DIANE URBANI DE LA PAZ: Seeing the place anew

THE DAY BEGAN with a deep breath before a stand of tall trees. At the entrance to Chetzemoka Park, Port Townsend’s 6.5-acre swath of loveliness,… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: So sad to see them go

IT’S SAD TO see an old friend go away. It begs the question, if they’re leaving why should I stay? It brings the sullen realization… Continue reading

WEST END NEIGHBOR: Moving Mom to Port Angeles

“Would Simba ever settle in to the noise of car and highway?” I asked myself again as the cat’s voice penetrated my thoughts from her… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: The tourist’s revenge

IN LAST WEEK’S column, I was making fun of the silly questions that tourists ask. While it’s fun to have fun with tourists for asking,… Continue reading

DIANE URBANI DE LA PAZ: This is us — handle with care

TALKING ABOUT THIS is uncomfortable: On that we can all agree. Yet each morning last week, a theater full of people talked about race, theft… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: More frequently asked tourist questions

WHETHER IT’S AN effect of climate change, the economy or the internet it has become apparent that we are in the middle of one of… Continue reading

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