the News - Friday, April 3, 2009
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foothills portion of the Generals Highway is currently
a brilliant sight
green hills adorned with wildflowers and snowcapped
mountains as the backdrop.
rushing Middle Fork of the Kaweah River is the focal
point of the canyon
adds the background music that echoes off the granite
redbud from Tunnel Rock to Potwisha and beyond are
absolutely bursting with blooms.
varieties of lupine are so full of purple flowers
they overhang the roadway.
golden madia have just made their annual appearance,
the pungent buckbrush has blossomed, and the yucca
will soon follow.
April snowpack near 80 percent
Although the official snow survey totals
won’t be released until later today (April 3),
some preliminary estimates from remote sensing locales
are indicating that totals up and down the Sierra
Nevada will range from 75 to 90 percent of normal.
The April 1 numbers are the statistical benchmark
for the precipitation season so the date is on the
calendar of every water watcher in California.
Farewell Gap, at 9,500 feet, is a good
indicator of what’s going on in the Kaweah drainage
this season. As of yesterday morning, the current
snow depth was 63.80 inches with estimated water content
of 29.68 inches.
Daytime temperatures at 9,500 feet have
been in the upper 40s so the pack has been melting
under mostly sunny skies.
The current snow season lends credibility
to climate change predictions that call for less snowpack
and increasingly higher snow levels. But the data
also suggests that there will be a significant amount
of water that in the next 90 days makes its way down
the Kaweah drainage.
Fortunately, there is also some more
rain and snow in the immediate forecast.
Forecasters aren’t saying how much
precipitation to expect but they are saying that the
next system to come onshore will bring a significant
cooling trend. That means more mountain snow and a
chance to keep that current pack in place a little
Assemblywoman Connie Conway (R-District
34), who is in her first term in the California Assembly,
will be in Three Rivers on Monday, April 6, to update
the community on state issues affecting the region.
The Town Meeting will be held from 7
to 9 p.m. at the Three Rivers Memorial Building. Local,
county, and national parks updates will also be provided.
Man found dead in 3R motel
The Tulare County Sheriff’s Department
announced on Tuesday, March 31, that congestive heart
failure was the cause of the death of Gary Canafax.
The 47-year-old Visalia man was found deceased in
a Sierra Drive motel room on Friday, March 27.
There were no indications of foul play
at the scene but detectives initially called the circumstances
surrounding the death “suspicious.” A
person familiar with the case said that the man was
in the area because he has relatives who live in Three
The case remains under investigation
by the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department. Anyone
with information related to the incident is encouraged
to contact Detective King at 733-6218.
President signs omnibus wilderness act
President Barack Obama on Monday, March
30, signed legislation adding more than 2 million
acres in nine states that are currently being managed
as wilderness. More than 700,000 acres of the newly-designated
public lands are in California, including the John
Krebs Wilderness in the Mineral King area of Sequoia
The landmark bill also affords more protection
to the local parks’ acreage in the upper North
Fork and in the vicinity of Redwood Canyon. A parks’
spokesperson said recently that a wilderness designation
for these lands has been in the works for more than
20 years and the public will notice little if any
changes in management policy.
The new law, a collection of more than
160 separate measures, represents one of the most
ambitious wilderness expansions in the last 25 years.
Under provisions of the 1,200-page bill, lands are
protected from Oregon’s Mount Hood, Rocky Mountain
National Park in Colorado, in Zion National Park,
parts of the Jefferson National Forest in Virginia,
tracts in Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore in Michigan,
to certain lands in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National
After the historic signing at the White
House, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger issued the following
“Preserving and restoring California’s
wilderness and waterways has been a top priority of
my administration, and I am pleased that our environmental
goals will be furthered by many aspects of the bill,
specifically the San Joaquin River Restoration Act,”
said Gov. Schwarzenegger. “This bill preserves
700,000-plus acres of California pristine wilderness
and also provides additional funding to supplement
the millions of dollars California has already invested
to restore the San Joaquin River… and improve
a water-delivery network that is the lifeblood of
a Central Valley farming economy all Californians
In addition to the 85,000 acres designated
as wilderness in Sequoia-Kings Canyon, approximately
36,000 acres in Joshua Tree National Park were also
granted wilderness status. The act also designates
more than 1,000 miles of waterways in nine states
as “wild and scenic rivers.”
