Pat Neal

PAT NEAL COLUMN: The last day of salmon

My name is Pat. I am a fishaholic. It has been 24 hours since I caught a fish. I remember it like it was just… Continue reading

THE PAT NEAL COLUMN: A fishing law proposal

LATELY IT SEEMS like we have a lot of silly fishing laws that make absolutely no sense. They are part of what fishermen call the… Continue reading

PAT NEAL COLUMN: The end of hunting season

AND SO ANOTHER hunting season passes astern. I hope your season went better than mine, a washed up shipwreck of failure and blame. Things started… Continue reading

PAT NEAL’S COLUMN: Apple pie at the elk-hunt camp

OF THE MANY things I love about elk hunting, it's the nightly buffet at the elk hunting camp that I enjoy most. By elk hunting,… Continue reading

PAT NEAL COLUMN: ‘Translocating’ wolves to the Peninsula

WHO SAYS THERE is no good news? Not me. In an exclusive interview with PDN Managing Editor Leah Leach, state Department of Fish and Wildlife… Continue reading

PAT NEAL COLUMN: Why Forks is ‘Twilight’ town: fishing

THERE'S A DISTURBING trend in modern journalism for writers to use fleeting celebrity references as an excuse for responsible reporting. It was never that way… Continue reading

PAT NEAL COLUMN: Why they call it sport fi$hing

IT WAS ANOTHER tough week in the news. The latest Department of Fish and Wildlife 2010 sport fishing proposals came out. Translating the fishing laws… Continue reading

THE PAT NEAL COLUMN: Autumn on the North Olympic Peninsula

AUTUMN JUST MIGHT be the best time to experience nature on the North Olympic Peninsula. Before the rains arrive, the low water levels in our… Continue reading

PAT NEAL COLUMN: Winter forecast

AUTUMN MUST BE my favorite time of year. Already there was a dusting of fresh snow on the Olympics that always looks so beautiful above… Continue reading

PAT NEAL COLUMN: A fitting memorial for Ted Woods

THERE WERE GIANTS in the land. It's been my privilege to know some of them. Although Ted Woods was a short and wiry guy, his… Continue reading

PAT NEAL COLUMN: Those giant squid and their predators

IT WAS ANOTHER tough week in the news. An invasion of giant Humboldt squid in the western Strait of Juan de Fuca has fisheries experts… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: For him, the plunking bell tolls

MAYBE IT'S JUST a local legend that the nicest weather of the year seems to occur after school starts and the tourists have gone home.… Continue reading

PAT NEAL COLUMN: Gather ye ’round for the tale of the Gertie

THERE ARE FEW things I enjoy more than gazing at the graceful lines of a wooden boat. Once upon a time, to prove my love… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: Portrait of the artist as an exhibitor

THIS IS ABOUT me, as an artist. As a youth I was impressed with the linear geometry of vertical cedar posts connected with parallel strands… Continue reading

THE PAT NEAL COLUMN: Dangerous waters

THE APPARENT LOSS of two fishermen in the Strait of Juan de Fuca last weekend reminds us all just how dangerous these waters really are.… Continue reading

THE PAT NEAL COLUMN: Kin keep coming west till they reach Peninsula

THERE WERE GIANTS in the land. I always thought my uncle, Len Neal, was about 10 feet tall. That's why I went to the family… Continue reading

THE PAT NEAL COLUMN: Sincerest form of flattery OK by him

FOUR SCORE AND many moons ago, I set out to boldly write where no columnist has gone before, to seek out strange new stories --… Continue reading

THE PAT NEAL COLUMN: Looking back at his lavender daze

IT'S TIME ONCE again for the annual Sequim Lavender Festival. It is only now -- after that the statute of limitations thing wore off --… Continue reading

THE PAT NEAL COLUMN: How much wood does a man need?

A MAN AND his wife lived on a small farm in the backwoods of the North Olympic Peninsula. If you were to ask what they… Continue reading

THE PAT NEAL COLUMN: What do we tell the ‘Twilight’ fans about Sasquatch?

TWILIGHTERS ARE TRAVELING to Forks from all over the world hoping to meet a vampire or a werewolf. They can get pretty upset if they… Continue reading