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Quillayute Valley Scholarship Auction 2015

March 12th, 2013 by Lissy Andros

Salmon In Water

 

The Quillayute Valley Scholarship Auction is March 21 and 22, 2015, 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.

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

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.

 

“How do I get to Forks, Washington?”

December 12th, 2012 by Lissy Andros

Lake Crescent

 

“How do I get to Forks, Washington?” is one of the most common questions we get when people contact the Forks Visitor Information Center.

 

• From SeaTac International Airport going the northern route (through Port Angeles):

Forks is about 3.5 hours from Sea-Tac International Airport.  And there are many ways and routes to get from Sea-Tac to Forks.  With some planning, it is very easy to get here by rental car, bus shuttle and even charter flight!  

If you rent a car at SeaTac and drive to Forks:

I recommend taking the Tacoma Narrows route from Sea-Tac to Forks.  This takes you I5 South  to 16W to 3N, then turn left and go over the Hood Canal Bridge on 104W, then take 101N and stay on that until you get to Port Angeles, where you will turn left (follow sign to Forks), then you will stay on 101 until you reach Forks.

These directions can be downloaded on Google Maps.

For other routes, please see below.

Transportation Services Available:

Clallam Transit Strait Shot From Bainbridge Island Ferry

You can take the Clallam Transit Strait Shot from Bainbridge Island Fairy to downtown Port Angeles. More information can be found on this link.

When you arrive in Port Angeles, you can rent a car downtown (at the Olympic Bus Lines office, next to the Transit Center) or take Clallam Transit (see below) to Forks.

Rite Bros. Aviation from Seatac or Boeing Field

You can charter a flight through Rite Bros. Aviation and fly to Port Angeles or Forks. Find more information here http://ritebros.com/

When you arrive in Port Angeles, you can rent a car downtown (at the Olympic Bus Lines office, home of the Dungeness Line) or take Clallam Transit (see below) to Forks.

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Clallam Transit – This is public transit and operates limited hours.  The Strait Shot runs daily, but there is no regular bus service on Sunday and some holidays.

Budget Car Rental – There is an office in Port Angeles that is locally owned by the Olympic Bus Lines so make sure that if you rent a car, you call them, and not the nationwide number.  They have rental offices in downtown Port Angeles and at the airport.  Their phone number is 360-417-0700 or 800-457-4492.

Clallam Transit and Rite Bros. Aviation are members of the Forks Chamber of Commerce.

Once you arrive in Port Angeles, there are a few “Twilight” spots to check out like Bella Italia (where Edward and Bella had their first date), the movie theater (currently in transition) and the book store – all featured in the books.  You will then travel the 56 miles to Forks where you will see the beauty of Lake Crescent while traveling through the Olympic National Park and Forest. Please see information below regarding road construction around Lake Crescent.

• From SeaTac International Airport going the southern route (this is a great way to avoid road construction projects (outlined below) slated to begin March 2017 around Lake Crescent):

This route takes you through Olympia and Aberdeen, then up along the coastline.  These directions can be downloaded on Google Maps.

• From Portland, Oregon:

Take I-5 north towards Seattle.  Exit Hwy 12, then Hwy 101.  These directions can be downloaded on Google Maps.

Have other questions?  Feel free to contact us at info@forkswa.com

Thanks and happy traveling!

 

PLEASE READ NOTICE BELOW:

 

Olympic National Park News Release   

March 7, 2018

For Immediate Release
Penny Wagner    360-565-3005

Lake Crescent Highway 101 Update: Traffic Impacts for Removal of Hazard Tree and Rehabilitation Project Resuming

PORT ANGELES, WA: On Wednesday, March 14 Olympic National Park and Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) are partnering to remove a hazard tree from the Lake Crescent section of Highway 101 near Barnes Point.

Beginning at 9:00 am on March 14, WSDOT will close Highway 101 at milepost 225.5 just west of Barnes Point. Pacific Northwest Tree Service will then cut a Douglas fir snag over 150 feet tall. WSDOT crews will be onsite with their heavy equipment to clear the roadway. Once the road is clear for alternating single-lane traffic, WSDOT will allow alternating traffic through until the roadway is completely cleared. The duration of the closure could last an hour or longer and will depend on the amount of clearing needed.  To avoid the delay, drivers should plan to be through the area prior to 9:00 am. For information in real-time check the WSDOT Traffic Alert website at https://www.wsdot.wa.gov/traffic/trafficalerts/.

Lake Crescent-Hwy 101 Rehab Project Resumes; 4-hour & 6-hour Delays Planned

Strider Construction will resume road work on the Lake Crescent section of Highway 101 on Thursday, March 15.  The work for 2018 includes erosion control, subexcavation, milling, and paving beginning on the eastern end of Lake Crescent and working west.

When planning to drive around Lake Crescent, here are three important reminders:

  • Expect up to half-hour delays during weekday work hours and slower travel through the construction zone.
  • Work hours will vary according to season and daylength.  From April 2-September 21, road work is restricted to two hours after sunrise to two hours before sunset.
  • Work will occur on weekdays only and will not be scheduled on holidays or weekends.

In order to complete necessary subexcavation and deep patching, the contractor is planning a series of four-hour daytime delays and six-hour overnight delays. These longer delays are not permitted during the busy summer season between Memorial Day and Labor Day.

The first planned six-hour overnight delays for this construction season are scheduled for March 19-21 and March 26-28 (Monday through Wednesday) from 10:00 pm to 4:00 am. During these six-hour overnight periods, Highway 101 eastbound from Forks will be open to the turn for Barnes Point where Lake Crescent Lodge is located. Highway 101 westbound from Port Angeles will remain open up to mile marker 232/East Beach Road. Travelers to and from the western side of the peninsula can use SR 112/113 as an alternate route during the delay.