Heroes cards: Saving dollars,
SFCC program concludes
its third year
by Brian Rothhammer
For the past three years, the Sequoia
Foothills Chamber of Commerce has issued cards that
provide 20-percent discounts to people who make our
lives safe and secure everyday during what the organization
calls “Heroes Appreciation Months.” In
the first year, the cards available at local businesses
for distribution were given to members and veterans
of the U.S Armed Forces and were valid only during
In 2008, the program was expanded to
include two other groups, firefighters and emergency
medical services personnel, and peace officers and
law enforcement. Each group had one designated month
in which to use the cards.
This year, the cards were for all aforementioned
groups and were valid for all of January through March.
Response improved exponentially.
Mark Tilchen of Sequoia Natural History
Association and past president of SFCC compiles data
on every mention of the chamber or SNHA on the web.
Leah Catherine Launey, SFCC secretary, reported that
Tilchen was “amazed” at the response and
that he had “never seen a program bring as much
publicity to a small nonprofit” as this one
So here’s how it works: the Chamber contacts
merchants to offer the cards at no charge. Posters
are displayed, yellow for a participating merchant,
red if also a card issuer.
When a customer inquires of an issuing
merchant, the merchant verifies eligibility and issues
a free card. Now the qualified customer has in their
hand a tangible “thank you” from all of
Three Rivers that they can present to participating
merchants for 20-percent-off on all purchases during
the three months.
The motivation is twofold. Primarily,
Launey said, it is to “show appreciation to
the true heroes in public safety and defense who are
the underpinnings to our way of life.”
Second, it is to encourage more business
during the off-season. Wuksachi Lodge manager Jerry
Hagen said that about 75 cards were issued at the
Sequoia National Park facility, mostly to military
personnel from Lemoore and San Diego naval air stations.
“Mostly I’d say it’s a way of giving
back to the people who serve,” he said. “It
is an investment in our future.”
Dennis Villavicencio, owner of Buckeye
Tree Lodge and Sequoia Village Inn, said that one
customer booked two extra nights because of the card.
Dennis is also a Three Rivers volunteer firefighter.
Many merchants told of excellent customer
response. Launey said that most have indicated a desire
to participate next year.
Presently, the Chamber of Commerce is
requesting feedback regarding the program from merchants
and local heroes alike. Past feedback has resulted
in improvements, such as this year’s larger,
more visible poster that was designed by the fifth-grade
class at Three Rivers School and includes haiku (Japanese
poetry) by the students.
Leah Catherine is a master of free exposure.
The event was covered in the Valley Voice,
on Military.com, in Valley Response magazine
and, of course, The Kaweah Commonwealth.
Award nights, hosted by the SFCC to honor
local heroes, were held on the last Friday in January,
February and March. Handsome plaques of polished metal
were created and donated by Dave King; 21 were presented
“As long as my family has been involved with
the EMS community, it was not until we attended a
Three Rivers heroes event… that we truly understood
the extent of the role volunteers play in keeping
our community safe,” commented Kelly Cooper
of American Ambulance of Visalia and editor of the
new Valley Response magazine.
To be involved in the 2010 Heroes Appreciation
Month discount card program, contact the Sequoia Foothills
Chamber of Commerce at 561-3300 or Leah Catherine
Launey at 561-4270.
in a room with a view
Have you ever wondered what it would
be like to live on a mountaintop, alone with the weather
and wildlife and your own thoughts? Romantic images
of famous writers such as Jack Kerouac and Edward
Abbey come to mind. Both were fire lookouts.
