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September 24, 2015 edition of the Forks Forum


  • THURSDAYSEPT. 24, 2015

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    Opinion ..............Page 4Community News ...Page 5 Sports ...............Page 7Classifieds .......... Page 13

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    Spartan Cross Country

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    Goingto thedump

    Each week throughout the school year, the Washington Interscholastic Activities As-sociation (WIAA) recognizes 12 varsity athletes, a male and a female from each of the six classifications, who exhibited an outstanding performance for the previous week.

    The Forks Forum was noti-fied last Thursday that Cole Baysinger, a sophomore from Forks High School, was nomi-nated by a community member and selected by WIAA staff as one of the Athletes of the Week for achievements in football.

    Baysinger completed 21 of 30 passes for 355 yards and four touchdowns, setting a school record, in a win over Chimacum. He also totaled eight tackles on defense from the safety position.

    In recognition of their ac-complishment, each Athlete of the Week winner receives a congratulatory letter from WIAA Executive Director Mike Colbrese, a commemora-tive WIAA State Athlete of the Week T-shirt and a certificate. Winners also are posted to the WIAA website at

    Cole Baysinger (5) and the Forks Spartans defeated Chimacum at home on Sept. 11. Baysinger was recognized for his achievements in this game. Photo Alexis Leons

    The Board of Clallam County Commission-ers announces openings on an Ad Hoc Trust Lands Advisory Committee. Specific catego-ries of representation are sought as follows:

    One person appointed by each commissioner from their district plus one representative cho-sen by each of the following entities:

    Port of Port Angeles, the school districts, the Department of Natural Resources, the junior taxing district that is familiar with the Depart-ment of Natural Resources trust lands, the Society of American Foresters, the Granges, the League of Women Voters, the Republi-

    can Party, the Democratic Party, the Olympic Forest Coalition, the North Olympic Timber Action Committee, the City of Forks, and a coalition of environmental groups.

    This committee was recommended by the Charter Review Commission to assess the management of state forest board lands, some-times called forest board transfer lands.

    The committee is ad hoc serving to review, analyze and report specific findings with final written report no later than Dec. 31, 2016.

    The committees first meeting may be sched-uled the third week of October.

    HOW TO APPLYInterested citizens within any of the listed

    categories should contact the Clallam County Board of Commissioners Office at 417-2233 or for an appli-cation, visit the commissioners office in the Clallam County Courthouse, 223 E. Fourth St., Port Angeles, or obtain the application online at

    Applications must be received by close of business, Friday, Oct. 16.

    Baysinger Athlete of the Week

    County seeks members for lands advisory committee

  • 2 Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015 FORKS FORUM

    Forks Sept. Weather Facts:High Temp 100 on Sept. 2, 1988. Low Temp. 24 on Sept 24, 1926 Average High Temp. 69.Average low temp. 47. High Rainfall 17.94 in 1920. Low Rainfall, .01 in 1918, Average Rainfall 2.84. High Day Rainfall 4.45 on Sept. 11, 1920

    Forks Weather ReportBy Jerry R. King

    Sept 14-20, 2015Date High Low Rainfall09/14 61 48 0.00 09/15 61 43 0.1809/16 63 46 0.20 09/17 63 50 0.42 09/18 62 51 0.16 09/19 61 56 0.5509/20 62 55 1.25

    Total rainfall for year ..................59.42 in.September rainfall .............................4.43Average rainfall ..........................70.04 in.Snow Year ........................................ 0.00

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    Rollover wreck on

    Highway 101 injures Forks

    residentsFour people were injured

    Saturday, Sept. 19, when an SUV rolled on U.S. Highway 101 in southwest Jefferson County, the Washington State Patrol said.

    Victor H. Armenta Gomez, 23, was driving northbound in a 2003 Ford Explorer when the vehicle lost traction in stand-ing water, left the roadway, rolled and came to rest on its top, troopers said in a report.

    The wreck was reported at 11:12 p.m. at Milepost 147 about four miles south of Queets, troopers said.

    Armenta Gomez and three passengers Verla J. Gomez, 40, Nathan Fisher, 4, and Vic-tor Armenta Gomez, 3, all of Forks were taken to Forks Community Hospital with minor injuries.

    All four were treated and released, said Trooper Russ Winger, State Patrol spokes-man.

    Five other passengers in the SUV Alexandra J. Valdiv-ias Gomez, 20, Taco Gomez, 11 months, Leroy Armenta Gomez, 3, Layla Armenta Gomez, 1, and Leroy Green, 3, all of Forks were uninjured, troopers said.

