Forks Airport Elk

December 10th, 2010 by contributor

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Across the street from the Forks Information Center on the airport runway, a herd of elk gather daily for weeks at a time, then disappear for months, then reappear. We wonder if they notice all the activity going on at 1411 South Forks Avenue, better known as the VIC. We think it likely some of these things have occurred to them:

*Sure a lot of vehicles going in and out of that parking lot over there. And many of those cars have writing on them, like “Team Edward” or “Telk_butts_in_forks_11-3-08eam Jacob” or “La Push or bust” or “Vampires Rule, Werewolves Drool.”

*Lots of lights flasing across the street. What’s a “camera?”

*Seems to me there are a lot of youngish visitors climbing out of their cars and squealing. I wonder if they are squealing about me?

*Sure would like to sample the grass over there. It looks greener.

*I don’t understand why people over there are always staring at us. Haven’t they ever seen a hairy, antlered, grass-munching four-legged animal before?

*I think I’ll turn around and let them see how I look from the back

(Contributed by Marcia Bingham, Director, Forks Chamber of Commerce)

Best of the Year Awards

December 6th, 2010 by contributor

The Forks Chamber of Commerce Best of the Year awards have been awarded to Marcia Yanish – Citizen of the year, Ken Bechtold Logging – Business of the Year and Christi Baron – Volunteer of the year for 2010. Congratulations go to these outstanding Forks citizens!

I’m Dreaming of a White Thanksgiving?

November 22nd, 2010 by contributor

snowYikes, it is white out! Could we be in store for a white Thanksgiving? For the second day flakes are flying in Forks and around the rest of the Olympic Peninsula.

There is an Elk at the Visitor Center!

November 11th, 2010 by contributor

clint_beyer_elk_nikki_11-5-10The metal sculpted elk at the Forks Chamber of Commerce visitor center was mounted last week by metal sculptor/metal artist Clint Beyer with help from his dog Nikki. Clint, who settled in Forks after retiring from the U.S. Coast Guard, began his business: CK Custom Design. If you travel to the Quileute Oceanside Resort in La Push you will also see Clint’s work at the two motel units: Whale and Thunderbird, which are represented by beautiful sculptures of these two creatures. Clint is also a specialist in producing high quality rifle barrels.

Fit To Read

November 2nd, 2010 by contributor

Giving children good books at an early age will encourage them to be well read and smart individuals. Reading with children will encourage them even more so. Reading a story with children at bedtime is a part of many families’ bedtime routine and is an excellent way to let the kids relax just before they are to sleep. Not only will the children learn to love reading and become well-read, but they will love the time spent and the memories they are left with.
Saturday November 6th from 11 am -1 pm is Family Literacy Day at all Clallam County Libraries. This year the theme is “Fit To Read”. All kids that stop by the Forks Library will get a free book! Come celebrate National Literacy Day and be “Fit to Read.”

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Stormy Weather

October 22nd, 2010 by contributor

first beach“The Sea Was Angry That Day, My Friends, like an Old Man Trying to send Back Soup in a Deli.” A la George Costanza, the sea is getting whipped up for a big storm this weekend. Lots of rain and wind are expected. For those heading to the ocean beaches take special care when in the driftwood. There is nothing more spectacular than the force of mother nature!

Spartan Spirit

October 6th, 2010 by contributor

bannersSpartan Spirit is alive and well on the streets of downtown Forks, just in time for Homecoming! New Spartan Banners decorate the light poles thanks to Bruce Guckenberg of Sully’s Drive-in fame and created by locally owned This End Up@Laundry 101. Stop by and give Bruce a big cheer or order a burger and say, Thanks!!

Old Timers Round Table

September 28th, 2010 by contributor

The Forks Timber Museum will host the annual Hickory Shirt/Heritage Days Old-Timers Round Table on Thursday evening September 30th. This years topic will cover the local Logging and Mill industries. So, if you have ever set a choker or laced up a pair of work boots you are welcome to come share your memories, heck, if you ever packed a loggers lunch or even ate a sandwich in the woods you are invited! Come mingle from 6:30pm-7 pm, the discussion starts at 7.

