Life

First Auto ever over West End Road

These days we think nothing of getting in the car and driving to Port Angeles. Prior to 1914, a trip to Port Angeles meant......

  • Jan 29th, 2016 by

Oh Gram….

I know that every woman says this about her precious loved one so you might be thinking I am just biased by love .....

Going off the Grid — Part 6 Mini-Meltdown

The day dream I had about “all the sinning I could be doing in Las Vegas” … didn’t come true. Instead I had myself a meltdown.......

  • Jan 28th, 2016

Seeing Through, Part 4

Today (Jan. 18) the United States celebrates the birth of a great American — Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. I have promised a column on “world view” and today I celebrate ...

  • Jan 21st, 2016

Dear Thievers Part II,

I’m guessing that when you broke into that shed a few weeks ago and then went back to steal a truck, you didn’t spend one-second thinking of the person you were stealing from. ........

Going off the Grid-Part 5-A Productive Week

I would love to tell everyone that we fixed our pump/well issue, but we haven’t. We did however learn........

  • Jan 21st, 2016

Hard core fan plan

Living in Pittsburgh taught me a few eye-opening things. For example, there are stores out there that do not sell Johnny’s Seasoning Salt ........

Going off the Grid — Part 4 Still figuring it out

This last week we have not been able to accomplish much. We have honestly been lazy, day dreaming about all the sinning that........

  • Jan 14th, 2016

2016 Prediction

As some of you may recall, this is my third annual predictions column. If for some reason, you do not remember my previous predictions, please get your “Christy’s Columns” scrapbook out and.......

So I Wrote a Book

For the first 26 years of my life, I was seriously intent on becoming a lawyer. In a weird series of events though .......

Going Off the Grid Part 3-You Betcha …

As long as you don’t count the generator giving out, the deep cycle batteries being over charged to the point of almost killing ......

  • Jan 7th, 2016

The Prince Arthur

On the evening of Jan. 2, 1903, a ship’s officer aboard the Prince Arthur, a Norwegian bark that had been at sea 50 days..........

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Not everyone has a chainsaw, you know

After our latest super storm, a lady from Port Townsend posted a picture on Facebook of her “storm damage"........

Going off the Grid-Part 2-What a Week

Living off the grid is much harder than I ever imagined. I’m not out breaking my back or getting stuck in the sticker bushes yet..........

  • Dec 30th, 2015

Christmas past and where is baby Jesus?

As a child growing up in Forks in the late 1950s to early 1970s, I remember always wanting snow for Christmas and sometimes ..........

  • Dec 23rd, 2015 by

My Life as a Canadian

Growing up in Forks in the 1960s, with the remoteness and mountain barriers, our television viewing choices were few and with an antenna..........

  • Dec 23rd, 2015 by

The Mayor Who Stole Christmas

Every Forksonite in Forks liked Christmas a lot But years ago, Bryon Monohon definitely did NOT........

Going off the Grid

It started in 2007 when I began pursuing my education through Peninsula College. I enrolled in Environmental Science..........

  • Dec 23rd, 2015

Sail Charisma

Ann and Bob walked cautiously into the Co-op late this summer. They were quickly engrossed with our stock selection.........

Elfie-Thingie

If you have kids or have seen any kids in the past couple of years, you’ve probably heard of the new-ish Christmas tradition...........

True Color, Part 32

In conclusion of my story on alternative energy, I always have wanted to impart the advice I got from a lifelong do-it-yourselfer about harnessing gensets.........

My Journey to Health by Warren Vigill

“On September 15th this year — all my joints was aching, they were sore. I knew I was taking too much sugar;........

The Gravy Train

Even before birth, I knew that I was going to hate cooking Thanksgiving dinner. Therefore........

It’s in the mail

With the holiday season here, it is the time we think about mailing cards and packages. These days we ........

  • Dec 3rd, 2015 by

Merrill Whittier: West End Pioneer

In 1900, according to the census, 139 people lived on the Forks Prairie. One of those families was......

  • Nov 27th, 2015 by

Being Thankful

The Realings were on their way to work Friday, Oct. 30, near LaPush, when they were hit head-on by a vehicle that crossed the centerline.

  • Nov 27th, 2015 by

Rasmussen-Ford Plumbing?

Last week, while showering, I noticed that I was taking a shath (shower/bath combo). Shaths are lovely sometimes, ........

Chicken skin

Every year, right before Halloween, I remind myself that I need to tell my eerie tale. Every year I forget because........

One of my favorite veterans

Back in 1995, a love like no other was forming at Forks Elementary School. I was in the fifth grade and I had a huge crush on a boy in my class........

Being Cheese…..

This is a tale about wine and cheese, not consuming them but being them. With the 21st annual Forks Chamber of Commerce Wine & Cheese event

  • Nov 12th, 2015 by

Credit Deserved

Many people do good in the world, but don't always get the credit they deserve. One of those many people is a woman. Her name is........

  • Nov 12th, 2015

The Candy-Handing-Outing Disaster

On Friday evening, I decided to spice up my life a little by breaking my foot. At the time, it seemed like a good idea. .......

Two cents on tailgating

In the history of road rage, there has never been a tailgatee who sped up due to being tailgated........

Voting …

Have you voted yet? Personally I liked the olden days when voters actually went to the polls to vote. The ladies at the Congregational Church would find your name on the list and then you made your choices.......

  • Oct 29th, 2015 by

The unknown, the unsolved and the unexplained … Part 2

The year 1952 was not a good year for fishermen. Not because the fishing was bad, but because people were going fishing and never coming home again..........

  • Oct 29th, 2015 by

Considering a Home Loan? Don’t.

If a friend tells you that securing a home loan will be a simple and rewarding process, end that friendship yesterday......

The unknown, the unsolved and the unexplained …

Personally, I don't like scary movies or haunted houses, but I do like an unsolved mystery. In 1939, the West End experienced several.......

  • Oct 22nd, 2015 by

The Life and Times of JoAnne Willard

Clallam Bay says fare thee well to JoAnn Willard. JoAnn has lived here with us, some of us longer than others, for many years.......

Moe the Crow

I am not sure when or how it happen but at some point I became a bird lover. It may have been a parakeet or that first ........

  • Oct 14th, 2015

The Ban on Fun

I don’t like to brag about it, but back in high school, I was quite the football star at FHS............