Posts Tagged ‘West End’

Jasper Forks Video

March 26th, 2010 by contributor

If you haven’t seen this video yet, you’re missing out! It’s based on a house remix of South Korean pianist/composer Yiruma’s River Flows in You, but what got our attention (of course . . .) is the professionally filmed footage of Forks and the West End. Wow! Director Mark Feuerstake clearly knows how to capture that eery forest feeling. We suspect that he–like most of the German visitors we see here in Forks–knows from personal experience what real forests are like. Nicely done!

AIDS Quilt Comes to Forks

February 27th, 2010 by contributor

aids memorial quilt in washington dcA large section (20 blocks) of the AIDS Memorial Quilt will be on display in Forks from March 1-6, 2010. The display is located at the Forks High School Auxiliary Gym, 261 South Spartan Avenue. The goal of the AIDS Quilt project is to provide a creative means for remembrance and healing, to effectively illustrate the enormity of the AIDS pandemic, to increase awareness of HIV and AIDS throughout the general public, to assist others in providing education on the prevention of HIV infection, and to raise funds for community-based AIDS Service Organizations (ASO’s). Volunteers are needed to help with the quilt display–please contact the Forks Chamber of Commerce today at 360-374-2531 (or toll-free at 1-800-443-6757) or by email to get further information about how you can participate.

Pioneers’ Path Photo Gallery

February 4th, 2010 by contributor

pioneers--path-trailThis little trail has something for everyone!

  • Wide, level and only about 0.3 mile long
  • Located in Klahowya Campground–right off US Highway 101 at about milepost 212–convenient place for a quick break
  • Borders scenic Sol Duc River–winds through old homestead site
  • Crosses historic Snider-Jackson trail
  • Interesting and informative interpretive signs along the way

Our photo gallery slideshow takes you on a quick tour around this fun loop trail.

Trail Moving West

January 8th, 2010 by contributor

Trail moving west

It’s encouraging to see that the West End now has a paved 6-mile section of the Olympic Discovery Trail in place. Although it’s still “closed for construction,” this first-class section of trail extends through the forest from the Camp David Jr. Road end of the Spruce Railroad Trail, on Lake Crescent, to the top of Fairholm Hill. The Olympic Discovery Trail itself will eventually go the entire 100-mile distance from Port Townsend, through Sequim, Port Angeles, Joyce, Forks and LaPush, to the Pacific Ocean.

Doppler Radar Funded

December 20th, 2009 by contributor

doppler_radarWe’re about to get the same weather technology here on the West End of the Olympic Peninsula that just about everybody else takes for granted–Doppler radar! This is a big deal for mariners and outdoorsmen, who rely on accurate weather information for their survival. Up until now, the Olympic Mountains basically blocked the radar from Seattle, making it difficult to forecast our coastal weather.


According to this press release from Senator Maria Cantwell, our state has received full funding ($7 million on top of $2 million previously received) for this long-awaited project. The funding is part of the 2010 Consolidated Appropriations Act signed into law by President Obama last week. The new radar system will be able to track storms over 100 miles off our coast, which should greatly improve the National Weather Service’s ability to forecast weather coming in off of the ocean. It sounds like the plan is to build it in Grays Harbor County and have it up and running by 2012. This is a major step forward in the areas of public safety and accurate weather forecasting in our area. Thanks to Senator Cantwell and everyone else who helped to make it happen.

Forks Becoming Twilight Mecca

November 10th, 2009 by contributor

We saw this video from the Today Show earlier today on KING-5 TV, our local NBC affiliate, and wanted to share it.  It ran on the Today Show and we’re assuming it’s going to be on the local evening news tonight, but if you don’t see it there, you can check it out right here!  Thanks again to Lee Cowan and the Today Show for visiting our neck of the woods and for featuring Forks and the West End.

