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50th Quillayute Valley Scholarship Auction

February 27th, 2014 by Marcia Bingham

The 50th Quillayute Valley Scholarship Auction is on tap for March 15 and 16 at Forks High School.  For those who don’t know, this is THE event of the year.

Airwaves in Forks will be tuned to the high school that weekend.  Hundreds of donated items will be offered up for bid to those with their ears tuned to 96.7 radio  and their computers on over the weekend.  Home crafted items, art work, delicious edibles, pledges and labor, anything with a monetary value will be brought to the school to be offered for sale with proceeds tagged for scholarships.  Over one million dollars has been raised for this worthy cause in the last 50 years in Forks.

Competition exists each year between classes to see who will raise the most money.  The winners are the students who participated and who were able to use scholarship monies for further schooling.  Any graduate of a Forks high school is eligible to access that money.    

Food will be served all weekend at the event so all are invited to come and spend part or all of Saturday and Sunday at the High School Commons.  It’s fun and will benefit Forks students.

Forks Logging & Mill Tour kicks off May 22nd!

May 23rd, 2013 by Lissy Andros


The Forks Logging & Mill Tour kicks off on Wednesday, May 22nd.  They are scheduled through the summer and leave the Chamber at 9am.  Tours last about 3 hours and reservations are recommended.  Last year, each tour was at or near capacity.  Tours take place in the Chamber’s van and while donations are always appreciated, tours remain free of charge.  Our volunteer guides are retired from the timber industry and very knowledgeable on “working in the woods”.  We also do special tours for large groups, with walk-on guides.

Logging Tour

For over a decade, visitors to Forks have been treated to an insider’s look at our logging industry with a first-class tour of active logging sites and working mills.  The Forks Chamber of Commerce sponsors this free tour and has gotten numerous compliments on this “E Ticket Ride” thanks to our volunteer tour guides, past and present.  We are very proud to bring this educational and entertaining tour to the public, with the help of our area partners Allen Logging, Rayonier, Dahlgren Logging and Dilley & Soloman Logging and others. 

Logging Tour

The start date is May 22nd and it will run Wednesdays through September 4th. There is a special tour scheduled for Friday, September 13th to give those coming for the busy Stephenie Meyer Day / Bella’s Birthday weekend a chance to take part and another for Hickory Shirt / Heritage Days on Wednesday September 26th.

Logging Tour

We are trying to keep tourism and the timber industry connected and with the success of reality shows about the logging industry, we can show people what working in the woods is really like.  No drama, just hard work!  And many that take the tour extend the experience with a visit to the Forks Timber Museum, open for the season Tuesday through Saturday through October.

To reserve your space, simply call the Chamber at 360-374-2531.  For more information click here



Quillayute Valley Scholarship Auction

March 12th, 2013 by Lissy Andros

Salmon In Water


The Quillayute Valley Scholarship Auction is this weekend, March 16 – 17, and the FHS Seniors are gearing up for a fun weekend of live auction items, food and fundraising.  The Scholarship Auction is an annual event that the whole town looks forward to and is open to the public.  The seniors organize this event, collect the donations and run the auction.  All money raised goes towards scholarships, trade school funding or work-related items (like tools or boots) for FHS grads.  This event has been going for over 40 years and has raised over a million dollars.

Auction items can be viewed on the web and can be bid on by calling the phone number provided on the website.  Donations are accepted throughout the auction.  Monetary donations can be mailed to QVSA, PO Box 976, Forks, WA 98331.

The “Salmon In Water” pictured is handmade by OCC inmates and their contribution of handcrafted toys and decorative items are important to the auction every year.  This year, in addition to the toys they have donated, they are offering to personalize them with a logo or name after the auction.

There is a wide variety of auction items like baked goods, smoked salmon, handmade toys and decorative items, firewood, fishing trips, hunting trips, services and more.

Forks High School, from the students’ perspective PT. 2

March 11th, 2013 by Lissy Andros

FHS Green Screen

Greetings from Forks High School! I’m Liz Sanchez, a teacher here, and the following blog entry (including photo) is from three sophomores: Chase Adams, DJ Souder, and Ismael Greene. They will add to this blog each month, including input from their classmates and teachers. In this entry they tell about our awesome new green room-enjoy!

Chase and I got together and thought we should make a blog about the green room, and so we went around the school asking people what their thoughts were about the green room.  Mr. Scheibner is the guy who works the green room and we interviewed him first. He said “It’s a great news room, people working with cameras, weather people experience, and eventually will be able to see throughout the whole school.  If you scratch it, just a little, then the paint comes off which isn’t good. We have the right equipment to do the things the school wants to.”  After Mr. Scheibner we asked a couple of students what their opinions were about the green room.

We asked Dimitri Sampson (Meat-Head) what his thoughts were and he said “The green room can help students experience the technology it can provide.  It can spark interests for some students for what they want to do for a career.  I can’t wait till they put the morning announcements through every projector in the school.” 

