In the News - Friday, June 11,
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Rivers School graduation
The audience at the Three Rivers Town Hall meeting
of Monday, June 7, held at the Three Rivers Memorial
Building, was as packed as the agenda was busy. After
some brief announcements, Supervisor Allen Ishida
opened the discussion on the evening’s hot topic:
“Respectful and Safe Uses of the Kaweah River.”
Supervisor Ishida acknowledged that the
river issue is one that’s not going to go away.
He introduced Nina Dong, Tulare County’s deputy
counsel to provide some legal definitions.
waters are held by the State as a public trust up
to the high water mark,” Dong stated, adding
that legal uses of the main fork of the Kaweah River
include “boating, fishing, bathing and kayaking
up and down the river.”
Along with the right to be in the river
is the right of “free access up to the shore.”
A plethora of questions followed Dong’s remarks.
is the high water mark defined?” inquired Ron
Turner. “Is it a 10-year high? A 20-year?”
Another audience member asked if they
should set stakes this year to identify the mark,
as it is a particularly high water year. Ishida replied
that it would be a “good idea,” but that
it would not establish a definite high mark.
understand your frustration…” replied
Ishida as a flurry of questions came, expressing the
difficulty of understanding a definite public access
will [continue to] be an issue after they throw dirt
on all of us,” he said. “Let’s see
if we can establish an ordinance to define the high
water mark based on past litigation.”
When asked about access for ingress and
egress, Dong replied that visitors “would need
permission to pass” through private property.
there liability associated with granting access to
the river… if someone starts a fire?”
asked an audience member.
Answers became more difficult as the
questions became more specific.
Diana Glass explained that the problem
increases exponentially with each passing year
adults, kids, campfires, noise... Is it legal?”
Glass said it is her understanding that
much of the river activity is in reality a code-enforcement
issue, explaining that to continually host a family
gathering on one’s own property would involve
Several owners of riverfront property
related incidents of littering, sanitation issues,
drug and alcohol use, and other flagrant violations
of law and respect. The lack of law enforcement presence
has many feeling uneasy as the belligerence of some
visitors has escalated recently. Ishida indicated
that the Sheriff’s Department increases the
local patrol from one resident deputy to at least
two deputies during the peak river season.
As the discussion came to focus on the
riverfront property owned by Southern California Edison
— known as Edison Beach or Big Rock —
Jim Kennard, manager of the Kaweah-Tule Eastern Hydro
Division, addressed the gathering.
is my fifth year on the job here… and it has
been a balancing act between closing it off and keeping
it open for public use,” he said. “We
are closing [Edison Beach] on the three holiday weekends
at this point. The best solution I’ve seen so
far is the residents policing the area.”
Kennard said it is not the company’s
desire to close the area.
get many calls from members of the community begging
us not to close it.” Kennard said. “If
we did, good people would have to pay for the behavior
of bad people. I have posted basic site visitation
rules at the site. If you witness violations, please
call law enforcement.”
Several residents of the Dinely Drive/Kaweah
River Drive areas expressed concern over the fact
that the road becomes impassable to emergency vehicles
or for rapid evacuation due to its blockage by illegally
parked vehicles. Richard Fletcher, a retired CHP officer,
suggested that violators be immediately towed, which
drew a round of applause.
In summation, Ishida identified the issues
as resource management, code compliance, high water
mark access, and who can access the Kaweah River.
a Supervisor, I get a copy of every [code compliance]
complaint in the county.”
One suggestion Ishida offered was the
compiling of a guide on how the code compliance process
works. He also mentioned that parks’ money is
available. A place designated for river access could
potentially alleviate some of the pressure on over-used
swimming holes like Slicky and Edison Beach.
The regular monthly town meetings, sponsored
by the Village Foundation, will take a hiatus for
the summer. For more information about the Village
Foundation or to place an item on a future agenda,
call Marge Ewen at 561-0123.
Next week: Non-native thistle —
yellow star, Italian, and more — another topic
discussed at the recent town meeting. Who to call
and what to do about this invasive problem.
turnout at record low
June 8 primary election attracted one of lowest voter
turnouts ever in Tulare County, although the final
tally won’t be known for another week while
officials count thousands of absentee ballots. The
assessor’s race is still too close call.
