In the News - Friday, July 30,
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prescribed fires on standby
Earlier this week four Ash Mountain fire
crews were in the Redwood Mountain area (Grant Grove),
prepping some burn units for a prescribed fire that
was scheduled to be ignited by the end of July or
early August. But the recent wildfires that flared
up this week in Kern County have now put the local
burn plans on hold.
That’s good news for locals and
visitors to Three Rivers and Sequoia National Park
who on the mornings of July 20 and 21 thought the
Kaweah canyon was looking like it was on fire due
to the smoke that had settled overnight.
On those days, both Ash Mountain park
headquarters and the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution
Control Board in Fresno fielded plenty of complaints
from Three Rivers residents. That bad air was caused
by residual smoke from two prescribed fires —
Wuksachi (39 acres) and Silliman (98 acres).
were completed on both burn units by July 21,”
reported Deb Schweizer, the parks’ fire education
specialist. “But there will still be some smoke
in the upcoming days as these fires smolder down.”
So as those two burns smoldered, park
fire managers were planning to start a 634-acre burn
on Redwood Mountain.
But according to Deb, the two wildfires
that started this week in Kern County — the
Bull Fire in Sequoia National Forest and the West
Fire near Tehachapi — have put the Redwood Mountain
prescribed fire on the back burner. The park helicopter
was detached to Kern County immediately to assist
while an engine unit was preparing to leave by the
end of this week.
The Arrowhead Hotshots, who are stationed
in Kings Canyon National Park, have already been assigned
to work a fire near Reno.
Smoke from the massive Bull Fire north of Kernville
reached Three Rivers on Tuesday, July 27, and by mid-afternoon,
the entire sky was overcast. As of Thursday, that
fire had scorched more than 16,000 acres and was only
12 percent contained.
feeling a lot like wildfire season right now so we’re
putting all our burn plans on hold for the time being,”
said Deb. “We’ll be keeping an eye on
those four lightning-caused fires that started two
Deb said of those blazes only the Sheep
Fire burning south of Cedar Grove is showing any potential
for much growth. Recent rains dampened this area and
also two other locales nearby where small lightning-caused
fires were smoldering.
The season’s largest prescribed
fire, Mosquito (1,485 acres), is still on the burn
plan for fall. Those burn units are located south
of Mineral King and Silver City and are expected to
address heavy fuels build-up and decrease the risk
of a disastrous wildfire in those areas.
Vehicle break-ins, thefts
Just when you thought it was safe to
enter the water at your favorite swimming hole, now
there’s been a string of incidents that has
locals and visitors feeling angry and violated. The
rash of car break-ins and thefts started Sunday, July
18, when two separate car break-ins were reported
by motorists who were parked at the Cobbleknoll area
adjacent to the Western Holiday Lodge.
In both incidents, a window was smashed
and property was taken that was inside on the seat
or floor. The thefts occurred sometime between 5 and
8 p.m. No damage estimates or descriptions of what
was missing were contained in reports filed by Tulare
County Sheriff’s Department deputies.
On that same day, in a separate incident
that occurred at the Slicky swimming hole behind the
Three Rivers Chevron, a woman reported that her purse
was stolen after she placed her belongings unattended
on the river bank for only a few minutes to take a
In that theft, keys to her companion’s
car parked at a Sierra Drive business were stolen.
That vehicle had to be towed to Visalia so a new key
could made by the dealer.
On Sunday night, during this same weekend,
the foundation of the Airport Bridge on Kaweah River
Drive was tagged with an array of gang graffiti. Sheriff’s
deputies had descriptions of several cars that were
in the area but none of the leads produced any suspects
in the defacing of the bridge.
Deputy Albert Brockman said he can’t
say for sure that the graffiti was actually the work
of gang members from the Valley because often these
indiscriminate works are copycat kids trying to emulate
gangs from their neighborhoods.
