bring you up to the minute and maybe you'll renew that library card!

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Voices of the Children with Aaron Wagner - August 10, 2016

Join host jim justice as she speaks with the Aaron Wagner, Director of Voices of the Children a local non-profit organization, focused on pairing teens worldwide in collaborative art projects to promote social and global awareness and create positive change. Former middle school music educator in Mount Vernon, WA, Aaron Wagner has been on an international and cultural journey to work with middle schools students in Mount Vernon and Syrian refugee students in Jordan on collaborative art projects through music, photography, and films. We discuss projects, cultural differences, challenges of working on two continents and memorable moments and growth.

Current website - http://votchildren.org/
New website in the works - http://voicesofthechildren.org
Check out their Facebook page for audio and video - https://www.facebook.com/voicesofthechildren

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Gun Safety and Responsibility - April 20, 2016

This week, Speak Up Speak Out Radio's Jodie Buller interviews Margy Furst, who is chairwoman of Safe and Sane Skagit, and Joanna Paul from the Seattle-based Alliance for Gun Responsibility. Their conversation includes the larger cultural context and goes into deptth about local actions to raise awareness and communication about guns, and Initiatives to create stronger gun laws in Washington State.

http://www.gunresponsibility.org
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Safe-and-Sane-Skagit/171649423199321

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Skagit Housing Needs - March 2, 2016

Host jim justice talks with Bob Hicks, Operations Manager for Skagit County Health Dept. Bob will provide an overview of housing needs in Skagit. Then jim talks with Don Mitzel and Joan Penney, of the Housing Affordability and Availability Task Force (HAATF). Don, lead on the task force, and Joan, a citizen participant, will talk about their findings and challenges to date. Joan Penney also mentions the potential start of a Skagit Housing Trust Fund to build low income housing. There will be a follow-up interview in the late spring.

To get involved with housing, contact Joan Penney, jmpenney59@comcast.net

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Skagit Reach Center - October 21, 2015

Dave McConnell talks with Jeff Reynolds, Director of the Skagit Reach Center. The Center is a peer run outreach facility which works primarily with persons looking to move on with their lives - to get beyond homelessness, mental health issues and addictions.

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Water Rights in Skagit County - April 22, 2015

Water rights in Skagit County has been a hot, contentious issue for over a year. The history of water rights law is complicated, and current disputes have led to lawsuits, and to a supreme court decision. Join Ginny Wolff in a discussion with Tom Glade, president of Evergreen Islands, and Stephen Orsini, Guemes Island resident and member of Friends of Guemes Island. This show addresses the history of water rights law, the current ramifications of those laws, and how at least one Guemes Island resident has dealt with his own water access issue. Our guests suggest solutions for how water access can be provided without endangering stream flow to protect salmon.

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Home Trust of Skagit - February 25, 2015

Speak Up Speak Out Radio's Jodie Buller talks with Jodie Monroe, new Executive Director of Home Trust of Skagit.The Home Trust of Skagit (HTS) is a community land trust organization, incorporated to help homebuyers in Skagit County secure affordable homes and achieve an equity return on their investment, while preserving affordability for the next homebuyer.

Their goal is to have homes in neighborhoods and communities throughout Skagit County, providing opportunities for both home ownership and affordable rentals, with a healthy mix of housing types and home size available to those earning up to 80% of the area median income (AMI). In 2008, more than 200 community land trust organizations were operating in 48 states with many in the Pacific Northwest.

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Project Homeless Connect - October 22, 2014

Dave McConnell took a recorder to the fourth Project Homeless Connect, held September 11, 2014 and talked with organizers, volunteers and service providers. There is also a follow-up interview with one service provider discussing specific success stories.

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Changing Oil Transportation Risk in Washington State - October 1, 2014

Today's show features David Byers, Response Manager for Washington State's Department of Ecology. Mr. Byers manages the prevention and preparedness program for oil spills in our marine waters.

