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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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Voting Recommendations and Comments

By John ServaisOn Oct 23, 2017

The following picks are my personal recommendations. Northwest Citizen has eleven writers now and I can no longer speak for the website. Each writer can weigh in with their take [...]

Operation Black and Blue Truckers Protest

By John ServaisOn Oct 07, 2017

Why is the news media ignoring this huge three state truckers protest? Well, it may be some back room bargains over advertising or corporate togetherness. I have only some scattered [...]

I lowered the flag today…

By John ServaisOn Oct 02, 2017

​I lowered our American flag to half-staff this afternoon, per the proclamations of our president and governor, to honor and in respect to those murdered and wounded last night in [...]

Primary Election Results - Updated Wed Evening

By John ServaisOn Aug 02, 2017

​Wednesday evening, with 5 pm second count by Auditor. An additional 5,000 votes were counted today but no contests changed - and none will change in the days ahead. Last evening Jean [...]

Clayton Beach Vandalism - Again

By John ServaisOn Jul 13, 2017

Yes, the park ranger at Larrabee State Park has been notified and sent some of these photos. Tim Paxton, a contributor to this site, enjoys strolls on the beach and [...]

Will new BC government stop the proposed pipeline?

By John ServaisOn May 30, 2017

On Monday, May 29, our neighbors to the north, British Columbia, had a surprising and dramatic change in their government. With a parliamentary system, this can happen. Two minority parties cemented [...]

Dilbits should be kept out of our Salish Sea

By John ServaisOn May 22, 2017

Michael Riordan writes on Sightline about the expected impacts on our Salish Sea from the now approved new oil pipeline to Vancouver. The Kinder Morgan pipeline from Alberta will funnel [...]

A news item April 10

By John ServaisOn Apr 10, 2017

Am posting this at 6 p.m., when it is now a world-wide story. When I wrote this early this morning, my interest was that it should be known. Even though [...]

Feds respond to Nooksack Indian Tribe “Kelly Faction”

By John ServaisOn Apr 06, 2017

​Former County Council member, Bob Kelly, resigned his council seat a few years ago and returned to take leadership of his Nooksack Indian Tribe out near Deming. Since then, he [...]

Now is time for single-payer health insurance

By John ServaisOn Mar 29, 2017

With the collapse of the Republican plan for national health care, and after eight years of Republicans castigating Obamacare, now - this week - is the perfect time to push [...]

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