WEST END NEIGHBOR: No punchline to mask sadness, grief

THE CALL FROM Highland Court in Port Angeles telling me my dad had died felt surreal. It was July 28 and all week, we had… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: Root hog or die

“ROOT HOG OR die.” If I had a dollar for every time I heard my aunt Stella say that, I would never have picked berries… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: The future of fishing

IT WAS ANOTHER tough week in the news. Cooke Aquaculture announced plans to begin raising steelhead in net pens in Washington state waters. This follows… Continue reading

WEST END NEIGHBOR: Keeping a tradition alive

Vivian Lee of the Hoh Tribe laughed when she told me her favorite story to tell kids is of Duskia, “the witch woman who wanders… Continue reading

POINT OF VIEW: Medication-assisted treatment clinic plans described

I WOULD LIKE to take a moment to provide a factual context for the Jamestown S’Klallam’s proposed medication-assisted treatment project. There has been misinformation circulating… Continue reading

DIANE URBANI DE LA PAZ: Stepping into the river of dancers

CLOSE YOUR EYES, and allow yourself to float in your partner’s arms. This is not the time for thinking. And if you start to talk… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: The space race

THIS IS A momentous week in the history of the United States. It was just 50 years ago on July 20, 1969, that America put… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: A berry good time

THIS IS THE season we wait for all year when you can walk into almost any patch of woods or meadow and stuff your gullet… Continue reading

WEST END NEIGHBOR: Teens, music and cheap caffeine

LAST SATURDAY EVENING was Moonlight Madness in Forks and packs of teens roamed downtown. The music was loud and amply filled the space between the… Continue reading

DIANE URBANI DE LA PAZ: Feasting — without the boom

THE NERVE OF this guy, bringing lasers instead of fireworks for Port Townsend’s Old School 4th of July. I mean that in a positive way.… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: ‘Lord of the Flies,’ in a raft

IT WAS WRONG to assert in last week’s column that, “Stereotyping and profiling have no place on a nature float. Unless you are talking about… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: Youngsters on the river

THIS IS A magical time of year when you see a lot of youngsters on the river. It started with a hatch of merganser chicks… Continue reading

WEST END NEIGHBOR: ‘A people problem’ on the West End

THE BIG DOG showed up at our gate with a bullet hole in its head. My husband discerned that it went in under its left… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: Wildlife roulette

THERE’S A CERTAIN tension in the woods these days. The animals are nervous, as if they have something to hide. They do. There is a… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: The Circus is Coming to Town

THE CIRCUS IS coming to town! No, this one doesn’t involve caged animals. It’s even worse. This is a bureaucratic circus for the enjoyment of… Continue reading

DIANE URBANI DE LA PAZ: Facts? Nah. Fabulous? Oh yes.

TURNS OUT SIR Elton John, deep down, is an eminently relatable guy. “Rocketman,” which I just experienced at the Starlight Room in Port Townsend, is… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: The woodpecker war, continued

THEY SAY THERE’S no place like home, that home is where your heart is and every man’s home is his castle. All of which may… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: The woodpecker war

IT’S NESTING SEASON in this bird watcher’s paradise we call the Olympic Peninsula. Many rare and colorful species of our feathered friends are raising their… Continue reading

WEST END NEIGHBOR: Just how beautiful it is on the West End

LUKE TOLD ME, “It takes like six or seven hours to drive out here.” He is 11 years old and lives in Seattle. He and… Continue reading