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Something ‘bout Those Romeos

If anyone can find a house in Forks that doesn’t have at least one pair of romeos inside, I will give you the entire contents of my savings

Typical Christy Move

A few days from today would have been my grandma’s 77th birthday. In her memory, I’d like to share the following story:

Aliens and the Beast

Within the first two years of settling on Hemp Hill, I had moved my two plastic 50-gallon water drums up to our sleeping loft. This was the highest

Aliens and the Beast

Within the first two years of settling on Hemp Hill, I had moved my two plastic 50-gallon water drums up to our sleeping loft. This was the highest

Remembering the ’21 Blow

People love to talk about the weather. People talk about the weather on the phone and in person. Friends and family talk about the weather before they discuss what's

  • Jan 27th, 2015 by

Rediscovering Oil City

OilCityWashington.com is a website focused on topics and information that Oil City landowners as well as others who live in or visit

  • Jan 27th, 2015

Remembering Harold Gunter

It would be hard to find someone that could say a bad word about Harold Gunter. He always seemed to be in a good mood and was always willing to help someone down on their luck.

  • Jan 15th, 2015 by

‘The Place is Burning Down!’

I have a high pressure 200-foot, 1-inch hose reel within 15 feet of my house. I have two fire extinguishers on every floor of my four-level home...........

Ethel Returns

If you have been reading this for very long, you might remember my friend Ethel. Ethel appeared in a column a few months ago

Chatting Around The Campfire Forks Spartan Boys Track Record Holders — Part 4

Before we accelerate toward the promised graph of track record holders — those not previously mentioned from both the yardage and metric eras — it is practical to cover a number of essential details before........

  • Jan 15th, 2015

The Dirt on Chinook

I am a huge fan of Chinook Pharmacy. I’m not just saying that to get a personal parking spot right in front either. If a reserved parking spot is offered as a “tip” for speaking highly of them, that would be OK, too,

Tickets available now for Snowgrass Bluegrass Festival 2015

First Step Family Support Center is excited to announce that Snowgrass 2015 will be held on Saturday, Jan. 24 at 6:30 p.m. at the Port Angeles High School Auditorium. Tickets are $12 in advance, $14 at the door, $9 for seniors, and free for youth 10 and under. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the show starts at 6:30 pm. More......

  • Jan 10th, 2015

History from the pages of the Forks Forum Jan. 19, 1950

Worst Storm in the History Hits on Friday the 13th Those who are superstitious had "their day" on Friday Jan. 13, 1950, when the worst storm in the history of the West End hit.

  • Jan 9th, 2015

Dr. and Mrs E. W. Myers — good and faithful servants

The history of Forks is reflected in the lives of people who came here to settle from all over the world. Two of those people were Josephine and E. W Myers. The Myers came to Forks just after the big fire in January 1925, more.......

  • Jan 10th, 2015 by

The Richest Man in Clallam County?

With the recent exciting discovery of the Quileute petroglyph several news reports have made reference to the Quileute village fire that took place in 1889 and the fact that most relics the tribe possessed at that time were lost in that blaze. Here is what led up to the fire …

  • Jan 2nd, 2015

A Look at 2015

It’s officially time to release my extremely famous yearly predictions. By extremely famous, I mean that none of you even remember that I did them last year, do you?

  • Jan 2nd, 2015

Chatting Around The Campfire Forks Spartan Boys Track Record Holders — Part 2

Bob Henry’s mile record time of 4:41.5 was bettered twice, first by Gary Peterson in 1966 with a time of 4:38.9 and then by Gary’s brother Stan with a time of 4:36.3 in 1968. Because of the statewide conversion to the metric system........

  • Jan 2nd, 2015

Message on a basketball

Everyone has heard of putting your name and address and/or message on a slip of paper and putting it in a bottle and tossing it out to sea, just to see if anyone ever finds it. More......

  • Dec 29th, 2014 by

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 by

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 by

The Real Forks Night before Christmas

’Twas the night before Christmas and all through the town The businesses in Forks (except 76) were all closed down The decorations were hung down main street with flair

One Small Town

As the rains begin I am reminded once again about how different this past year has been while living in Forks. Forks, is a small town of 3,200 and lies in the heart of the Olympic Peninsula’s rain forest sandwiched between sea and mountains. More......

