POINT OF VIEW: Vehicle tabs should be at flat $30 fee

HOW MANY TIMES do we, the people, have to vote for $30 vehicle tabs before our “representatives” respect our decision? Apparently, one more. Initiative 976… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: Pirates, patriots and plunderers

A LADY SAILED into Port Angeles last week. The replica seemed out of time and out of place with an aura of history when the… Continue reading

DIANE URBANI DE LA PAZ: Solace in community

THE STARS, OR in this case a memory and a gathering, align this month. When I saw the flier for the Oct. 24 Community Memorial… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: Stop, drop, cover and hold on

IT’S BEEN ANOTHER tough week in the news. Government officials, geological prognosticators and conspiracy theorists have banded together for Washington state’s Great ShakeOut. This is… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: Anatomy of an orchard

IT WAS DAYLIGHT at the homestead but I was more than a little late for breakfast. The cabin which had been built in the 1890s… Continue reading

DIANE URBANI DE LA PAZ: Summer’s end on bus, plane, boat, train

THE EPIC JOURNEY began on my very first mode of public transport: BART, the behemoth that opened 47 Septembers ago. Yes, Bay Area Rapid Transit… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: It is never too late to panic

AS A STUDENT of wilderness survival, it has always amazed me how often wilderness survival experts offer the same wilderness survival advice, “don’t panic.” For… Continue reading

WEST END NEIGHBOR: Of horses, fun and watermelon

WHAT DO YOU think of when someone says “watermelon-eating contest?” I know my mental vision was shaken up when Jaymie Doane described what she and… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: Heading out to Neah Bay Fest

MAYBE I WAS born too late. Gone are the days when newspapers would send expeditions of stalwart adventurers to the remote ends of the earth… Continue reading

DIANE URBANI DE LA PAZ: Lines, stories, movies: They’re all connected

“MY NORMAL FRIENDS say to me, ‘Oh, no, you have to stand in those lines.’ But that’s the best part,” Jane Julian said to me… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: Tips on getting lost

IT WAS THAT great American philosopher Daniel Boone who said, “I have never been lost but I was bewildered once for three days.” Of course,… Continue reading

Point of View: LWV studies, supports Healing Campus

By Linda Benson The League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan political organization, encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: Things could be worse

THERE ARE FEW sounds more comforting than the steady drumming of heavy rain on the roof. Still, some people have a phobic reaction to rain.… Continue reading

DIANE URBANI DE LA PAZ: From one THING to another

THIS FESTIVAL THING is out of control. And that’s good. Once upon a time in many parts of the world, there began feast days to… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: Wooden boat worries

IT’S TIME for the 43rd annual Port Townsend Wooden Boat Festival. Wooden boats are an integral part of our history. Native Americans started building wooden… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: Backpacking tips

THERE’S NOTHING QUITE like the freedom of the hills, with the mountains spread before you in a scenic tableau of snow and rocky meadows stretching… Continue reading

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