this week's FRONT PAGE (PDF)
in the June 6 print edition:
High School Class of 2008:
photos • Scholarships • Awards
Supervisor Allen Ishida,
the District 1 incumbent, won by a large
margin in the Tuesday, June 3, primary
over Guy Christian, the challenger who
was making his first attempt to run for
office. As of Thursday, June 5, several
thousand ballots countywide still remained
uncounted, but it’s not likely to
affect the outcome in the District 1 race.
Supervisor Ishida received
73.97 percent of the vote to Christian’s
25.50 percent. Christian said it was difficult
for him to devote the necessary time it
would take to unseat the incumbent because
he’s been so busy with his county
job as a fraud investigator.
Supervisor Ishida and his
wife, Wanda, hosted a victory celebration
in Lindsay on election night. Ishida said
the results in the non-partisan race were
a clear mandate that District 1 voters
want to continue the effective leadership
that he brings to the Tulare County Board
The newly re-elected District
1 supervisor will make his next local
appearance at Monday’s Town Hall
meeting. He said that his second four-year
term will just be more business as usual
and an opportunity to continue several
works in progress.
One of those works is negotiating
a new county-wide ambulance contract,
a topic that he will address at Monday’s
meeting in Three Rivers.
The Republican race for State
Assembly in the 34th District was a more
traditional primary battle between four
candidates; two women from the District’s
Westside versus two men from the Eastside.
Connie Conway, the current chairman of
the Tulare County Board of Supervisors,
waged a very effective campaign and easily
outdistanced her three opponents.
Conway received 50.71 percent
of the vote; Bob Smith tallied 26.14 percent
finishing a distant second. Becky Maze,
the wife of Bill Maze, the current officeholder,
finished third with 20.12 percent. Jon
Zellerhoffer, from Tecopa, received 422
votes or 2.84 percent.
Conway waged a very effective
media blitz that included a mix of TV
and print ads touting some very impressive
Among those endorsees was
Congressman Devin Nunes who ran unopposed
in the 21st district. He like Conway is
expected to win election on the November
ballot against their respective democratic
As currently drawn, the 34th
State Assembly District and the 21st Congressional
District are both solid Republican bastions.
Registered Republicans in the assembly
district outnumber Democrats 45 percent
to 34 percent; 16 percent are unaffiliated.
According to Paul Sampietro,
county registrar of voters, everything
went very smoothly in this primary election
although there was a fire at one polling
place in Visalia and a couple of precincts
initially received the wrong ballots.
These glitches, he said, were easily corrected.
“There were a couple of close races
like the one for the seat on the Porterville
City Council and the elementary bond for
Stone Corral,” Sampietro said. “We’ll
have to count all the ballots before we
can be sure of the results in those two
As of Thursday morning, June
5, about 7,000 ballots still remained
to be counted. The final countywide voter
turnout is expected to be about 25 percent.
Town meeting highlights
The monthly Town Hall meeting
hosted by the Three Rivers Village Foundation
returns on Monday, June 9, with a busy
agenda and featuring some urgent issues.
The meeting will be from 7 to 8:30 p.m.
at the Three Rivers Memorial Building.
Newly re-elected Supervisor
Allen Ishida will present an update on
the negotiations to implement a new countywide
ambulance services contract. A recent
incident last Sunday evening underscores
part of the problem relative to response
According to the incident log at Three
Rivers Fire Station, Tulare County Engine
14 responded to a medical aid at 7 p.m.
on Sunday, June 1, in the Slick Rock vicinity.
According to the Tulare County Sheriff’s
central dispatch, there is no record of
any call for that time or date.
At approximately 9 p.m.,
an ambulance and a Tulare County Sheriff’s
unit were both observed at Slick Rock,
apparently providing assistance to a houseboat
that was being hoisted from the submerged
“Calls in the Slick Rock area are
supposed to be relayed first to the Three
Rivers ambulance,” said Sandy Owen,
ambulance board president. “On Sunday
evening, we were not notified of a medical
aid or any incident at Slick Rock.”
Also on the agenda is another
opportunity for Steve Larson, a recreation
planner with the Bureau of Land Management
(BLM), to discuss the future of the North
Fork sites. The BLM held a public meeting
in Three Rivers last month but due to
lack of publicity it was poorly attended.
The popular BLM river access
sites were closed last year and the users
are now going to other local swimming
holes. There is no doubt that these former
BLM users, mostly youth from Valley communities,
as well as some known gang members, are
frequenting several other river sites
in and around Three Rivers.
As temperatures begin to
heat up, the pressure on river destinations
will escalate. This past week, it was
reported that a local teen was pulled
over by an out-of-town sheriff’s
deputy after she drove away from Slicky.
On Monday, a mêlée
broke out between Valley youths and Three
Rivers locals at Slicky. The fight started
after locals rebuked the visitors for
throwing beer cans in the river.
These recent incidents are
only the tip of the iceberg of larger
public-safety issues that traditionally
escalate during the busy visitor season.
Jim Fansett, resident deputy, and department
officials from Visalia headquarters have
been invited to address the local public
Alexandra Picavet, public
information officer, will update summer
season activities in Sequoia and Kings
Canyon National Parks. The Sequoia Shuttle,
which began service on May 21, is off
to an inauspicious start.
