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  • Wed Aug 1st, 2018 2:23pm
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It’s Time to Hoedown!

Gather all your little buckaroos and head on down to the 5th annual Western Hoedown and Family Festival Saturday, Aug. 4, from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Forks Elks Lodge, 941 Merchant Road. There will be games, hay rides, face painting, Child ID program, WEBPA train rides and more, all FREE.

A free cowboy hat and bandana to the first 100 kids!

QVSD New Student


Registration for students new to Quillayute Valley School District will begin Aug. 1, 8, and 15 and then daily beginning Aug. 20 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Paperwork may be picked up and returned to QVSD District Office located at 411 S. Spartan Ave. Current immunization records need to be provided.Call 360-374-6262 ext 104 for questions.

Rockhounding Around the Olympics

In keeping with the 2018 Summer Reading Program theme “Libraries Rock!” Garret Romaine will present Rockhounding Around the Olympics at all North Olympic Library System locations.

Romaine will explain some of the interesting geology of the Olympic Peninsula and share how the regional structure has resulted in fascinating rockhounding opportunities that include fossils, minerals, rocks, and gold panning.

Rockhounding Around the Olympics will be held at the following times and locations:

Friday, Aug. 3, at noon: Clallam Bay Branch Library

Friday, Aug. 3. at 5 p.m.: Forks Branch Library

Garret Romaine has a Bachelor’s degree in geology from the University of Oregon and a Master’s degree in geography from the University of Washington. Mr. Romaine is the author of several books on Pacific Northwest field collecting, including Gem Trails of Washington, Gem Trails of Oregon, Rockhounding Idaho, and Gold Panning the Pacific Northwest; limited copies will be available for purchase. Garret will also talk about his new book, Geology Lab for Kids. Bring your questions and take notes!

Pickle Party!!

There will be a Pickle Party on Saturday Aug. 4, 4-6 p.m. at Sunsets West Food Co-op in Clallam Bay.

It’s summer – and that means it’s time to make pickles. The classics are dill pickles made with crunchy cucumbers, or sweet bread and butter pickles, and even pickled beets and pickled green beans are popular. But maybe you have also heard of seaweed pickles?

Well, this happens to also be the perfect time of year to make kelp pickles.

Bull kelp rings make for crunchy, salty, and nutritious pickles.

Pickling is a convenient way to put up preserves for year round use. All it takes is vinegar and pickling spices and you can transform this local sea vegetable into a tasty condiment that will add flavor to your sandwiches and salads all year.

We will supply jars, kelp, and pickling ingredients so that everyone can bring home a jar of pickles by the end of the class. Feel free to show up with contributions of any ingredients you have on hand that you are willing to share: vinegars, spices, garlic, onions, freshly gathered kelp.

The SmileMobile (dental van) is coming to Forks Aug. 13-31

If you would like to make a SmileMobile appointment or have questions please call now 1-888-286-9105.

The Arcora Foundation SmileMobile, which travels the state offering dental services to children, pregnant women and family members (if capacity allows) who might not otherwise have access to dental care, will be in Forks. The SmileMobile, a brightly painted 39-foot dental clinic on wheels, is hard to miss when it rolls into town.

The SmileMobile is staffed by a dentist, clinic manager and dental assistant and will be parked at the Bogachiel Medical Clinic, 590 Bogachiel Way. The SmileMobile will provide dental examinations to children from birth up through high school age, pregnant women and family members (if capacity allows) on Monday, Aug. 6-Wednesday, Aug. 8. Treatment appointments will be scheduled the duration of the stay. If you would like to make an appointment or have questions please call now 888-286-9105.

We accept Apple Health and offer a sliding fee scale based on family income and size.

The SmileMobile is operated by the Arcora Foundation (formerly Washington Dental Service), a non-profit organization created and partially funded by Delta Dental of Washington in partnership with Seattle Children’s Hospital.

The SmileMobile, which travels the state year-round providing services ranging from exams and preventive care to fillings and minor oral surgery, has examined and treated more than 40,000 youngsters in communities throughout Washington state.

Disaster Preparedness Meeting

The West Jefferson Emergency Preparedness Work Group and the Quinault Amateur Radio Club will be holding their next meeting on Saturday, Aug. 11 at the Queets Clearwater School from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. The Emergency Preparedness meeting will go from 10 a.m. until noon followed by the Radio Club meeting form noon until 1 p.m.

On July 28 many attended Disaster Airlift Response Team’s (DART) fly in to Forks Airport where we participated in and demonstrated to each other what an emergency evacuation of people injured in a disaster would look like. It was a well coordinated effort by teams of Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), Forks Ambulance, Quinault Amateur Radio Club and DART pilots. It was a valuable learning experience and, in this meeting, we will be focusing on finding ways to share what we learned with our communities. Everyone is welcome and invited to attend. If you have any questions please call Jimmy Conomos at 374-2270. Kudos to Carol Young for coming up with the idea, planning, doing the logistics, coordinating, setting up and running the show for the DART Fly In. Thanks Carol!



Amateur radio class will be held Aug. 18, 25, and Sept. 1, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the PA Fire Department 5th and Laurel Street. The exam will take place Sept. 1 at 1 p.m.

Anyone interested in earning their entry level, (Technician class) Amateur radio license or the Intermediate level (General Class) is invited to attend classes on three successive Saturdays.

Candidates will learn FCC Rules and Regulations, Basic Electronics, How to Operate, and Radio Frequency Safety. There is no cost for the class, which is presented by volunteers from Clallam County Amateur Radio Club. Candidates must purchase an American Radio Relay League Technician or General License Manual at a cost of $29.95 each. Direct at or from Amazon Prime.

Technician – ARRL Ham Radio License Manual 4th Edition (Softcover) For exams beginning July 1, 2018.

The final exam session cost is $15 for processing by the Club and ARRL.

Those earning their FCC license will be able to communicate with other hams world wide, and to join/participate in the Amateur Radio Emergency Services locally.

Class size will be limited to 32 candidates. For more information, or to register for the class, Email Chuck Jones, N7BV at [email protected]