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Unprincipled Whatcom County State Senator Doug Ericksen is urged to resign. Britt and Riordan first broke the news of his Cambodia hijinks on NW Citizen.8 comments, most recent 3 weeks ago
We need immediate action to save the canaries in our coal mine, the Southern Resident Orca and Salmon. Take down obsolete salmon-blocking dams before it’s too late.7 comments, most recent 2 months ago
Rud Browne’s antics during the selection of Liz Lovelett for state Senator was only the latest weird act during his first year of his second term on the Whatcom County Council.3 comments, most recent 4 months ago
Myopic leadership in the NFL is the problem.
The goal of this article is to highlight a few amazing scientific discoveries in the hopes that it will motivate us to create an economy based on science instead of war.3 comments, most recent 1 year ago
Jim Peterson knows what it’s like to be homeless. He’s grateful to be on the other side now. But he won’t rest until every homeless person in our community is housed.4 comments, most recent 1 year ago
Perception Clashes with Reality on the Prime Minister’s Latest Gambol to India6 comments, most recent 5 days ago
The road gets rocky for the selfie-obsessed prime minister10 comments, most recent 1 year ago
Dick Conoboy has written for over 10 years about Bellingham city hall not enforcing its own laws and the slow destruction of single family neighborhoods. The award is well earned.3 comments, most recent 1 year ago
Based on available evidence, it looks like Ericksen was using his surplus campaign account to help cover travel expenses incurred in connection with his involvement in the Trump regime.2 comments, most recent 1 year ago
Social Media exchanges among politically polarized groups often deteriorate into personal attacks, smear campaigns and verbal abuse.9 comments, most recent 1 year ago
Our North Carolina literary correspondent provides us with perspectives on our contemporary world from the pages of literature.1 comment, most recent 2 years ago
Former Whatcom County Councilmember Kershner asserts that Satpal Sidhu is unfit for public office.15 comments, most recent 2 years ago
We need to pay more attention to the wage side of housing affordability.1 comment, most recent 2 years ago
A continuation of the conversation about neighborhood character and infill proposals.19 comments, most recent 2 years ago
Rental inspections have been taking place in Happy Valley. Results similar to York and Sehome Neighborhoods
84% of the respondents to the 2017 Bellingham Residential Survey are homeowners. What?2 comments, most recent 2 months ago
Ken Imus died at age 90 this past week. He envisioned the historic Fairhaven village 45 years ago and pursued saving the historic buildings.
Bob Keller has died this Sunday evening. Professor at Fairhaven College, key participant in many environmental and community efforts, he deserves our recognition.2 comments, most recent 2 years ago
Satpal Sidhu will run for the new Foothills District of Whatcom County this November in his re-election effort to the Whatcom County Council.
Stephanie Kountouros, talk show host on local community radio station KMRE, will receive the 2016 Paul deArmond Citizen Journalism Award.
Over at the Latte Republic, Elisabeth Britt examines State Senator Doug Ericksen’s attendance in Olympia and compares that to state laws.
First they came for the Muslims and I did not speak out…1 comment, most recent 2 years ago
Michael Riordan guest writes about state senators Doug Ericksen and Don Benton being appointed by President Trump to bring his changes to the Federal Environmental Protection Agency.5 comments, most recent 2 years ago
How much have we ceded our rights in the workplace? David Ellerman tells us…a lot!9 comments, most recent 2 years ago
A brief essay, an homage, to people of the country. Country People.2 comments, most recent 2 years ago
Whatcom County Councilmember Ken Mann has an election hangover. What’s an election hangover, you may ask? It’s a political term that is often used to describe a sitting [...]
A dire prediction of the Trump presidency, one that hopefully will not come true. But if he does as he promised, as history suggests, then he may repeat history.
The National Football League has an image problem: drugs, violence against women, and an epidemic of permanent brain damage among its players leap to mind. Just when it looked like [...]
“On the Internet, nobody knows you're a dog.” But they find out quickly enough. New Yorker cartoonist Peter Steiner captured something true about our virtual reality with this 1993 caption. [...]
Over 2,000 volunteers have just built a new playground in six days. We do a photo story.1 comment, most recent 3 years ago
This veteran, Chris Brown, deserves our deep thanks for his achievement with Growing Veterans as Executive Director, a post that he has left. He will continue as President of the non-profit, helping veterans with combat trauma.3 comments, most recent 3 years ago
The Coast Guard has levied $30,000 in fines on two Bellingham climate activists. They will fight to have the fines dropped.16 comments, most recent 3 years ago
Harriet Spanel was many years our representative in the state legislature and served Whatcom County and Bellingham very well.4 comments, most recent 3 years ago
Talib Kweli played the Wild Buffalo a couple evenings ago and Ralph Schwartz was there. He writes a very personal take on the evening.2 comments, most recent 3 years ago
What the campaign styles of local politicians Pete Kremen and Carl Weimer tell us about presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders4 comments, most recent 3 years ago
Christopher Brown guest writes how traditional communal warrior reintegration practices could help our returning combat veterans.
