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

Ron Judd Bids Farewell to Seattle

By John ServaisOn Sep 06, 2021

Following a 33-year career with the Seattle Times,  Ron Judd has written his farewell article. As of September, he is organizing a daily online news operation in Bellingham. Unnamed [...]

Today’s Cascadia Weekly Gristle is Spot On: Mayor Called Out for Dismissive Attack

By John ServaisOn Sep 01, 2021

Every voter in Bellingham should sign the petition that Tip Johnson - a past two-term Bellingham City Council member - is trying desperately to circulate. He has only one week [...]

Cascadia Daily News to Begin In January

By John ServaisOn Aug 06, 2021

Very good news: Bellingham and Whatcom County residents are about to get the urgently needed local, political, and government oversight reporting of a professionally managed daily news organization beginning in [...]

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Recent comments

"Gene, thanks for the compliment.  Ron Judd is far more qualified and will be accepted by this community.  For 50 years I have put my spare time efforts into [...]

Aug 06, 2021 on
Cascadia Daily News to Begin In January

"Now 3 pm and still the Bellingham Herald has nothing on this news.  I have word that the county court system was - and still is - trying to keep [...]

Jun 03, 2021 on
District Judge David Grant Resigns

"Dick, no question. The council would be far more independent and effective in representing the people who elect them if they actually asserted their own independence from the mayor and [...]

May 28, 2021 on
Bellingham Municipal Court Judge Lev Sues the City

"The Washington Post has this morning posted an article on the Census Bureau attempt to water down and perhaps make useless the 2020 census data.  Their article quotes several times [...]

May 27, 2021 on
The Census: Protecting Privacy versus Creating Useless Data

"Karen, No one owes you an apology.  Indeed, my guess is you know little about me yet you were quite casual about demeaning me and imagining my motives.  [...]

Jan 28, 2021 on
City Hall Clutches its Pearls