Tip Johnson

Citizen Journalist and Editor • 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

Water Rights

By Tip JohnsonOn May 02, 2024

Everyone in Whatcom County is about to learn a lot more about water rights.  Washington State has filed an action for adjudication of these rights in Whatcom Superior Court. [...]

Three Wise Men?

By Tip JohnsonOn Jan 09, 2024

The holidays are behind us and it’s time to get on with the work of a New Year.  The Port of Bellingham has for over a century had [...]

No Third Jail Tax

By Tip JohnsonOn Oct 31, 2023

I will be voting NO on this third try to tax us for another jail. I do not believe it is designed to benefit the community at large. It [...]

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Recent comments

"  The first nhood based comp plan was adopted around 1980, estabishing the nhoods as planning units for the city. More than forty years of nhood driven revisions and updates have [...]

Jun 11, 2024 on
The Wealth Of Real Estate Corporations Is Not Our Purpose For Being

"Here’s the NTSB report https://www.ntsb.gov/investigations/AccidentReports/Reports/PAR0202.pdf

Jun 10, 2024 on
A Walking Tour at the Core of the Explosion

"Estimated 236,000 gallons https://www.cerc.usgs.gov/orda_docs/CaseDetails?ID=1012

Jun 09, 2024 on
The Audio of the Pipeline Explosion

"I’m remembering my dad. He was nw Montana golden gloves, Montana state featherweight champ for four, US Navy flyweight champ for three. Never knocked down, never lost a fight. [...]

May 27, 2024 on
Memorial Day 2024 - Remembering My Friends

"It appears that bacterial iron oxide can react with mercury compounds, as noted in this article, “Mercury mobilization and speciation linked to bacterial iron oxide and sulfate reduction: A column [...]

Mar 27, 2024 on
Scrap metal shipping from Port dock ends this summer