PAT NEAL: Top tourist questions

AS GOODWILL AMBASSADORS of the tourist industry, it is our civic duty to share our precious local knowledge of the Olympic Peninsula with our foreign… Continue reading

WEST END NEIGHBOR: Neighbors who help with the worst jobs

LAST WEEK I found myself at the bottom of a grave I was finishing up. It’s the third hole of this size I have dug… Continue reading

DIANE URBANI DE LA PAZ: Writing heroes with auras

I AWAITED MY heroes. For years I’ve hung on their words in novels such as “Into the Beautiful North;” in an essay on the New… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: Salmonberry deserving of honor

THERE’S NOTHING QUITE like the first salmonberry of the year. It is a juicy mix of sweet and sour with a wild taste that can’t… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: The horse fly menace

THIS IS A story about wilderness survival, told in hopes it will provide inspiration to others. I remember it like it was yesterday, because it… Continue reading

DIANE URBANI DE LA PAZ: Voices, stomps and grace

I’M LOOKING FOR hope and energy, some way to keep my spirits up amid the news cycle. I found it at Fort Worden State Park… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: Olympic tourist troubles

WHETHER IT IS an effect of climate change, the economy or the Fourth of July, it’s become apparent that we are in the middle of… Continue reading

OUR VIEW: Newsprint tariffs hard on community newspapers

Roger Branigin, 1962 One wonders if Branigin, an attorney who three years… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: Sympathy to new state Department of Fish and Wildlife director

DEAR MR. KELLY SUSEWIND: Allow me to express my deepest sympathy. It is hard to imagine the tragedy of a situation that would cause a… Continue reading

WEST END NEIGHBOR: Sarge’s Place Farmstand celebrates new growth

JAY BAKER OF Sarge’s Place joked, “The military issued me two dog tags, one said B positive and the other said B negative.” He was… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: The joys of cutting firewood

THERE ARE FEW outdoor recreational activities I enjoy more than cutting firewood. Maybe it is the roar of the saw, the heady mix of exhaust… Continue reading

WEST END NEIGHBOR: Roof, not rain, dampens spirits

SITTING ON THE bank of the Sol Duc River, Stan Fouts said, “I love my national park but I could drown the administration in the… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: The fish duck blues

THERE’S NOTHING LIKE spending the night along one of our rivers where it is still possible to experience one of the rarest things on Earth:… Continue reading

DIANE URBANI DE LA PAZ: Summer full of uplift, renewal

REACH INSIDE AND lift up your younger self, Joe Gaydos told us. See yourself as an explorer. Gladly. Gaydos, lead scientist with the SeaDoc Society,… Continue reading

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