The first planned four-hour delays for this construction season are scheduled to begin Monday, April 2 from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. The contractor is planning to use the four-hour delays daily Monday through Thursday, weather permitting, until all 20 of the allotted four-hour delays are utilized. The location of the work for these four-hour periods will move as the deep patch work progresses with more information forthcoming. Outside of the scheduled 4-hour delays drivers should continue to expect up to half-hour delays during weekday work hours.

This project is being managed collaboratively by the Federal Highway Administration and the National Park Service. An updated outline of the yearly schedule for U.S. Highway 101, is provided below.

March 15-31, 2018 and March 15-31, 2019

  • Expect half-hour delays during weekday work hours, with short delays after-hours to accommodate alternating single lane traffic.
  • Limited 4-hour delays (9am-1pm Mondays through Thursdays only) and 6-hour overnight delays (10pm-4am Mondays through Wednesdays only) may be scheduled and will be announced in advance.

April 2018—Late May 2018 and April 2019—Late May 2019

  • Expect half-hour delays during weekday work hours, with short delays after-hours to accommodate alternating single lane traffic.
  • Limited 4-hour delays may be scheduled (9am-1pm Mondays through Thursdays only) and will be announced in advance.

After Memorial Day 2018—Early September 2018 and After Memorial Day 2019—late September 2019

  • Expect half-hour delays during weekday work hours, with short delays after-hours to accommodate alternating single lane traffic.

Early September 2018—Mid November 2018 and September 2019

  • Expect half-hour delays during weekday work hours, with short delays after-hours to accommodate alternating single lane traffic.
  • Limited 4-hour delays (9am-1pm Mondays through Thursdays only) and 6-hour overnight delays (10pm-4am Mondays through Wednesdays only) may be scheduled and will be announced in advance.

 

Drivers can find updates and maps of the project area with current project information on the park website at go.nps.gov/LCHwy101Project. The Federal Highway Administration website for this project is available at https:/flh.fhwa.dot.gov/projects/wa/lake-crescent/.

www.nps.gov

 

 

 

Pet friendly in Forks

December 1st, 2012 by Lissy Andros

We get many people traveling to Forks with their pets.  Although it’s mostly dogs, we have had visitors come to the Visitor Information Center with a car full of cats.  There are many people whose hobby includes horses too so we can’t forget about them.   I’m sure other various creatures accompany visitors on their travels, but I guess they stay in the car.

When you live in and travel to a place that is surrounded by the Olympic National Park you learn pretty quickly that dogs are not welcome on most of the trails.  There are exceptions of course.  From the Olympic National Park’s Pet Policy: To protect park wildlife, to provide for you and your pet’s safety and to help all visitors enjoy the park, please observe the following rules:

Halle swims the Bogie!

Halle swims the Bogie!

Pets are permitted (leashed only, maximum 6′ length) in park campgrounds, picnic areas, and parking lots; they are also allowed on the following trails and ocean beaches:

  • Spruce Railroad Trail (Olympic Discovery Trail)
  • Peabody Creek Trail
  • All Kalaloch Beaches (from Ruby Beach south to South Beach)
  • Rialto Beach, 0.8 mile north to Ellen Creek only (day use only)
  • Pets are prohibited on any other trails, beaches, in the park’s designated wilderness, in public buildings or in boats on park rivers.

But don’t get discouraged!  If you want to take your best friend with you, and want them to have as much fun as you, Forks is for you!

There are many pet friendly places that do welcome your dog (and cat I suppose).  There are local lodging establishments that welcome furry four legged guests.  I spoke to visitors this week that were traveling with their 5 huskies, came to town with no reservations and got right in at Quileute Oceanside Resort, no problem!  And First Beach in La Push is a popular destination for locals and visitors to take their pups for a romp on the beach.  There are stores in town like True Value, that make sure they are amply stocked with dog biscuits, right at nose height.  Twilight Tours by Team Forks will let you bring your pup along on a Twilight tour.  Let me guess – your dog is team Jacob?

If you want a short excursion while you are in town, check out Olympic Natural Resources Center located just south of the Visitor Information Center.  They have numerous trails and a scenic overlook of Forks.  Bear and cougar have been spotted, but not often.  The ‘Trail of Senses Interpretive Hike’ at the Elk Creek Conservation Area on Calawah Way is just minutes from downtown.  The Olympic National Forest is very pet friendly and invites you to walk your dog on their trails.  Mt. Muller boasts outstanding views of the Sol Duc Valley, Lake Crescent, and the Olympic Mountain Ranges.  It is also home to the Littleton Horse Camp and a wonderful 13 mile loop trail with an excellent equestrian campground.  The ONF also offers the Bogachiel Rainforest Trail, just south of Forks.  The trail can get a bit muddy during the rainy season, but is a great way to see the rainforest without going all the way to the Hoh.  Although keeping your dog on leash at all times is best (“lots of wildlife in them thar hills”), they trust you will use your best judgment.

Clallam County invites you to enjoy their parks – Quillayute River, Lake Pleasant, Pillar Point, Salt Creek and others.  They do require that you keep your dog on a leash (8 foot maximum.)

One business we could really use in Forks that we don’t have is a 24 hour dog wash.  Wouldn’t that be nice?

And of course, last but not least – please bring your baby into the Forks Visitor Information Center so we can meet them.  We are pet friendly in Forks!