Not so in the race for Sheriff-Coroner
where incumbent Bill Wittman won decisively over challenger
John Zapalac (64 to 35 percent). The low voter turnout,
which generally favors incumbents, might have sealed
the fate for Zapalac, who experienced another disappointing
The 2010 race for county sheriff was
eerily similar to 2006. Wittman won that election
with 65 percent of the vote countywide although he
failed to win in Three Rivers.
am very excited about my next four years as Sheriff,”
Wittman said. “It is going to be tough times.
The department, like any business, is struggling right
now to make ends meet but we’re going to make
One local voter said she was impressed
by the show of force during the recent visit of the
Hell’s Angels to Three Rivers.
just wanted to make it perfectly clear who’s
in charge here in case there was any trouble,”
Another local voter said they supported
Chief Zapalac because he would be more responsive
to the needs of Three Rivers.
want to keep working this and I’m going to keep
the pressure on until we win,” Zapalac said.
“I’m disappointed, especially with the
low voter turnout, but we’re doing fine. My
supporters are still here and we won’t give
In other races, Roland Hill held a slim
lead over Ron Medlock for County Assessor. That winner
won’t be called until all the absentee ballots
Steve Worthley, the incumbent supervisor
from District 4 that includes Woodlake, must face
a November runoff against challenger Brian Rouche.
Rouche, a 32-year-old newcomer, is seeking to capitalize
on anti-incumbent sentiment fueled by the fact that
the Board of Supervisors voted themselves a pay raise
while laying off employees.
Proposition 14, which advocated the reinstatement
of the open primary, won approval by voters statewide.
Voters can now vote in the primary election for any
candidate for a congressional or state elective office
without regard to the political party affiliations
of either the candidate or the voter.
The win was viewed as a rare political
victory for outgoing Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger who
helped finance the campaign.
are now a step closer to bringing real accountability
to government and putting people back in charge of
the politicians,” said Schwarzenegger in a statement
issued on election night.
A rundown on how Three Rivers voted compared
to Tulare County and statewide will be published when
figures are made available by the Tulare County Elections
Still no sign of Mark Burgess, missing
since May 30 after he was ejected from a boat in which
he was a passenger at Lake Kaweah. Burgess and four
others in the boat and two jet skiers were all pitched
into the water in an attempt to avoid a collision
just outside the no-wake zone in Greasy Cove. All
made it to safety except for Burgess.
The Sheriff’s Department pulled
divers off the search on Wednesday, June 2, but continue
to search the lake utilizing a helicopter. Burgess,
46, is the owner of a Tulare contracting business
and the father of three.
Cause of death
Larry Christopher Gentry, the hiker whose
body was found in Wolverton Creek during Memorial
Day weekend, died of a pulmonary embolism. That was
the cause of death as determined by the Tulare County
Gentry, 55, from Clearwater, Fla., was
experienced in the backcountry and apparently hiking
off trail when he suffered a fall. His body was discovered
approximately one-half mile from the Wolverton parking
area in Sequoia National Park.
At least three fires were reported in
the local national parks during the busy Memorial
Day weekend, none of which caused any major damage.
Two were vehicle fires and one was a cabin at Wilsonia.
The cabin fire started in the chimney
and spread to the walls. Grant Grove firefighters
had to lay a hose line over snow to save the building.
Helitack turns 50
The Ash Mountain Helibase and Recreation
Hall will be hosting an open house and reunion on
Saturday, June 12, from 10 a.m. to noon. The
local national parks are celebrating 50 seasons of
The term helitack was first used in a
newspaper article in 1956 describing a helicopter’s
initial attack during a wildfire. The parks’
chopper responds to fires and works in search-and-rescue
operations, law enforcement, and other backcountry
Kaweah Post Office
Limited mail service will continue while
plans are in the works to celebrate the centennial
of the historic post office later this year.
Currently, reported Kathleen McCleary, owner of the
property, there is a wooden Indian in the window but
it is her hope that window service can be restored
thing you can do to help is rent a box at the Kaweah
Post Office,” McCleary said at Monday’s
During the recent threatened closure,
postal officials cited an annual loss of revenue of
$2,000. Renting more boxes would help offset that
deficit, McCleary said.
