Twilight: Breaking Dawn-Countdown

May 6th, 2011 by contributor

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The next chapter of The Twilight Saga, Breaking Dawn, is already the cause of many a heart rate rising. Take a look at the latest Twilight pics of Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart and Taylor Lautner to get even more excited. This latest movie in the ‘Twilight’ saga is expected to be in theaters in mid-November.

Return of the Whales

April 29th, 2011 by contributor

Earlier this month the Quileute tribe officially welcomed the whales with a Return of the Whales Ceremony. This ceremony was revived about four years ago, and the whales seem to appreciate it, several times they have actually shown up during the ceremony. This traditional event welcomes the gray whale migration but Orcas have also gotten in to the act. Whale watching trips are being offered but even from the beach it is possible to get a glimpse of these amazing creatures.

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A Trillium Tale

April 28th, 2011 by contributor

It is likely that Trillium ovatum, otherwise known as Wake Robin, is perhaps the most familiar floral sight in our woods and forests. It is one of the earliest blooming of our native flowers, a herald of spring. There are a few species of trillium native to our area, part of a group of hundreds of species worldwide.

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Picking a trillium seriously injures the plant by preventing the leaf-like bracts from producing food for the next year. A plant takes many years to recover.

So resist the urge to pick and everyone can enjoy them in the wild for years to come.

Meet the “Little Brown Myotis”

April 26th, 2011 by contributor

Widely distributed, this is the bat most commonly seen by people. It has a fondness for hot attics for its nursery colonies, and those colonies can range into the thousands. Little Browns, eat many pest insects i.e. mosquitoes, gnats, crane flies, wasps and moths. These little bats can live 30 years or more.

This little guy or gal whatever the case may be, was about 2 ½ inches long. It got stuck in a house and settled into a bucket of wood pellets. It was carefully scooped out and placed on a piece of bark in the woodshed, where it assumed its signature position-hanging upside down. I swear it waived a batwing at me in thanks.

Fishing Opportunities In The Forks Area

April 23rd, 2011 by contributor

There are many fishing opportunities in the Forks area. You can go fishing on some of the wild rivers here on the Olympic Peninsula or take a charter out for ocean fishing. For a list of fishing guides, click here.fishing photos web

A very wet March in Forks!

April 9th, 2011 by contributor

population sign webForks just experienced a very wet March! The total rain for the month was 21.04 inches. The average rainfall for Forks in March is 13.01 inches, so it was wetter than normal here in Forks.

Here are a few comments from certain days in March by Jerry King, local weather recorder: “1 inch of snow; damaging wind, hail and rain; hail and snow flurries, rain and windy; cloudy and showers; partly cloudy; windy and rain; thunder and heavy wind and rain; cloudy with light showers most of the day; cloudy with a few spits of rain; cloudy and rain all day; windy and heavy rain.”

Of course this March was not the wettest March on record. That happened in 1997 when 29.42 inches fell. So the next time you feel bad about rain where you live, just think about Forks that gets on average 120 inches (10 feet) each year. Currently for 2011 (January – March), Forks has had 52.96 inches.

QVSD Scholarship Auction a BIG Success!

March 26th, 2011 by contributor

The Quillayute Valley Scholarship Auction was another wonderful success here in Forks on March 19th & 20th. Over $60,000 was raised for scholarships for students. It took a huge coordinated effort on behalf of the community and those efforts paid off tremendously!

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Sara Decker is auctioneer, while senior Taylor Morris looks on.

QVSD Scholarship Auction in Forks

March 12th, 2011 by contributor

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There’s a major Forks event taking place March 19 & 20 at the Bank of America building, 481 S. Forks Ave. and everyone (residents & visitors alike) are invited to be a part of the fun! The Quillayute Valley Scholarship auction, an annual spring event, brings in thousands of dollars for Forks High School graduates’ further education. It’s one of the biggest social events of the year in Forks. From 9am to 9pm on Saturday, March 19th and from 10am to 8pm on sunday, March 20th the action will be taking place. Last year (2010) over 900 items were sold and over $64,000 was raised.

The Forks High School graduating class of 2011 is in charge with assistance from a committee of volunteers. Live bidding will take place at the bank building for those two days. Donated items are accepted up to and during the event and every dollar is dedicated to helping students get the education and training to prepare them for the working world. Forks takes pride in its graduates, and in the success of this unique community-supported activity. There is no charge to attend and the fun of bidding can keep one amused all day! Also, plan to eat at the Senior Parent Cafe on-site and make a day of it. A new way to bid this year – log into the folllowing website: http://qvsdauction.com. SEE YOU AT THE AUCTION!

Visiting the Olympic Peninsula

March 5th, 2011 by contributor

We encourage visitors to come to the Olympic Peninsula to visit Twilight sites in Forks or the many beautiful locations close by. Here on the peninsula the ecosystems are diverse. There are a variety of locations, many in Olympic National Park, from wilderness beaches, to lakes, rainforests, mountains, lakes, waterfalls, etc.. We recommend spending no fewer than three days to see much of what there is to see.

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It’s Still Winter in Forks!

February 16th, 2011 by contributor

It’s still Winter here in Forks as can be seen by these scenes the morning of Thursday, February 17, 2011.

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14th Anniversary of Coast Guard Motor Lifeboat Capsizing

February 10th, 2011 by contributor

February 11th is the 14th anniversary of 44 foot Coast Guard Motor Lifeboat #44363 capsizing in La Push. Three crewmen perished in an attempt to rescue a man and woman from a capsized sailboat. Killed in the accident were Seaman Clinton Miniken of Snohomish, Petty Officer 2nd Class David Bosley of San Mateo, CA and Petty Officer 3rd Class Matthew Schlimme of Whitewater, Mo. Seaman Apprentice Benjamin Wingo of Bremerton, WA survived. It’s not necessary to look as far as the Middle East to find heros. Thank you, USCG. We salute and revere you!

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It Doesn’t Always Rain In Forks!

January 21st, 2011 by contributor

It doesn’t always rain in Forks in the Winter! Sometimes our town gets an occasional snowfall as can be seen at night a little over a week ago. Nothing like Connecticut though…

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People’s Choice!

January 8th, 2011 by contributor

Lest anyone thinks the Twilight craze has run it’s course, the January 4th People’s Choice Awards named Robert Pattinson (Edward), Kristen Stewart (Bella), and Taylor Lautner (Jacob) as their favorite “on-screen team” which should dispel that rumor. Twilight Saga Eclipse was also voted by fans as their favorite overall movie and drama. Though the days in Forks are currently dark and wet, fans continue to come see the place that Stephenie Meyer named as their home. The visitor center in Forks continues to greet them (73,000 in 2010) and help perpetuate the fantasy.

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2010 Forks Rain!

January 5th, 2011 by contributor

Total rainfall in Forks for 2010 calendar year was above the normal average with 136.36 inches (11 1/2 feet)! This amount of rain is graphically shown on the front of the Forks Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center as seen in this photo. Now the red arrow will start all over again at ground level for 2011.

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Forks 2010 Highlights in photos – Happy New Year

December 28th, 2010 by contributor

Happy New Year! Here are few 2010 Forks area photos to highlight the year:

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It’s Christmas!

December 21st, 2010 by contributor

A reflection of Christmas is from the Soroptimist International of the Olympic Rainforest annual Festival of trees in Forks. The tree on the left was named “All that Glitters is Gold” and was the Best of Show. It was sponsored by the Emblem Club and decorated by Joni Eades. The tree on the right named the “Princess Tree” was sponsored by Forks Outfitters and was a finalist in this festive show.

Merry Christmas to all!

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