PAT NEAL: Things could always be worse

Recently, we described the deterioration of our antique transportation infrastructure on the Olympic Peninsula. State Highway 112 was closed by landslides and there are no… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: Olympic Peninsula driving guide continued

In last week’s episode, we were traveling west on U.S. Highway 101 and had just successfully crossed the Elwha River bridge. This antique structure’s foundation… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: Olympic Peninsula driving guide

With the real and present danger of an imminent tourist invasion, it’s time once again for the Olympic Peninsula driving guide. Escaping Pugetopolis, you head… Continue reading

The women of Mariachi Reyna de Los Angeles sang in a Juan de Fuca Foundation for the Arts concert last week at the Port Angeles High School Performing Arts Center. Diane Urbani de la Paz/Peninsula Daily News

DIANE URBANI DE LA PAZ: Music from home — and around the world

“That was powerful,” Amy McIntyre said as we stood up and walked, on air, out of the auditorium. My feeling exactly. My music-loving friend and… Continue reading

The women of Mariachi Reyna de Los Angeles sang in a Juan de Fuca Foundation for the Arts concert last week at the Port Angeles High School Performing Arts Center. Diane Urbani de la Paz/Peninsula Daily News

PAT NEAL: No selfies in the outhouse

From our majestic melting glaciers to the acidified ocean, and all the scenic splendor in between, this year’s tourist migration seems even heavier than last… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: The voyage of the Lydia

In last week’s episode, we discovered the unhappy coincidence of the Lewis and Clark Expedition spending a hard winter at Fort Clatsop, surviving on lean… Continue reading

DIANE URBANI DE LA PAZ: Some adventures give you butterflies

Riding a horse up the side of a mountain isn’t easy. This was the ultimate leg on a multimodal trip to a mythical destination, though,… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: A saga of spring, salmon and supplies

Spring is a time of spiritual renewal along with Easter, Ramadan and Passover. There is, however, another seasonal ritual that’s older than all these traditions… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: A short history of fishing laws

In last week’s episode, we were exploring a bizarre bit of bureaucratic bungling where the state of Washington demands that we purchase our new fishing… Continue reading

DIANE URBANI DE LA PAZ: Finding grace in the face of tragedy

I can barely breathe when I think of it: A husband and wife, not unlike myself and my mate, are bicycling into town for lunch… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: April Fools’ fun with fisherman

And so, my favorite holiday, April Fools’ Day, passes astern. Here’s hoping yours was the best ever! Over the years, who could forget the dreadful… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: They clearcut the ‘Tunnel of Love’

SOME NIGHTS, I dream of rivers. Ones I have floated and others that exist only in dreams of a distant past. Last winter was a… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: The Russians (still) aren’t coming

It was another tough week in the news. All of the rabid chickens came home to roost. The idle speculation put forth in this column… Continue reading

Paul Gottlieb

Retiring reporter: Time to lay down the pen

I look up words all the time as a journalist, and lately, “retire” has been at the top of my list. Lots of 60-something Baby… Continue reading

Paul Gottlieb

DIANE URBANI DE LA PAZ: Novel follows paths of characters transformation

“Come As You Are,” a novel just unleashed into the world, starts out with two kids baptized by Seattle’s grunge music scene. Author Jennifer Haupt… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: Finding work when there’s no fishing

My life sucks ever since they shut down the fishing season. Without fishing, my life has had no meaning. Each day became a long dreary… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: Are the Russians coming?

It was another tough week in the news with a feeling of history being repeated as Stalin’s “Iron Curtain” morphed into Putin’s pipe dream of… Continue reading

DIANE URBANI DE LA PAZ: Being one’s own art therapist

IT GIVES ME great joy to write about other people’s art. Whether it’s painting or sculpture or choreography, I thrive as an observer. As in… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: More research is needed

IT WAS ANOTHER tough week in the news, where this column’s prediction that the Washington state Department of Fish and Wildlife would execute an emergency… Continue reading

LETTER: State of the union

For the past 35 years, nearly every U.S. president has given a State of the Union speech attesting to the fact that the state of… Continue reading

  • Feb 25, 2022