Darn Those Nagging Moms

Mothers often are unfairly pegged as being nags who worry too much. That was not the case with my "mother" (my gram).

Beach-combing museum closer to reality

This past weekend volunteers from everywhere came to area beaches and picked up trash. But what is one man's trash is another man's treasure! For Forks' retired plumber, John Anderson, picking up that trash

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Too Forksonite-ish?

In a desperate situation, when she was fresh out of the potty training stage, I taught my oldest to go to the bathroom in the great

The Army of Forks

Having grown up here, I am no stranger to the neverending generosity and support found in Forks. Most of you probably bought something from me at one time or another when I was in school.

History from the pages of the Forks Forum-March 20, 1947

Editor’s note, on March 17, 1947, Clallam Bay suffered a terrible fire. With recent pleas from volunteer fire departments all across the West End, it is a good time to think about how important

  • Mar 20th, 2015

Memory Lane

You have been forced to stare at my mug up there 125 times. I apologize for that, but to celebrate my 125th column

The amazing gift — The QVSA

The event now known as the Quillayute Valley Scholarship Auction turns 51 this year. At its inception, it was known as the Quillayute

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If you don’t know me, you should know that I’m roughly as tall as the average third-grader. For this reason,

Yella Dawg Fly Shop

The summer of 2007, the life of Gordon Gracey changed forever. After a terrible accident that left his left arm permanently paralyzed

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What the “F”? (As in Forks)

A reader e-mailed me a while ago and said, “If you know why the “F” on the new RAC looks out of proportion to the other letters spelling “Forks,” maybe you could enlighten us?” I had no other choice but to look into this

  • Mar 6th, 2015

Take a Hike!

When we hear those words from someone it usually means that perhaps we’ve said something wrong and maybe it’s time to take our exit. However in this case it can mean something

  • Feb 26th, 2015

Forks Loggers Memorial

When you go to work today chances are you will return home tonight unscathed. The possibility that you will be injured or killed is in most cases the farthest thing from your mind. But if you work in the

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Better Late Than Never … Right?

A little over two years ago, an otherwise logical man came to a very illogical conclusion that I was wife-material. He proposed on Christmas Day with a karat and a carrot (seriously). Like any normal woman,

Where have all the macaroni necklaces gone?

Back when I was a kid, I really hated when old people started sentences with “Back when I was a kid.” Now that I’m old, I start at least 66.67 percent of my sentences with this phrase and I don’t care what

History from the pages of the Forks Forum Feb. 22, 1951 Fire destroys school building and contents

The old Forks Grade School building, erected in 1914, was destroyed by fire early Tuesday morning and the blaze aided by strong southeast wind threatened adjoining buildings and even the business

  • Feb 20th, 2015

Christi or Christy the quiz

Christi can can Christy but Christy can’t can Christi. If Christi can can Christy, then why can’t Christy can Christi? Well, because they are different of course! If you think you know the difference between Christi and Christy, try your hand at our Christi/Christy quiz.

  • Feb 19th, 2015

True Color Part 17- Steam Driven IEDs

What Melvin King gave me in a converted water heater was a cheap and inexpensive way to heat our 800 square feet of living space; cook

Hello Baby, is that you?

Mondays are a very busy day here at the Forks Forum office, but I always try to answer the phone, just in case any big breaking stories are happening, because I don't want to miss a thing. So,

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Pants required

I say that I have a day job, but technically speaking, I work at night. I would say “night job” but that sounds

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 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.

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‘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.......

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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......

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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........

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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