Lois Garlick has died. For many decades, she and George served as environmental stewards and leaders in preserving wildlife and nature.2 comments, most recent 3 years ago
Add your thoughts and remembrances. Robyn du Pre` was a stalwart and true environmental advocate for Bellingham and Whatcom County. She died this week.9 comments, most recent 4 years ago
The second annual award for Citizen Journalism will be to The Political Junkie himself who runs the Sweeney Politics blog, Riley Sweeney.3 comments, most recent 2 years ago
Updated Nov 12. Howard Harris, the founder of the Bellingham silent peace vigil at the Federal Building in Bellingham, has died. He and Rosemary were leaders in our local peace movement.
Ferndale’s most famous landmark is frequently commented on and is often in the news. Here is their side of the story.4 comments, most recent 4 years ago
In the Weekly, Tim Johnson left out three words in quoting Craig Cole - and his story misleads readers. Guest article by Sandy Robson.11 comments, most recent 4 years ago
A perspective by guest writer Ellen Murphy reflects on the Whatcom Watch and the threatened law suit by Craig Cole.22 comments, most recent 5 years ago
Riley posted this morning that Seth Fleetwood has decided to challenge Doug Ericksen for state senate in the 42nd District.1 comment, most recent 5 years ago
Accepting the Paul deArmond award of citizen journalism on Feb 7, Wendh Harris gave this speech. We think it deserves its own post.
Craig Cole, the local contact for the proposed Cherry Point coal port has threatened the Whatcom Watch with a libel lawsuit.6 comments, most recent 5 years ago
Paul deArmond is remembered by his sister Claire. He was a Republican-at-Large.2 comments, most recent 6 years ago
The Gristle in today’s Cascadia Weekly is devoted to a tribute to Paul de Armond. Tim Johnson gets it right.
Well known political writer has died.5 comments, most recent 6 years ago
Riley Sweeney has posted a great video clip of Sen. Doug Ericksen flouting rules and legal procedures at a Senate hearing in Olympia.
Tim Johnson writes about the first recipient of the Paul deArmond Citizen Journalism award, Whatcom County writer Wendy Harris.3 comments, most recent 5 years ago
Hoss Unplugged, November 30 will Honk the York Neighborhood’s Tonk
Riley patiently explains to the Whatcom Excavator what a flowchart should look like
Riley gathers quotes, video footage and pictures from the recent tea party forum1 comment, most recent 6 years ago
Latest from the Political Junkie on a variety of subjects7 comments, most recent 7 years ago
Riley interviews Clayton Petree about his view of Downtown Bellingham6 comments, most recent 7 years ago
It says it all in the title3 comments, most recent 7 years ago
Bill Servais died suddenly. A short testimony by his brother.17 comments, most recent 8 years ago
Riley Sweeney briefly discusses faith3 comments, most recent 8 years ago
Riley Sweeney and his brother, Devlin, take a look at the 2012 Republican Candidates
Riley Sweeney examines facts vs beliefs and comprehensive sex education4 comments, most recent 8 years ago
Riley Sweeney makes the case for investing and supporting local campaign managers4 comments, most recent 8 years ago
John Powers died yesterday. Ted expresses his remembrance.
Riley Sweeney discusses the discomfort of religious and cultural differences among friends1 comment, most recent 9 years ago
The Creation of The Whatcom Museum and the Restoration of Bellingham’s 1892 City Hall1 comment, most recent 9 years ago
Local elder, Nita Clothier, talks with Kamalla Rose Kaur about growing up in a logging camp
Local concert celebrates Pete Seeger’s 90th birthday–and the efforts of one man to see him awarded the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize.2 comments, most recent 9 years ago
Holiday Album 2009 - mixing conversations and prose, Charles Dickens quotes, with history provided by the National Museum of Women’s History.
