In the News -
Friday, JANUARY 26, 2007
Meeting will cover
planning, scenic highway
After a month-long holiday hiatus, the Three Rivers Village
Foundation-sponsored Town Hall Meeting will return with discussion on
several timely topics. The next meeting is scheduled for Monday, Feb.
5, 7 p.m., at the Three Rivers Memorial Building.
Highlighting a busy agenda is a presentation on how the county’s
corridor-protection plan will affect property owners and future plans
for development. The plan is expected to be in place soon and is the final
task before Highway 198 — from the Sequoia Park entrance to the
Highway 216 turnoff — is officially designated a scenic highway.
Then all that remains is to erect the distinctive poppy signs.
Tom Sparks, president of the Three Rivers Village Foundation, thinks those
signs should be up in time for the busy visitor season.
certainly don’t want to give the impression that the corridor plan
will be so restrictive as to limit what a property owner can or cannot
do,” Sparks said. “The main thing is that now there will be
some conditions to ensure that future development won’t detract
from the Kaweah canyon scenery. Existing development is grandfathered
in and any upgrades to those properties would be required to be consistent
with the corridor plan.”
Sparks said that the meeting would be a good time to ask
questions about how the corridor-protection plan will work. Supervisor
Allen Ishida will be in attendance, as will several other county officials
who will furnish an update on the county’s General Management Plan.
Among items the Board of Supervisors is considering for 2007
is an ordinance that would establish medical marijuana dispensaries in
unincorporated areas of the county. On Wednesday, Jan. 31, the Tulare
County Planning Commission will conduct a public hearing on medical marijuana
and consider a draft ordinance that seeks to establish a dispensary in
all or some of the 19 unincorporated communities, including Three Rivers.
The February 5 meeting will also feature updates on what’s
happening in the local national parks and several other topics.
For more information about the meeting, call Tom Sparks, 561-0406.
Chalk up another situation where talking on the cell phone
might not be such a good idea. Making a call outside of Woodlake’s
Pizza Factory while waiting for her pizza may have contributed to a 61-year-old
woman being targeted by a man who approached her at about 5:20 p.m. on
Wednesday, Jan. 17.
According to a Woodlake police report, the man grabbed the
purse of the victim and she resisted. A struggle ensued, and the suspect,
described as a Hispanic male between the ages of 16 and 20 and weighing
160 pounds, managed to pull the purse free as the woman fell to the ground.
The attacker fled, running across the street to Miller-Brown
Park, and disappeared in the darkness. The purse contained only about
$10 in cash, but also several credit cards. The victim’s loss was
estimated at $35.
crime like this is very unusual in Woodlake,” said Sgt. Jose Aguayo,
who is handling the investigation for the Woodlake Police Department.
“In the last two years, we have only had one other purse-snatching.
In that case, the victim was an elderly woman.”
The victim complained of back pain and had a facial abrasion.
She declined treatment at the scene and was transported by her husband
to Kaweah Delta Hospital where she was treated for a fractured shoulder
Sgt. Aguayo said an investigation in the case is ongoing.
Earl Davis, lifelong Kaweah Country
pilot, dedicated community servant
Earl Jackson Davis Jr. died Saturday, Jan. 20, 2007, at his
Three Rivers home. He was 88.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held today (Friday, Jan.
26), 10 a.m., at St. Clair’s Catholic Mission in Three Rivers. Burial
with military honors will immediately follow at the Three Rivers Cemetery.
Earl was born in Stockton on May 17, 1918, to Earl Sr. and
Mamie (Lewis) Davis. When he was a toddler, the family moved to Woodlake,
where he was raised and educated.
Earl was the fifth generation of his family to live in Tulare
County. His great-great-grandfather, Rev. Jonathan Blair, led a wagon
train that headed west to California on May 1, 1857, with about a dozen
Five of those families, including the Blairs, settled near
Bravo Lake in Stringtown, so-named for the families living along a “string”
near the river in what is now the city of Woodlake. Rev. Blair later founded
the Woodlake Presbyterian Church.
Earl’s great-grandfather on his father’s side,
Thomas H. Davis, drove cattle to Antelope Valley north of Woodlake and
settled there. It was here that Earl’s grandfather, Jeff Davis,
was raised and became friends with the Native Americans who lived nearby,
learning to speak some of their language.
Earl graduated from Woodlake Elementary School, Woodlake
High School, and Visalia Junior College (present-day College of the Sequoias).
He attended Fresno State, but left in his senior year to join the Army
Air Corps, where he served for nearly five years during World War II.
In 1942, Earl married his high school sweetheart, a Three
Rivers girl named Jean Livingston.
Upon his return from the service, Earl and Jean moved into
their new home in Three Rivers, the second to be built in the Alta Acres
subdivision, and raised their family here. Earl went into business with
his father as owners/operators of Davis Butane, a venture that lasted
more than 20 years.