    Victor H. Armenta Gomez was cited for driving too fast for conditions and child seat violations.

    All nine people in the vehicle were using seat belts or child restraints, according to the State Patrol.

    Drugs or alcohol were not involved, troopers said.

    The Ford Explorer was totaled and impounded by Sol Duc Towing in Beaver.

    The Nurses Are RightThe nurses in this community are highly qualified and serve

    this community unfailingly. They are your friends and neighbors and give of themselves without reservation. The loss of their services puts the health of our community in jeopardy.

    The loss of Laura Kripinskis emergency and resuscitative skills is catastrophic. As a first responder her services are unmatched. She is a first rate care giver, educator and mentor.

    These people not only care for us, they support the community as a whole. Lets show them we also care about who provides care for our community. Attend the hospital board meetings and save a hospital that has been there for us.

    ~ Patricia Birch RN, CRNA, ARNP, Lt. Col. USAF Ret.

    I am running as a write-in candidate for Hospital Board Commissioner

    On Monday, City of Forks water superintendent Ivan Cowles told the Forks Forum that he had just checked the citys five wells and three of the wells are beginning to slowly come up a bit. A fourth well is still down and the fifth well is at the same level as a month ago.

    Cowles said, The rain we had over the weekend will take a couple of weeks to show up in the wells and the rivers have come up about a foot and a half.

    With water restrictions still in place it is a good time to look at some ways to conserve water:

    Indoor UseGENERAL

    Never pour water down the drain when there may be another use for it. Use it to water your indoor plants or garden.

    Make sure your home is leak-free. When you are certain that no water is being used, take a reading of the wa-ter meter. Wait 30 minutes and then take a second reading. If the meter readings change, you have a leak!

    Monitor your water bill for unusually high use. Your bill and water meter are tools that can help you discover leaks.

    When cleaning out fish tanks, give the nutrient-rich water to your plants.

    BATHROOM Take short showers instead

    of tub baths. In the shower, turn the

    water on to get wet; turn off to

    Water Conservationlather up; then turn the water back on to rinse. Repeat when washing your hair.

    Use a water-efficient shower-head. Theyre inex-pensive, easy to install and can save you up to 750 gallons a month.

    Shorten your shower by a minute or two and youll save up to 150 gallons per month.

    If your shower fills a one-gallon bucket in less than 20 seconds, replace the shower-head with a water-efficient model.

    When running a bath, plug the tub before turning the water on, then adjust the tem-perature as the tub fills up.

    Bathe small children to-gether.

    Place a bucket in the shower to catch excess water for watering plants.

    Never use your toilet as a wastebasket. Avoid flush-ing the toilet unnecessarily. Dispose of tissues, insects and other similar waste in the trash rather than the toilet.

    Dont let the water run while brushing your teeth, shaving or washing your face/hands.

    KITCHEN Keep drinking water in the

    refrigerator instead of letting the faucet run until the water is cool.

    Wash fruits and vegetables in a basin instead of running water from the tap. Use a veg-etable brush. Re-use the water that vegetables are washed in for watering plants.

    Dont use running water to defrost meat or other frozen foods; thaw in the refrigerator overnight or use the defrost

    setting on your microwave. Kitchen sink disposals re-

    quire lots of water to operate properly. Add food wastes to your compost pile instead of using the garbage disposal.

    Operate automatic dish-washers only when they are fully loaded. Use the light wash feature if available to use less water.

    LAUNDRY Wash only full loads of

    laundry or use the appropri-ate water level or load size selection on the washing machine.

    Consider purchasing a high efficiency washing machine, which can save over 50 percent in laundry water and energy use.

    Run your clothes washer only when full.


    Retrofit all household faucets by installing aerators with flow restrictors.

    Consider installing an instant hot water heater on your sink.

    Insulate your water pipes to reduce heat loss and prevent them from break-ing if you have a sudden and unexpected spell of freezing weather.

    If you are considering installing a new heat pump or air-conditioning system, the new air-to-air models are just as efficient as the water-to-air type and dont waste water.

    For more water conserva-tion tips go to the Washington State Department of Health website at

    Locally Focused


  • Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015 3FORKS FORUM

    Roderica Jean Rica Laymon, an adventurous woman who came from a Northwest pioneer family and lived several years in Beaver, Washington, has died at the age of 90.