Washington State is facing a transformation in energy transportation with the push to transport crude oil and coal by rail through the state to west coast ports. This shifts the risk of oil spills from being a primarily marine threat, to include inland communities and environments. The type of crude transported also brings the risks of explosive fires. David Byers talks in detail about what his program does and how the state is trying to adapt to the new risks and threats of crude by rail transportation in Washington.

There will be a public hearing on Governor Inslee's draft Marine and Rail Oil Transportation Study. You can sign up for bus transportation to the hearing via the RSVP link below:
When: October 30, 5:00-9:00 p.m. The doors open at 5:00 p.m.
Where: Red Lion Hotel, 2300 Evergreen Park Dr. SW, Olympia, WA 98502 [MAP]
RSVP: http://tinyurl.com/Govtransport-Lacey

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Farmers' Market in Skagit Valley - August 6, 2014

Ginny Wolff does on-site interviews with Farmer's Market managers Sarai Stevens of Bow Little Market, and Mouse Bird of the Mt. Vernon Farmers' Market, as well as market vendors Gilda Gorr, Laura Matthews, and Debbie Clough. This is our mid-summer tribute to the many markets in the valley, giving listeners a taste not only of what vendors are selling, but also the atmosphere, special events, and "What's new" in promoting locally grown or crafted goods, talents, and activities.

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Talk with Mount Vernon WA Mayor Jill Boudreau - July 9, 2014

Jodie talks with Mount Vernon WA Mayor Jill Boudreau about good government, Mount Vernon's roots, the waterfront plan, climate change and planning for natural disasters, and the Wellness Challenge, coming up during the month of August.
http://www.mountvernonwa.gov

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Vision 2030 - May 7, 2014

Transition Fidalgo and Friends is an Anacortes based group that strives to "imagine a world where how we live nourishes the earth, helps people reach their potential, and creates joy in community." They recently created a document called "Vision 2030, Our Vibrant Sustainable Community," which paints a picture of what the communities of Fidalgo and Guemes Island could look like in 15 years if they face the realities of climate change, energy challenges, and economic shifts which we already see happening. For this show Evelyn Adams, one of the founders of the group and current chair person, joins Ginny Wolff for a discussion of the inspiration, content, and purpose of "Vision 2030, Our Vibrant Sustainable Community."

To access the document: http://transitionfidalgo.org/sites/default/files/2014/Vision_2030.pdf
Transition Fidalgo and Friends' Home page: http://transitionfidalgo.org

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Emergency Services in Skagit County - April 30 2014

Mt.Vernon Fire Chief Roy Hari and Skagit County EMS Manager Earl Klinefelter join Ginny Wolff for a discussion about Emergency Services in Skagit County. In addition to the "everyday" emergencies such as medical emergencies, accidents, and fires, they talk about their experiences in managing the I-5 bridge collapse last year, and the more recent tragic mudslide in Oso. Chief Hari and Earl Klinefelter talk about how both residents and our formal emergency response system can prepare for larger disasters such as floods and earthquakes.

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Family Promise: Churches Helping Homeless Families - January 29, 2014

Ginny Wolff has a discussion with four community members about Family Promise, an inter-faith effort to help homeless children and their families. Our guests today, all members of different congregations, and all passionate about making this program a reality in Skagit County, are Pastor Laurin Vance of Burlington Lutheran Church, Ted Kostek, Celeste Weaver, and Peggy Bridgman. Family Promise is a national effort with an impressive success record, which uses volunteer services provided by community churches to help homeless families transition back into stable housing.

For more information:
Email: Ted Kostek at t_kostek@yahoo.com
Website: http://familypromise.org

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Open Government - September 18, 2013

Toby Nixon, President of Washington Coalition for Open Government, joins Ginny Wolff for a discussion of open government concepts and laws. Toby Nixon has served in the Washington State legislature, where he was ranking member of the committee responsible for overseeing Washington's open government and election laws. He is currently a member of the Kirkland city Council.

Today's interview includes a description of our two most visible open government laws, the Public Records Act, and the Open Public Meetings Act, and how and why these laws are most often violated. Toby Nixon gives several examples to illustrate how this plays out in real life. He also gives some very specific advice about how to make a public records request so that you get what you want in a timely fashion. He includes several web based resources to help citizens effectively participate in local government.