Although fewer and fewer fire lookout towers remain
standing, many still serve a vital public safety function
and are staffed by a dedicated and hardy group of
people. Some lookouts have been restored as recreation
rentals, allowing visitors a unique camping experience,
while others have simply been left to the elements.
Regardless of their use, these lonely towers still
inspire the wonder and awe of an era gone by.
The BUCK ROCK FOUNDATION, a local grassroots
nonprofit organization, is dedicated to the preservation
of fire lookouts in the central and southern Sierra
mountains and foothills. Founders were motivated by
the neglect and abandonment of many of our local remaining
lookouts, including Buck Rock (the namesake of the
Foundation), Bear Mountain, and Park Ridge.
Goals of the association include preserving
fire lookouts through historic restoration and maintenance,
and staffing lookouts for fire detection, interpretation,
and educational purposes.
Buck Rock Foundation believes that the
best use of fire lookouts is the traditional one —
staffing lookouts to look for fires. Fire lookouts
are, by design, the eyes and the ears of the forest.
If a fire lookout is staffed, a fire
watcher can quickly spot a fire and quickly and accurately
report it. The faster that fire is spotted and reported,
the quicker resources like firefighters and equipment
The quicker those resources respond,
the smaller the fire will likely be. The bottom line?
A quick report of a fire can mean the difference between
a large, catastrophic fire or a small, inconsequential
Are you interested in becoming a volunteer
fire lookout? Do you love nature and solitude, have
an adventurous spirit, and like the idea of providing
a service to your community and public lands? If so,
then volunteering as a fire watcher is for you. The
Buck Rock Foundation provides a volunteer lookout
program that assists in the staffing of three fire
lookouts in the Sequoia-Kings Canyon area: Delilah,
Park Ridge, and Buck Rock. Not only do these lookouts
have magnificent views of the High Sierra and giant
sequoia groves, but they also look into all of our
local designated wildfire “Com-munities at Risk”:
Squaw Valley, Dunlap, Wonder Valley, Piedra, Hartland,
Miramonte/Pinehurst, Badger, Wilsonia, and Hume Lake.
On decent air quality days, Park Ridge
can even see into the Three Rivers area. This station
called in the first report of the Horse Fire near
Horse Creek in 2004.
Space is still available in the class
of 2009 for interested folks who would like to donate
time during the upcoming fire season to help staff
the local lookouts. The pay is lousy, the food depends
on what kind of cook you are, exercise can not be
avoided, and the weather unpredictable.
But, the views are incredible, the excitement
is unparalleled, and how often do you get a chance
to do something this unusual and so important?
This is a unique opportunity to give
back to your community while getting away from it
all. The lookouts are a small, devoted group of people
from all walks of life with a common interest in maps,
weather, wilderness, and “high” adventure.
Volunteer opportunities exist for as many or as few
days as you are willing to give.
To learn more about our program and to
find out if volunteering as a fire watcher is for
you, please attend the annual Volunteer Lookout Orientation
on Saturday April 25, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the Hume
Lake Ranger District office on Highway 180 in Dunlap.
Call (559) 336-9319 or email buckrock@inreach-.com
to reserve your seat.
This day is geared for new volunteers
and people with a general interest in what it might
be like to work in a fire lookout. It includes a morning
session of general information and purpose, along
with a frontline training video and guest speakers.
The afternoon is filled with hands-on training of
the tools of the trade, weather observations, and
basic map reading.
The Volunteer Lookout Training will be
Saturday, May 2, 9 am-5 pm, at the Sequoia-Kings Canyon
National Parks headquarters in Ash Mountain near Three
There’s so much to do
Lake Kaweah’s visitor center
by Larry Butler
Ranger Valerie McKay runs the Kaweah
Heritage Visitor Center for the U.S. Army Corps of
Engineers (USACE). Located on Lemon Hill above the
marina at Lake Kaweah, the center has operated for
nearly six years and greeted about 30,000 visitors.