    She was born in Seattle on January 23, 1925, to Wilfred G. MacDonald and Grace Presley and died in Kenmore, Washington, August 17, 2015.

    On her fathers side, Rica was the great-granddaughter of Ezra and Eliza Jane Meeker, who traveled by covered wagon from Iowa in 1852 and settled in the Puyallup Valley.

    Ezra Meeker initiated the farming of hops in the Northwest and was the rst mayor of Puyallup. In his later years he crossed and re-crossed the Oregon Trail by oxcart, auto and airplane as he petitioned Congress to commemorate the historic route.

    Rica was an arts enthusiast and performer. She joined local singing and theater groups wherever she lived, playing piano and accordion and belting out show tunes. She also worked behind the scenes, sewing costumes and organizing plays.

    Ricas father Wilfred worked for American President Lines in Shanghai and Rica grew up in China, attending Shanghai American School.

    She and her mother were evacuated to California shortly before the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor and the entry of the U.S. into World War II. Her father joined them after his release in a prisoner exchange.

    Rica was attending College of the Paci c, Stockton, California, in 1945 when her schooling was cut short by romance at a soda shop. She married a sailor from Ohio, Kenneth Laymon.

    He earned a degree at University of California, Berkeley. The Laymons had two children, Rodney and Leslie, and by the early 1950s Mr. Laymon had a job with Caltex Oil and the family was living in Djakarta, Indonesia.

    After Djakarta and another assignment in Ceylon (now Sri Lanka), the Laymons returned to the United States, settling in Silver Spring, Maryland, and then Rye, New York.

    They found adventure on the road, and at sea. One year they converted a school bus and drove it to Los Angeles and Seattles World Fair. Another they drove the gravel Alcan Highway to Anchorage, and then had to sell the car and y home in time to return to work.

    In Rye they bought a sailboat and took up the sailing they had learned to love in Indonesia.

    In 1967 the Laymons went to Australia for four years, employed by an oil company. They sailed Sydney Harbor on weekends in the 22-foot Luv, inviting soldiers on R&R from the Vietnam War to go along.

    Rather than go back to New York, the couple in 1971 drove around the United States and

    settled near Forks, on the Olympic Peninsula, home of their daughters in-laws, Jim and Nikki

    Klahn.The Laymons rebuilt the old

    Beaver School gymnasium into a large and comfortable, if airy, home and pursued some business interests.

    After a few years, the lure of sailing called and the Laymons bought and out tted a 42-foot sailboat, the Ocarina. They left southern California in 1975 for the south Paci c.

    Rica and Ken returned home yearly and Rica became a well-

    known gure at the Beaver post of ce, where she sent off articles to sailing magazines about their adventures.

    Their voyage took them to small islands in the South Paci c, the western Paci c where Mr. Laymon had been during the war, and Japan before sailing home to Neah Bay in 1983.

    Along the way they worked in American Samoa and Singapore, visited remote islands, endured a 17-day struggle to drag their boat off a reef in the Philippines and survived storms that threatened to sink them.

    Rica, always the communicator, learned how to use the shortwave radio system that connected yachtie friends sailing the Paci c.

    On their return, the Laymons built a home in La Conner, Washington. Rica joined the local choir. Their sailing was limited to inland waters.

    After her husband died in 1988, Rica completed college. She served in the Peace Corps in Hungary, where she was beloved by students eager for her English lessons. She was creative, fashioning a baseball bat and ball out of what was at hand and ushering her students to the playground to learn English in an exciting way.

    Rica also worked teaching English at a country school in China and with the Federal Emergency Management Agency in response to national disasters in the U.S. She volunteered to teach English to foreign students at Skagit Valley Community College.

    In her 70s she wrote a personal book, Letters Home, about her eight years sailing around the Paci c.

    Rica dressed up in a favorite red dress for her 80th birthday and enjoyed a large party of singing and celebration.

    Shortly after, her active life was cut short by the effects of Alzheimers disease.

    Rica is survived by her son Rodney Laymon of Washington, D.C.; daughter Leslie Klahn (Jim) of Lake Forest Park, Washington; granddaughters Mary Laymon of Mt. Healthy, Ohio, Heather Boersma of Kalamazoo, Michigan, Kristen Andringa of Kingston, Washington, and Katherine Klahn of North Bend, Washington; and eight grandchildren.

    Roderica Jean LaymonJanuary 23, 1925 ~ August 17, 2015

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