Resources:
Washington Coalition for Open Government - Self help material, Sample request letters for public records: http://www.washingtoncog.org
Municipal Services Corporation - Advisor to local governments; useful to citizens to understand: http://www.mrsc.org
Washington State Archives - Records retention schedules and training: http://www.sos.wa.gov/archives/
Attorney General's Office - Open Government Internet Manual: http://www.atg.wa.gov/OpenGovernment/InternetManual.aspx

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Update on the Central Skagit Library District - August 14, 2013

Our guests are two board members of the Central Skagit Library District - Mindy Coslor, chair of library board, and Chris Silves. Officially, the Central Skagit Rural Partial County Library District, the library district covers the rural areas in the Sedro-Woolley School District (not Lyman, Hamilton nor the town of Sedro-Woolley itself). Mindy and Chris give us an idea as to how the library district is developing (establishing a budget and timeline) and invite people to participate in the focus group meetings which will take place in September. These meetings will be facilitated meetings to find out from the public what the SWOTs are for the library district (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats). The meetings will last about 4 hours, check website for more information. Or, contact Mindy mindy@centralskagitlibrary.org or Chris chris@centralskagitlibrary.org

http://centralskagitlibrary.org

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Bite of Skagit - July 24, 3013

Jodie talks with Terry Belcoe from North Coast Credit Union and Bill Henkel from Community Action, about the upcoming Bite of Skagit (Sat. July 27 Noon-4pm in downtown Mount Vernon) which is a "food party" to raise funds to buy food directly from local farmers for distribution at food banks and local meal programs.

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Oaxacan Weavers Visit Skagit County - June 5, 2013

Skagit County resident Ginny Darvill talks with Ginny Wolff about the Vida Nueva Cooperative in Teotitlan, Oaxaca. Ginny has been supporting Vida Nueva for the last several years, by finding local markets for the traditional Zapotec tugs woven by this women's collective. Now two of the women are visiting western Washington in June to talk about, demonstrate, and sell their hand made rugs. A schedule of events they will participate in is below.

For more information about Vida Nueva, see: http://www.folkartmarket.org/2011/06/preserving-zapotec-traditions-and-helping-the-community-in-oaxaca/

Schedule of local events featuring Vida Nueva weavers in June:

Farmers' Market in Sedro Woolley - Wed. June 12
Farmers' Market in Mount Vernon - Sat. June 15

Burke Museum at UW in Seattle:
Pastora will speak on Sat. June 15 at 12:30 pm.
Rugs will be on exhibit from June 12 until mid Oct.
Rugs will be available for sale at a market on June 20-21.

Western Washington University, Carver Gym in Bellingham - June 20-22
Demonstration of traditional natural dyes
Vendor stall where rugs will be for sale
Details: Google Association of NW Weavers' Guilds

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League of Women Voters - May 29, 2013

This week jim speaks with leaders of the League of Women Voters (LWV) in Skagit and at the state level. Guests are Loretta Saarinen (Skagit) and Washington State co-presidents Linnea Hirst and Kim Abel. The tag line for the LWV is "Making Democracy Work" and the issues discussed are certainly ones that people who care about democracy will want to hear. Men have also been welcomed in the league since the 1970s. National issues discussed in this interview are: Protecting and Engaging Voters; Reforming Money in Politics, and Defending the Environment. If coal trains are of interest, there is a LWV position. If the proposed Anacortes bottling plant is of concern, then the League of Women Voters' upcoming unbiased forum in late June will be of interest. More members are always welcome in the league to keep their valuable work going forward!

Part two of this interview to be aired in mid-July will discuss the league's http://Vote411.org program, where voters can get unbiased info on ballot issues and candidates.

http://www.lwvwa.org - this is the state website. Click on Leagues on the left side to access Skagit - local contact info included.