Park officials expect to have the water
systems at Cold Spring Campground and in West Mineral
King fully operational by June 26. Snow has hampered
maintenance to the system and caused one of the latest
season openings in more than a decade.
gets the axe at WHS
the June 2010 edition of The Tiger Times
is very likely the last issue of Woodlake High School’s
newspaper. Due to school budget cuts, the elective
is being cut, saving the school $2,252 annually. Woodlake
High’s journalism staff and I believe that this
cut will do more harm than it will help.
I like to think that The Tiger Times
gets everybody both literally and figuratively on
the same page. The paper communicates to the community
what is going on at our high school and conveys to
the students what is happening outside of our little
The Tiger Times is the heart
of Woodlake High School. It showcases to the world
the character of WHS students. The newspaper gives
the school a pulse, highlighting the rhythm of the
people and the beat of the place. It is in this way
that The Tiger Times captures the unique life and
times of all those who attend and shares these stories
with Woodlake and Three Rivers.
unfortunate that the class is being cancelled because
it’s grown and matured over the years,”
said Adrianna Plascencia, journalism advisor. “It’s
a vital source of information that links the community
to the school.”
Not only does the newspaper benefit the
school and the community, it also helps students become
better writers. It allows students’ voices to
be heard and acknowledged.
great thing about Woodlake is the great variety of
opportunities it offers, especially considering how
small a school it is,” said Holly Gallo, a former
editor-in-chief of The Tiger Times. “The
school newspaper is one of those fantastic and unique
opportunities, one that allows students to not only
learn valuable life and professional skills, but also
to be creative. It gives them a voice, a chance to
explore their interests outside of mere classroom
In fact, throughout California, there
has been a 14 percent drop in high school journalism
programs. That is 200 fewer than there were 10 years
ago! They are continuing to drop, and my staff and
I find this very sad as it is a major part of our
Pride is not a concept reserved exclusively for certain
aspects of Woodlake High, but truly a cumulative force,
representative of all that this school has to offer,”
said last year’s editor-in-chief Jordan Vieira.
“It encompasses the many doings of our students
and beyond, extending to the alumni who continue to
act as part of our family. However, one
aspect of Tiger Pride, which stands above all others,
is the administration’s commitment to preparing
our students for the complexities of a fragile and
uncertain future. It is hypocritical to the ideals
and mission statement of Woodlake High, and I fully
support a move to reinstate the program.”
At Jordan’s suggestion, I would
like to propose to the students of Woodlake High School
that we start a Journalism Club. Many of the current
reporters from The Tiger Times staff, as
well as other students, see the value in journalism
and may be interested in continuing with this amazing
Possibly, with the help and support of
John and Sarah Elliott, publishers/editors of Three
Rivers’s newspaper The Kaweah Commonwealth,
and other community members, we could make this a
reality. The 2010 WHS journalism team and I sincerely
believe that we can accomplish this important task.
We need to grow closer to each other
in this community by keeping everyone informed! Emailing
any thoughts or suggestions to email@example.com
would be appreciated!
With your help, we, the journalism staff
and I, believe that The Tiger Times will
once again thrive.
Kathryn Keeley of Three
Rivers just completed her junior year at WHS.
violinists to perform 3R concerts
This Sunday, nine prodigy violinists
arriving from as far away as Bulgaria and Korea will
check in with Center Stage Strings and take up their
housing assignments for an intensive week of study
with the best violin teachers in the world. One or
more of these exceptional talents may well become
the next Itzhak Perlman or Anne-Sophie Mutter.
That’s the hope of Danielle Belen,
creator of Center Stage Strings, and Robert Lipsett,
violin master at the internationally renowned Colburn
School of Music.
But there’s more. Danielle and
Robert have arranged a series of public concerts throughout
the week-long camp. Really, really good concerts featuring
On Tuesday, June 15, at 7 p.m., the mesmerizing
violinist William Hagen, 17, who has performed with
major orchestras across the United States, will perform
Johannes Brahms’s passionate Sonata No. 3 with
Julliard graduate Jennie Jung accompanying on piano,
followed by J.S. Bach’s soaring Sonata for solo
violin in G minor.
Will is quickly emerging as one of the
most talented violinists of his generation. He first
soloed with orchestra when he was nine years old and
has since enjoyed numerous solo engagements with ensembles
across the country. The Salt Lake Tribune described
Will as playing “with the heart of a poet, creating
elegant, lyrical phrases and spine tingling tones.”