1. “I will honour Christmas in my heart,
What a difficult time to be the (new to this region) president of Western Washington University. In his autumn address to faculty and staff, Bruce Shepard laments, “While we came through the ye
We don’t make special offers like this very often, but if you act right now, you’ll not only continue getting free access to fresh views, news and opinion on Northwest Citizen, but you’ll also help se14 comments, most recent 9 years ago
Dr. Linda Allen takes the long way home to Bellingham once again as she tours the nooks and crannies of Washington State in 2010 with a multi-media presentation called “Here’s to the Women!” I
The people behind Bellingham’s colorful history matter - just like it matters that Pierre Charles L’Enfant designed Washington DC and that Thomas Jefferson created the University of Virginia. Visit th4 comments, most recent 9 years ago
“Our friend had found two acres at the foot of Sehome Hill, one a little fir-clad knoll, the other a level acre of meadow and garden. If we had hunted America over, we couldn’t have found a more pe7 comments, most recent 9 years ago
This article was originally posted on September 7, 2008, shortly after John McCain announced he had chosen Alaska Governor Sarah Palin as his running mate. The negative responses emanating
Interim Editor’s Note: Hi. John Servais, the esteemed publisher, will be back from vacation soon and I had very little to do while appointed interim editor of Northwest Citizen in his absence9 comments, most recent 9 years ago
A few days ago, our community lost two young people to a tragic accident. A boating accident in Bellingham Bay. Yet we know almost nothing about them and the facts surrounding this accident.3 comments, most recent 10 years ago
“At present, we are stealing the future, selling it in the present, and calling it gross domestic product.” So says renowned entrepreneur and visionary Paul Hawken at his May 3rd commenc1 comment, most recent 10 years ago
I really pity Horizon Bank’s CEO Rich Jacobson. His predecessor, Laury Evans, sure left him a bad hand to play. Not only is Mr. Jacobson faced with the same loan portfolio problems plaguing mo2 comments, most recent 10 years ago
When Mayor Pike ran for office, he convinced me and thousands of others that he was truly concerned about the issues that impact those who call Bellingham home. In particular, I believed he would do12 comments, most recent 10 years ago
Editor note. Barney died Thursday, Dec 25. He strongly deserves tribute for his public service. Bob Aegerter provides a brief look at his life. Bob was the architect for WWU and worked with Barney1 comment, most recent 10 years ago
Alan Rhodes seems to want to be like Emmett Watson, the late writer about Lesser Seattle. However, Alan seems to lack Emmett’s basic charitable view of his fellow humans. Emmett had a sense of humor2 comments, most recent 11 years ago
In April, 1908, the farmers just northeast of Bellingham - along and north of the current Mt. Baker Highway - organized their own Grange. The highway was not there then, but that is the area. The Gr
Something about Bellingham’s poverty brings out the worst, even in the best of us.
The Kulshan Land Trust ushered it’s presence into Happy Valley with the development
Below is a link to an opinion piece in today’s Los Angeles Times. It is written by a liberal - obviously a Democrat - and one who has supported the Clintons all these years. I also have supported th1 comment, most recent 11 years ago
Juan Cole continues to provide a knowledgeable look at Bhutto’s killing and the Pakistan situation. His column today explains how the government is being discredited regarding their claims of how she
A new local political website is starting up - bellinghambloggers.com. No content there yet, but the aspirations are excellent. Chris Renoud wants to run the site with integrity and cre
Sam Taylor has an article in today’s Herald on the Bellingham City Council special session yesterday when they approved John Carter as the new city Finance Director. Sam includes some quotes from Cart
A racist headline in today’s Herald - but they don’t have a clue. The news is the Northwood Casino finally got their liquor permit - which they should have had long ago. But the Herald hypes the issue
Western Washington University administrators - starting with President Karen Morse - have been abusing their power for years. Below is an example. This article first appeared in slightly different for
Do we Americans believe in human rights? Do we believe that “all” are equal and have rights as our Declaration of Independence says we believe - or only citizens of the United States? Wednesday this w
It is so nice to have several websites covering local issues. The past few days I’ve just not even thought of posting and have enjoyed checking other sites. As new local voices have gone online
Dan Pike gave a great short speech to a packed city council chamber after he was sworn in as our mayor. It is posted on the City of Bellingham website as a pdf file.
Dan said he has five tasks
This from Lois Garlick
Happy Thanksgiving to everyone.
And thank you. Your support in my campaign for County Executive was tremendous. I had no comprehension
Swearing-In Ceremony next Tuesday at 4:30 pm in our Bellingham City Council Chambers for Dan Pike as mayor and Stan Snapp as council member.
Sam Taylor has scooped me on a Fairhaven sto
Who is Royce Buckingham - and why does he think he needs to prevent democratic processes from taking place? This guy - a lawyer in the Prosecuting Attorney’s office - is one of three members of the Ca
Marian Beddill has posted a good technical description of what happened with our ballots. She uses this serious incident to explain why computerized voting has serious problems.
9 pm - A long d
V - Stan Snapp - Don’t ask me why Servais hasn’t endorsed Stan Snapp. Here’s a guy that has worked his way up and tirelessly served his community, who has broad popular support and plent
Seth Fleetwood has endorsed Dan Pike for Mayor of Bellingham. We have all been wondering if and who Seth would endorse. He also ran for mayor and had a strong showing in the August primary. Today he a
Podcasts of last night’s forum will be posted online by KGMI about noon tomorrow. I will post links here when they go up. Meanwhile, you might check Sam Taylor’s posted as it happened blog of the foru