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

MONDAY, FEB. 1: It was a winter wonderland down to about 1,500 feet elevation after a cold storm passed through Kaweah Country on Sunday, Jan. 31. IN PHOTO: The Oak Grove Bridge on the Mineral King Road, 2,500 feet elevation.
  Even though the latest snow survey results from the California Department of Water Resources are encouraging, state officials are still cautioning that so far the 2015-2016 season is more like a...
DOWN TO THE WIRE: AT&T repairmen attempt to unscramble a menagerie of telephone wires where they enter the AT&T hub on Sierra Drive. (Click arrows for additional photo.)
  For business owners like Dennis Villavicencio, who owns Buckeye Tree Lodge and Sequoia Village Inn, the last week has been a living nightmare. For extended times, AT&T landline phone service...
The BLM-Salt Creek area, accessed from Skyline Drive in Three Rivers, is a series of dirt roads and single-track trails that can be confusing for those who don't know the area or anyone attempting to navigate in the dark.
  A truck stuck in a ditch was what alerted a local resident to examine further. And that’s when, on Saturday, Jan. 30, Tulare County Sheriff’s deputies were contacted and dispatched to the North...
The red bullet shows the approximate location of the two-car collision.
  Three Rivers commuters were witness to an eerily similar crash just four days after and within a quarter-mile of another head-on accident that left several injured [“Five injured in three-car crash...
Laura Joss, recently appointed Pacific West regional director for the National Park Service.
  Laura Joss has been appointed regional director for the Pacific West Region of the National Park Service as of Monday, Feb. 1 and will begin her new job in the spring. Joss currently serves as the...
  A new sign went up last week so those visiting Dry Creek Preserve will now know for sure they are actually at Dry Creek Preserve. The 152-acre nature preserve that was formerly a gravel quarry on...
MONDAY, FEB. 1: It was a winter wonderland down to about 1,500 feet elevation after a cold storm passed through Kaweah Country on Sunday, Jan. 31. IN PHOTO: The Oak Grove Bridge on the Mineral King Road, 2,500 feet elevation.
DOWN TO THE WIRE: AT&T repairmen attempt to unscramble a menagerie of telephone wires where they enter the AT&T hub on Sierra Drive. (Click arrows for additional photo.)
The BLM-Salt Creek area, accessed from Skyline Drive in Three Rivers, is a series of dirt roads and single-track trails that can be confusing for those who don't know the area or anyone attempting to navigate in the dark.
The red bullet shows the approximate location of the two-car collision.
Laura Joss, recently appointed Pacific West regional director for the National Park Service.
MONDAY, FEB. 1: It was a winter wonderland down to about 1,500 feet elevation after a cold storm passed through Kaweah Country on Sunday, Jan. 31. IN PHOTO: The Oak Grove Bridge on the Mineral King Road, 2,500 feet elevation.

Winter weather wallops Kaweah Country

February 8, 2016 - 18:27
  Even though the latest snow survey results from the California Department of Water Resources are encouraging, state officials are still cautioning that so far the 2015-2016 season is more like a normal season rather than a drought-buster. The current statewide snowpack is 112 percent of normal as of February 1 with...
DOWN TO THE WIRE: AT&T repairmen attempt to unscramble a menagerie of telephone wires where they enter the AT&T hub on Sierra Drive. (Click arrows for additional photo.)

AT&T service outages plague Three Rivers's upper canyon

February 8, 2016 - 17:42
  For business owners like Dennis Villavicencio, who owns Buckeye Tree Lodge and Sequoia Village Inn, the last week has been a living nightmare. For extended times, AT&T landline phone service was completely non-existent. But the lack of a dial tone or any incoming calls didn’t just happen suddenly. An...
The BLM-Salt Creek area, accessed from Skyline Drive in Three Rivers, is a series of dirt roads and single-track trails that can be confusing for those who don't know the area or anyone attempting to navigate in the dark.

Missing persons incidents investigated in Three Rivers

February 8, 2016 - 17:05
  A truck stuck in a ditch was what alerted a local resident to examine further. And that’s when, on Saturday, Jan. 30, Tulare County Sheriff’s deputies were contacted and dispatched to the North Kaweah River Drive area (vicinity of the Three Rivers Roping Arena). Inside the truck, the caller reported, was an...
The red bullet shows the approximate location of the two-car collision.

Two injured in head-on collision

February 8, 2016 - 16:44
  Three Rivers commuters were witness to an eerily similar crash just four days after and within a quarter-mile of another head-on accident that left several injured [“Five injured in three-car crash,” January 29, 2016]. This latest collision, at 7:45 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 26, also occurred in the straightaway section...
Laura Joss, recently appointed Pacific West regional director for the National Park Service.

NPS names new Pacific West regional director

February 8, 2016 - 16:26
  Laura Joss has been appointed regional director for the Pacific West Region of the National Park Service as of Monday, Feb. 1 and will begin her new job in the spring. Joss currently serves as the deputy regional director and chief of staff for the Intermountain Region in Lakewood, Colo. Joss will be responsible for...

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