He plays a Nicolò Amati violin, handcrafted
by that violin-making genius in 1665.
On Thursday, June 17, at 7 p.m., the
13-year-old phenomenon Simone Porter will astonish
even the most seasoned music lover. She has already
performed with the Royal Philharmonic in London, and
after her performance in Three Rivers she will travel
to Singapore to perform in the “Prodigies of
the World” series.
For the past eight years, Simone has
studied at the prestigious Margaret Pressley Violin
Studio in Seattle and more recently she has been flying
once a week to Los Angeles to study with Colburn’s
Robert Lipsett. Simone has soloed with many orchestras,
has performed at Carnegie Hall, and in April 2008
opened a ceremony to honor the Dalai Lama.
On Friday, June 18, at 4 p.m., violin
master teacher Robert Lipsett, regarded by many as
the foremost teacher of violin on earth, will present
a master class to three exceptional violinists. If
you have never sat in to observe a master class, it
shouldn’t be missed. The insight into what it
takes to become a professional musician will astound
you. And the music will be wonderful.
On Saturday, June 19, at 7 p.m., the
brilliant “Center Stage Strings Trio”
will present Beethoven’s dynamic Piano Trio
in D Major, one of his most personal and revealing
works, followed by Brahms Trio in B Major, a musical
portrait of magnanimity and devotion so vivid men
and women have been known to involuntarily fall into
prayer. All members of the Trio are professional musicians.
Danielle Belen has won a national violin competition.
Cellist Diego Miralles has performed with Yo Yo Ma
and Sting. Jennie Jung is a recorded and prizewinning
On Sunday, June 20, at 5 p.m., the Finale
Concert will feature riveting solos and chamber music,
followed by an Artists’ Reception that is open
to the public.
All performances will be presented at
the Community Presbyterian Church in Three Rivers,
43410 Sierra Drive. All concerts are free except Saturday,
admission $10. Tickets are available at Chump’s
Videos & DVDs.
For more information, visit www.CenterStageStrings.com.
Bill Haxton is a resident of Three
Rivers and assisted with the organization of the Center
Stage Strings camp in Three Rivers.
pantry is beneficiary of 'Bathtub Race'
Saturday, March 27, a “Bathtub Race” charity
fundraiser was the final event in the three-month-long
Heroes Appreciation Months, sponsored by the Sequoia
Foothills Chamber of Commerce. At the event five teams
competed to be the one that could make a bathtub float
the longest in Lake Kaweah.
Teams raised funds for their favorite
community-service organization. The winning team received
all the funds for their charity.
The team representing the Three Rivers
Bread Basket was the ultimate winner. Last month,
a check for $1,015,41 was presented by SFCC to the
local food pantry.
TO MY FOOD COLUMN
embarked on a road trip recently with my two college-aged
kids Devon and Julia to Colorado for a family reunion.
It was a lot of fun driving together, playing car
games, staying at a quaint little bed-and-breakfast
in a small mountain town, and eating well-prepared,
When driving through Nevada, Arizona,
Utah, and Colorado, the monotony of the open road
can lend to some pretty boring moments. There are
only so many times you can play Slug Bug or create
anagrams from road signs.
So what better way to break it all up
than to chow down on some good eats? Food always has
the potential for adventure, in my opinion.
I’m not big on stopping at fast food joints
or gas station marts for junk food to fill the hunger
gap that can leave one with a hangover of sorts the
next day. And since exercise is non-existent in a
car, healthy eating is key.
It took me a while to figure out what
to make. I wanted it to be healthy, easy to prepare
and clean up, budget-friendly, and satisfying.
The recipes at right are what I came
up with, paired with a variety of fresh produce, and
last but never least, lots of water.
We did stop for ice cream, however. Ice
cream is a must, no matter what.
2 cans of
chickpeas (garbanzo beans), boiled until soft then
2/3 cup plain Greek yogurt
1/4 cup Greek olives, diced
2 small green onions, diced
1 large celery stick, diced
1/2 large red pepper, diced
1/8 cup flat leaf parsley, finely chopped
1/8 cup diced bread-and-butter pickles (optional,
but I like the contrast with the pungent olives and
a touch of sweet from the pickle)
Salt to taste and a dash of
Spread on crackers, rice cakes, or whole grain bread.