And yet, it may be the best-kept secret of the Kaweah
Initial construction in 2003 was supervised
by Phil Deffenbaugh, park manager, and completed under
the leadership of ranger Denise Robertson.
“A visitor center had been in the master plan
since 1976,” explained Phil. “Besides,
we had to build a new boat patrol office anyway.”
Valerie assumed the duties of interpretive
ranger in 2006 and now enjoys informing visitors who
come from all over the globe.
“I love this area,” she said. “And
I enjoy explaining how the water moves. I like to
share this information because it’s so interesting!”
She especially likes sharing her knowledge
of local history, culture, and nature with groups
of young people. Among the attractions at Lemon Hill
is a great view of the lake, the Terminus Dam, and
A viewing deck was added in 2004 and
features a Native American bedrock mortar moved from
an area of the lakebed that is now flooded. A view
from the deck is available at: tularecountyemap.com/map.html,
but nothing compares to the real thing on a clear
day. It’s the perfect place to bring groups
of students to learn about the lake and its contribution
to Tulare County.
More attractions are found inside. Although
the building is small and shares its space with the
Tulare County Boat Patrol, it is packed with information.
A display of basketry offers a glimpse
of the rich native culture that thrived here for thousands
of years before the arrival of western influence.
A collection of orange crate labels shows the importance
of agriculture and the contribution of the Kaweah
drainage to its vitality.
A wall of photos depicts the many floods
that wreaked havoc on the towns downstream until the
dam was constructed in 1962. Children are attracted
to a fine collection of animal pelts that shows the
diversity of wildlife that lives in the area even
Something special makes Kaweah one of
the most interesting lakes in the world: The level
of the water was raised by 21 feet in 2005 by building
a system of fusegates on the spillway.
These can be seen from inside the visitor
center and the deck. A once-functional model of the
system is on display, along with a variety of informational
photos and text. Many longtime locals first realized
how the system works by stopping in at the visitor
A partnership between the Sequoia Natural
History Association (SNHA) and USACE enables the visitor
center offer a selection of books and gifts. These
range from nature toys, such as bugs and birds, to
field guides and books on history and culture. There
is something for everybody.
In recent months, the center has taken
on a new job. Since last year, it has sold several
hundred annual use passes to boaters, fishermen, and
frequent visitors. Prior to this, rangers had to take
time out from their regular duties to sell passes.
Valerie’s biggest challenge comes
from staff scheduling at the center.
"For a time, we only had three rangers and could
only keep the center open five days a week.”
But with the help of student rangers
and volunteers, she has kept the center open nearly
every day this year. Now she is looking for more help.
Most volunteers are RV travelers who
enjoy swapping their time and talent for a place to
camp. But the lake floods the campground every year
between mid-May and July. This makes recruiting harder
because there is no place for a volunteer’s
RV. Local residents are another promising new source
of volunteers, and active recruiting is now underway.
Valerie has plans to make the message
of the visitor center even more powerful.
“We’ll soon remodel, which will better
show the quality of the lake, the river, the history,
and the culture of this area,” she said.
Larry Butler is a volunteer at the
Kaweah Heritage Visitor Center.
must apply this
for Vacation Bible School
The 2009 Vacation Bible School Leadership
Team is now recruiting Teen Leaders to help with crafts,
games, snacks, Bible story, daily puppet show, and
In the past, junior high and high school
students who wanted to help with VBS have simply signed
up or shown up at the door. This year, Bible School
organizers are stepping it up a bit by creating a
Teen Leadership Team.
Teens interested in a leadership role
at VBS will need to fill out an application, go through
an interview process, and participate in trainings,
meetings, and fun events that will take place before
the first day. There will be approximately four meetings
before VBS with the dates to be determined once recruitment
“Teen Leaders serve as role models to the children
who attend VBS, so we want them to be fully prepared
for that responsibility and have fun in the process,”
said Elizabeth LaMar, this year’s VBS director.