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Friends of Skagit County and Land Use Issues - May 15, 2013

Ellen Bynum, Executive Director for Friends of Skagit County, joins Ginny for a discussion about Friends of Skagit County. She talks about why Friends came into existence after the Growth Management Act passed, and how it has worked to help preserve the rural character of Skagit County. Ellen gives us a crash course in permitting and appeals processes for development projects, and amendments to the Comprehensive Code. She advocates strongly for citizen participation in land use decisions.

For more information, see:
http://www.friendsofskagitcounty.org
email: http://friends@fidalgo.net

Skagit County Planning Commission Meetings: open to the public; also broadcast on Skagit 21 Television and streamed online
Community Conversations: What Do YOU Want the Valley to Look Like? Sat. June 22 10 -11am Burlington Library

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Local Hospitals Propose Partnering with Larger Medical Center - April 24, 2013

The proposal that Skagit Valley, Island, and Cascade Hospitals form a partnership with a larger hospital system has received a fair amount of local press recently due to concern over how a partnership with a Catholic Hospital might affect access to certain healthcare services in Skagit County. In today's show, Ginny interviews Clark Todd, president of the Skagit Valley Hospital Commissioners Board; Kathy Reim, healthcare advocate; and Kathryn DeFillipo, of Planned Parenthood in Skagit County. Both Kathy and Kathryn are members of People for Healthcare Freedom, the citizens' group which has formed to address concerns about affiliation with a Catholic hospital.

Clark discusses the larger issue of why a partnership is necessary, and would facilitate delivery of quality care locally. He also addresses how the commissioners are responding to community concerns. Kathy and Kathryn discuss what concerns they have, how experience elsewhere informs that concern, and the process of how the public can present concerns to the decision makers in this proposal.

Future Community Forums:
Island Hospital Board of Commissioners forum: April 30, 5:30 pm, Council Chambers, Anacortes City Hall, 906 6th St.
People for Healthcare Freedom community meeting: May 3, 6 pm, PUD - Aqua Rm.

For more information:
http://www.healthcare-freedom.net
http://www.skagitvalleyhospital.org/news/press-releases/forums/
http://www.skagitvalleyhospital.org/news/press-releases/RPF-potential-partner/

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Family Promise - April 10, 2013

Ginny speaks with Pastor Laurin Vance of Burlington Lutheran Church about Family Promise, a cooperative, interfaith, community-based program to help homeless families. Pastor Vance is spearheading an effort to make Family Promise a reality in Skagit County by networking with churches and their congregations throughout the valley. In this interview, he describes what makes the program unique and valuable to both participating families and the churches supporting them. He talks about how it is working elsewhere, and what is needed to make it happen here.

For more information contact:
Pastor Laurin Vance by phone at: (360) 840-4565 (mobile)
Burlington Lutheran Church at: 134 E. Victoria in Burlington
website: http://www.burlingtonlutheran.org

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Mount Vernon Mayor Jill Boudreau - April 3,2013

Dave talks with Mount Vernon Mayor Jill Boudreau. Jill talks about her experiences during her first year in office and her goals for the remainder of this term: completion of Phase two of the waterfront project, and solution to the issues surrounding jail overcrowding, in particular. She also expressed great appreciation for the responses to her weekly "Coffee with the Mayor" sessions.

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Evergreen Islands - March 27, 2013

Evergreen Islands - a citizen advocacy group - is a "watchdog" over proposed development projects in and around Fidalgo Island, that threaten our resources and the rural character of the area. They have a long history going back at least 36 years to protect Fidalgo Island and the salt water islands nearby, using existing laws. In today's show, Ginny talks with Steve Clark, former president, and Tom Glade, current president of Evergreen Islands about the history of the group and how they conduct their campaigns.

