In the News - Friday, March 5,
stories written by John or
Elliott unless otherwise noted
in the March 5 print edition:
Sports Teams 2010
this week's FRONT PAGE (PDF)
TAKEN: Al Brockman, Tulare County Sheriff's deputy,
a stolen sculpture to
its home at The Art Co-Op in Three Rivers.
3R 'America's Coolest Small Town'
Here to VOTE Now!
who lives and plays here knows that Three Rivers is
a cool small town, but now there’s a chance
to tell all of America. That’s because Three
Rivers was one of 21 American towns selected from
147 nominations to vie for “America’s
Coolest Small Town” by Budget Travel magazine.
It’s a reader’s-choice type
of contest, which means that it is the voters who
could determine the winner. As of Tuesday, Three Rivers
was in last place in the poll with 101 votes (the
leader has over 4,000 votes).
After a post on The Kaweah Commonwealth’s
Facebook page, the votes more than doubled, moving
Three Rivers from last place to third from last. Anyone
who is on Facebook may join the Commonwealth’s
page, then share the link with their online friends
to garner more votes.
It’s up to local residents to vote Three Rivers
into a top spot. In fact, let’s reach for the
stars and shoot for the top 10 (that would take at
least 400 more votes so log on now). The final top
10 will be ultimately determined by Budget Travel
editors and profiled in the September 2010 issue
of the magazine.
The magazine’s definition of the
coolest small town is “The town must have a
population under 10,000... It’s also got to
be on the upswing, a place that’s beginning
to draw attention — and new residents —
because of the quality of life, arts and restaurant
scene, or proximity to nature. And cool doesn’t
mean quaint. We want towns with an edge, so think
avant-garde galleries, not country stores.”
As of Thursday, March 4, here are Three
Rivers’s competitors in order of votes (more
than 20,000 altogether), starting with the most: Brevard,
N.C.; Ely, Minn.; Egg Harbor, Wis.; Cuero, Texas;
Saugatuck, Mich.; Lyons, Colo., Sitka, Alaska; Stowe,
Vt.; Red Lodge, Mont.; New London, N.H.; Sisters,
Ore.; Cooperstown, N.Y., Medicine Park, Okla.; Cloverdale,
Calif.; Bandon, Ore.; Kennett Square, Pa.; Ojai, Calif.;
Sandpoint, Idaho; Three Rivers, Calif.; Barnegat Light,
N.J.; Nyack, N.Y.
The voting deadline is unknown, so sooner
Friday, March 5, update: Three Rivers has now pulled
ahead of Sandpoint, Idaho, with 20 votes to go to
pass up Ojai! VOTE
topple tiki, mailboxes
angst, especially from local boys who take out their
trations by engaging in acts of vandalism, is practically
a rite of passage in Three Rivers. Though there is
never a valid excuse for the antisocial behavior,
it often includes the wanton destruction of private
Last week, in the wee hours of Friday
morning, a group of local youths apparently went on
a rampage of their own, toppling a huge tiki statue,
a newspaper distribution box owned by The Kaweah Commonwealth,
and at least 25 mail boxes. This time the vandalism
was confined mostly to the South Fork neighborhoods
around Old Three Rivers Drive and South Fork Estates.
The damage to the tiki statue was estimated
to be $1,650; to the mailboxes and some other decorative
items that were either damaged or knocked down another
$1,500. Zach Zachery, the artist who created the tiki,
said it was carved out of palm wood and weighs several
it was no easy task,” Zach said. “It would
take at least a couple of guys to load it in a pickup.”
The sculpture was moved from its current
resting place at The Art Co-Op between Chump’s
video store and Sierra Subs & Salads. It was recovered
from Black Oak Drive in South Fork Estates by Al Brockman,
the Tulare County Sheriff’s deputy filling in
for Jim Fansett, the Three Rivers resident deputy.
The artwork was scratched and chipped
in several places. Zach said it could and would be
It didn’t take Deputy Brockman
long to learn the identity of the male culprits; one
19-year-old and two 18-year-olds. Brockman has questioned
the teens and their parents.
chose not to arrest the suspects at this time and
have submitted the information in the case to the
District Attorney’s office,” Brockman
said. “After reviewing all the information,
they will advise us how to proceed.”
The suspects are facing jail time, community
service, and restitution to the victims of the property
damage. Similar acts of vandalism have been sporadic
in the last several weeks on North Fork Drive, Mineral
King Road, and in Alta Acres.
If you have information about this case
or to report suspected criminal activity, call the
Sheriff’s Department dispatch at 733-6211.
hires new general manager
the general manager’s position at the Three
Rivers Community Services District came open last
month, there were a couple dozen applicants and stiff
competition. But according to the current board, Julie
Doctor had the most outstanding package that included
all the key components — experience, knowledge
of water management, and a longtime rapport with the
Three Rivers community.
Julie Doctor, 56, has lived in Three
Rivers for more than three decades and has three certificates
related to water management. In addition to the credentials,
Julie has worked for nearly two decades in water treatment
and distribution so there won’t be much at the
CSD that she’s not already experienced in doing.
