Weekly newspaper of Three Rivers, California, and Sequoia-Kings Canyon National Parks

The Middle Fork of the Kaweah River in the vicinity of the Panther Creek trail crossing (which is on the left side of the river and 300 feet above it, near where this photo was taken) is completely inaccessible to hikers due to the vertical granite walls. (Click arrows to see additional photos.)
  A solo backpacker found dead at the bottom of a Panther Creek waterfall in Sequoia National Park on Thursday, May 12, has been identified as David Hallinan, 53, of Santa Monica. According to the...
Western pond turtles sunning at Lake Kaweah this past week. The sampling site of turtles used in the Sequoia National Park study was on the North Fork of the Kaweah River just inside the park boundary. (Click arrows for additional photos.)
  Western pond turtles in Sequoia National Park and other California remote wildlands have been exposed to an assortment of agricultural and industrial contaminants, according to a study from the...
This is Holiday Falls, where the river is currently turning into Lake Kaweah. By the time Lake Kaweah reaches its full capacity, Holiday Falls will also disappear.
  Daytime temperatures will drop about 20 degrees between Wednesday, May 18, and Friday, May 20. A low-pressure system is coming from the north, bringing with it a chance of late-season snow in the...
EASY ENTRY: Go paperless at Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks by downloading a new app that allows visitors to buy their entrance pass in advance.
  The National Park Service has launched a pilot program to provide the public an opportunity to pre-purchase annual and seven-day entrance passes for Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks and the...
BASEBALL... Front row, left to right: Ezequiel Pena, Nikko Bursiaga, Christopher Canizalez, Vicente Pena. Middle row, l-r: Dylan Mills, Clayton Vincent, Manuel Martinez, Juan Carlos Pena, Jakob Bischoff, Alijah Thorn. Back row, l-r: Tyler Jones, Eric Schwarz, Eddie Pena (assistant coach), Raul Quintero (head coach), Ryan Martinez (assistant coach), Thomas Woods, Robert Stevenson.
  Click arrows in the photo box to scroll through the teams.   For a small school like Woodlake High School, it’s always a challenge for any team, boys or girls, to have enough players to fill...
A portion of the 108-year-old concrete dam now protected with a waterproof, weatherproof, leakproof geomembrane lining. (Click arrows to see additional photos.)
  Since the dam that created Hume Lake was built over a century ago, there have been some quick fixes and minor repairs. But the improvements recently accomplished are the most extensive to date and...
The Middle Fork of the Kaweah River in the vicinity of the Panther Creek trail crossing (which is on the left side of the river and 300 feet above it, near where this photo was taken) is completely inaccessible to hikers due to the vertical granite walls. (Click arrows to see additional photos.)
Western pond turtles sunning at Lake Kaweah this past week. The sampling site of turtles used in the Sequoia National Park study was on the North Fork of the Kaweah River just inside the park boundary. (Click arrows for additional photos.)
This is Holiday Falls, where the river is currently turning into Lake Kaweah. By the time Lake Kaweah reaches its full capacity, Holiday Falls will also disappear.
EASY ENTRY: Go paperless at Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks by downloading a new app that allows visitors to buy their entrance pass in advance.
BASEBALL... Front row, left to right: Ezequiel Pena, Nikko Bursiaga, Christopher Canizalez, Vicente Pena. Middle row, l-r: Dylan Mills, Clayton Vincent, Manuel Martinez, Juan Carlos Pena, Jakob Bischoff, Alijah Thorn. Back row, l-r: Tyler Jones, Eric Schwarz, Eddie Pena (assistant coach), Raul Quintero (head coach), Ryan Martinez (assistant coach), Thomas Woods, Robert Stevenson.
A portion of the 108-year-old concrete dam now protected with a waterproof, weatherproof, leakproof geomembrane lining. (Click arrows to see additional photos.)
The Middle Fork of the Kaweah River in the vicinity of the Panther Creek trail crossing (which is on the left side of the river and 300 feet above it, near where this photo was taken) is completely inaccessible to hikers due to the vertical granite walls. (Click arrows to see additional photos.)

Solo Sequoia backpacker's body recovered at Panther Creek

May 23, 2016 - 15:13
  A solo backpacker found dead at the bottom of a Panther Creek waterfall in Sequoia National Park on Thursday, May 12, has been identified as David Hallinan, 53, of Santa Monica. According to the Tulare County Coroner, Hallinan died of blunt force trauma.  It is probable he tumbled down the vertical granite chute...
Western pond turtles sunning at Lake Kaweah this past week. The sampling site of turtles used in the Sequoia National Park study was on the North Fork of the Kaweah River just inside the park boundary. (Click arrows for additional photos.)

Western pond turtles in Sequoia test positive for pesticides

May 23, 2016 - 15:04
  Western pond turtles in Sequoia National Park and other California remote wildlands have been exposed to an assortment of agricultural and industrial contaminants, according to a study from the National Park Service and the University of California, Davis.  In the study, published online in the journal Chemosphere,...
This is Holiday Falls, where the river is currently turning into Lake Kaweah. By the time Lake Kaweah reaches its full capacity, Holiday Falls will also disappear.

WEATHER WATCH: MAY 20, 2016

May 23, 2016 - 14:56
  Daytime temperatures will drop about 20 degrees between Wednesday, May 18, and Friday, May 20. A low-pressure system is coming from the north, bringing with it a chance of late-season snow in the Sierra Nevada. In the early morning hours, the Kaweah River in Three Rivers is reaching about 1,700 cfs as that is when...
EASY ENTRY: Go paperless at Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks by downloading a new app that allows visitors to buy their entrance pass in advance.

Pre-purchase Sequoia-Kings Canyon entrance pass with new app

May 23, 2016 - 14:50
  The National Park Service has launched a pilot program to provide the public an opportunity to pre-purchase annual and seven-day entrance passes for Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks and the Hume Lake District of Sequoia National Forest/Giant Sequoia National Monument. The parks’ authorized pass vendor, Viply...
Buck Rock Fire Lookout in Giant Sequoia National Monument.

Buck Rock Lookout seeks summer docents

May 23, 2016 - 14:45
  Buck Rock Lookout is located in the Big Meadows area of the Hume Lake Ranger District in Giant Sequoia National Monument, Sequoia National Forest. The lookout is a popular destination for people from all over the world. Perched at 8,500 feet elevation and 300 feet above the ground on a granite dome, visitors have...

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