Contact Evergreen Islands through their blog or by email:
Website/blog: http://evergreenislands.org
email address: evergreen.islands@frontier.com

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Chant Happiness - November 7, 2012

SUSO's Jodie Buller speaks with Laura Lavigne, who started up the Anacortes Center for Happiness, about the many kinds of offerings emerging from the old ballroom space, including the 90 Day Gratitude Attitude Challenge and the Happiness Sprinkling Project, and also with local musician and healer Simme Bobrosky about an upcoming evening at the Anacortes Center for Happiness called Ecstatic Chant and Dance... from the Heart. Simme plays a few examples of chants, one from Zimbabwe on the mbira and one Sanskrit chant supported by guitar, to give listeners a taste of what to expect from the event on November 9.
http://www.anacortescenterforhappiness.org

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Sedro Woolley Rural Library District - October 31, 2012

Voters living in the unincorporated areas of the Sedro Woolley School district are voting on a ballot proposition which asks if a "Rural-Partial County Library District" should be created. For this episode of Speak Up! Speak Out! Ginny is joined by Beverly Conn, the chairperson of the committee to approve this proposition, and Debra Peterson, librarian at the Sedro Woolley city library. We discuss the ballot proposition itself, as well as the advantages library access gives to people living in rural communities.

The Sedro Woolley Library is hosting an Open House on Thursday, Nov 1 from 4-7-pm at the SW library to let people know what the library can do for them.

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Skagit Democracy School - August 22, 2012

SUSO's Jodie Buller speaks with Deymain Lesar and Scott Morgan from the local group Living Democracy Skagit, about the consequences of corporate personhood and the way that communities across the country are re-organizing the legal framework and leveling the playing field, with Democracy Schools and Citizens Bills of Rights Initiatives. Living Democracy Skagit is hosting a Democracy School on October 12 & 13 at the Skagit Food Co-op in downtown Mount Vernon.
For more information about this work:
Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund - http://www.CELDF.org Living Democracy Skagit meets every other Thursday at the Skagit Food Co-op, email Deymian for more information on their meetings and to register for Democracy School: dl.evergreen@yahoo.com
The Spokane Declaration - http://envisionseattle.org/2012/08/the-spokane-declaration-by-the-washington-community-rights-network.html
Bellingham's Initiative and the Coal Trains Fight - http://www.coalfreebellingham.org

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Home Foreclosures, part 1 - July 11, 2012

Eulalia "Lili" Sotelo, Senior attorney with the Foreclosure Prevention Unit of the NW Justice Project, talks with jim and Ginny about what people can do if they face the danger of foreclosure. Lili Sotelo discusses the Foreclosure Fairness Act which took effect in Washington State in July, 2011, and improvements to the act made this year. She advocates early action if people are behind on their payments, and describes resources available.

To contact the NW Justice Project, go to: http://nwjustice.org, or call 1-888-201-1014.

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Bicycle Friendly Skagit - May 2, 2012

Dave McConnell talks with Elizabeth McNett Crowl, Skagit Healthy Communities coordinator and a League of American Bicyclists certified bicycle instructor, Roger Ridgeway, a leader in the Mount Vernon Downtown Association, and Gabe Phillips Transportation Planner for the Skagit Council of Governments, about plans to have Mount Vernon, Anacortes and the rest of Skagit County recognized as Bicycle Friendly Communities.

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One Community, One Voice - alleviating poverty in Skagit - April 25, 2012

Jodie Buller talks with Debra Lancaster from United Way, Bill Henkel from Community Action, and Terry Belcoe from North Coast Credit Union about their participation in a community-wide initiative called One Community One Voice, which aims to break the cycle of poverty by coordinating existing local efforts and resources, and forging new connections to address homelessness, life and job skills, food, healthcare and housing access, and education. Committee members include: Bill Henkel, Carl Bruner, Charlie Wend, Deb Davis Bundy, Debra Lancaster, Jim Meyer, Letty Alvarez, Lisa Janicki, Peter Browning, Ryan Sakuma, Sue Krienan

Terry BelcoeFor more information:
http://www.unitedwayskagit.org/get-involved/one-voice/

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NW Flower Growers' Market - January 25, 2012

Happy International Year of Cooperatives! In this show, SUSO's Jodie Buller talks with local cut flower grower Diane Szukovathy about the Northwest Wholesale Flower Growers' Market - a new cooperative venture she is working on, which is held weekly in Seattle's Georgetown neighborhood.