During the freaky Memorial
Day weekend weather, a number of the shuttles
returned to Visalia due to unsafe road
conditions. Then the next week, a shuttle
driver picked up some foreign tourists
who were ticketed as passengers on another
tour service. Visalia officials hope to
iron out all the bugs soon before the
real onslaught of tourists begins.
Kenneth Milton Savage Jr.
Kenneth Milton Savage Jr.
of Kaweah died at his home on Wednesday,
May 28, 2008, after an extended illness,
just a quarter-mile from where he was
born. He was 82.
A graveside service will
be held at the Three Rivers Cemetery on
Monday, June 16, at 11 a.m.
Milton was born on the Savage
Ranch in Kaweah on Jan. 22, 1926, to Kenneth
and Myrtle (Barton) Savage. He was raised
in Kaweah and Three Rivers and graduated
from Three Rivers School and Woodlake
Milton’s paternal grandfather,
Fred S. Savage, was a young man when he
traveled on his own from Liverpool, England,
on a harrowing journey around Cape Horn
to join the Kaweah Colony. He nearly starved
while making his way to the U.S. and upon
reaching San Diego, he walked the rest
of the way to Kaweah. But even though
he had paid his $10 membership fee by
mail a year or so earlier, upon his arrival
in Kaweah in 1893, he discovered that
the colony had disbanded.
With great vision and perseverance,
Fred established the Savage Apple Ranch
in Kaweah. The ranch became known far
and wide for its apples and fresh cider
for two generations, as Fred’s sons,
Kenneth (Milton’s father) and Alan,
eventually took over the ranch’s
By the age of 14, Milton
knew how to apply a diamond hitch and
pack mules. He was a backcountry mule
packer and horse wrangler for the Buckmans’
pack station at Mineral King where he
met his future wife, Carol Hinds, who
was employed in the resort’s dining
room. Milton later worked during summers
for Lee Maloy at the Wolverton Pack Station
in Sequoia National Park, both before
and after marrying Carol.
While he was still a senior
in high school, Milton joined the U.S.
Navy. He served for two years during World
War II in the Pacific onboard the USS
Tallulah, a T2 tanker.
Following his discharge from the Navy
in 1946, Milton returned home and, that
November, married Carol at her parents’
The couple made their home
in San Luis Obispo while Milton attended
Cal Poly, where he was president of his
senior class. After receiving his bachelor’s
and master’s degrees there, he embarked
on a career as a teacher and school administrator
that spanned 36 years and included several
institutions, from 1952 until his retirement
He began his career as a
high school ag teacher at LeGrand in Merced
County and Strathmore. He was an ag teacher
at West Hills College in Coalinga before
becoming the department head, then dean
of men. He was also the first superintendent
of Yosemite High School in Oakhurst and
an administrator at Modesto Junior College.
Milton had a deep commitment to Mineral
King, having spent many childhood summers
there with his grandmother, Mary Barton,
in her one-room cabin that was built in
1906. Today, the Savage family occupies
a cabin that they built in 1959 on the
site of the old Barton cabin.
In 1965, Milton became the
founding president of the Mineral King
District Association, which was organized
in opposition to a proposed development
by the Disney Corporation that was threatening
Mineral King. This organization was instrumental
in the legislation that led to the inclusion
of Mineral King into Sequoia National
Park in 1978 and, more than 40 years after
MKDA was founded, the legislation in 2005
that allowed the current permittees of
the historic cabin communities and their
heirs to continue as leaseholders. In
effect, Milton was instrumental in ensuring
preservation of the district that is now
listed on the National Register of Historic
In 1997, Milton returned
to Kaweah. He and Carol moved into their
new home located on part of the original
Savage Ranch property.
Milton was a member of the
Backcountry Horsemen of California, editor
of the group’s newsletter, and chairman
of its education committee. He was a member
of the Tulare County Farm Bureau and also
served as a Mineral King Preservation
Society docent during the summers at the
Alles Cabin at Atwell’s Mill, where
he shared stories of his lifelong friendship
with and knowledge of the Alles-Ogilvie
He was also a member of the
Mineral King Preservation Society and
past president of the Three Rivers Historical
Society. And wherever life took him, Milton
remained true to his roots, spending time
at his Mineral King cabin every summer,
returning home to live out his days at
Kaweah, and keeping a string of pack mules
and traveling with them into the Sierra
Milton was preceded in death
by his son, Kay, and a younger brother,
William Merritt Savage.
In addition to Carol, his
wife of 61 years, Milton is survived by
three sons, Jeff, Hal, and Mark Savage;
daughter Polly Savage; his youngest brother,
Stoney Savage of Visalia; his cousin,
Jim Barton of Three Rivers; 10 grandchildren;
10 great-grandchildren; and many other
cousins, nieces, and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, remembrances
in honor of Milton may be made to the
Mineral King District Association, P.O.
Box 1904, Canyon Country, CA 91386-1904,
and Hospice of Tulare County Foundation,
900 W. Oak Ave., Visalia, CA 93291 (phone