DIANE URBANI DE LA PAZ: To open the mind, close the eyes … and point

JANE JULIAN THOUGHT maybe she should apologize. Many of her choices for the Port Townsend Film Festival are downright uplifting. Aren’t film festivals supposed to… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: Tourist questions asked by real tourists

THIS MUST BE one of the busiest tourist seasons ever. It had the locals hoping that school would hurry up and start so everyone would… Continue reading

WEST END NEIGHBOR: Keeping it simple and cool on the West End

A YOUNG BLACK dog named Poncho was lying in the shade created by the underbelly of a dusty van. Propped on the back of the… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: Don’t cry over spilled salmon

THERE’S AN OLD saying around here that good fences make good neighbors or good neighbors make good fences, whatever. The fact is, it’s too late… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: The Big One between Thunderbird, nemesis

AS AMBASSADORS OF the tourist industry, it is often our duty to answer the many questions visitors have about the recreational wonderland that is our… Continue reading

LETTER: Recent writer takes for granted the freedom jet noise symbolizes

This letter is in response to the August 17 letter to Peninsula Voices, titled “Jet Noise.” Let’s take the letter writer’s request further. The Navy… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: Could learn a thing or two from black bears

SOMEONE RECENTLY ASKED me: How can I protect my children from the bears? It was a question that might be appropriate for a visit to… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: Give Canada break on smokey air

IT WAS ANOTHER tough week in the news, when we learned the value of things we take for granted, such as clean air. With the… Continue reading

WEST END NEIGHBOR: Highway stands sprout with essentials, more

I WILL NEVER forget the time we were camping on the south end of Lake Ozette by Baby Island for a few days. It was… Continue reading

DIANE URBANI DE LA PAZ: New parents at ages 63 and 77

EDITOR’S NOTE: This story has been updated to correct the vows Jean Stratton took in Zen Buddhism. JEAN STRATTON SMILES the sun-bright smile of a… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: Helping tourists enjoy their their stays

WITH SWARMS OF tourists assaulting the North Olympic Peninsula this summer, it might be a good time to answer some of the frequently asked questions… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: Making the rain more palatable

THIS PAST WEEKEND saw a chain reaction of tragic events that might have marred the image of the North Olympic Peninsula as a vacation wonderland… Continue reading

WEST END NEIGHBOR: Smile, you’re on candid game camera

EVERY NOW AND then, while walking in the wilderness of the West End forests, I will see something that reminds me of the Orwellian warning,… Continue reading

DIANE URBANI DE LA PAZ: More in common than different with these couples

AS I SET out to interview interracial spouses, I expected disheartening stories about family rifts and struggle for acceptance. And frankly, I dreaded asking uncomfortable… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: Summer bugs driving me batty

IT IS DAYLIGHT in the swamp. You notice a faint buzzing sound as the insects of the forest awaken. The first of your tormentors is… Continue reading

POINT OF VIEW: Staying strong during unsettled times

HAVING GROWN UP in Port Angeles, I’ve seen our community go through hard times. But when someone lost a job or a business closed its… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: Question marks fill tourism’s legacy

IN MY JULY 5 column, we traced the history of tourists on the North Olympic Peninsula from the prehistoric mastodon hunters seeking new lands ripe… Continue reading

WEST END NEIGHBOR: Fireworks show a Sekiu-wide affair

A WEST END fireworks show exceeded expectations during July Fourth week. The evidence came when there was a short lull after 40 minutes of fireworks… Continue reading

DIANE URBANI DE LA PAZ: Best of humanity in action in two local books

and the wave lifts and sweeps you forward. Time? Space? Limits? Gone. Summer’s… Continue reading