“It will be a youth program for the teens as
This year’s communitywide Vacation
Bible School is scheduled for Monday, July 13, through
Thursday, July 16, at St. Anthony Retreat. The daily
schedule will run from 9 a.m. to noon with a closing
program on Thursday evening, July 16.
Any teens who are interested in applying
may contact Elizabeth LaMar at 561-4154 or the Three
Rivers Community Presbyterian Church, 561-3385. Applications
are available now at the church office and the deadline
is April 30.
River Rovers save lives
River Rovers volunteers are currently
needed in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks
during the upcoming high-water period that coincides
with warmer weather. The main goal of the program
is to make contact with park visitors and explain
the dangers of the rivers.
A potential River Rover should be able
to walk several miles on uneven terrain. Training
will be provided.
To request an application: Tim_Barrett@nps.gov or
call 565-4212 or 565-4211.
Public comment requested
parks’ cave management plan
The National Park Service is preparing
an Environmental Assessment to address major revisions
to the Cave Management Plan for Sequoia and Kings
Canyon National Parks. This update is needed because
it has been 11 years (1997) since the last revision
and during that time more than 75 new caves have been
found in the park.
The public is invited to submit written
comments to SEKI_planning@nps.gov or by mailing them
to Park Superintendent, 47050 Generals Highway, Three
Rivers, CA 93271. Comments concerning the scope, contents,
and breadth of this plan will be used to help identify
significant issues for the management of caves within
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks.
Comments received by Friday, May 15,
will be of most use during this initial phase of the
project, however, there will be future opportunities
to comment on the specifics and the alternatives developed
for the Cave Management Plan.
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks
contain more than 260 known caves formed within marble
rock at a wide range of elevations across the parks.
This includes the longest cave in California, commercialized
Crystal that is popular with park visitors, alpine
caves in Mineral King, and more.
The purpose of the Cave Management Plan
is to provide direction for the parks’ cave
management team in working with the visiting public
and researchers. This direction supports the protection
and conservation of all park cave and karst resources
as directed by federal law and National Park Service
Public Participation— Note that all comments
become part of the public record. Names and addresses
of people who comment also become part of the public
If individuals commenting request that
their name and/or address be withheld from public
disclosure, it will be honored to the extent allowable
by law. Such requests must be stated prominently in
the beginning of the comments.
There also may be circumstances wherein
the NPS will withhold from the record a respondent’s
identity, as allowable by law.
As always, the NPS will make available
for public inspection all submissions from organizations
or businesses and from persons identifying themselves
as representatives or officials of organizations and
businesses. Anonymous comments may not be considered.
If you would like more information than
is presented here, contact:
Joel Despain, 565-3717, firstname.lastname@example.org; or Benjamin
Tobin, 565-4271, email@example.com.
Park Service gets the lead
The National Park Service announced recently
that they will be taking a leadership role in removing
lead from the environment by eliminating the use of
lead ammunition and lead fishing tackle by the end
The new lead reduction efforts include
changes in NPS activities, such as culling operations
and the dispatching of wounded or sick animals. Resource
managers will use non-lead ammunition to prevent environmental
contamination as well as lead poisoning of scavenger
species that may feed upon carcasses.
Yellowstone National Park has long had
restrictions on lead fishing tackle to protect native
species and their habitats. All lands in the National
Park System will soon follow suit.
Nontoxic substitutes for lead made in
the United States are now widely available, including
tungsten, copper, and steel.
Lead has long been known to be an environmental
contaminant affecting many areas of the world, and
the national parks have not been immune. Lead is banned
in gasoline, children’s toys, and paint because
of its effects on human health.
In the U.S., there is an accelerating
trend to reduce lead contamination associated with
firearms and hunting. California recently implemented
a mandatory ban to facilitate California condor recovery.
by Mona Fox Selph
Our economy, built on conspicuous consumption,
has recently been like an inflated balloon with a
pinhole leak, spinning crazily out of control and
out of sight. It has caused a great wave of uncertainty
and fear among the populace, and tragic loss of investments,
homes, and security for many.
