PAT NEAL: Spill some salmon here

IT WAS ANOTHER tough week in the news. The bad news was the loss of 25,525 salmon smolts that did not survive the March 29… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: The daylight digs

THE END OF steelhead fishing season was the day my universe came crashing down. I remember it like it was the day before yesterday, because… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: Twilight forever and ever

THERE’S A DISTURBING trend in modern journalism for reporters to use fleeting celebrity references as an excuse for responsible reporting. It was never that way… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: A question of flowers

THANK YOU FOR reading this. Sometimes I think that if you didn’t read this, no one would. You can count on me to expose the… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: The de-extinction of the 100-pound salmon

Who says there’s no good news? Recently scientists claimed they are on the verge of bringing the woolly mammoth back from extinction! These large, hairy,… Continue reading

LETTER: There he goes again

Last Wednesday, President Joe Biden announced that his administration was once again canceling federal student loans for 153,000 borrowers. As he stated, “Folks, I’m happy… Continue reading

Derek Kilmer

POINT OF VIEW: Your neighbors are fighting for a stronger local economy

it was a symphony of livelihoods,… Continue reading

Derek Kilmer

PAT NEAL: Smells like spring fever

THERE MAY BE nothing more beautiful than pussywillows in the snow. Unless it’s the white blossoms of the Indian plum above the pale, yellow flower… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: To build a fire

Camping isn’t just for summer anymore. The woods, beaches and campgrounds are full of campers in the dead of winter. These are not the carefree… Continue reading

ron allen

POINT OF VIEW: Good stewardship for future generations

IT IS A tribal saying that “Every River Has Its People” and the Dungeness Watershed has been the home of the Jamestown S’Klallam and their… Continue reading

  • Feb 24, 2024
  • By W. Ron Allen Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe
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PAT NEAL: Fishing from a sinking boat

It was another tough week in the news. Steelhead fishing on the Olympic Peninsula has gotten so crowded you’ll want to bring your own rock… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: The 50th anniversary of the Boldt Decision

It’s been 50 years since the Boldt Decision of Feb. 12, 1974. The world has changed. You can see it in the barren rivers, smell… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: The green crab blues

The green crab is in the news again. Scientists are tagging them to track their movements. The green crab is an invasive species first noticed… Continue reading

The monument to the October 1808 wreck of the S.V. Nikolai marks the area where a handful of survivors built a refuge after escaping from the Quileute and the Hoh. The monument at 5333 Upper Hoh Road was dedicated in 2015. (Pat Neal/For Peninsula News)

PAT NEAL: Those crazy Russians are at it again

Those crazy Russians are at it again. In 2022, Russia made itself the laughing stock of the civilized world by suggesting a restoration of its… Continue reading

The monument to the October 1808 wreck of the S.V. Nikolai marks the area where a handful of survivors built a refuge after escaping from the Quileute and the Hoh. The monument at 5333 Upper Hoh Road was dedicated in 2015. (Pat Neal/For Peninsula News)

PAT NEAL: Remembering a guide's friend

Like the good Book said, “There were giants in the land.” We lost one last week. If you didn’t know Bob Gooding and his tackle… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: A short history of winter

As a kid, I remember the old-timers saying, “We don’t have winters like that anymore.” Referring to sometime in the distant past when things were… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: Peninsula power problems

IT WAS A dark and stormy night. Then the power went out and it got darker. The storm got wilder. Our thoughts were with our… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: New Year's resolutions

By now, I’m pretty sure we’ve all had it up to here with know-it-all newspaper columnists wasting valuable print space spouting off phony New Year’s… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: ‘Tis the season of holiday stress

It’s been another tough week in the news. The holiday stress is running at a fever pitch. I blame the media. People are stressed out… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: Yes, Virginia, there is a steelhead

I am 8 years old. My family and I have been fishing for steelhead all year and haven’t caught one. Some of my friends say… Continue reading