We asked, teacher, Mr. VanSickle what his thoughts were and he said “I think it opens doors for kids to learn new things.  We have technology that is useful and today’s new technology.  I don’t like how they aren’t using the green room right now but when they do, I think it would be good for both students and teachers.” 

Chase and I asked Mr. Scheibner when are we going to use the green room and he said when the new semester starts we should be able to project the morning announcements through every projector in every class.  Our second semester starts February 2, 2013.


Forks High School, from the students’ perspective

January 17th, 2013 by Lissy Andros

New Forks High School entry

Greetings from Forks High School! I’m Liz Sanchez, a teacher here, and the following blog entry (including photos) is from three sophomores: Chase Adams, DJ Souder, and Ismael Greene. They will add to this blog each month, including input from their classmates and teachers. In their first entry they tell about our awesome new building-enjoy!

The Forks High School is a very well spirited place and we have made some recent changes to the school. We have made a new Forks High School and it is a lot bigger than the old Forks High School. The first person we interviewed was the 10th grade science teacher, Mr. Hunter.  He had a couple very interesting things to say. When we asked his likes about the new school, he said “it is good for students and teachers to all be in one building.” Also the new heating system makes the school a lot warmer and also the newer technology they put into the school, like the smart boards or the green room, which is still being worked on.

Forks High School hallway

There weren’t very many dislikes about the new Forks High School.  The only real complaint we had about the new school, is about the courtyard.  Teachers and students think we should be able to go into the courtyard.  They also said that we should put more benches, and stuff like that, out there so there is more places to sit other than stand and walk around.

Forks High School courtyard

The basketball players got new traveling gear. The school feels more safe and the heating is way better than the last school. The kids seem to be learning more. The teachers like all the smart boards. The kids and teachers enjoy all the new technology.


Hummingbird Chronicle

July 12th, 2011 by contributor

Recently The Forks Elks Lodge on Merchant Road became the host of a little family, a very little family, and they were a happy bunch, always humming. Well, they were Hummingbirds.

mama hummer

Elks Lodge employee Chrystal King noticed the little nest in one of the Japanese Maple trees out in front of the Lodge and began documenting the blessed event with pictures.

On June 16th the eggs hatched and the two little birds began to grow.mama hummer babies

On July 7th, the baby birds were overflowing the tiny nest, their fully feathered bodies were ready and they took flight.

From Emily Dickinson, Within my Garden, Rides a Bird

He never stops, but slackens
Above the Ripest Rose –
Partakes without alighting
And praises as he goes……mama hummer bigger

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.


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.

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!

sara decker auctioneer 3 web

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

QVSD Scholarship Auction in Forks

March 12th, 2011 by contributor

2011 auctionAuctioning signed baseballs!

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: SEE YOU AT THE AUCTION!

Burke Museum Comes to Forks

April 17th, 2009 by contributor

photo-ok-fossils-lummi_lowres-300x194Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture, a Washington State museum, is bringing a taste of its exhibit and educational programs to Forks this spring. In this photo, students at the Lummi Nation School look like they enjoy handling real fossils and rock specimens from the Burke’s collections during a recent “Burkemobile” visit.

From March 28 – June 7, a Burke traveling exhibit called Fast Moving Water: The Hoh River Story is on view at the Peninsula College Forks Extension Site. In Fast Moving Water, nature photographer Keith Lazelle has captured the dramatic beauty of the Hoh River, one of the few virtually intact and pristine rivers in the contiguous United States. A conservation success story, the Hoh River flows naturally over 50 miles from its source in the Olympic Mountains into its estuary at the Pacific Ocean. The Forks Timber Museum has worked with Peninsula College to bring this exhibit to Forks. There is no charge to visit the exhibit.
photo-ok-ecosystem-display_lowres-300x225In addition to bringing Fast Moving Water to Forks, the Burke Museum is sending educators into local schools from May 5-7. As part of a new outreach program known as Burkemobile, educators from the Burke Museum have visited schools around the state teaching lessons on fossils, ecology, and Native cultures. During the three-day visit to Forks in May, Burke educators will connect with 500 students at Forks Elementary and Middle Schools. As one Forks teacher wrote, “Our teachers are really excited about having some ‘experts’ visiting.”
Burke Museum Environmental Educator Tim Stetter says, “Burkemobile serves a real need throughout the state for quality science and cultural education programs that go to the classroom. As schools face increasing barriers to field trips, we’re there to bring a museum experience to their students. Just like the students who come to the museum, these kids can’t believe they’re holding a real fossil or examining a real Monarch butterfly. There’s a magic moment waiting for them.”
Hoh River TrustStudents will be encouraged to visit Fast Moving Water: The Hoh River Story with their families to learn more about this unique local ecosystem.
“As the Washington State museum, we take our mission to serve the needs of the entire state very seriously,” says Burke Museum Director Dr. Julie Stein. “I am very proud that the Burke can bring high-quality museum exhibits and educational programs to all the corners of the state.”
Information and photographs courtesy of the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture. Thanks for coming to Forks!