There is, however, a silver lining to
the situation recognized by those who are paying attention.
One good result is seeing every day the greater awareness
of human need, resulting in the works of good Samaritans
and whole communities helping those hurt most by the
economy in crises.
Another positive outcome may be that
there will be more transparency across the board in
our economic system, with the result that we will
never experience such a deep recession again. Yet
many of us think that the most important outcome of
all will be changes in all of our behavior and thinking
that will help repair and protect the damaged environment
here on the only Earth we have.
“Less is more” was the doctrine of master
architect of the international style, Ludwig Mies
van der Rohe. If we all consumed less as a whole and
were more selective in our choices, it would certainly
effect, slow, and hopefully reverse the degrading
of our environment.
Smaller cars, fewer trips, less packaging,
less water usage, and even smaller families as a goal
for the future so that there will be enough resources
for all, would mean a better world to live in. We
need to keep these ideas in the forefront and not
slip back into our old habits when the financial crises
Three Rivers folks can be very proud
of our community and the way we work together for
the good of all.
Now there will be both a spring and fall
event for our environment in Three Rivers. New this
year will be an Earth Day celebration, which will
take place on Saturday, May 2, at the Memorial Building.
This event will be sponsored by Tulare County Citizens
for Responsible Growth, headed by Carole Clum (561-4661).
Large in scope, it will highlight many environmental
organizations through exhibits and presentations.
In the fall, as in the past two years,
the TREW CREW will again feature a two-day event the
first weekend of October. Saturday will again feature
the annual California Native Plant Society-Alta Peak
Chapter sale at the Arts Center, along with exhibits
and presentations. The CNPS will play a larger
role at the Saturday all-day event.
Elsah Cort, inspired by her January attendance at
the Conservation Conference in Sacramento, has secured
a special guest, John Muir Laws, as a presenter. A
trained scientist, he is the artist/author of the
new Laws Field Guide to the Sierra Nevada.
The Sunday event, first suggested by
Isabelle Elmer Collins, will be our third Green Home
Tour. Last year’s tour was in the Valley, but
we plan to come back to Three Rivers again for this
Thanks to Isabelle, our tour last year
was part of the American Solar Energy Society’s
national event, the largest grassroots solar event
in history, and one of only 21 in the state of California.
Nearly all are held annually the first weekend of
We are still in the planning stages and
could use suggestions from the community for new or
old green or greening homes to explore. If you have
ideas for our fall event on either day, contact me
"Less is more” except when working together
for a better community and world. We can be proud
that when it comes to the environment, our community
is doing more and more!
Mona Fox Selph is a resident of Three
PART ONE (OF THREE)
here for Part Two
Dieting will make you fat. Diets are the biggest scam
of the century. Why would the creator of any diet
want you to lose weight for good? If diets worked,
dieting professionals would go out of business.
But don’t give them any repeat
business because your life depends on it. Frequent
dieters are 60 percent more likely to die from heart
disease than people who don’t starve themselves.
It is ironic that while we are facing
a global public health crisis caused by obesity and
its attendant illnesses there is also a booming diet
industry that says they have all the answers.
There is only one way to lose weight
and maintain the weight loss: Regular physical exercise
and ensuring that your food intake contains a majority
of fresh, whole foods. That’s it, that’s
the answer. There are no two ways about it.
The faster you lose weight, the more
likely it is to come back. That’s why when you
begin an exercise routine and make a habit of healthy
eating, there are six words that must become your
mantra: “For the rest of my life.”
The weight loss will be slow, but steady.
And it will stay off… for the rest of your life!
If you don’t think you can go it
alone and need assistance regarding food choices and
portion control, consult a registered dietitian. The
one commercial weight-loss program that teaches clients
about portion control, how to prepare and eat real
food with a healthy balance of carbohydrates, protein,
and fat that can be followed for a lifetime is Weight
Here is one of the golden rules of losing
—Eat real food. Watch out for
catchphrases like “light, reduced-calorie, diet-friendly,
or low-carb.” This usually means these foods
have been manipulated to lure the perennial dieter.