Later, he worked for the County of Tulare in the social services
department until his retirement. He was also a commercial cropduster,
charter-flight pilot, and flight instructor.
Earl’s passion in life was flying. A plane never flew
overhead that Earl did not look to the sky and identify the aircraft.
It was his favorite uncle, Lieutenant Jefferson Davis, an Army Air Corps
pilot, who gave him his first airplane ride.
(The Three Rivers Airport was dedicated in 1935 to Jefferson
Davis, who died in a plane crash in 1932.)
Earl was a former trustee of the Three Rivers Union School
and Woodlake High School boards, member and past president of the Wally
Byam Caravan Club, founder of the Woodlake Flying Club, and served on
the Alta Acres Water Board for many years.
In addition, Earl was a charter member (1947) and past president
(1952-53) of the Three Rivers Lions Club and very active in the organization.
In 1950, when the Lions Club began organizing an annual Team Roping, Earl
could be found each spring getting the corral and roping arena ready for
the event and then working in the food and drinks booths during the entire
event. Earl was also instrumental in assisting the Woodlake Lions Club
with the planning of their first rodeo, held in 1953.
In about 1960, Earl began a Lions Club project in cooperation
with the Ensenada (Mexico) Lions Club. He had developed a relationship
with this south-of-the-border club because he worked with some farming
operations near there.
As a pilot, Earl began transporting clothes, food, and other
supplies to the impoverished area. Bud Loverin, then principal of Woodlake
High School and a good friend of Earl’s, provided desks and other
school supplies that were no longer being used to upgrade existing schools
in Ensenada and equip new facilities.
Earl was preceded in death on Sept. 2, 1995, by his wife
of 53 years, Jean Livingston Davis.
He is survived by his devoted companion, Mutsie Listar, of
Three Rivers; two daughters, Barbara Lahmann and husband Steve of Three
Rivers and Kathy Lipp and husband Robert of Kennewick, Wash.; one son,
Jeff Davis and wife Barbara of Exeter; sister Ruth E. Davis-Pugh of Visalia;
seven grandchildren, Mike Lahmann, Sara Lahmann, Katy Harris, Meg Chromey,
Daniel Lipp, Jason Gilmour, and Jessica Davis; and eight great-grandchildren.
Visitation and a rosary were held Thursday, Jan. 25, at Miller
Memorial Chapel in Visalia.
Remembrances in Earl’s name may be made to the St.
Anthony Retreat Youth Center and mailed to P.O. Box 249, Three Rivers,
CA 93271. Condolences may be sent to:
Creek stables operator,
Dorothy Evelyn Lane died Friday, Jan. 19, 2007, at her Lemon
Cove home. She was 86.
Dorothy was born Nov. 28, 1920, in Lemon Cove to George and
Elizabeth Lane. She was raised in Lemon Cove and graduated from Exeter
High School in 1938. She later attended Visalia Junior College (present-day
College of the Sequoias).
Dorothy married Captain Orlen Loverin of Three Rivers in
January 1941. They were married just under three years when he was killed
overseas, in December 1943, during World War II.
In 1951, she married William C. Lane at Lemon Cove. Dorothy
and Bill owned and operated the Stony Creek Riding Corrals in Sequoia
National Forest for nearly 30 years.
After their retirement from this career in 1971, Dorothy
went to work at the Lemon Cove Post Office, where she served as a clerk
until being appointed postmaster. She followed in a family tradition as
her mother served as Lemon Cove’s postmaster from 1946 to 1965 and
her sister, Elsie, was the community’s postmaster from 1965 to 1979.
Dorothy was a longtime member and former deacon of the Lemon
Cove Presbyterian Church. She had long been an active member of the Lemon
Cove Woman’s Club.
Dorothy was preceded in death by her husband, Bill Lane,
in 1986; one son, Gerald Loverin, in 2000; as well as her parents and
two brothers, Harley and Howard Lane.
Dorothy is survived by her three children, Donald G. Lane
of Sacramento, Thomas W. Lane of Visalia, and Susan Fitzgerald of Orange
Cove; two sisters, Lorene Cassidy and Elsie Lindner, both of Lemon Cove;
13 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
On Wednesday, Jan. 24, a graveside service was held at the
Condolences may be sent via www.smithfamilychapel.com.
New members invited
join Kaweah Co-op
The Kaweah Food Cooperative is a community icon. The group
has been providing Kaweah Country residents with access to healthy food,
household supplies, vitamins, and more for over 25 years.
Every fourth Tuesday, Co-op members work together to bring
home food that is not readily available in our area.
The Cooperative speaks well of the positive aspects of living
in a small town like Three Rivers. Some have been members for 25 years,
others for just a few months.
