Mayor Is Asked To Preserve Trail
Daniel Kirkpatrick writes Mayor Fleetwood requesting he veto the council vacation of a street with a walking trail.
This website was started in September 1995 as a one person blog by John Servais to report important local Bellingham news that the Bellingham Herald ignored or distorted. His political junkie friends, Tip Johnson and Paul deArmond also wrote occasionally. In 1998, NW Citizen provided the Whatcon Watch with its first online home as a section, with it later moving to its own website. Paul’s “The Public Good” site was also given a home as a section of NW Citizen for several years.
In January 2008 the website changed from the simple hand coded website it had been, into a database driven site that allowed comments and multiple writers. By 2016 it had morphed into a venue for over 25 independent local citizen journalists, some regular writers and some occasional. In September 2018, John sold the site to Northwest Citizen LLC. The company was formed to ensure the site continues into the future, as John was then in his late 70s. He is one of the LLC owners, and continues to write.
Since 2009, writers have met weekly over libations and refreshments to discuss issues, possible articles, general scuttlebutt and maintain cohesion as a group. These weekly meetings are important to our maintaining the site, attracting new writers, and informing each other on what is happening in our fine town of Bellingham and beautiful Whatcom County. We are, after all, political junkies.
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Daniel Kirkpatrick writes Mayor Fleetwood requesting he veto the council vacation of a street with a walking trail.7 comments, most recent 4 days ago
Ugly and expensive. That is what we have brought to the Waterfront.10 comments, most recent 6 days ago
SB 5188 to establish a Washington state Financial Cooperative is in an uncertain state in the legislature
Broken promises, bad administration, and still NO access to our publicly-owned resources4 comments, most recent 1 month ago
Washington moves ever closer to public banking for the good of its citizens and the fiscal health of the state.8 comments, most recent 3 weeks ago
The advantage of an “advisory” group, (as in Broadband Advisory Group,) is that you don’t have to listen to them.3 comments, most recent 1 month ago
Doug Gustafson offers a point/counterpoint account of opposing strategies for tiny homes27 comments, most recent 6 days ago
Fourteen February cases of the B.1.1.7 variant coronavirus strain suggest that it is beginning to surge in the county.10 comments, most recent 1 month ago
After clearing the Senate, Washington’s bill to create a public banking cooperative advances to the Democratically controlled House.4 comments, most recent 1 month ago
Riley shares some thoughts, concerns, and observations on the uncommon phenomenon of mask-wearing during this pandemic.7 comments, most recent 2 months ago
Atul Deshmane guest writes and provides us with a resume of the internet infrastructure issues now being discussed in Bellingham7 comments, most recent 3 weeks ago
Part of a series of articles on the progress of a public banking cooperative in Washington.1 comment, most recent 2 months ago
With a recent dispute between the newspaper’s reporters and management over, the real work can begin.3 comments, most recent 2 months ago
Bellingham can learn from successful programs for the homeless elsewhere and would do well to abandon ineffectual approaches.5 comments, most recent 1 month ago
City council and planning commission meetings were poor arrangements to begin with, and with Zoom it is very much worse.2 comments, most recent 2 months ago
Irene Morgan writes a public letter to Governor Inslee about a new director of prisons
A substitute bill for the original SB 5188 was accepted and moved to the Ways and Means Committee for further consideration.2 comments, most recent 2 months ago
Current legislation, moving forward in Olympia, would permit localities to adopt ranked-choice voting as an upgrade to their currently mandated top-two system.1 comment, most recent 2 months ago
The monumental, pre-COVID levels of cruise ships and world tourism were not sustainable.4 comments, most recent 2 months ago
Ray Kamada guest writes on how to have your cake and eat it too.5 comments, most recent 2 months ago
The city has instituted unnecessary restrictions on the Broadband Advisory Group’s discussion and outside input.3 comments, most recent 2 months ago
Brian Martel on the issue of Internet broadband service to our homes and pending bills in Olympia.
The Whatcom Human Rights Task Force has sent an open letter to the Community regarding the sweep of Camp 210.
Marii Herlinger writes on this past Thursday’s clearing of the homeless camp by city hall.
For the first time in a decade a hearing on a public banking bill found more supporters than detractors.
Bellingham started clearing 24 hours earlier than announced days ago. Antifa has showed up in numbers to provoke. Heavy police presence2 comments, most recent 3 months ago
Regulatory standards in SB-5511 offer nothing but give the appearance of doing something.
New Roberts Bank container-ship terminal proposed by the Port of Vancouver would generate additional vessel traffic that will impact endangered Southern Resident Killer Whales.3 comments, most recent 1 month ago
Mayor Fleetwood and outgoing council members could not handle the truth at last night’s Bellingham City Council meeting. Homeless people and their advocates spoke truth to power.25 comments, most recent 3 months ago
Tip Johnson makes the case that the City’s cozy relations with developers and its neighborhoods-be-damned attitude is costing us all.3 comments, most recent 3 months ago
A public bank in Washington is sorely needed for infrastructure projects and more especially with COVID-19 and the resultant severe economic downturn.5 comments, most recent 3 months ago
Statement by County Executive Satpal Sidhu in response to attack on Capitol2 comments, most recent 3 months ago
Gene Knutson today announced he will not run for reelection this year and is retiring from the Bellingham City Council.5 comments, most recent 2 months ago
While McClatchy appears ready to accept unionization among the Herald’s content creators, it would be on their terms.5 comments, most recent 3 months ago
Mark Ashworth writes about Trump and our current national situation.
There are no excuses remaining.13 comments, most recent 3 months ago
Two photos of the same door, one taken about 2 p.m., the other six hours later at about 8 p.m., on Wednesday, January 6, 2021.10 comments, most recent 3 months ago
Public Works Director, Eric Johnston and Council Member Michael Lilliquist hand-picked their “perfect members” to determine our internet future.14 comments, most recent 3 months ago
A shift in housing policies is needed to avoid an escalation of our housing crisis.4 comments, most recent 3 months ago
Frozen resistance in some quarters against public banking may find a thaw in 2021.3 comments, most recent 3 months ago
Something is amiss regarding the BNSF oil-train wreck in Custer on Dec 22, 2020. Why, after a week, are there no answers and a cause?11 comments, most recent 4 months ago
WWU, Western Washington University has a “Culture of Fear”. No, NW Citizen is not saying that - the Seattle Times is.
Even as our military veterans are dying at twice the rate of the general population, plans are being made to provide vaccinations through the Department of Veterans Affairs.
After a takeover by a hedge fund with a history of decimating newspapers, The Bellingham Herald’s news staff is taking a stand.2 comments, most recent 3 months ago
COVID changed everything; let’s make policing better for everyone.1 comment, most recent 2 months ago
Councilman Lilliquist tries to rewrite history in Bellingham’s war over internet fiber.
A conjunction occurs when two astronomical objects appear to line up. A great conjunction is when that happens with Jupiter and Saturn.
Olivia Hobson gives us a reprise of the last year under COVID-19 from the point of view of a WWU student.1 comment, most recent 4 months ago
Whatcom county - and Benton County - did better than expected in terms of the Covid-19 Post Thanksgiving surge5 comments, most recent 4 months ago
Comcast inflicts $3/mo rate hike, data caps, and overage fees4 comments, most recent 4 months ago