Diane Urbani de la Paz

New poetry book by ex-Port Angeles teacher tells of Northwest

PORT ANGELES — Rust Fish, Maya Jewell Zeller’s new book, reveals the Northwest as a “land of verdant sensuality,” said poet Jonathan Johnson. The collection,… Continue reading

PENINSULA WOMAN: Fusings busy life as fitness instructor, mother and wife

JOYCE — Mikki and Maizie Reidel agree: We have a very loud family. They’re loud and they know how to work and play hard. Mikki,… Continue reading

Organic farms: While statewide total falls, a ray of sunshine beams on Clallam, Jefferson

Washington state’s organic-farming picture dimmed some last year, but some farmers in Clallam and Jefferson counties are enjoying a ray of sunshine — in terms… Continue reading

Art in Bloom open for one weekend

PORT ANGELES — There was one time when Bernice Cook took a vacuum-cleaner attachment and put a large piece of rhododendron in it. That was… Continue reading

PENINSULA SPOTLIGHT: Barrage to bring energetic style to Port Angeles

PORT ANGELES — A lot of virtual hooting and hollering goes on around Barrage’s YouTube.com presence. “I LOOOVE Barrage. They came to my school. And… Continue reading

‘The Selfish Giant’ story of redemption at Crescent High School

JOYCE — A band of city kids discover a beautiful house, with an equally lovely garden, in the middle of their concrete-and-broken-glass environment. But then… Continue reading

‘Bat Boy’ musical flies into Port Townsend on Friday

PORT TOWNSEND — “Bat Boy,” the musical about to overtake the stage at Port Townsend High School, can be summed up with the phrase “and… Continue reading

Singer-pianist, 13, wins right to Juan de Fuca Festival stage appearance

PORT ANGELES — Elise Beuke had never played a grand piano before. But faced with the instrument Saturday night at the first-ever Springfest Talent Show,… Continue reading

Centrum plans summer of music in Port Townsend

PORT TOWNSEND — Centrum is bringing a packed season of festivals, conferences and concerts back to Fort Worden State Park this summer: beloved bluesman Taj… Continue reading

Port Townsend author to read excerpt from latest work at Port Angeles event

PORT ANGELES — Author Elizabeth Ann Scarborough of Port Townsend will make a rare public appearance Tuesday — to read from her latest novel about… Continue reading

Nash Huber’s latest award named for kindred spirit

SEQUIM — Nash Huber calls himself the “local, radical hippie” and “odd guy out.” And for years — throughout the 1980s at least — his… Continue reading

PENINSULA WOMAN: Belly dancer is a truck driver, too

PORT ANGELES — This spring, Jovi Deede is immersed in two vocations that have surprised, even baffled, her family. Bellydancing and truck-driving. About both, “They… Continue reading

Landes leading; two other close in District Court judge race

PORT TOWNSEND -- Jill Landes was the leading candidate in the Jefferson County District Court Judge race Tuesday night, with two others nearly neck-and-neck for… Continue reading

Jefferson County mail thefts, Clallam burglaries linked

Oak Bay, Port Ludlow and Port Hadlock residents' mailboxes have been the targets of random thefts, the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office said Monday. Also targeted… Continue reading

DIANE URBANI DE LA PAZ: Singalongs at the movies

THE PICTURE PALACE. It’s a place many of us have never seen. Esther Morgan-Ellis takes us there: on a time- and space-travel jaunt, to grand… Continue reading

(for PlayFest Denise Winter) Denise Winter, artistic director of Key City Public Theatre, shows off a brochure for PlayFest. photo by Diane Urbani de la Paz

PlayFest goes local and national in Port Townsend

A flock of stories — on love, art, miracles, parenthood, gambling and middle school — are soon to play out here. Key… Continue reading

(for PlayFest Denise Winter) Denise Winter, artistic director of Key City Public Theatre, shows off a brochure for PlayFest. photo by Diane Urbani de la Paz

74-year-old Christmas card still makes the family rounds

SEQUIM - These guys know how to reuse and recycle. Most important, they can track down the same old holiday card every year. Jim Pickett… Continue reading

Judge tosses out attempted recall effort

A Mats Mats man's bid to qualify a recall attempt on two Jefferson County commissioners has been thrown out of court in Clallam County. In… Continue reading

Sequim schools change flier policy

SEQUIM - All Julie Smith said was, "Thank you." It was a fitting finish to a classic case of parents meet School Board, parents express… Continue reading

Group aims to trim our waste line

PORT ANGELES -- The name isn't glamorous, but its ideas lean toward revolutionary. The Citizen Waste Reduction Group, formed last spring, was gearing up for… Continue reading