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

PAT NEAL: Feeling love for the new guy

DEAR MR. NEW Guy, According to a recent press release you have been chosen as the new director of the state Department of Fish and… Continue reading

WEST END NEIGHBOR: West End comes out for annual Forks auction

SARAH DECKER TOOK command of the microphone Sunday afternoon at the Quillayute Valley Scholarship Auction in the Forks High School Commons. Earlier in the weekend,… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: The early tourist season

ALL OF YOU people who were complaining about the unseasonably nasty weather can knock it off at any time. Say what you want about a… Continue reading

DIANE URBANI DE LA PAZ: Singalongs at the movies

THE PICTURE PALACE. It’s a place many of us have never seen. Esther Morgan-Ellis takes us there: on a time- and space-travel jaunt, to grand… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: The signs of spring

I REMEMBER THAT first hint of springtime. It was long before the first skunk cabbage poked its garish head above the pond scum. It was… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: A solution for Sequim elk

IT WAS ANOTHER tough week in the news. State wildlife officials have proposed eliminating 25 of the estimated 40 elk residing in Sequim because of… Continue reading

WEST END NEIGHBOR: Veterans seek wilderness respite

KEN CHOSE NOT to give me his last name. Ken qualifies as homeless, according to the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act. Most could call him a… Continue reading

Our View: The power of the public

Gov. Jay Inslee’s veto of legislation that sought to exempt the state Legislature from the state’s Public Records Act shows the massive power of the… Continue reading