Zorina Barker

WEST END NEIGHBOR: Teens, music and cheap caffeine

LAST SATURDAY EVENING was Moonlight Madness in Forks and packs of teens roamed downtown. The music was loud and amply filled the space between the… Continue reading

 

WEST END NEIGHBOR: ‘A people problem’ on the West End

THE BIG DOG showed up at our gate with a bullet hole in its head. My husband discerned that it went in under its left… Continue reading

 

WEST END NEIGHBOR: Just how beautiful it is on the West End

LUKE TOLD ME, “It takes like six or seven hours to drive out here.” He is 11 years old and lives in Seattle. He and… Continue reading

 

WEST END NEIGHBOR: A long drive for dad

I COME FROM a line of lead-foot drivers, but not the kind with one foot on the brake and one on the gas. We drive… Continue reading

WEST END NEIGHBOR: New flag waves over Forks’ Tillicum Park

A FLAG THAT is 20 feet by 60 feet dwarfs almost everything in Forks. Let me put it this way: On Saturday, it took a… Continue reading

WEST END NEIGHBOR: Spring has sprung on the West End

THERE IS A Bigfoot crossing sign nailed to a deciduous tree on the shore of Lake Crescent. It’s best seen as one drives westbound on… Continue reading

WEST END NEIGHBOR: Proud weekend in Forks

How much would you pay to have four big high school senior boys work for you for 12 hours? For the Quillayute Valley Scholarship Auction,… Continue reading

WEST END NEIGHBOR: Even animals get cabin fever

THE GUNFIRE DIDN’T seem exceptionally loud as it carried across the street and snow on the night of Feb. 24. The barrage was full of… Continue reading

WEST END NEIGHBOR: Making decisions for kids’ safety in Forks

SIX YEARS AGO, a school bus for the Quillayute Valley School District slid off the slick road south of Forks during a bit of inclement… Continue reading

WEST END NEIGHBOR: Arrrgh: Teachers pack pirate production into a week

HOW ENTHUSIASTICALLY CAN a child say just a single number? Guaranteed, Lindsey Wayne and Sarah Price of Missoula Children’s Theatre know a thing or two… Continue reading

WEST END NEIGHBOR: Embracing a windstorm

YET AGAIN, IT was raining and the power was out at home, so I split by 9 a.m. to see what was happening on the… Continue reading

WEST END NEIGHBOR: Warm music brightens up long-term care facility

ONE DOESN’T REALLY have to tune a washtub bass, so Larry Baysinger waited patiently while the other musicians tuned their strings. His foot rested atop… Continue reading

WEST END NEIGHBOR: Making the trek east

TO A SMOKER with a sizable habit, running out of cigarettes is much worse than running out of milk or pretty much anything, really. When… Continue reading

WEST END NEIGHBOR: Mushroom season is fading out

IN THE FALL, there is gold out in the forests of the West End and anyone can pick it off the ground and sell it… Continue reading

WEST END NEIGHBOR: Perfect end for an old hemlock

WHEN THE 124-FOOT hemlock fell with its top right in the fire, it could not have been more perfect. The evening was fairly dark, much… Continue reading

WEST END NEIGHBOR: Staying out of the hunter’s scope

TO PICK UP a pair of binoculars and see the business end of a rifle pointed directly at you is not a pleasant experience. It… Continue reading

WEST END NEIGHBOR: More miles to be grateful on the interstate

THE TEXT FROM my mom saying she had just come home as the ambulance was leaving with my dad marked the beginning of nearly two… Continue reading

WEST END NEIGHBOR: Twilight festival brings faithful to Forks

TRINITY HANNING, 16, told me her stagecraft teacher said “she is possessed by a demon again,” because of wearing her deep red-colored contacts to school.… Continue reading

WEST END NEIGHBOR: Still a bumpy path to jobs’ completion in Forks

WHEN SOMEBODY SAYS “the best laid plans” and leaves the words to hang in the air like smoke, they are generally not describing a successful… Continue reading

WEST END NEIGHBOR: It’s not just the park — it’s the people

LOOKING DOWN AT the ladder of the avalanche chute, it appeared the wood rungs hadn’t been maintained since I last faced this obstacle eight years… Continue reading