POINT OF VIEW: Legislature should invest in training, education beyond high school

By Luke Robins Peninsula College President As lawmakers once again gather in Olympia for the 2019 legislative session, they face a challenging task: writing the… Continue reading

 

PAT NEAL: From elk to puncheon trails

IN LAST WEEK’S episode we were considering the evolution of the Olympic Peninsula infrastructure while cruising the highways and byways of the paradise we call… Continue reading

 

OUR VIEW: Compassion, generosity saves us all

On Friday, the first of some 420,000 federal workers nationwide received paychecks with zeros where their wages used to be. On Tuesday, more federal workers… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: The Peninsula’s hidden trails

OFTEN WHILE GLIDING along the paved roads of the Olympic Peninsula you wonder at the difficulty of travel in this land before the age of… Continue reading

DIANE URBANI DE LA PAZ: A challenge for the new year, or any old time

“I’M EXCITED FOR 2019,” Kristin told me. In my fatigued state, I want some of that. Kristin Halberg of the Dream Hatchery (TheDreamHatchery.com) first got… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: Thank you, Rose

THE NEW YEAR has come and with it a traditional impulse to resolve to do better than we did last year. Often, this is a… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: What I wanted for Christmas

HOW WAS YOUR Christmas? Mine was a disaster that started out bad when the inflatable Santa lawn ornament took a direct hit from what loggers… Continue reading

WEST END NEIGHBOR: Embracing a windstorm

YET AGAIN, IT was raining and the power was out at home, so I split by 9 a.m. to see what was happening on the… Continue reading

DIANE URBANI DE LA PAZ:

WE LIVE IN various kinds of families. Parents and siblings, yes, but our circles of friends and workmates form families, too. For Mary Hogan, her… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: How’s the fishing?

HOW’S THE FISHING? If I had a buck for every time I have heard that question I would not be a lowly wilderness gossip columnist.… Continue reading

WEST END NEIGHBOR: Warm music brightens up long-term care facility

ONE DOESN’T REALLY have to tune a washtub bass, so Larry Baysinger waited patiently while the other musicians tuned their strings. His foot rested atop… Continue reading

DIANE URBANI DE LA PAZ: Port Angeles nurse can ‘go anywhere’

“I’LL GO ANYWHERE,” she told me. Marilyn Perkins is a recovery nurse, there when a child awakens after major surgery. In hospitals from El Salvador… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: A special time of year

IT’S A SPECIAL time of year when friends and relations get together to celebrate the joy of the season. Though the days be short, the… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: Most wonderful time of the year

IT’S THE MOST wonderful time of the year. There are so many things to be thankful for, like the fact that the Thanksgiving holiday is… Continue reading

WEST END NEIGHBOR: Making the trek east

TO A SMOKER with a sizable habit, running out of cigarettes is much worse than running out of milk or pretty much anything, really. When… Continue reading

DIANE URBANI DE LA PAZ: Kate’s arts, sweet and savory

MAKING MUSIC WITH people, emphasis on with: That’s what Kate liked to do. The notes were her first language; they flowed on stage when she… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: Thanksgiving: Knowing when you got it good

THERE’S A LOT of talk these days about holiday stress. It makes one think back in history when our traditional holidays were more of a… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: Salmon’s gift to the future

MAYBE YOU’VE HAD one of those days. You wake up on an autumn morning and everything hurts. Nothing seems to move right. You feel like… Continue reading

WEST END NEIGHBOR: Mushroom season is fading out

IN THE FALL, there is gold out in the forests of the West End and anyone can pick it off the ground and sell it… Continue reading