Zorina Barker

WEST END NEIGHBOR: Good time was had by all

JUST OVER A week ago, I was sitting with some friends and we were looking over our group of kids. They are all teens and… Continue reading

WEST END NEIGHBOR: What to do when the trees fall

WHEN THE WINDS on the West End violently abuse the forest, trees fall. It’s natural and generally no big deal. However, when trees fall across… Continue reading

WEST END NEIGHBOR: West Enders seek warm meals, generators and water

THE POWER GOING out was fairly predictable, given the stormy weather Saturday night and early Sunday morning. Even still, there isn’t a whole lot my… Continue reading

WEST END NEIGHBOR: The how and why of Lake Pleasant plungers

THIS YEAR, I thought about joining the Polar Bear Plunge at Lake Pleasant in Beaver on New Year’s Day. Personally, I like to cannonball if… Continue reading

WEST END NEIGHBOR: Authors cookin’ up books on West End life

THE MUSIC WAS too loud, though I’d never admit it was because then some smarty pants would say then I’m too old. However, the piano… Continue reading

WEST END NEIGHBOR: West Enders endure the rain and the dark

TO LIVE ON the West End, one has to come to grips with the rain. According to the U.S. climate data website, Forks has an… Continue reading

WEST END NEIGHBOR: Caring for precious family members

ALL MY FEARFUL thoughts instantly flew away as soon as I heard the unique rattle of the tags on Brown Dawg’s collar coming closer. Instead,… Continue reading

WEST END NEIGHBOR: Fingers crossed for chinook, rain

FISHING IS NOT just child’s play out here on the West End. It means serious business for lots of people and food for families. The… Continue reading

WEST END NEIGHBOR: West Enders rock and roll through construction the best they can

ROAD CLOSURES AND long delays are inconvenient for all who use U.S. Highway 101 to and from the West End. However, sometimes delays can hold… Continue reading

WEST END NEIGHBOR: Trail warriors leave no trace

THERE WAS NERVOUS scuffling of horse feet as Larry Baysinger gently wiped fly spray on his mustang’s neck. “That mustang is sure-footed on the trail,… Continue reading

WEST END NEIGHBOR: Keeping it simple and cool on the West End

A YOUNG BLACK dog named Poncho was lying in the shade created by the underbelly of a dusty van. Propped on the back of the… Continue reading

WEST END NEIGHBOR: Highway stands sprout with essentials, more

I WILL NEVER forget the time we were camping on the south end of Lake Ozette by Baby Island for a few days. It was… Continue reading

WEST END NEIGHBOR: Smile, you’re on candid game camera

EVERY NOW AND then, while walking in the wilderness of the West End forests, I will see something that reminds me of the Orwellian warning,… Continue reading

WEST END NEIGHBOR: Fireworks show a Sekiu-wide affair

A WEST END fireworks show exceeded expectations during July Fourth week. The evidence came when there was a short lull after 40 minutes of fireworks… Continue reading

What heat? The races must go on

SELLING ICE CREAM must have been a cinch at Forks Airport on Saturday during the West End Thunder drag races. The metal bleachers had no… Continue reading

WEST END NEIGHBOR: There’s always plan B

PLAN B EXISTS for a reason. So does Murphy’s Law. When hiking and camping, my family’s Plan B is hot dogs. Inevitably, if fresh fish… Continue reading

WEST END NEIGHBOR: Singular man’s one-of-a-kind collection

“YOU’LL NEVER SEE anything like this again, certainly not on the Olympic Peninsula,” said Rene Davis while looking out over part of the collection of… Continue reading

WEST END NEIGHBOR: Cornerstone store turns a page

RIGGS IS THE only regular shoplifter. He is crafty and cute and hard to stop. The last time he got busted after sneaking in, he… Continue reading

WEST END NEIGHBOR: A story to tell under the ashes

THERE ARE TIMES when setting something ablaze seems like a good solution. Flames also draw people’s attention. So when Sandy Floe decided to set fire… Continue reading