  • Dec 24th, 2014

True Color Part 13-The Stupidest Person on Earth, Can…..

The Stupidest Person on Earth, Can … For those of you who have followed my sojourn from Brazil to a rundown farmhouse in Maryland, thank you for your audience.

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 by

Shop Forks first!

On the way to Port Angeles the other day, I was listening to some random Canadian radio station. It was coming in hit or miss.

Chatting Around The Campfire Forks Spartan Boys Track Record Holders — Part 1

Within the course of everyday life, many of us look for at least one crusade or cause to hang a hat on. This writer, as many of you know, is included in that number.

Chalet Saved! Part 7

Nighttime in the Enchanted Valley is spectacular. The moon comes over the mountaintop and lights up the entire valley, so you can see clearly without a flashlight.

  • Dec 10th, 2014

Top Ten Things You Didn’t Know About Forks (but can read on the Internet)

10. Forks doesn’t get that much rain. Found on an online blog on the subject of Forks, “As someone told me who ACTUALLY lives in Forks, WA, it doesn't actually rain there very often.” Seriously?

Second annual, Thanksgiving-ish, “What I’m Thankful For” column

10. I am thankful for all of the power outages that remind me to not take electricity or hot water for granted. My customers however, are not thankful for my lack of showers on these days that I am without hot water.

Forks: Not As Scary As Tacoma

A list recently came out naming the most crime-filled places in Washington. Tacoma was voted the crimiest. This came as a complete shock to absolutely no one, with the exception of maybe some of the residents of Aberdeen who thought they had it in the bag this year. Aberdeen is scary, but not like Tacoma.

Mandolin virtuosos to perform

Forks residents are in for a real treat on Thursday, Nov. 20, when Solo Mandolin X Two, featuring mandolin virtuosos Evan Marshall and Brian Oberlin, perform in concert at Peninsula College. The program will begin at 7 p.m. at 481 S. Forks Ave.

  • Nov 13th, 2014

Mascotting FES Part II

The school district is asking for input on mascotting the intermediate school, or as I like to call it, “Forks Elementary School, Part II”. At first I wondered why the students at FES Part II weren’t just allowed to pick the mascot that they wanted. Then I remembered what happened the last time the kids were allowed to choose their own mascot; 9 months later, we got the Puddle Jumpers.

Early logging history discussed

Join ONRC’s “Even Talks” series with Jack Zaccardo for an entertaining narrative and slide show presentation, "Logging History on the Peninsula from 1890s-1930s" from 7-8 p.m. Monday, Nov. 17, in the Hemlock Forest Room at Olympic Natural Resource Center in Forks.

  • Nov 13th, 2014

Inside the Rain of Terror

When my husband Phil and I were asked to be a part of this year’s haunt, Rain of Terror, thrown by the Forks Police Foundation, we were stoked. After checking out the location there was no way we could refuse. We did our initial walk-through in the abandoned and already very eerie Quillayute Airport with Sgt. Mike Rowley. While doing so we were asked to take over the older side of the building, but we ended up with four more rooms on the newer side.

  • Nov 13th, 2014

Broken Promises

A while back I was at the police station. Just to set the record straight, I did not arrive handcuffed in the back of a police car. I was there on my own free will … and no, not turning myself in either.

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 by

The Right to Bear Tucker

Shortly after moving in to our humble abode, my family purchased and installed a high-tech home security system to protect us from the lions and tigers and bears (oh my!). We live in the middle of nowhere (actually 40 minutes outside of Forks) so we need some kind of security system. His name is Tucker and he’s a year-old lab-mixed with goodness knows what else.

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 by

Vote Yes on hunter’s safety course for dogs

The other night, I read a Facebook thingy about Initiative 594 (gun control measure). It instructed Forks folks to vote no on the initiative because the entire town of Forks is going to be jailed if it passes. According to the Facebook thingy, merely handing your gun to anyone, including your dog, will get you thrown in jail if you do not go through the proper channels of transfershipness.

True Color-Part 9

I had a great job, but no address. My general orders were to promote public safety and be on hand for cliff or water rescues. I walked all day around Great Falls and on the C & O Towpath. For a while, I camped out and stayed with friends. The Park Service always is going on about crisp uniforms and I got written up a few times for looking like the homeless bum I was. I needed an address, but I couldn't reconcile myself to going back to suburbia.