PAT NEAL: Remembering D-Day

JUNE 6 MIGHT not mean much to people these days. Maybe it’s one day closer to a summer vacation or time to mow the lawn.… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: Summer driving guide: You were warned

IN LAST WEEK’S episode of the Olympic Peninsula summer driving guide, we embarked on a westward journey down U.S. Highway 101 across the Elwha River… Continue reading

WEST END NEIGHBOR: History on tap at Forks Logging Museum

AT 6 P.M., THE Forks Timber Museum, 1421 Forks Ave., began pouring wine for the ladies of the Foxy Fedoras of Forks, one of two… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: Olympic Peninsula summer driving guide

IT’S TIME ONCE again for the Olympic Peninsula summer driving guide. With the approach of the three-day Memorial Day weekend, we are about to face… Continue reading

DIANE URBANI DE LA PAZ: Cash, connection: Coyle’s got the right mix

HE WORKS IN the woods; what he builds is community, with music as the floorboards. For nine years now, Norm Johnson and the Concerts in… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: The funding crisis

IT WAS ANOTHER tough week in the news. The Peninsula Daily News outdoors column last Friday, “WDFW facing severe shortfall,” from Jerry Cornfield of The… Continue reading

WEST END NEIGHBOR: Immigrant woman fearful of leaving life in Forks

“I SOLD MY house, packed and took my children,” Maria-Elena Perez told me of her border crossing from Mexico in 2004. Perez told about leaving… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: The spud and I

THERE ARE FEW things more enjoyable to a gardener that planting potatoes. They are easy to plant. In fact, you can often just replant the… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: Sequim Irrigation Festival time again

IT’S TIME ONCE again for the Sequim Irrigation Festival, where we commemorate water being brought to the Sequim Prairie. This is the oldest community celebration… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: The evils of rock stacking

IT WAS DAYLIGHT on the river with a heavy fog hugging close to the water. As the sky grew lighter the outline of the distant… Continue reading

OUR VIEW: Action needed to protect Port Angeles industrial water supply

The changes in the Elwha River have been astounding since the two fish-blocking dams came down. The river has been freed to its wild state,… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: The hidden dangers of tree hugging

THERE ARE MANY good reasons for tree-hugging and I must have heard them all. In a recently published book, Matthew Silverstone reveals scientific data showing… Continue reading

WEST END NEIGHBOR: Flexibility reigns at Forks’ RainFest

“BLESSED ARE THE flexible for they will not be bent out of shape,” read a sign in my former employer’s staff room. The longer I… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: Celebrating April Fools’ week

THROUGHOUT THE YEARS, I’ve had enough April Fools’ jokes, pranks and poisonings played on me to make me dread this so-called holiday like the curse… Continue reading

DIANE URBANI DE LA PAZ: No camera, just connection

AN UNMEDIATED ENCOUNTER: It’s what I hoped for on the whale-watching boat. Stepping aboard with a jumble of strangers, I wondered how close we might… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: The Olympic Peninsula Treasure Hunt

OVER THE YEARS there have been many stories, legends and fables of lost treasures buried in the Olympic Peninsula. The most famous of which is… Continue reading

Our View: Tariffs on newsprint hit rural papers hard

MUCH OF THE talk of tariffs and trade wars has centered on the Trump administration’s decision to pursue increased taxes on some international supplies of… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: The sometimes soggy search for fire

“I AM A woodland fellow, sir, that always loved a great fire.” How often I have remembered this line uttered by a clown in a… Continue reading

DIANE URBANI DE LA PAZ: Story Slams: Drawing moths to a flame

EIGHT DAYS TO go before the next Story Slam: a convergence of people telling and listening to true, personal tales. This slam thing is practiced… Continue reading