John Servais

Citizen Journalist and Editor • Fairhaven, Washington USA • Member since Feb 26, 2008

John started Northwest Citizen in 1995 to inform fellow citizens of serious local political issues that the Bellingham Herald was ignoring. With the help of donors from the beginning, he has improved the site, invited other writers to join him, and enabled commenting with verified real names for informative community dialog. He is proud that NW Citizen is now perhaps the oldest political blog in the world.nn

Articles by John Servais

Gene Knutson to Retire from Bellingham Council

By John ServaisOn Jan 12, 2021

After 28 years on the Bellingham City Council​, Gene Knutson is retiring. First elected in 1993, he has represented the 2nd Ward, the north east portion of Bellingham, for seven terms. Although [...]

Unanswered Questions From Oil Train Wreck at Custer

By John ServaisOn Dec 29, 2020

What was the cause of the oil-train wreck and why are public officials not being transparent and honest with the citizens of Whatcom County? Why, seven days after the accident, [...]

The Same Door - Six Hours Apart

By John ServaisOn Jan 07, 2021

​This is the main entrance to the House of Representatives of the United States Congress. When I saw the photo of this door, closed, yesterday afternoon, Wednesday, January 6, I wondered [...]

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Recent comments

"Aaron, correct that we have not yet been told where she was shot and killed, but it was not at this door.  There is video and the windows [...]

Jan 07, 2021 on
The Same Door - Six Hours Apart

"Thanks, Dick.  A timely and needed update on this project.  I notice the website of the Washington League of Women Voters - the state organization as distinct [...]

Jan 03, 2021 on
2021 And Public Banking - What To Look For

"Anson, thanks for the informative comment.  In particular for clarifying the overturned tank car as not being a locomotive.  Another person with considerable knowledge of trains also suggested [...]

Dec 31, 2020 on
Unanswered Questions From Oil Train Wreck at Custer

"Thursday morn, and the Northern Light of Blaine and Birch Bay - right next to the train wreck - is also asking for answers.   Thanks to those providing slivers [...]

Dec 31, 2020 on
Unanswered Questions From Oil Train Wreck at Custer

"Michael, good point on the speed of the train probably being very slow at the time of the accident.  If so then that raises the question of why did [...]

Dec 30, 2020 on
Unanswered Questions From Oil Train Wreck at Custer