Zorina Barker

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

WEST END NEIGHBOR: Neighbors who help with the worst jobs

LAST WEEK I found myself at the bottom of a grave I was finishing up. It’s the third hole of this size I have dug… Continue reading

WEST END NEIGHBOR: Sarge’s Place Farmstand celebrates new growth

JAY BAKER OF Sarge’s Place joked, “The military issued me two dog tags, one said B positive and the other said B negative.” He was… Continue reading

WEST END NEIGHBOR: Roof, not rain, dampens spirits

SITTING ON THE bank of the Sol Duc River, Stan Fouts said, “I love my national park but I could drown the administration in the… Continue reading

WEST END NEIGHBOR: History on tap at Forks Logging Museum

AT 6 P.M., THE Forks Timber Museum, 1421 Forks Ave., began pouring wine for the ladies of the Foxy Fedoras of Forks, one of two… Continue reading

WEST END NEIGHBOR: Immigrant woman fearful of leaving life in Forks

“I SOLD MY house, packed and took my children,” Maria-Elena Perez told me of her border crossing from Mexico in 2004. Perez told about leaving… Continue reading