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About John Servais

John started Northwest Citizen in 1995 to inform fellow citizens of serious local political issues that the Bellingham Herald was ignoring. With the help of donors from the beginning, he has improved the site, invited other writers to join him, and enabled commenting with verified real names for informative community dialog. He is proud that NW Citizen is now perhaps the oldest political blog in the world.

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Traffic Backups on Northbound I-5 from Lake Samish - Into First Week of 2017

By John ServaisOn Jan 02, 2017

Final post to this article - Wed, Jan 4 at 4 pm The state highway spokes person has said that the northbound lanes of I-5 are now open. The right lane might [...]

How the Grinches Stole the Post Office from Fairhaven

By John ServaisOn Dec 23, 2016

Did you know the U.S. Postal Service station in the village of Fairhaven on Bellingham’s south side is closing? Here’s the story. For well over 100 years, Fairhaven [...]

PDC Staff Suggests Gentle Wrist Pat for Campaign Violations

By John ServaisOn Dec 03, 2016

Washington state’s Public Disclosure Commission staff has completed a year-long investigation into how Whatcom County’s three top elected officials ran the campaign for last year’s jail bond. [...]

Voting Recommendations 2016 - and More

By John ServaisOn Oct 25, 2016

Update - Sun, Nov 6 - two additional items. Link to League of Women Voters videos of their candidate and issue forums in October. Oct 15: US Congressional 1st and 2nd, EMS [...]

Election Forum - This Saturday Morning

By John ServaisOn Oct 13, 2016

The League of Women Voters is holding the third of three political forums this Saturday morning, Oct 22 at 9:30 am. The first was held on Saturday, Oct 15, the second on Tuesday [...]

Dick Conoboy awarded Paul deArmond Citizen Journalism Award

By John ServaisOn Jan 10, 2018

​For over ten years now, Dick Conoboy has been researching and writing on Bellingham housing and city hall’s approach to neighborhoods, rentals, zoning, safety and planning. His efforts to [...]

A Little Politics

By John ServaisOn Nov 20, 2017

​Did you know, gentle reader, that if a person speaks publicly of their plans to run for political office, Washington state law requires that they register - and then follow [...]

Election Night Notes

By John ServaisOn Nov 07, 2017

9:23 pm is ​time of latest comments. This is not blog style and proceeds down the page with time. 7 pm This is not blog style and will proceed down the page [...]

Ballots Boxes are Convenient and Secure

By John ServaisOn Nov 06, 2017

If you are mailing your ballot, you need to know that the important thing is not when the mail will be picked up by the U.S. postal truck - [...]

Candidate Donovan Melts Down on Facebook

By John ServaisOn Oct 26, 2017

Over the past week, Todd Donovan has posted accusations on facebook against his opponent Amy Glasser that are, to say the least, strident and over the top. Todd seems to [...]

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