Julie’s former jobs have been with
Sequoia National Park (19 years) and, for the last
13 years, as a project leader with Sunkist and Fruit
Growers Supply. Julie said she sees the new CSD job
as an opportunity to serve the community as a good
liaison with the State of California and Tulare County
to help ensure that all local water systems are in
thrilled about getting this job and I look forward
to doing this for a long, long time,” Julie
said. “The board is a great bunch of guys, and
many of the applicants called to congratulate me on
getting the position.”
Julie said she was not surprised by all
the good treatment she’s enjoyed at her new
job. After all, she said, that comes with the territory
of living and working in Three Rivers!
Ashburn arrested for DUI
Senator Roy Ashburn (R-Bakersfield), whose district
includes Three Rivers, was arrested early Wednesday
morning, March 3, on suspicion of driving while intoxicated.
Ashburn was arrested just before 4 a.m. by California
Highway Patrol officers in Sacramento, according to
the CHP report.
Ashburn was arrested at 3:56 a.m. and
released sometime later Wednesday morning. He was
scheduled to appear that morning at a press conference
advocating his bill to allow rural hospitals to directly
employ physicians, but the event was cancelled due
to a “personal emergency,” according to
Ashburn has served in the Legislature
since 1996. In addition to his time in the Senate,
he served six years as a state assemblyman and 12
years as a Kern County supervisor. He is barred by
the state term limits law from seeking reelection
athletes display Tiger Pride
2010 winter sports season
you have 11 teams and another dozen or so other students
involved as scorekeepers and team helpers, that represents
nearly one out every six students that are involved
after school in team sports — learning life’s
lessons, staying out of trouble, and making memories.
Now the district administration is looking
to make cuts and it looks like frosh basketball is
on the chopping block.
Cutting boys’ and girls’
frosh basketball is saying goodbye to 20 more student
athletes that really need sports and, for some, the
most necessary activity of all to ensure future success
in high school. Consider also the impact on the experience
of the JV and varsity teams.
WHS needs its frosh teams to stay competitive.
If you agree, let the administration and the high
school board hear your voice. Stand up and be counted
among Tiger sports boosters!
Varsity Boys’ Soccer—
When hearing they played for a Central Section Championship
(Division IV) and came up short by one goal, it’s
not difficult to realize the kind of season these
Tigers enjoyed. The East Sequoia League (ESL) champions
and No. 2 seed in the playoffs nearly pulled off a
championship season that most teams only dream about.
guys played up to my expectations, and when it came
down to the final game against Mission Prep we just
came up a little short,” said Freddie Palomo,
head coach. “We have a young team and good JVs,
so we will be strong next year too.”
JV Girls Soccer—
Coach Raul Cabrera’s Lady Tigers finished as
ESL co-champions. Their only blemish to an undefeated
league season were two ties. Their overall record
Outstanding offensive players were Brenda Isquierdo,
Gina Elias, and Crystal Casares. Maryrose Kulick of
Three Rivers was the team’s best defender.
JV Girls Basketball— The
JV girls’ team had a phenomenal season. They
finished 17-1 overall and were undefeated (8-0) in
girls played well as a team and were really able stay
focused throughout the season,” said Eddie Dominguez,
head coach. “Corcoran is the measuring stick
in our league and we beat them twice.”
MVP of the team was Myra Hopper; Meg
Johnson of Three Rivers earned an inspirational award
for playing excellent basketball with a bad knee for
most of the season.
continues to struggle in dual or league meets because
they lack depth in certain weight classes. But Juan
Tovar, who wrestled as a heavyweight, had an outstanding
season. Having won the Central Section Master’s
tourney as a sophomore, he said he was a little surprised
by his fourth-place finish this year.
But on Saturday, March 6, Juan gets another
shot and says he is ready to give it his all in the
State finals at Bakersfield. Don’t be too surprised
if Juan finishes among the top wrestlers in the state.
The sky is the limit for this strong competitor.
Girls’ Varsity Basketball—
Coach Kris Schlossin’s Lady Tigers
were ousted from the playoffs by a strong San Joaquin
Memorial squad that was upset Wednesday, March 3,
by Mission Prep. Mission Prep and perennial No. 1-seed
Corcoran play Saturday, March 6, in the championship
at Selland Arena in Fresno.
The Lady Tigers finished 10-12 overall,
but their record was not a good indicator of the team’s
played great defense the entire season,” Coach
Schlossin said. “We played with heart, cared
about each other, and enjoyed lots of success.”
The co-MVPs are Erica Haro and Madison
Beck of Three Rivers. Beck was also named to the East
Sequoia League’s All-League Second Team.
Boys’ Varsity Basketball—
David Pasquini, former JV coach, stepped up to coach
the varsity team this season and his team experienced
some tremendous growth. Arturo Padilla, team captain,
was “Mr. Outside,” while Joel Chavez did
the yeoman’s work down in the blocks.
Coach Pasquini, who was very proud of
these two seniors, said that both these players were
excellent team leaders, role models for the younger
players, and averaged about 15 points a game.