Who is Charlie Choker?

October 26, 2008

In Aberdeen, Grays Harbor College is home to the Chokers, one of the most appropriate yet misinterpreted names in the annals of collegiate history. The Chokers are not stranglers with a homicidal bent or athletes foreordained to implode at crunch time. Instead, the Chokers and their burly mascot, Charlie Choker, are named for the rugged men who wrestled giant logs out of Northwest forests. Charlie’s full name-though seldom used-is Charlie Choker Setter. Read more

All Things Chinook

October 12, 2008

Chances are good that you’ve seen Chinooks on the road, in the air, or on the water. You may have spoken to a Chinook, spoken Chinook, or been to Chinook. Perhaps you’ve even had occasion to pet, catch, or taste a Chinook. Most dictionaries have at least four entries for the word and a Google

Sneak Peek: Winter 2008

October 8, 2008

Dear Readers:

The Winter 2008 issue of Northwest Coast is due out on newsstands December 4th. Here are some of the featured stories that you can expect… Read more

Carl Wirkkala

October 5, 2008

Making Music On His Own Terms

By Jim LeMonds

Carl Wirkkala would love to make a splash on the country music scene. But if it happens, it will be on his terms.

The 33-year-old Castle Rock resident has written nearly 200 songs-a handful of which are currently being considered by publishers and producers-and released four albums. His sound is a combination of blues, folk, and old-school country. Something you might hear if Johnny Cash and Buzz Martin sat down to jam with Bob Dylan and Tracy Chapman.

Although Wirkkala writes about “the West” in general, his music is pertinent to the Pacific Northwest in particular, with subject matter that includes logging, mill closures, and used-up towns. Read more