Many longtime members explain that it can take a few months
to incorporate this new way of shopping into the household routine. It
does take some planning, but your health can benefit.
Currently, the Co-op is providing members with sources for
locally grown and produced food, such as walnuts, honey, eggs, produce,
meat, and more.
Here’s how a Cooperative membership works. Members
submit a food order. Two weeks later (on the fourth Tuesday of each month),
they go to the Community Presbyterian Church to help with food distribution
and pick up their individual order. There is also an inventory table,
a sort of store, where visitors and members can buy food.
Each member pays a one-time entry fee and performs one job
for about an hour at pick-up. Jobs include packaging, inventory, cleanup,
To check out the Co-op to see if this way of obtaining wholesome
food works for you, call membership chair Dyann Graber, 561-4318.
for county residents
The devastating freeze, which has laid waste to $850 million
of California’s citrus industry, is also about to take a human toll.
Thousands of farmworkers and their families, many of whom reside in Tulare
County, have seen their last paychecks.
Without money and the prospect of working anytime soon, these
people face a disaster of staggering proportions.
While Governor Schwarzenegger has promised aid to farmworkers,
unemployment benefits are available only to those of legal status. Unfortunately,
the vast majority of migrant workers are undocumented.
Before government assistance filters down, there is an immediate
need for everyday necessities: nonperishable food, blankets, disposable
diapers, and even pet food. Monetary donations are also critical to aid
rent and utility payments.
The American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) has a long-standing
and trusted relationship with the farmworker community. The AFSC is undertaking
a massive relief effort with a local office in Visalia that will facilitate
donations reaching those in need in Tulare County.
Putting aside the issue of legality, the workers and their
families are obviously needed here, and they need our help. For those
in Kaweah Country who would like to help, The Kaweah Commonwealth is a
drop-off point for all donations.
Tax-deductible checks should be made out to AFSC and dropped
off at the Commonwealth office or mailed directly to: AFSC, 65 9th St.,
San Francisco, CA 94103. Specify on the check: “Freeze Relief, Tulare
For more information, call 561-3266.
Nominate a ‘Real Hero’
Rob Stone to be honored by the Red Cross
The Tulare-Kings Chapter of the American Red Cross is currently
seeking nominations for “Real Heroes.” The 2007 designation
will recognize 12 people in Tulare and Kings counties who have taken action
in a time of crisis to help others and consistently show an extraordinary
gift for human compassion, which also happen to be the principles of the
American Red Cross.
The dozen heroes will be honored during a special breakfast
Wednesday, March 28, 7:30 a.m., at the Holiday Inn in Visalia. During
the event, a posthumous honor will be awarded to Rob Stone (1969-2006),
California Department of Fire battalion chief, who was raised in Three
Rivers and died in the line of duty in September.
The breakfast will be free and open to the public. Any donations
collected that morning will be used to benefit the local Red Cross chapter
and its programs.
The Real Heroes selection committee consists of 19 Central
Valley residents, including pastors, business professionals, and public
service personnel, including John Zapalac, Woodlake chief of police, and
Jesus Gamboa, Visalia mayor.
Real Heroes are those who went above and beyond to help save
the life of another. They may be nominated in one of several award categories:
Good Samaritan youth/adult, fire rescue, law enforcement, animal rescue,
educator, marine rescue, wilderness rescue, military, or medical.
Nomination forms are available online at www.ourredcross.org.
The deadline is Thursday, Feb. 1.
Mail or hand deliver the form to the American Red Cross/Tulare-Kings
Chapter, 505 W. Main St., Visalia, CA 93291; or fax it to 732-0741.
For more information, call Brandi Clark, 732-6436, or email
her at email@example.com.
Guitar phenom to rock Three Rivers
Try to think of a really accomplished female rock solo guitarist.
B Bonnie Raitt immediately comes to mind. She can play some hot blues
licks but she’s not made from the mold of the classic rock solo
guitarists. Neither is Runaways rocker, Joan Jett, who at 48 is still
touring with her Blackhearts, singing seductively behind her axe, strumming
a chord or two.
But Teresa Russell, who brings her one-woman rock show of
guitar pyrotechnics to Three Rivers for a one-night stand at the Riverview
Restaurant and Lounge on Saturday, Jan. 27, at 9:30 p.m., can lay claim
to being the hottest classic rock guitarist in the industry. After experiencing
a live performance, she said, there won’t be any arguments.
Teresa’s reputation as “the best female solo
rock guitarist” is based in part on the fact that, quite frankly,
there aren’t more than a handful out there playing good old-fashioned
rock and roll. But this diva didn’t build her huge audience by default.
She can flat out play and sing, and she’s been proving
it professionally by laying down some incredible solos for four decades.
In a recent guitar competition, judged by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame,
Teresa smoked all comers who — this should come as no surprise —
were all males.
