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Friday, JULY 27, 2007
Pot gardens take
As the weather heats up in July and August so does the activity
of the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department’s tactical enforcement
team as the seasonal pot raids reach a fever pitch. Each day, there are
maturing pot gardens to eradicate to ensure the demon weed does not reach
teenage pot smokers — recently identified as the nation’s
largest consumer group — and others on the street.
we can knock out a garden, we are doing our job,” said Lt. Boudreaux,
who commands a nine-man team that devotes nearly the entire summer to
investigation of pot gardens and the people who grow the illicit crops.
“If we can make an arrest that would really make my day.”
In the past week, Boudreaux and his squadron have raided
two growing areas on public lands near Three Rivers. The first one was
a large complex discovered in the Devils Canyon area within the South
On that plot of BLM land, Sheriff’s deputies discovered
and eradicated more than 35,000 plants. On Monday morning, July 23, it
was back to Three Rivers, this time to eradicate a smaller plot containing
1,600 plants on BLM land near Case Mountain in the East Fork canyon.
you have water and irrigation hose, it really doesn’t take much
acreage to grow thousands of plants,” Boudreaux said. “These
gardens are very remote and difficult to spot from the air.”
Because of the lack of water in the current season, growers
have been forced to move to higher elevations. Lt. Boudreaux said he expects
his department to set a new record for eradications in the current season.
To date, he said, the Sheriff’s deputies have removed and destroyed
more than 200,000 plants with an estimated street value of millions of
extremely busy right now, but we’re just getting started,”
Boudreaux said after displaying part of Monday’s haul. “To
see this stuff destroyed, we know we are hitting them [the growers] where
Four high country fires are currently being watched by Sequoia
National Park fire managers. Two fires were discovered earlier this month
after thunderstorms passed through the Sierra.
Last week, two more lightning-caused fires were discovered.
The day after heavy thunderstorm activity on Sunday, July 15, a fire was
discovered burning east of Little Claire Lake.
The Claire Fire was discovered during a reconnaissance flight.
It is burning in a single foxtail pine at about 11,000 feet in elevation.
The Willow Fire, located two miles southwest of Big Arroyo
in Sequoia’s backcountry, was detected Thursday, July 19, by a helicopter
overflight. This fire is the most active, currently about 95 acres in
size with potential for growth.
The Lost Canyon and Sphinx fires, both less than two acres
in size, were discovered July 6 in the same region of Sequoia. They have
both been placed on inactive status.
Vandals target 3R church
There is somebody who might be feeling guilty and perhaps
facing some retribution in another time and place. That seems to be the
consensus among a tightly knit community of church members who belong
to the First Baptist Church in Three Rivers.
Last Friday, July 20, between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., a person
or persons gained entry through a window and ransacked file cabinets,
desk drawers, and according to Sylvia Diaz, church secretary, made a “complete
worked really hard to get in the office door and go through a sheet rock
wall trying to get to the safe,” Sylvia said. “For all the
trouble and mess they made, nothing was stolen.”
Connie Lentz, who often checks the mail and runs errands
for the Sierra Drive congregation, said she noticed something wasn’t
right when she arrived at 3 p.m. In fact, Connie might have surprised
someone still inside who hastily fled when she was entering the building.
were after cash and, fortunately, there wasn’t any in the office,”
Sylvia said. “There were computers, musical instruments, and lots
of food in the Food Pantry, but these items weren’t even touched.”
A group of volunteers spent the week after the break-in cleaning
up the mess. The case remains under investigation by the Tulare County
Anyone with information in the case should call the Sheriff’s
Department at 733-6211.
On Thursday, July 12, Senator Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) introduced
legislation to set aside as wilderness nearly 115,000 acres within Sequoia
and Kings Canyon National Park. Representatives Jim Costa (D-Calif.) and
Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) introduced companion legislation in the House of
Nearly 70,000 acres of this proposed wilderness area would
be named after John Krebs, a former Fresno County Supervisor and U.S.
Congressman who led the effort to keep the Mineral King Valley undeveloped
as a ski resort by transferring the land from the U.S. Forest Service
into Sequoia National Park in 1978.
The former congressman represented the 17th Congressional
District in California from 1975 to 1979. He was born in Berlin, Germany,
He began practicing law in Fresno in 1958 and served as a
member of the Fresno County Planning Commission from 1965 to 1969. From
1970 to 1974, he served on the Fresno County Board of Supervisors before
being elected to the 94th Congress.
