DIANE URBANI DE LA PAZ: Another kind of year-end list

THE WORDS OF Salvadoran priest Oscar Romero (1917-1980) are a salve to me, a meditation to which I return. “It helps, now and then, to… Continue reading

POINT OF VIEW: A new verse for an old song for the holidays

By Marc Abshire and Richard Stephens “SHOP LOCAL” CAMPAIGNS are not new. For decades, small businesses in small- to medium-sized towns have urged local residents… Continue reading

WEST END NEIGHBOR: Authors cookin’ up books on West End life

THE MUSIC WAS too loud, though I’d never admit it was because then some smarty pants would say then I’m too old. However, the piano… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: Visions of Christmases past

THE EXPERTS ALL agree. Every year, the holidays can cause holiday stress. Ask someone who works in law enforcement, the emergency room or firefighting. The… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: Prognosticating the steelhead season

LATELY I’VE HEARD people say this is the most wonderful time of the year and who could argue with that? I’m not talking about Christmas.… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: An amazing new fish recipe

NOW THAT IT’S almost steelhead season it might be a good time to review the latest rule changes that govern this fishery. Michael Carmen’s excellent… Continue reading

WEST END NEIGHBOR: West Enders endure the rain and the dark

TO LIVE ON the West End, one has to come to grips with the rain. According to the U.S. climate data website, Forks has an… Continue reading

OUR VIEW: Port Angeles must build a suicide barrier

something generally viewed as a character flaw — for… Continue reading

OUR VIEW: Speak out on massive park fee hike

WE NEED TO yell our heads off. The Trump administration has proposed that entrance fees be raised nearly three times from $25 per carload to… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: The mystery of the Sasquatch

I’LL NEVER FORGET the first time I saw a Sasquatch. It was Feb. 28, 1970-something. I know the date because that was back when the… Continue reading

DIANE URBANI DE LA PAZ: Taking care of ‘us’: It’s a matter of time

A QUESTION THAT has me thinking lately: When we talk about this community, who is “us”? Who are the ones we believe belong here, sharing… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: New threat to our threatened salmon

IT WAS ANOTHER tough week in the news for the planet we call home. We almost don’t need the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity… Continue reading

WEST END NEIGHBOR: Caring for precious family members

ALL MY FEARFUL thoughts instantly flew away as soon as I heard the unique rattle of the tags on Brown Dawg’s collar coming closer. Instead,… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: The (honestly true!) fishing report

“HOW’S THE FISHING?” If I only had a dollar for every time I answered that question. Inquiring minds want to know before they go if… Continue reading

OUR VIEW: The real scoop on Port Angeles’ second-class-city ballot measure

WE WANT TO set the record straight about the second-class-city measure for Port Angeles on Tuesday’s general election ballot. It wouldn’t do what proponents say… Continue reading

DIANE URBANI DE LA PAZ: Listening, remembering, giving thanks

HUDDLING IN THE rental car, I heard something outside. This was a recent Sunday morning, after my husband, Phil, and I traveled from Port Angeles… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: No fishing problem that new laws won’t solve

WHO SAYS THERE’S no good news when every day, there are new and exciting things happening all around us? If we could only take the… Continue reading

WEST END NEIGHBOR: Fingers crossed for chinook, rain

FISHING IS NOT just child’s play out here on the West End. It means serious business for lots of people and food for families. The… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: Hunting excuses for almost every occasion

IT WAS DAYLIGHT in the forest on opening day of deer hunting season. Opening day is my favorite day of the year. It’s a day… Continue reading