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

PAT NEAL: A short history of tourists

NOW THAT THE tourists are finally here it’s easy to remember why we put a season on them. From the acidified ocean to the melting… Continue reading

What heat? The races must go on

SELLING ICE CREAM must have been a cinch at Forks Airport on Saturday during the West End Thunder drag races. The metal bleachers had no… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: Another round of stupefying rules

IT WAS ANOTHER tough week in the news: The 2017 Washington state fishing rules were finally printed. I know what you’re thinking. Hasn’t it been… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: My fruitless search for wild blackberries

IT WAS ANOTHER tough week in the news, when the journalistic skills of this gossip columnist were tried to the utmost through describing a devastating… Continue reading

LETTER: Problems with news media are not new

Recent discourse on the efficacy and honesty of the U.S. media has surfaced in letters to the editor in Peninsula Voices (“Mainstream Media,” May 16,… Continue reading

WEST END NEIGHBOR: There’s always plan B

PLAN B EXISTS for a reason. So does Murphy’s Law. When hiking and camping, my family’s Plan B is hot dogs. Inevitably, if fresh fish… Continue reading

POINT OF VIEW: Hoh River Trust remains a viable force

By Roger Oakes I APPRECIATE THE opportunity to explain the Hoh River Trust’s plans to transfer ownership and management of trust lands along the Hoh… Continue reading

DIANE URBANI DE LA PAZ: A breath of respite with Raymond Carver

THIS PAST MONTH has been rough on the heart. Reading my newspaper and, OK, my Facebook feed, I feel pain around my chest. But hold… Continue reading