Krebs is currently retired and resides in Fresno.
courageously led the fight to protect Mineral King Valley from development
and deserves our gratitude for its pristine natural beauty today,”
said Sen. Boxer.
Nectar Java & Juice closed
Ted Berman, owner of the property formerly known as The Cabin
and recently renamed Nectar Java & Juice, announced this week that
the popular coffee klatch and former book emporium will be temporarily
The most recent closure of the popular Sierra Drive riverfront
property was effective Monday, July 23.
Berman, of Southern California, bought the property in foreclosure last
year. His son, Jesse, operated the business since the place was reopened.
the business won’t be closed very long,” Berman said. “I’m
already talking to someone about purchasing the property that has a little
more experience in this type of business.”
The property was originally developed as The Cabin, a coffeehouse
and used-book store, by Ken Woodruff in 2004. It was purchased by Bryan
Fields in 2006, who was the owner of the property prior to the Berman
World Ranger Day
set to premiere
For the first time, rangers around the globe will be celebrating
World Ranger Day. The event will occur Tuesday, July 31, and be held annually
on that date thereafter.
World Ranger Day is an event that was conceived by the International
Ranger Federation, a worldwide consortium of ranger associations.
Along with paying tribute to the work that rangers perform
to protect the last vestiges of the earth’s natural and cultural
heritage, World Ranger Day will also be a day to remember the rangers
who have been injured or killed in the line of duty.
This year’s inaugural celebration will center on the
worldwide release of a new international ranger documentary entitled The
Thin Green Line, created by Australian ranger Sean Willmore.
To make this film a reality, Sean sold his car, mortgaged
his house three times, and spent most of 2004 filming the lives and stories
of rangers on six continents and in 19 countries.
It is anticipated that there will be 200 simultaneous premieres
— including in Iceland, Romania, Tasmania, the Canadian Yukon, and
more — of the film worldwide with more than 8,000 people expected
to attend. The film will be shown in the Lodgepole Visitor Center in Sequoia
National Park on Tuesday, July 31, beginning at 7 p.m.
The filmmaker spent a week in Sequoia-Kings Canyon while
making the documentary. Other resource highlights include Lonesome George,
the 128-year-old tortoise from the Galapagos, the threatened mountain
gorillas in Uganda, the reindeer of Norway’s alpine tundra, the
koalas in Australia, and the majestic elephants of South Africa.
During production, the filmmaker encountered violent threats
by rebel soldiers, antagonistic poaching communities, and protesting fishermen.
The film will be shown during August in Grant Grove and Cedar
Grove. The local Park Service is making preliminary plans to arrange a
Three Rivers showing at a later date.
County general plan
track for March ‘08
At the July 18 county Planning Commission meeting in Visalia,
Theresa Szymanis, chief planner and project manager for Tulare County’s
new General Plan, announced the latest adoption timelines. The long-awaited
plan still has a great deal of work to be accomplished but staff and the
county’s consultants, Szymanis said, are on track to meet a March
31, 2008 deadline.
Next on the General Plan’s schedule of tasks to be
completed is the printing of a revised draft of the Goals and Policies
Report, which Szymanis called the “heart” of the several documents
to be completed as part of the project.
revised Goals and Policies document are to be ready prior to a July 31
study session with the Board of Supervisors,” Szymanis said. “Following
that meeting there will be an unveiling of the draft EIR documents for
both the Supervisors and the Planning Commission.”
Szymanis said that the draft EIR is being prepared concurrently
with the finalized Goals and Policies Report. The scope of both documents
was expanded recently to address impacts of global warming that were mandated
by the adoption of AB32 requiring the reduction of “greenhouse gas”
emissions to 1990 levels by the year 2020.
In correspondence dated June 27, county planners outlined
potential impacts from global warming and also listed 15 solutions that
could help to slow or prevent greenhouse gas emissions. At the top of
the possible solutions was the adoption of smart-growth strategies for
The mandate to address global warming in county general plans
was underscored by a recent court challenge of the CEQA review of a similar
plan adopted in San Bernardino County. The lawsuits alleged that the environmental
review documents and the General Plan failed to address the impacts of
global warming or climate change, and did not contain any qualitative
discussion on the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.
Szymanis said the Tulare County General Plan 2030 update
will address these issues. The deadline for a public release of the Draft
EIR under CEQA for public comment is October 31, 2007.
Public comments would then be received on the Draft EIR until Dec. 21,
2007. That would fulfill the requirements of CEQA to allow a 45-day period
in which to receive the public’s input relative to the potential
environmental impacts and mitigation measures being addressed in the Draft
EIR portion of the General Plan.