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The North Sound Alliance Organizes our Community - January 4, 2012

The North Sound Alliance is building a non-partisan alliance of organizations to work together for the common good in Skagit, Snohomish, and Whatcom Counties in northwestern Washington state. Broad-based community organizing unites churches, labor, education associations and local non-profits to develop grassroots leaders and take action on issues of common concern.

For today's show, Christie Stewart Stein, Mary Lindsey, and Lee Langdon, leaders of this local effort, join GInny Wolff to talk about what the North Sound Alliance is, and their recent meeting with Senator Kevin Ranker promote job creating legislation.

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Defending Water - August 24, 2011

SUSO radio host Jodie Buller talks with Sandra Spargo, of the citizen's group Defending Water in the Skagit River Basin, about the contract the City of Anacortes signed with Tethys Enterprises, to build what could become the largest bottled beverage plant in the US. The Tethys contract is for 5 million gallons of Skagit River water per day, and would involve 800 rail cars each day to transport materials and product. Sandra explains some of the context of the contract and citizen response, and suggests an upcoming Water Summit to bring Skagit communities together to collectively decide what happens with the future of our water resources.

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Hunger Summit - August 3, 2011

Speak Up Speak Out's Ann Leason talks with Karen Parnell from Community Action and Terry Belcoe from the North Coast Credit Union, two of the organizers of the upcoming Summit to End Childhood Hunger in Skagit County - which will be held on Wednesday August 16th from 11-2pm in conjunction with the ribbon cutting on the Food Bank Distribution Center - about ending hunger as a community initiative.

http://www.skagitcap.org/page/Food-Bank-Distribution-Center.aspx
Interested participants please register by August 8th!

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Taking Back the Right to Self Governance - May 18, 2011

Environmental Legal Defense Fund. Mr. Linzey has worked for years to help communities protect themselves from corporate development project that would cause environmental destruction in their jurisdiction. He now helps municipalities design legislation to challenge the legal foundations that prohibit communities from governing themselves and creating a sustainable future. CELDF conducts "Democracy Schools" in communities throughout the country to train local leaders and activists to do this kind of work.

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Anticipating Growth in the Skagit Valley - April 13, 2011

Seattle architect Bill Kreager, presenter of "Honey I Shrunk the Lots," joins Ginny for this 1/2 hour interview about how "compact development" can address population growth in Skagit County without destroying the rural and small town character of the valley. In an introduction to the concept of "New Urbanism," he also addresses the social, economic, and ecologic benefits of living closer together. Bill Kreager offers specific recommendations to overcome such obstacles to compact development as fear of "the Uglies," and archaic zoning codes.

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Economy in Skagit County - February 16, 2011

Don Wick, Exec. Director of EDASC (Economic Development Assoc. of Skagit County), Marie Marchand, Exec. Director of Friendship House in Mount Vernon, Terry Belcoe, President and CEO of North Sound Credit Union and Board Chair of Skagit Community Action, and Kathleen Bisagna of the Mount Vernon Downtown Association talk with jim about where the economy is in Skagit County now.

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Gleaning and Envision 2060 - February 9, 2011

SUSO's Jodie Buller talks with Skagit County Community Action's Arielle Stein and Emily Nelson about their new gleaning program: Harvest for Hope, and other food access programs during the first half of the show.

During the second half,
SUSO's Ginny Wolff talks with members of Citizen Committee for Envision Skagit 2060, Jim Meyer and Peggy Flynn, about engaging the broader community in planning for growth in Skagit Valley.

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Envision Skagit 2060 - February 2, 2011

Envision Skagit 2060 is a 4 year project to study the consequences of how we respond to the growth Skagit Valley can expect to see in the next 50 years; and make policy recommendations to county authorities.
Kirk Johnson, project manager of Envision Skagit; John Lombard, a natural resources consultant to local project coordinators; and Kerri Cook, a member of the Citizens Committee for Envision Skagit give us their perspectives on the effort.