I was growing up in the west end of the [San Fernando] Valley, I was influenced
by some of the greatest solo guitar playing legends,” Teresa said.
“Guitar idols like Jimi Hendrix, Carlos Santana, Eric Clapton, and
Stevie Ray Vaughn played the music that I like the most.”
As a teenage rocker, she paid some dues playing the Hollywood
club scene where so many rock bands launched successful careers. As a
guitar-playing prodigy, she played on TV shows, toured with a bunch of
bands and performers, and in the world of rock stars, “she’s
been there and done that.”
Today, after four decades in rock and roll, she still gets
excited about playing her next gig in a very busy schedule that includes
several live performances each week.
Teresa lives near the ocean in Oxnard and on an impulse last
year decided to go on a camping trip to Sequoia National Park.
I was driving through Three Rivers, I saw this funky sign that said ‘Live
Music’ so I just had to check it out,” Teresa said. “It
turned out to be an open mike night so I played some acoustic guitar and
promised the owners I would be back.”
Teresa came back a couple of months ago and played an impromptu
show on a Wednesday night.
place was packed and I couldn’t believe how appreciative all the
people were to me,” she said. “I love coming up to Three Rivers
and am really looking forward to seeing everybody again this Saturday
She attributes her youthful enthusiasm to never having raised
a family of her own but always doing what she enjoys doing best —
playing and performing for appreciative audiences.
Caring for frost-damaged plants
Horticulture advisors from the UC Cooperative Extension are
suggesting that gardeners wait until spring before pruning or removing
frost-damaged trees and plants. The frost injury to some citrus trees
and other frost-sensitive subtropical plants depends on a number of factors,
including species, age, health, soil moisture, and location. New growth
in the spring will show the extent of the injury and allow the damage
to be clearly defined.
Earlier pruning can result in leaving some limbs to continue
to die back and the removal of limbs that may recover.
The only treatment that should be applied to trees rapidly
after a freeze is whitewashing.
Assistance Service Dog Educational Center
be profiled on local TV show
The mission of the Assistance Service Dog Educational Center
in Woodlake is twofold. In partnership with Woodlake High School, the
training center assists teenagers with lessons in becoming good citizens
and how to help others.
The nonprofit organization also provides service dogs to
disabled individuals. It is the only program of this type in California,
unique because it uses teenagers to train the dogs.
On Thursday, Jan. 11, Sabrina Hill, host of the show Your
Valley was onsite at the center and interviewed everyone from Steve Tietjen,
superintendent of Woodlake Schools, to the students. The show is scheduled
to air Saturday, Jan. 27, at 5 p.m., on KSEE 24.
The ASDEC was founded in 2003 by Woodlake residents Gerald
and Donna Whittaker. In addition to organizing the curriculum, the couple
has spearheaded the renovation of the old St. John’s School, which
sat vacant for nearly 50 years.
Fundraising dinner— Because this successful program
is nonprofit, funds are always needed to ensure its continuation. On Friday,
March 2, 6 p.m., the ASDEC will host its annual Spaghetti Dinner and Gift
Raffle at the Woodlake Memorial Building.
Donations are currently being accepted for the drawing. Any
individual or business donating an item will be acknowledged on a handout
that will be available at the dinner.
Cash donations, as well, are always gratefully accepted.
For more information, call 564-7297 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Millions for the Sierra
in 2007-2008 California budget
Governor Schwarzenegger unveiled his proposed 2007-2008 budget
for California, including billions of dollars of spending authorized under
the bonds passed by voters in November 2006.
This spending plan contains some good news for the Sierra.
Introduced in the Assembly as AB 102 and in the Senate as
SB 54, the proposed budget includes $17.4 million for the Sierra Nevada
Conservancy (from Proposition 84) to create a grant program for the protection
and restoration of rivers, lakes, and streams, their watersheds and associated
land, water, and other natural resources in the Conservancy service region.
The budget also includes $3.5 million for staff and operation
of the Conservancy and proposes giving the Department of Conservation
$10.9 million from Proposition 84 to create a Sustainable Communities
grant program, as well as $1.4 million from Proposition 50 for watershed
There is $14.3 million from Proposition 84 to the Wildlife
Conservation Board for oak woodlands protection and another $14.3 million
for rangeland, grazing land, and grassland protection.
That’s the good news.
The budget proposal also includes a provision that takes
away $160 million that had previously been approved for California’s
state parks in 2007-2008. Newly authorized bond funding in next year’s
budget will most likely help with the documented $1 billion in infrastructure
improvements and expansion needed by California’s parks, but does
not negate the need for the full amount authorized for the current budget
The budget will be debated by the Senate and Assembly over
the next several months. Under the state’s constitution, this budget
should be adopted by the legislature and signed by the governor by June
To view the budget, go to http://govbud.dof.ca.gov/home.htm.