Board must have a Final EIR before it can take action on the revised Goals
and Policies Report,” Szymanis told the Planning Commission. “The
Final EIR consists of a Draft EIR and the County’s formal responses
to the comments received on the Draft EIR during the CEQA public comment
In other planning news, on Wednesday, July 25th, Tulare County
commissioners voted 5-0 to recommend that the Board of Supervisors conduct
public hearings on a zoning amendment that, if approved, would adopt a
Planned Community Zone (PC Zone). Opponents to the ordinance argued that
creation of the PC Zone is premature and should not be approved until
the General Plan 2030 update is completed.
Daniel Garcia, a county planner who presented the PC Zone
resolution, said that the amendment is needed now and would establish
more consistent regulatory procedures for large land areas being considered
for development. Only projects of 200+ acres would be subject to the new
regulations, he said.
goodbyes, and VIPs
The women of St. Clair’s Catholic Mission are hosting
a summer supper potluck in honor of Lydia Carr, a longtime Three Rivers
resident and community volunteer who is relocating to St. Louis, Mo. The
event will be held Tuesday, July 31, 6 p.m., at the Three Rivers Memorial
Lydia is a former owner of the Buckeye Tree Lodge. In addition,
she has been the choir director at St. Clair’s, as well as youth
choir director and the music director of many interfaith programs such
as Vacation Bible School, Easter Sunrise Service, and the All-Church Sing
Those attending the potluck supper are asked to bring a tray
of sandwiches, a salad, or a dessert.
The organizers would like to have a preliminary count of
how many to expect, so if planning to attend, call 561-3172 or 561-4768
(see the Kaweah Kalendar, page 12, for more information).
The Woodlake High School football program would like to distribute
500 or more orange T-shirts for free to their fans at the season’s
opening game — the Valencia Cup — at home against rival Exeter
on Friday, Aug. 31. To make this a reality, T-shirt sponsors are needed.
Any businesses or individuals who wish to assist may call
WHS Football Booster president Sally Vigil, 942-6496, or Coach Rick Ruiz,
Sheriff VIP services
VIPs are “Volunteers In Patrol,” uniformed volunteers
serving the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department. There are several
VIPs from Three Rivers who contribute their time and assistance to a variety
of community issues and incidents.
Are you planning to be away from your home for more than
a day? Do you know someone who lives alone who would benefit from a welfare
check at least once a week? The VIPs offer these services and more.
They also assist stranded motorists and check on anything
suspicious. They report directly to the county Sheriff’s Department.
For more information on the VIPs, contact Jim Fansett, resident
deputy sheriff. Or drop in at a meeting, held the fourth Saturday of each
month at Gateway Restaurant.
The next VIP training academy is scheduled for January 2008.
Applications are available from any VIP.
1920 ~ 2007
Paul James Bohannan, a former resident of Three Rivers, died
Friday, July 13, 2007, after battling Alzheimer’s disease in recent
years. He was 87.
Paul was born in Lincoln, Neb., to Hillory and Linnie Hazel
Bohannan. He was raised in Indiana, Montana, and Colorado before leaving
home to play piano in a jazz band.
While a student at the University of Arizona, the U.S. entered
into World War II. Paul enlisted in the Army, took lessons in Japanese,
and spent much of the war helping to break Japanese codes, then traveled
throughout Japan as an interpreter, completing his service with the rank
After returning to the University of Arizona, he earned his
bachelor’s degree. He continued his education at Oxford University
in England as a Rhodes scholar.
In 1951, he earned his doctorate in philosophy and taught
at Oxford for five years. He performed his anthropological fieldwork among
the Tiv in Nigeria.
In 1956, Paul returned to the United States, where he taught
at Princeton, Northwestern, and the University of California, Santa Barbara,
before becoming dean of social sciences and communications at the University
of Southern California. Upon his retirement in 1987, Paul and his wife,
Lisa, moved to Three Rivers.
Paul is survived by his wife, Adelyse (Lisa), of Visalia;
son Denis of Hanford; his brother, William, and sister-in-law, Lillian,
of Connecticut; and many nieces, nephews, and other family members.
A memorial service will be held at a later date.
Remembrances may be made to the American Association of University
Women’s Educational Foundation at AAUW Developmental Office, P.O.
Box 630832, Baltimore, MD 21263-0832, or to the Sequoia Riverlands Trust,
427 S. Garden St., Visalia, CA 93277.