Christi Baron

Christi posted 140 stories to Forks Forum.
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The Cottage Hotel

A few years ago Larry Burtness told me that the oldest building in Forks was a small wooden structure that sat in the side yard of the former Ninke house which sits in the middle of downtown. I thought to myself I need to take a picture of that little building and of course I didn't. More........

  • Dec 24th, 2014 8:25pm

The Night before Christmas (The editor’s version)

'Twas the night before Christmas and all through the town it was raining big buckets we thought we might drown Our raincoats were hung by the backdoor with care

  • Dec 24th, 2014 8:17pm

Forks history from the pages of the Forks Forum Thursday Dec. 18, 1941 Quillayute Grade School is destroyed by blaze

Building quickly cleared of parents and children attending Christmas program Fire Wednesday night destroyed the Quillayute Grade School. The structure was burned to the ground and only a few things were saved.

  • Dec 23rd, 2014 10:07pm

Happy anniversary to me!

Well, Forks Forum readers, I have made it one year and I am still here! And according to former Forks Forum editor Chris Cook I have six good years left before I get run out of town. But by then I may be too old to run?

  • Dec 2nd, 2014 9:43pm

Thanks to our volunteer fire departments

With Thanksgiving just a week away a lot of people are thinking about what they are thankful for. One thing the West End can be thankful for is our volunteer fire departments. Neah Bay, Clallam Bay/Sekiu, Quillayute, Beaver and Forks, they respond at all times of the day and night and the only compensation is when we say thank you.

  • Nov 21st, 2014 11:09pm

The Legend of Tragedy Graveyard

Tales of a trip through the graveyard at night are a Halloween staple. What if there was a lost graveyard? A place where school children played and the identities of those buried there were long forgotten. Such a place may exist on Beaver Hill.

  • Oct 31st, 2014 11:32pm

More unsolved West End Mysteries

Is it the chill on the backs of our necks, or the acceleration of our hearts pounding in our chests that make us watch scary movies or listen intently to stories of the unexplained? Our fundamental human desire to explore the boundaries of fear and anxiety all the while knowing we are safe and secure in a movie theater, in our living room or with friends around a campfire. With Halloween about a week away, the time is right to explore more unexplained mysteries of the West End.

  • Oct 24th, 2014 11:02pm

Honoring a life of hard work

Every year since 1981 a “pioneer logger” has been honored during the annual Hickory Shirt/Heritage Days celebration in Forks. This award is presented by the West End Business and Professional Association. Past recipients have received plaques, certificates and other items acknowledging their contribution to the timber industry. Many have not only left their mark on the West End economy but have made Forks the community it is today.

  • Oct 2nd, 2014 11:31pm

Electronic Warfare coming to a neighborhood near you

In a letter to the editor in last week's Forks Forum from D. Brown, Brown questioned a notice she happened to see on the window at the Forks Post Office and what it was about. What has been discovered is that this little notice at the Post Office was the only notice our community received regarding this activity that the Navy soon will be implementing in our area. The activity includes installation and operation of equipment on an existing tower at Octopus Mountain and operation of the Mobile Electronic Warfare Training System, vehicle mounted emitters, in the Olympic Peninsula on USFS and WSDNR lands to facilitate training.

  • Sep 24th, 2014 11:45pm

Kittens and cats everywhere!!

There is an epidemic in Forks, an epidemic of irresponsible pet owners. People are dumping, leaving, abandoning cats all over town. Some of the worst areas have been Steven's Grove Mobile Home Park, Castle Rock, and near B & P Auto on Sol Duc Way. What is the problem? Well, they are ill and starving and it doesn't have to be that way and a good place to start is if people would only get their pets spayed and neutered.

  • Sep 19th, 2014 6:34pm

Stephenie Meyer Day 2013

There are a lot of things that Forks is good at, like rain and generosity, but, one thing we are really not good at is keeping a secret. Last year at this time I was working at Forks City Hall, the mayor came up to the front counter area and motioned to my co-worker Valerie Russell and me to come over closer to him; he whispered that we might want to dress especially nice the next day. I guess our regular attire of riggin' pants, hickory shirts and suspenders was a little too casual for his taste. So, being slow-witted it did not hit my brain that something special was going to happen the next day, but my co-worker was on it. She said, "Stephenie Meyer is coming tomorrow."

  • Sep 12th, 2014 6:28pm

My obnoxious friend

Steller’s jays were discovered on an Alaskan island in 1741 by 33 year old Georg Wilhelm Steller (1709-1746) a German naturalist on Vitus Bering’s last expedition. When a scientist officially described the species, in 1788, he named it after Steller.

  • Sep 5th, 2014 11:41pm

Forks History from the pages of the Forks Forum

The Forks Forum was started around 1930. The Forum office has fairly good archives of hard copies of old newspapers from 1940 until the present day. The only hard copies of the 1930s are thanks to someone that sent some papers that they found back to the Forum at some point in time. The old papers have very few photos not until the 1970s are there many pictures of local people and events.