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Forkestra presents a Choker Setters Ball

September 28th, 2010 by contributor

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The Forks Community Orchestra “Forkestra” will present their Heritage Days Concert “Choker Setter’s Ball” on Friday October 1st at the Forks Congregational Church, 280 Spartan Avenue from 7pm-9pm. Admission is Free!!

Olympic Theater Burned!

September 22nd, 2010 by contributor

The Olympic Theater in Forks burned to the ground in the early morning hours of Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2010. This landmark building was once used to show movies, but has been shuttered and inactive for the past twenty years. Fortunately, buildings on both sides of the structure were spared in thanks to the fire department keeping water sprayed on them.

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Danger in the Woods!

September 21st, 2010 by contributor

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There is danger lurking in the woods! Not from vampires or werewolves but squirrels, Douglas Squirrels to be exact. They have begun their gathering of fir cones for the winter and for anyone that ventures into the forest anytime soon there may be a shower of cones awaiting. Squirrels are working dawn till dusk dropping their winter meals for later storage. So watch out if you enter the forest you may be entering a “Cone-struction Zone”!

Forks Chamber now has two Bella Trucks!

September 16th, 2010 by contributor

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Bella’s Book truck on left and Movie truck on right

Up until last weekend the Forks Chamber of Commerce visitor center had on display the book version of the truck (ca. 1952) that Bella drives.

During the Stephenie Meyer weekend in Forks on September 12th, the Elwha River Casino held a drawing in Forks at Tillicum Park for a 1963 chevrolet truck. The name they drew (from 35,000 entries) decided to keep $2,000 rather than the truck. Therefore, the casino graciously donated the truck to the Forks Chamber of Commerce. This is the chevy truck that main Twilight character, Bella, drives in the the Twilight Saga movie series. So now the visitor center has both the book and movie versions of Bella’s truck. This should cause less confusion now about which truck is which, as the trucks look very different being eleven years apart.

They paved paradise and put up a parking lot!

July 22nd, 2010 by contributor

parkingJust like the Joni Mitchell song “Big Yellow Taxi” a vacant lot on Main Street in Forks was recently paved, striped and turned in to a parking lot. Forks has never had a surplus of parking spots and with all the Twilight fans in town it has become impossible to find a parking spot. This much needed addition will hopefully make it easier for fans and residents of Forks to take care of business! The new parking lot has a self pay station and uses the honor system.

You know it’s really hot when….

July 7th, 2010 by contributor

jonahYou know it’s really hot when a chunk of the Forks Outfitter’s parking lot sticks to your tire. I made a quick stop at Outfitter’s after work last night. As I left the parking lot I heard ker-chunk, ker-chunk, ker-chunk, what the heck was that? Stopping and looking at my front tire I found a strip of pavement stuck to it. After some pulling I got it free. With 90 degree temperatures predicted again for today, there may be nothing left of Outfitter’s parking lot by the end of the day! A trip to the ocean, where temperatures should be a little cooler, may be in order.

Twilight Moth

June 30th, 2010 by contributor

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This moth/butterfly hung out by my office door a few days ago. After looking at hundreds of moth/butterfly photos on the internet and not being able to identify its true name, it was christened the Twilight Moth because of the striking red and black markings on its wings. It stayed a few hours and then was gone, perhaps flying over to the Cullen House or maybe it was in town to hitch a ride on Bella’s truck at the Visitor’s Center?

Eclipse T-Shirts Now Available

June 25th, 2010 by contributor

Brand new at the Forks Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center are two new shirts just in time for the release of the Twilight Saga Eclipse movie. These shirts are available also on the chamber’s online store.

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Meet Me in the Meadow T-Shirt