Online Museum Features Forks & West End

October 15th, 2009 by contributor

fall-meadow-in-olympic-national-park-photo-courtesy-of-olympic-national-parkThe Olympic Peninsula Community Museum never ceases to amaze us. This colorful photograph of beautiful fall foliage in the Olympics, which is part of the Olympic National Park Flora collection, is just one small example of what you’ll find there. The online museum is organized into fascinating exhibits — each representing a different aspect of our richly diverse West End culture and history. While there are just too many worthwhile exhibits to mention, we particularly enjoyed learning more about the Mountaineers’ 1920 Outing to Mt. Olympus (what hardcores!); Fannie Taylor, Postmistress of Mora; and the Great Forks Fire of 1951. The archived images of Hoh Tribe Baskets and Artifacts also caught our eye. And that’s barely scratching the surface of what’s available at this interesting resource!

New Photo Galleries!

October 12th, 2009 by contributor

meyer-signs-girls-20We’re pleased to announce the return of our “new and improved” photo galleries! The Chamber minions have been toiling mightily to set up new galleries with tons of new Forks and West End photos. We’re not done yet, but feel free to take a peek! We’ve split the galleries into two main sections, cleverly titled the Forks Photo Gallery and the Twilight Photo Gallery. Each leads to further galleries, so check ‘em out! And if you’ve got some cool photos of our area you’re willing to share, please email them to us for possible inclusion in our Visitors’ Photos gallery. Enjoy!

Forks Featured in NY Times Travel

September 24th, 2009 by contributor

nice-fangs-2We got a kick out of this article about Forks in New York Times Travel. While the first impression of the article from everyone in town is likely to be “hey, it’s really not a two-stoplight town–it’s a one-stoplight town,” lol overall, Jane Margolies does a fine job of capturing the fun of Stephenie Meyer Day and the story of the Twilight frenzy here in Forks. We also enjoyed the slide show of nicely done local photos by Stuart Isett. Articles like this tend to make obvious the fact that Forks isn’t a secret any longer–but fall is a perfect time to visit without a lot of hoopla and Forks, LaPush and the West End continue to welcome all visitors. C’mon up and check us out!

Twilight Tour 2009 Video

August 21st, 2009 by contributor

twlight-trip-2009This video/slide-show, created by a recent visitor from Kansas, does an outstanding job of highlighting the places to see and things to do in our area when you visit. We’re glad you had so much fun out here in Forks, LaPush and the West End. Thanks for the well-done video, Kimi!

Is it Safe to Go Camping?

August 7th, 2009 by contributor

forks-chamber-visitor-center-300x194Forks continues to be “front and center” in the area of Twilight tourism! Thanks to Paige Dickerson and the Peninsula Daily News for another great article describing this incredible phenomena and its impact on Forks, LaPush and the West End. Despite our popularity, our community continues to wholeheartedly welcome Twilighters, along with all visitors. Come check out what everyone is talking about about! [We're still wondering what the answer is to the question about whether it's safe to camp with the "vampire problem" we have out here . . .confused]

Happy Birthday Whittaker Brothers!

February 10th, 2009 by contributor

Happy Birthday!Forks and the entire West End of the Olympic Peninsula extend hearty “HAPPY BIRTHDAY” wishes to world-famous mountain-climbing twins Jim and Lou Whittaker, who turned 80 yesterday!! This article in today’s Seattle Post-Intelligencer (written by David Andriesen with photo by Scott Eklund) touches on some of these local heroes’ incredible life achievements. While, in the interest of the family’s privacy, we’re not going to say much, we’re proud to say that Jim and his wife, Diane Roberts, are Olympic Peninsula residents and have ties with Forks and the West End. It would be difficult to imagine anyone, more than Jim and Lou, embodying the true spirit of the Pacific Northwest–fun, adventure, health, appreciation of the outdoors, entrepreneurship, statesmanship, philanthropy, leadership–and so much more. We’re hoping we can keep up with them for the next few decades. Here’s to many, many more!!