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Tip Johnson

Columnist • Member since Jan 11, 2008

Tip Johnson is a longtime citizen interest advocate with a record of public achievement projects for good government and the environment. A lifelong student of government, Tip served two terms on the Bellingham City Council and has worked on many community boards and committees. He travelled with the Federal Transit Administration and Department of Commerce on mass transit trade missions in SE Asia and Africa before settling down to focus on keeping public interests at the fore of local government and the course of growth and development.

Articles by Tip Johnson

Breaking News: City Council Changes

By Tip JohnsonOn Sep 01, 2018

Roxanne Murphy has apparently announced her resignation from the Bellingham City Council on Facebook. Murphy notes she’s going to be paid substantially more for taking a position as an [...]


By Tip JohnsonOn Apr 09, 2018

Editor’s Note: Mercury Victims of Whatcom County is an anonymous, loose-knit organization that credits itself with having delivered the final blow that prompted Georgia-Pacific to end its Bellingham operations. [...]

Something Stinks at the Post Point Wastewater Treatment Plant

By Tip JohnsonOn May 10, 2017

Something smells, but it is not just the screened sewage pouring into Bellingham Bay since early Saturday morning. A report at the City of Bellingham’s website says a “pipe [...]

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The Cost of Prosecutorial Mismanagement

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Oct 15, 2018 on
The Cost of Prosecutorial Mismanagement

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The Cost of Prosecutorial Mismanagement

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What on Earth Is Doug Ericksen Doing In Cambodia?

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Jun 19, 2018 on
The Traumatization of Our Police
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