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

A swath of dead pine trees in Sequoia National Forest north of Pinehurst. (Click arrows for additional photos.)
  Anyone who decides to take the back way from Three Rivers to Kings Canyon National Park will witness a scene of dying and dead when they reach the pine belt. That’s because at elevations between...
The John Muir Lodge is located in the Grant Grove area of Kings Canyon National Park. The lodging facility is open year-round. The main visitor accommodations in the local national parks are now open for the summer. (Click arrows for additional photo.)
  It’s not unusual to see “Campground Full” or “No Vacancy” signs up in the nearby national parks and in Three Rivers for the Memorial Day weekend. The first three-day weekend of the busy tourist...
LAKEFRONT PROPERTY: In a normal rainfall year, the Lake Kaweah campground would be submerged during this holiday weekend, but this year’s Memorial Day campers will have access to the camping facilities.
  The cool, wet weather that started the three-day holiday weekend will give way to pristine air quality and crisp, clear nights.  Daytime high temperatures will gradually warm to the mid 80s by...
The bear-proof 30-cubic-yard receptacle that has been placed adjacent to the Silver City Mountain Resort for trash disposal for Silver City and Mineral King summer residents. (Click arrows for additional photo.)
  It’s been a fact of life in California’s town and cities for more than a decade. Folk music icon and activist Pete Seeger even recorded a song about it in 2009  — a tribute to the city of Berkeley...
UNDER WATER: Lake Kaweah is currently at about one-third capacity while some past Memorial Day weekends have coincided with reservoir levels at or near peak capacity. (Click arrows to see additional photo.)
  After four consecutive seasons of a deepening drought, it appears that relief is on the way for California. It won’t arrive until at least October but the little weather waif will make its presence...
Allen Ishida, District 1 supervisor for Tulare County and 2018 gubernatorial candidate.
  He’s a farmer, an ex-state agency official, an experienced politician, and a three-term county supervisor, so why not? On Friday, May 15, Supervisor Allen Ishida, officially filed to be among what’...
A swath of dead pine trees in Sequoia National Forest north of Pinehurst. (Click arrows for additional photos.)
The John Muir Lodge is located in the Grant Grove area of Kings Canyon National Park. The lodging facility is open year-round. The main visitor accommodations in the local national parks are now open for the summer. (Click arrows for additional photo.)
LAKEFRONT PROPERTY: In a normal rainfall year, the Lake Kaweah campground would be submerged during this holiday weekend, but this year’s Memorial Day campers will have access to the camping facilities.
The bear-proof 30-cubic-yard receptacle that has been placed adjacent to the Silver City Mountain Resort for trash disposal for Silver City and Mineral King summer residents. (Click arrows for additional photo.)
UNDER WATER: Lake Kaweah is currently at about one-third capacity while some past Memorial Day weekends have coincided with reservoir levels at or near peak capacity. (Click arrows to see additional photo.)
Allen Ishida, District 1 supervisor for Tulare County and 2018 gubernatorial candidate.
A swath of dead pine trees in Sequoia National Forest north of Pinehurst. (Click arrows for additional photos.)

Tree mortality increases due to drought conditions

May 25, 2015 - 15:25
  Anyone who decides to take the back way from Three Rivers to Kings Canyon National Park will witness a scene of dying and dead when they reach the pine belt. That’s because at elevations between about 4,000 and 6,000 feet, the evergreens are succumbing by the thousands to four years of drought in the Sierra Nevada...
The John Muir Lodge is located in the Grant Grove area of Kings Canyon National Park. The lodging facility is open year-round. The main visitor accommodations in the local national parks are now open for the summer. (Click arrows for additional photo.)

Sequoia-Kings Canyon facilities open for summer

May 25, 2015 - 14:36
  It’s not unusual to see “Campground Full” or “No Vacancy” signs up in the nearby national parks and in Three Rivers for the Memorial Day weekend. The first three-day weekend of the busy tourist season is the traditional kickoff to summer in Kaweah Country. What’s different this year is that another mild winter has...
LAKEFRONT PROPERTY: In a normal rainfall year, the Lake Kaweah campground would be submerged during this holiday weekend, but this year’s Memorial Day campers will have access to the camping facilities.

WEATHER WATCH: MAY 22, 2015

May 25, 2015 - 14:26
  The cool, wet weather that started the three-day holiday weekend will give way to pristine air quality and crisp, clear nights.  Daytime high temperatures will gradually warm to the mid 80s by Monday. There is a very slight chance of showers by mid-week; more seasonable weather will be the pattern as a below-normal...
The bear-proof 30-cubic-yard receptacle that has been placed adjacent to the Silver City Mountain Resort for trash disposal for Silver City and Mineral King summer residents. (Click arrows for additional photo.)

Recycling, trash management brings changes to Kaweah Country

May 25, 2015 - 14:04
  It’s been a fact of life in California’s town and cities for more than a decade. Folk music icon and activist Pete Seeger even recorded a song about it in 2009  — a tribute to the city of Berkeley, Calif., for leading the way in recycling and establishing a new city department called the Zero Waste Commission. If it...
The Mather Mountain Party book cover: the old (right) and the new (left).

Mather Mountain Party commemorated

May 25, 2015 - 13:58
  MATHER MOUNTAIN PARTY OF 1915 AND THE FOUNDING OF THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE by Horace Marden Albright, Marian Albright Schenck, and William C. Tweed Sequoia Natural History Association, 2014 70 pages, paper, $9.99   The story of the National Park Service, which was created in 1916, is a story of Sequoia National...

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