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

PAT NEAL: The all new First Salmon Ceremony

IT WAS ANOTHER tough week in the news. A historic event we’ve all been waiting for finally came to pass. It was a media circus… Continue reading

DIANE URBANI DE LA PAZ: The electric horsewoman

and it feels great. One impossibly sunny afternoon last week, I test-rode a Trek Verve. As soon as… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: Wilderness crime fighters

IT WAS ANOTHER tough week in the news. As spring blossoms into summer, the residents of the Olympic Peninsula are able to observe the seasonal… Continue reading

WEST END NEIGHBOR: A long drive for dad

I COME FROM a line of lead-foot drivers, but not the kind with one foot on the brake and one on the gas. We drive… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: Bigfoot believes in me

A RECENT OPINION poll on the Peninsula Daily News website asked, “Sasquatch: Real or myth?” A more appropriate question, given the recent one-day opening of… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: It’s May Day

MAY DAY IS much more than just another pagan festival celebrating the return of the sun or a communist country’s excuse for a parade. May… Continue reading

DIANE URBANI DE LA PAZ: A look back, a tough talk

WHAT A PEACEFUL place is Kah Tai Lagoon in Port Townsend. Songbirds sing, herons swoop. I’ve walked the trail many times unaware of its history… Continue reading

WEST END NEIGHBOR: New flag waves over Forks’ Tillicum Park

A FLAG THAT is 20 feet by 60 feet dwarfs almost everything in Forks. Let me put it this way: On Saturday, it took a… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: Device deprivation disorder

ON SOME OF these clear spring days you just know summer is on the way. Maybe it’s the seasonally adjusted gas prices that tell you… Continue reading

DIANE URBANI DE LA PAZ: It’s time to listen

revealing a shocking event — while seated on the couch with Vera. She only catches some of it, though. Her… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: More moratorium mumbo jumbo

IT WAS ANOTHER tough week in the news. Despite years of headlines proclaiming the return of the salmon to the Elwha, the fishing moratorium was… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: It’s time for the best Arbor Day ever

HAPPY ARBOR DAY! Here’s hoping the joy of this most special day fills your heart with love and appreciation for the trees and all they… Continue reading

DIANE URBANI DE LA PAZ: Can’t turn away from ‘unbearable’ movie

OH NO, NO. Of all the movies at the Women and Film festival, I cannot watch that one. This was my thought when I saw… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: A marmot lover’s dream

IT WAS ANOTHER tough week in the news with rising concerns about economic uncertainty, constitutional crisis and the ever-present threat of climate change rearing their… Continue reading