LETTER: Get involved in the 2018 elections, before nation’s destruction becomes overwhelming

Donald Trump is president until 2020. It’s a fact, and nothing will change it (unless he does something really stupid, not just mildly “stupido”). What… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: In the sky: a bird, a plane, the sun!

THERE WAS A mysterious bright object seen out on the West End the other day. Some of the locals panicked and called me wondering if… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: Outfoxed by crafty birds

ALL I WANTED was a quiet place at the end of the road where I could write my memoirs. About the years of struggling it… Continue reading

WEST END NEIGHBOR: Cornerstone store turns a page

RIGGS IS THE only regular shoplifter. He is crafty and cute and hard to stop. The last time he got busted after sneaking in, he… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: Dangerous halibut date defies logic

IT WAS DAYLIGHT on the water. It seemed like we were in the middle of the world’s largest washing machine. That’s the feeling you can… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: Green crab Dungeness’ newest tormenter

IT WAS ANOTHER tough week in the news for our environment. The recent discovery of “invasive” European green crabs (“European Green Crab Found In Dungeness… Continue reading

WEST END NEIGHBOR: A story to tell under the ashes

THERE ARE TIMES when setting something ablaze seems like a good solution. Flames also draw people’s attention. So when Sandy Floe decided to set fire… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: Real science too scary to deal with

HALLOWEEN USED TO be the scariest holiday of the year with ghosts, goblins and the zombie apocalypse threatening to knock on your door when you… Continue reading

POINT OF VIEW: The time to act on addiction is now

By Richard Schwartz WE HAVE HEARD or read about the epidemic rise in overdose deaths from the use of heroin in 2016 and the dependency… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: There’s ‘gold’ in them thar ditches

THEY SAY AMERICA is a country divided and exploited by plundering gangs of panty-grabbing politicians eternally enthroned by an apathetic population of unregistered voters who… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: In loving memory: Goin’s gone fishing

SEEN ANY GOOD movies lately? I did. It’s a love story where boy meets girl and then boy goes fishing. “The Memory of Fish” tells… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: The best April Fools’ joke ever

APRIL FOOLS’ DAY must be my favorite holiday. It’s on April 1, which makes it easy to remember. As we get ready for the big… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: Wheels spin on replenishing our salmon

IT WAS ANOTHER tough week in the news for the Pacific Coastal Salmon Fund. It’s a federal grant program that funds what is known as… Continue reading

POINT OF VIEW: Congress should step up for rural communities

FOR NORTH OLYMPIC Peninsula residents, severe storms aren’t a nasty surprise. They’re a fact of life. Our roads take a beating every year, and our… Continue reading

POINT OF VIEW: The Peninsula’s dental health emergency

ACROSS THE STATE and in the North Olympic Peninsula, low-income people are facing an oral health crisis. Simply put, there are not enough clinics and… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: Biologists are OK after all

I THOUGHT IT would be fun to attend a meeting of some fisheries biologists with fishing folks at the Puget Sound Anglers Club in the… Continue reading

WEST END NEIGHBOR: Winter wanes as new chapters open

WASN’T THE SUN a beautiful sight Sunday afternoon? The northern part of the West End on the Makah reservation seemed to embrace the relative warmth… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: Oh, for the good old days on the Elwha River

IT’S ALWAYS SAD to read about the loss of an old friend. I prefer to remember the good times. Picture a little campfire along a… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: By chance, spared the savage sea

SOME SAY THERE is no such thing as a coincidence. They say it’s luck, fate or God working in some mysterious way. Coincidence becomes legend… Continue reading