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

Massive Excavation in Archeological Zone Permitted by City Hall

By Tip JohnsonOn Jul 15, 2021

Background: A previous article detailed the absurdity of Bellingham City Hall’s development regulations that are working against a $40 million salmon enhancement effort upstream.  A city permit is allowing [...]

Save the Whales - Bellingham’s $40mm Padden Creek Joke

By Tip JohnsonOn Jun 19, 2021

Orca are an iconic species in the Pacific Northwest.  Everyone wants to save them. The key to their survival is salmon.  This truth applies equally to our indigenous [...]

Will City Double-Down to Kill Public Trail?

By Tip JohnsonOn Jan 24, 2021

Somehow an application to abandon the public’s right to a 26-year old trail in Happy Valley got through the Technical Review Committee (TRC), made it to Hearing Examiner Sharon [...]

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County Council Plays Politics With Our Judges

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Save the Whales - Bellingham’s $40mm Padden Creek Joke

"Perhaps the most egregious aspect is the failure to recognize the former channel within about 50 feet and to consider the obvious channel migration zone. This means they knew that eventually [...]

Jun 27, 2021 on
Save the Whales - Bellingham’s $40mm Padden Creek Joke

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Jun 22, 2021 on
Bellingham Council Starts Process to Abolish Municipal Court

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