Community Meetings throughout Skagit County are happening now:
Feb. 08 Concrete High School 5:00 pm
Feb. 16 Anacortes City Hall 5:30 pm
Feb. 23 Burlington City Hall 6:00 pm
Feb. 28 LaConner Maple Hall 5:00 pm
Mar. 03 Mt.Vernon High School 6:00 pm
Mar. 08 Sedro-Woolley City Hall 6:00 pm

Event: "Honey I Shrunk the Lots" by Bill Kreager: Feb. 15, Lincoln Theatre, 6:30 pm

More info at http://www.skagitcounty.net/envisionskagit

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David Korten's keynote at Whidbey Bioneers - November 10, 2010

SUSO listens in to excerpts from author and YES! Magazine founder David Korten's recent talk at the Whidbey Institute during the Beaming Bioneers conference in October. David's keynote was video-recorded and can be viewed in five parts on YouTube. SUSO listeners can hear him outline 3 elements of change strategies for shift toward resilient local living economies, and outline design elements of re-organized economic systems.

http://www.whidbeyinstitute.org
http://www.bioneers.org
YouTube.com: David Korten Bioneers

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Beaming Bioneers Conference - November 3, 2010

Speak Up Speak Out Radio's Jodie Buller interviews Outreach Coordinator Kris McRea and Programs Director Heather Johnson, from the non-profit Whidbey Institute, about their programming, and their experience hosting the recent Beaming Bioneers Conference, with speakers like Jane Goodall, Lynne Twist from Pachamama Alliance, Gary Hirschberg from Stoneyfield Farm, and a local address by David Korten, advisor to the Whidbey Institute, publisher of Yes! magazine, and author of When Corporations Rule the World.

http://www.whidbeyinstitute.org
http://www.bioneers.org
David Korten's talk at Whidbey Bioneers, on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FxNKTENQvAw&feature=related

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No Place for Domestic Violence in Our Communities - October 6, 2010

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and SUSO speaks with Colleen Connor and Courtney Long, from Skagit Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Services, about the support services they offer and how the community can help victims of domestic violence to heal - including October's Awareness campaign: Purple Light Nights, the candle light vigil on October 23rd, and Shatter the Silence, a free monthly inter-generational gathering at the Skagit Food Co-op that explores how to create healthy communities.

For more information:
http://www.purplelightnights.org
http://skagitfoodcoop.wordpress.com/2010/09/12/fallworkshops/
http://www.skagitdvsas.org/

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USDA Rural Development - September 8, 2010

Dave McConnell interviews Elizabeth Elliott, Single Family Housing Specialist for the US Department of Agriculture Rural Development Program, about ways in which low income families might finance home ownership or rental.

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Skagit Wholesale Market and Viva Farms - September 1, 2010

The Skagit Wholesale Market runs through harvest season on Thursday mornings in the parking lot of the Skagit Valley Food Co-op. New farmers from Viva Farms, who went through the bi-lingual WSU program, are starting to grow crops at the Port of Skagit. Join us for a discussion about the Viva Farms incubator program with Sarita Schaffer, and the newly launched Skagit Wholesale Market, with Lucy Norris from Puget Sound Food Network.
http://www.vivafarms.org/
http://www.psfn.org/

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Low Income Needs in Skagit County - January 27, 2010

Skagit County is a leader in Washington State in studying the needs of it's low income population. Skagit County Community Action Agency commissions this study every 4 years in an effort to direct program development and collect data that helps to secure funding. In today's program, Karen Parnell, Deputy Director for SCCAA and Greg Winter, a consultant with Cornerstone Strategies in Bellingham discuss the recently completed Low Income Needs Assessment for 2009. Their findings shed light onto how the current recession is affecting the most vulnerable in our community and identify stresses that might be predicted from budget cuts.

Visit http://www.skagitcap.org

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Pine Square Project - June 26, 2009
Sue Edelberg, one of the organizers talks about the Pine Square Project; monthly gatherings in Pine Square in Mount Vernon for food, music, conversation. The goal is to provide some safe place for people to develop a sense of community.

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Sustainable Connections - December 10, 2008
Conversation with Melissa Grandy of Bellingham Sustainable Connections describing the organization and its goals, which focus on supporting local businesses of all types and connecting them to local consumers.

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