  • Sep 5th, 2014 11:33pm

The Grandest of Openings

Last Thursday evening as black and gold balloons floated up in to threatening skies Debbie Scannell, Coordinator at the Forks Extension site, welcomed dignitaries and west end residents to the grand opening of the Peninsula College Forks extension site. The event which was held outdoors drew several hundred people.

  • Sep 5th, 2014 11:27pm

School Days … Oh, the memories

With back-to-school time just around the corner, I asked some friends to recall some of their memories from their days in the Quillayute Valley School system. Surprisingly nobody recalled anything about what they learned, or did they?

  • Aug 29th, 2014 12:40am

Can you go home again?

Imagine my excitement when I was contacted a few months back by a former Forks High grad that wanted to do a travel story about Forks. She asked me a few questions about if Forks had ever had any women's lib-type rallies and a few other questions about the rebuilding of the Rainforest Art Center.

  • Aug 15th, 2014 4:16pm

Tumbling Rapids-the end of an era

In June 1956, a contest was held to name Rayonier's new roadside park situated near Sappho. School children in Forks and Clallam Bay were invited to send in their suggestions. Three finally were selected by the judges; Tumbling Rapids, by Rochelle Mains (the late Rocky Hinkle), See-See-Chem by Robert Swanson and Muk-Kan-Kula by Nancy Whitney.

  • Aug 8th, 2014 6:59pm

Interfor closing Beaver-Forks Operation

Interfor announced the permanent closure of its Beaver-Forks operation today, July 31, 2014. The Beaver facility employs 52 people and the Forks mill has 35 employees that will soon be out of work. On June 27, 2014, Interfor announced a curtailment of its Beaver-Forks operation on the Olympic Peninsula in Washington State.

  • Jul 31st, 2014 10:13pm

Vandal artists Dodge authorities

Receiving a mysterious phone call at 6:55 p.m. Wednesday evening, I was instructed to meet at the Forks sign at the North end of town, so I loaded up my dogs, they wanted a ride, and my camera, and made my way there, arriving at 7:01. There I found two individuals in disguise with fake noses and glasses that were a bit too small thus revealing their real identities multiple times.

  • Jul 23rd, 2014 4:06pm

It was a Wonderful Life in Forks

In the movie "It’s a Wonderful Life" George Bailey does not realize what a wonderful life he has or how the wonderful life he has lived has touched so many people in so many ways with even the smallest of actions. Unlike George Bailey, sometimes people know what a wonderful life they have been blessed with living. Such was the case when former Forks Mayor Richard Haberman called me in the spring of 2012.

  • Jul 18th, 2014 9:35pm

Parade Countdown

Fourth of July 7:30 a.m., I hit the streets of Forks early as I headed for Forks Outfitters and the parade registration table. As I drive down Main Street, many of the parade watching hopefuls already have staked out their parade watching areas with vehicles and chairs. I drive by the Wentworth family staking out their parade watching claim in front of Dana’s Barber shop at about 7:35. As I approach Pacific Pizza, I see nobody, great I am too early, but then no, I see Pat Soderlind, she has my table and I proceed to get set up for the onslought of parade entries. The “parade anxious” start registering even before 8 a.m.

  • Jul 11th, 2014 6:15pm

Dog saves human

Nine years ago Joni Evans saved a newborn puppy that had been tossed out in the woods. Somehow it and several of its siblingS survived for about 36 hours on their own, so Joni named the dog Gunnar Grip in memory of her grandfather who after being injured in a timber falling accident had survived 36 hours before dying.

  • Jul 8th, 2014 11:35pm

Dog saves human

Nine years ago Joni Evans saved a newborn puppy that had been tossed out in the woods. Somehow it and several of its siblingS survived for about 36 hours on their own, so Joni named the dog Gunnar Grip in memory of her grandfather who after being injured in a timber falling accident had survived 36 hours before dying.

  • Jul 8th, 2014 11:34pm

Forks Old-Fashioned Fourth still going strong

The Forks Old-Fashioned Fourth of July celebration is under way! How did Forks come to host this event as it is known today? How has it changed and how has it been able to survive for 120 years? Well, 120 years may be stretching it a bit but in an interview in 1970, Elma Mae Peterson Good remembered the few people that inhabited the Forks area getting together for a picnic and music around 1890.

  • Jul 8th, 2014 10:47pm

1939 Holabird a labor of love

Last week Forks first-graders took their traditional spin around town in a fire engine, a tradition that is over 50 years old. I remember doing it myself, so I know it has been at least that long.

  • Jun 13th, 2014 11:49pm

Mother knows some things but Dad knows best?

For Mother's Day I asked friends for some words of advice that their mother's had shared as they were growing up and received a good number of comments. So that dads get equal time, I did the same thing this week for Father's Day and got way more "advice," apparently fathers are way more full of it, advice that is, so, here are some words of wisdom via our dads.

