Citizen Journalist • Bellingham • Member since May 23, 2017
Jon Humphrey is currently a music educator in Bellingham and very active in the community. He also has decades of professional IT experience including everything from support to development. He considers Bellingham to be the best place he has ever lived and has been here for over 8 years now. He has been interested in technology, music, and science since he was very young and holds a degree in Music Production/Technology from the prestigious Hartt School. He started writing for his high school newspaper and has even published a sci-fi novel on Amazon. Aside from his above interests, Jon spends his time repairing electronics, cars, hiking, diving, and motorcycling. He is a well known figure in the Open Source and Retro Gaming communities and does what he can to support them. He also cares very much about the environment, homelessness, and digital divide issues and does what he can on those fronts too.
The city has instituted unnecessary restrictions on the Broadband Advisory Group’s discussion and outside input.3 comments, most recent 5 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 5 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 4 months 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 5 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 6 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 6 months ago
Satpal Sidhu, our Whatcom County Executive, writes us a statement in response to attack on Capitol2 comments, most recent 6 months ago
Gene Knutson today announced he will not run for reelection this year and is retiring from the Bellingham City Council.8 comments, most recent 3 weeks ago
Archive of past notices and reasons for the half-staff flag on the Fairhaven Veterans Flagpole.
While McClatchy appears ready to accept unionization among the Herald’s content creators, it would be on their terms.5 comments, most recent 6 months ago
Mark Ashworth writes about Trump and our current national situation.
There are no excuses remaining.13 comments, most recent 6 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 6 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 6 months ago
Garrett O’Brien guest writes how a shift in housing policies is needed to avoid an escalation of our housing crisis.4 comments, most recent 6 months ago
Frozen resistance in some quarters against public banking may find a thaw in 2021.3 comments, most recent 6 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 6 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 6 months ago
COVID changed everything; let’s make policing better for everyone.1 comment, most recent 4 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 7 months ago
Whatcom county - and Benton County - did better than expected in terms of the Covid-19 Post Thanksgiving surge5 comments, most recent 7 months ago
Comcast inflicts $3/mo rate hike, data caps, and overage fees4 comments, most recent 7 months ago
Current flux in the composition of the Planning Commission means the group is overloaded with development-oriented members.4 comments, most recent 7 months ago
Daniel Kirkpatrick guest writes how he, with encouragement in 1994 from the city of Bellingham, organized dozens of Happy Valley residents to build a trail on a city right of way.3 comments, most recent 7 months ago
Proposed Elimination of the Douglas Avenue Trail10 comments, most recent 7 months ago
A “clinical trials geek” speaks up4 comments, most recent 7 months ago
How Bellingham Schools fail the poor.
Doug Gustafson guest writes, explaining that Bellingham’s homeless have no place to go. They need shelter now.4 comments, most recent 8 months ago
Republicans who are silent during this disaster of a transition should be held to account in the next elections: county, state, and national. Here’s one example of their hypocrisy.2 comments, most recent 8 months ago
Stay home for the holidays in 2020 so that you and yours will be around for the holidays in 2021
Chuck Robinson provides his knowledgeable perspective on Christmas and Holiday shopping. We asked Chuck, who is now retired, to write this for all of us.
In the three Whatcom County school districts carried by Trump-Pence the covid-19 infection rate is 1.4 times higher than found in the 4 districts carried by Biden-Harris.3 comments, most recent 8 months ago
State Senator Doug Ericksen parrots baseless Republican Party claims about non-existent voter fraud in the 2020 presidential elections.8 comments, most recent 8 months ago
As is the case, nationwide, it appears that Trump assisted Democrats in carrying the 2020 presidential and gubernatorial elections in Washington2 comments, most recent 8 months ago
The meaning of the original Armistice Day has been turned on its head. We lose a yearly history lesson as a result.13 comments, most recent 8 months ago
The little park district commission wants to increase taxes in an effort to prolong their fiefdom.13 comments, most recent 8 months ago
Five years ago CenturyLink wanted their TV franchise to be in Bellingham in a big way. They failed and now want to pull out.4 comments, most recent 8 months ago
Trump advocated behaviors that placed his followers at higher risk to being sickened and even dying from covid-19. Did a reduction in republican voters aid in the election of Joe Biden?1 comment, most recent 8 months ago
Veterans appear to be paying a price for COVID-19 at double the rate of the general population.
Diana Bradrick, our elected Whatcom County Auditor, leaves two ballot drop boxes in storage rather than install them in Bellingham - where they are needed.8 comments, most recent 8 months ago
The novel coronavirus also attacks our need for community, which is the antidote to the epidemic of toxic individualism that has begun afflicting much of middle America.6 comments, most recent 8 months ago