Go for healthy whole foods instead like lean proteins,
as many vegetables as you can handle, fresh fruits,
whole grains, nuts and seeds, and low-fat dairy products.
These foods actually taste better, provide more nutritional
value, and are more satisfying.
NEXT WEEK: Good fats, quality carbs,
fitness, and a post-loss plan.
The information in
this article is not intended to replace the advice
and treatment of a medical professional.
years ago in The Kaweah Commonwealth
2, 1999 —
Star-studded performances headline 26th
annual festival— A Jazzaffair preview highlighting
some of the bands that would appear the following
weekend during the spring festival.
Easter weekend will be chilly
but no rain— On Wednesday, March 31,
Kaweah Country received a half-inch of rain and snow
down to 2,500 feet. Early-morning temperatures in
Three Rivers dipped into the low 30s. Rainfall for
the season to date was just over 13 inches at the
1,000-foot elevation level.
Kaweah Land Trust holds ranch
in perpetuity— A dedication was held
as a private land preserve was donated by the Jeffs
family. The property, known as the Double Eagle Ranch,
is located at the end of Dinely Drive and contiguous
to Sequoia National Park.
Staberg, infant, 1998-1998. Kim Irene Barlow, 1956-1999.
ALSO, spring sports,
artists’ exhibits, and new carpeting on the
way for Three Rivers Library.
1917 ~ 2009
Marjorie Elizabeth Finch Kimzey, a former
resident of Three Rivers, died of natural causes Monday,
March 23, 2009, in Visalia. She was 92.
Marge was born April 25, 1917, in Decatur,
Ark., to Frank and Beatrice Finch. On Sept. 11, 1943,
she married Victor L. Kimzey of Exeter.
In 1946, the couple moved to Visalia.
Upon their retirement, the Kimzeys moved to Three
Rivers, where they resided for 12 years.
Marge, better known to her family as
“Chirp,” brought enthusiasm, talent, and
humor to all she pursued in life. Her dry wit and
quick sense of humor charmed those around her until
the very end.
In addition to keeping the books for
the family business, Marge researched clothing and
accessories from the early 20th century and reproduced
exceptional ensembles that complemented the family’s
passion for antique automobiles. Her flair for fashion
was apparent throughout her life, and she worked in
the retail fashion industry for several years.
Marge traveled extensively with her husband,
Vic, a professional jazz musician and former member
of the High Sierra Jazz Band of Three Rivers.
Together they explored five continents,
some of them multiple times. She enjoyed discovering
different cultures and always returned from trips
with trinkets and goodies for her loved ones.
In 1991, Marge was preceded in death
by her husband of 47 years, Vic. She was also preceded
in death by her parents and sister Virginia Finch
Marge is survived by her daughter, Carole
Kimzey of Visalia; daughter Suzi Kimzey Parsons and
husband David Parsons of Florence, Mont. (formerly
of Three Rivers); her grandchildren, Kimzey McGrath
of San Francisco, Katy McGrath of San Luis Obispo,
and Parker Parsons of Omak, Wash.; sister-in-law Gladys
Peatross of Morro Bay; and 14 nieces and nephews.
1951 ~ 2009
Gary L. Canafax of Visalia died Friday,
March 27, 2009, in Three Rivers. He was 47.
Gary was born Nov. 1, 1961, in Yuma,
Ariz., to Euel and Opal Canafax. In 1977, he moved
with his family to the Visalia area.
He worked in the home-construction industry
for many years. He loved his music.
In 2003, Gary was preceded in death by
his brother Larry Canafax.
He is survived by his parents Euel and Opal Canafax
of Three Rivers.
A graveside service was held yesterday
(Thursday, April 2) at the Visalia Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Gary’s
memory may be made to First Baptist Church, P.O. Box
35, Three Rivers, CA 93271.