Add lettuce and thinly sliced tomatoes, if desired.
Sugar snap peas or green beans
…WITH SAVORY DIP
cup low-fat Greek yogurt
1/4 cup low-fat sour cream
2 tbs. cream cheese, softened
2 tbs. Good Seasons Italian dressing mix or any fresh
herbs in season.
(If using herbs, remember to salt. Do not add salt
if you use dressing mix.) Whip everything together
SUMMER TRAIL MIX
equal parts, raw or roasted:
Dried mango, diced
Dried pineapple, diced
Dried plums or apricots, diced
cup raw cacao powder
1¼ cups almond meal
1 cup coconut butter (melted)
1/2 cup raw honey
Golden raisins, goji berries, or shaved dried coconut
may also be added to these before rolling into balls.
Elizabeth Lahmann of Three Rivers died Friday, June
4, 2010, at Kaweah Delta Hospital in Visalia due to
a degenerative disease. She was 35.
Sara was born Oct. 21, 1974, in Visalia.
She was a sixth-generation Tulare County native.
Sara was a graduate of Golden West High
School in Visalia and earned an AA degree from College
of the Sequoias. She was a member of the FFA floral
judging team at Golden West and earned certificates
in horticulture and nursery management from COS.
Sara often expressed her happiness with
the family move to Three Rivers 10 years ago to the
restored adobe home of her great-grandparents Jim
and Claire Livingston. She loved gardening and was
a member of the San Joaquin Herb Society and Three
Rivers Woman’s Club. She assisted with the maintenance
of the Herb Society’s former herb garden at
the COS farm for many years.
Sara was the granddaughter of the late
Earl and Jean Davis of Three Rivers. She is survived
by her parents, Steve and Barbara Davis Lahmann of
Three Rivers; brother Mike Lahmann and companion Charlotte
Dalzell of Ione; sister Katy Lahmann Harris and husband
Steven of Alberta, Canada; nephews Ian, Kevin, and
Blake Harris; grandmother Ella Listar; aunt Ruth Pugh;
aunt Kathy Davis Lipp and husband Bob of Kennewick,
Wash.; uncle Jeff Davis and wife Barbara of Exeter;
and numerous nieces and nephews.
A viewing and rosary were held Wednesday,
June 9, at St. Clair’s Catholic Church in Three
Rivers. A mass of Christian burial was held Thursday,
June 10, immediately followed by interment at the
Three Rivers Cemetery.
1920 ~ 2010
Elizabeth Wells Jones Andresen died Tuesday,
April 27, 2010. She was 89.
Elizabeth was born in Denver, Colo.,
on December 26, 1920. Her family moved to Glendale,
Calif., that year where Elizabeth and her brother
Walt walked to the Dorn Street Elementary School.
(Walt Wells later became a cattle rancher and was
a longtime resident of Three Rivers.)
Elizabeth graduated from Marlborough
High School in Los Angeles. She continued on to graduate
from the University of Southern California with a
Bachelor of Arts degree in Merchandising in 1943.
During World War II, Elizabeth earned her wings as
a pilot in Reno, Nev., so she could ferry planes to
those flying in war zones, however, a marriage proposal
from Robert E. “Bob” Jones intervened,
and she gave up her potential flying career.
Bob and Elizabeth settled in La Canada,
where they raised their four children. Their marriage
was cut short in July 1971 when Bob died in a scuba-diving
Elizabeth lived in La Canada Flintridge
for 52 years from 1951 until 2003. She was extremely
involved in the community. In 2003, Elizabeth and
her second husband, Bob Andresen, moved to Villa Gardens
In 1972, Elizabeth and Robert “Bob”
Andresen were introduced by friends and the couple
married later that year. They enjoyed gardening, volunteer
work, and world travel.
During their 34 years of marriage, Elizabeth
and Bob Andresen hosted many friends and family members
each summer at Kaweah Han Lodge, located near the
Mineral King area of Sequoia National Park.
Elizabeth is survived by her children, Dale Jones
of Shell Beach; Joyce Millikan of Pasadena; Wendy
Allestad of Altadena; stepdaughter Elyse Carr of Seymour,
Ind.; eight grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.
The family suggests that in lieu of flowers,
remembrances be made to the Crescenta-Canada YMCA
or the charity of the donor’s choice.