  • Jun 13th, 2014 11:43pm

Forks Chamber of Commerce Logging and Mill Tour

On May 23, 1991, the town of Forks was closed, many businesses, except city offices and banks, locked up as most residents traveled to Olympia to take part in a rally protesting critical habitat protections for the northern spotted owl.

  • Jun 13th, 2014 10:58pm

What used to be “there”?

Do you ever drive to Port Angeles and think about what used to be "there" during your drive? After finding some old photos of what used to be at Fairholm, I thought I would jog some old memories.There are two theories on who named Fairholm (sometimes with an e) one being Carolyn Jones Rixon named the spot in the late 1890s; another is Postmistress Mrs. George Machelle gave the spot the name in 1893 when the post office needed a name.

  • May 16th, 2014 11:00pm

Salinas wins essay contest

Forks eighth-grader Jeremiah Salinas has won the top prize, in his age division, in the 11th Annual Voices of Children Contest. This contest is for children in Washington who are being raised by a relative other than their parents.

  • May 16th, 2014 10:10pm

Forks Police Department Daily Call for Service Log

The Forks Police Department maintains a “TIPS LINE” 24/7. Locally, individuals may leave a message with information that may assist Law Enforcement with the investigation of a crime, or the apprehension of individuals sought after by police in the area. The number is 360-374-5311. To leave a tip via e-mail the address is [email protected]

  • May 13th, 2014 11:54pm

Forks Police Department Daily Call For Service Log

The Forks Police Department maintains a “TIPS LINE” 24/7. Locally, individuals may leave a message with information that may assist Law Enforcement with the investigation of a crime, or the apprehension of individuals sought after by police in the area. The number is 360-374-5311. To leave a tip via e-mail the address is [email protected]

  • May 9th, 2014 11:24pm

Get ‘Stranded!’ with your mom this weekend

Treat your mom to a play this Mother’s Day weekend. The play is called "Stranded!" By Megan Orr, it is a comedy about a group of unlikely companions that are stranded on a deserted island and forced to survive and it is being performed by the Forks High School Drama Club, under the direction of Wendy Bennett.

  • May 9th, 2014 11:13pm

National Park Service Solicits Proposals for Renovation of Hoh Visitor Center

The National Park Service is soliciting proposals for renovation of the Olympic National Park Hoh Visitor Center, near Forks, Washington. Contractors interested in learning more about this project are invited to attend a site visit scheduled for Thursday, May 22 at the Hoh Visitor Center. More information about the Solicitation is available through the Federal Business Opportunities website, http://www.fbo.gov by entering the Solicitation Number P14PS00900.

  • May 9th, 2014 3:17pm

Habitat home groundbreaking this weekend

The Weaver family of Forks has a lot to look forward to in 2014 as the newest Habitat for Humanity of Clallam County homeowners. Work is set to begin this spring in Habitat’s Maloney Lane development in Forks, a short groundbreaking ceremony for the first new home will be Saturday May 10 at noon. Mark, Trina, Mark Jr., Kenneth, Tia and Chris Weaver are currently living in a home that is literally falling down around them.

  • May 8th, 2014 10:33pm

Community Activities and Announcements

May is heating up with tons of activities. From Mother's Day activities, concerts, plant sales and grand openings to the annual Forks Family Fair, there are activities for everyone in the family. Don't miss a thing!

  • May 7th, 2014 6:12pm

Forks Police Department Daily Call for Service Log

The Forks Police Department maintains a “TIPS LINE” 24/7. Locally, individuals may leave a message with information that may assist Law Enforcement with the investigation of a crime, or the apprehension of individuals sought after by police in the area. The number is 360-374-5311. To leave a tip via e-mail the address is [email protected]

  • May 6th, 2014 7:32pm

FHS Drama Club to present ‘Stranded!’ on Mother’s Day weekend

The Forks High School Drama Club is rehearsing for its upcoming performances on Mother’s Day weekend. The play is called "Stranded!" By Megan Orr, it is a comedy about a group of unlikely companions that are stranded on a deserted island and forced to survive. There is a professional basketball player, a fitness granny, a presidential candidate, Miss America, a cranky sports fisherman, a computer geek, a survival scout, an average teenager and a band of mini-pirates led by a pirate queen.

  • May 3rd, 2014 12:00am

The “Jesus Loves You Bus”

It is hard to miss but in case you have not seen it, the brightly colored Jesus Loves You bus has been in town; inside the bus are Cas Sowinski and his dog Hey Girl.

  • May 2nd, 2014 11:56pm

Community Activities and Announcements

What is going on in the West End this week? White Cane Days Auction, Canning Workshop, Kids Fishing Day, a free concert and gardening classes are just some of the things happening this weekend.

  • May 2nd, 2014 11:43pm

Forks Police Department Daily Call for Service

The Forks Police Department maintains a “TIPS LINE” 24/7. Locally, individuals may leave a message with information that may assist Law Enforcement with the investigation of a crime, or the apprehension of individuals sought after by police in the area. The number is 360-374-5311.

  • Apr 29th, 2014 9:58pm