Being a personal reflection on the impacts of the pernicious variant coronavirus.
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.
* * * 4/2020
Being a personal reflection on the impacts of the pernicious variant coronavirus.8 comments, most recent 5 hours ago
Randy Petty on the dysfunctional structure of the U.S. Senate.
Bellingham and Whatcom County are going to try.4 comments, most recent 3 days ago
After twenty years of fits and starts, there is a time-sensitive opportunity for the city of Bellingham ...8 comments, most recent 4 hours ago
Long-time Bellingham City Council member, Gene Knutson, throws his support to Russ Whidbee for the City Council At-Large position
Former At-Large Bellingham City Council member, Louise Bjornson, writes in support of Russ Whidbee, for the City Council At-Large seat.
We have an opportunity to assure affordable housing in Bellingham; let’s not squander it!14 comments, most recent 6 days ago
Ginger Decker writes in support of Russ Whidbee for Bellingham City Council.
What do the Hopi, the Lummi, broadband, and the Census have in common?2 comments, most recent 4 days ago
And our long-term approach to climate change is…?4 comments, most recent 3 days ago
Following the money on the race for the At-Large Bellingham City Council position.4 comments, most recent 2 weeks ago
Judith Akins writes about her choice for Whatcom County Council.
Is our homeless population local or from out-of-town, and at what cost to Bellingham?20 comments, most recent 1 week ago
Russ is a decades-long resident of Bellingham. He knows our city much better than most and his record proves it.12 comments, most recent 4 days ago
Voting on a karaoke song contest offers an opportunity for a clear view of Ranked Choice Voting1 comment, most recent 2 weeks ago
Is it boosting* from the world’s poor to get a booster in the U.S.?4 comments, most recent 3 weeks ago
Under Eric Johnston, they’ve been stalling, dragging it out, and protecting big telecom.
The first iteration of public comments, separated from City Council meetings, went off in relative calm.9 comments, most recent 3 weeks ago
Despite ADA requirements, proposed trail has no provisions for people with disabilities.3 comments, most recent 1 month ago
A summary of the Douglas Avenue right-of-way petition effort.
Learning more about the managing editor of a new daily news source in Bellingham, coming January 1.1 comment, most recent 1 month ago
Mayor Fleetwood spent 10 minutes verbally attacking Tip Johnson’s petition to stop illegal city street vacations.2 comments, most recent 1 week ago
The Save the Trails Referendum goes into Pandemic Mode3 comments, most recent 1 month ago
Friday, August 6, was the monthly Art Walk in downtown Bellingham. Kit Muehlman and I were asking people to ...1 comment, most recent 1 month ago
The Push is on!
A first person account of the author’s experience at the time of the fall of Saigon10 comments, most recent 1 week ago
Neighborhoods beware: City Hall is selling our public rights. Your neighborhood could be next.14 comments, most recent 2 months ago
This is the Save the Trails Referendum Page3 comments, most recent 2 months ago
Guest Writer David Donohue explains Sunnyland’s experience with City Hall’s promises, code enforcement, and follow-thru.7 comments, most recent 2 weeks ago
But ever so s_l_o_w_l_y2 comments, most recent 2 months ago
Bellingham to get a locally owned and professional daily news publication beginning in January 2022.7 comments, most recent 2 months ago
Playing along with YouTube is a losing game for Bellingham. It is time to break the ties that bind … and blind.5 comments, most recent 2 months ago
Preserve public property rights & save the trail14 comments, most recent 2 months ago
Between the professional service of Comcast, and the “professionals” at COB, start training Carrier pigeons.3 comments, most recent 2 months ago
It is time for Bellingham City Hall to take control by dumping YouTube for having taken down a video of a City Council meeting.8 comments, most recent 2 months ago
The Whatcom County Council is afraid to make an appointment of a temporary District Court judge before the Primary Election. Is the “fix” in?1 comment, most recent 3 months ago
Yet another eyesore bunker-like building for bunking students at market rental rates.3 comments, most recent 3 months ago
The city granted building permits while the Planning Department knew this was a state historical Indian village site.2 comments, most recent 2 months ago
Bellingham website goes dead with one person taking a few days off. So much for an administration and a system. Third world government.4 comments, most recent 3 months ago
Effective, efficient and low cost, high speed broadband service continues to elude Bellingham and Whatcom County5 comments, most recent 3 months ago
Bellingham continues to have its mail dropoff options changed willy-nilly.3 comments, most recent 3 months ago
Time to put the kibosh on the CityView private dormitory project for the good of the neighborhood and the good of the city.
Riley and Bryna Sweeney write about the petition to ban the teaching of Critical Race Theory in the Meridian School District.
How Mayor Fleetwood and his city attorneys are violating the basic laws that our nation was founded and built upon.5 comments, most recent 3 months ago
City attorney James Erb removed from legal case against Judge Lev for conflict of interest by Superior Court judge.6 comments, most recent 3 months ago
Mail collection boxes seem to be a thing of the past. Why have one postal vehicle collect from the boxes when hundreds of people can drive to the post office to mail a letter?3 comments, most recent 3 months ago
A new and local county wide technology group of Internet and broadband experts has been formed. Jon explains why and lists the members.2 comments, most recent 3 months ago
Mary Kay Becker writes about the Bellingham Municipal Court Controversy
Tonight the Bellingham City Council - with no agenda notice - authorized the mayor to begin process to abolish the Bellingham Municipal Court4 comments, most recent 4 months ago
What does a little stream matter? Spoiler alert! It’s not a joke and, if it were, it would not be a nice one.5 comments, most recent 3 months ago