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

WEST END NEIGHBOR: Spring has sprung on the West End

THERE IS A Bigfoot crossing sign nailed to a deciduous tree on the shore of Lake Crescent. It’s best seen as one drives westbound on… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: The feast of fools

IT’S ALMOST TIME once again for that favorite holiday of the year, April Fools’ Day. It’s a holiday where we share the ridiculous nature of… Continue reading

DIANE URBANI DE LA PAZ: Joyous agitation: Moore’s prescription

WE WILL RECLAIM our laughter and joy, she told me, for the work ahead. Kathleen Dean Moore, philosopher, nature writer and novelist, is about to… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: Setting salmon seasons

WHO SAYS THERE is no good news anymore? A March 14 article in the Peninsula Daily News sports section reported that the coho salmon quota… Continue reading

WEST END NEIGHBOR: Proud weekend in Forks

How much would you pay to have four big high school senior boys work for you for 12 hours? For the Quillayute Valley Scholarship Auction,… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: The skunk cabbage; the real state flower

IT’S SPRINGTIME IN the lowlands. You can tell because folks are back to cussing the rain instead of the snow. It’s been said the Eskimos… Continue reading

DIANE URBANI DE LA PAZ: The shapes of water surround us

I’VE BEEN ALERTED to an evocative statement; one that makes perfect sense. “From salt-laden tears and singing streams … water has been called the first… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: Looking on the bright side of snow

MAYBE THE BIRDS know something we don’t: that spring is just around the corner. The unseasonably cold weather has not stopped them from enjoying their… Continue reading

WEST END NEIGHBOR: Even animals get cabin fever

THE GUNFIRE DIDN’T seem exceptionally loud as it carried across the street and snow on the night of Feb. 24. The barrage was full of… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: The bug season forecast

THANK YOU FOR reading this. It is our fondest hope that you will continue to rely on this column to keep you informed and up… Continue reading