As a result of the latest incidents,
Brockman said local deputies are being aggressive
in monitoring activities at all the area swimming
holes. There are at least two deputies assigned to
Three Rivers daily with an extra one added on weekends.
have spoken to the property owners in the vicinity
of the Airport Bridge swimming hole and because all
who access that area are trespassing, we are telling
everyone we see there to move on,” Deputy Brockman
Deputy Brockman said it is his policy
to be proactive and he tells the river users that
he encounters where they can legally access the river.
When he encounters swimmers at the closed BLM sites
on the North Fork, for example, he tells those folks
to continue on to the Yucca Flat area that is open
and lets them know it is legal to park there.
Those motorists who are parked at the
BLM sites are being cited and have to pay a minimum
of $20, Deputy Brockman said. If they have other violations
or warrants, the penalties can really escalate.
On Wednesday, July 28, a female visitor
reported that her car was broken into at the Edison
swimming hole along Kaweah River Drive while she was
parked nearby. In that theft, the woman reported her
purse was stolen.
break-ins and thefts at the swimming holes are nothing
new,” Deputy Brockman said. “There is
usually something in plain sight in the vehicle or
hidden under a towel that is giving the bad guys the
idea that something is in there. If you have anything
of value, lock it securely in the trunk.”
It is important for residents and visitors
to be vigilant and report any suspicious activity.
Also, do not leave anything of value in plain sight
in a vehicle or when at the river.
To report a crime or to summon a deputy,
call the Sheriff’s Department dispatch at 733-6221.
In an emergency, dial 911.
Another break-in at Village
Sometime in the early morning hours of
Tuesday, July 27, there was an attempted burglary
at Village Market. This time, the would-be thief entered
through the rear of the building, but unlike a previous
break-in that occurred on March 24, nothing was taken.
when the alarm went off, the burglar fled the scene,”
reported Deputy Albert Brockman, who is assisting
in the investigation of the break-ins. “This
time, nothing was reported stolen.”
Since the March break-in, owners Greg
and Nataliya Dixon have made a number of security
upgrades. The 60-year-old grocery store is currently
in the process of completing a much-needed addition
to the rear of the building.
Motorist unhurt in vehicle
Derek Chinn, 44, of Visalia was shaken
but apparently not hurt after the car he was driving
eastbound west of Lemon Hill on Highway 198 left the
roadway, overturned, and struck a rock. The solo accident
occurred on the morning of Friday, July 23.
According to a CHP report, Chinn lost
control of his 1986 Saab when attempting to pass another
vehicle while approaching the Lake Kaweah marina turnoff.
The vehicle was heavily damaged and had to be towed
from the scene.
Since the only damage was to Chinn’s
vehicle, he was not cited.
3R teen competes
national rodeo finals
By Kathryn Keeley
In our world today, there are so many
choices and unique ways to express one’s passions.
Indeed, one of the most defining aspects to a person’s
character is their interests, and for 2010 Woodlake
High School graduate Shyan Souza of Three Rivers,
one compelling passion is rodeo roping; breakaway
roping, to be exact.
At age four, Shyan ran the barrels at
the Three Rivers Roping. Now, 13 years later, as she
prepares to leave for college, she is still enthralled
with the sport.
have always loved to rope,” said Shyan. “And
I like knowing that I have to be fast to win. It’s
an adrenaline rush.”
This year, she earned her way to the
California High School Rodeo State Finals, and from
there advanced to the prestigious National High School
The CHSRSF is a weeklong competition
held annually in June in Bishop, Calif. About 300
cowboys and cowgirls compete in the state finals,
and it hosts a variety of events, such as barrels,
bareback riding, steer wrestling, team roping, and
breakaway, the latter of which is Shyan’s sport.
roping originated from the boy’s event of calf
roping, in which you have to get off of the horse
and tie the calves,” said Shyan. “In my
event, your rope is tied to the saddle horn, and when
the horse stops, the rope comes off, signaling the
end of the run.”
In the event of breakaway roping, she
explained, the competitor gets “three go’s
and a short go,” which translates to having
three opportunities to be as fast as possible. The
top 15 cowgirls make it to the final “short”
got kicked by my mom’s horse the day after my
graduation, less than two weeks before State, so I
only got to practice once before the event.”
said Shyan. “I was somewhat nervous knowing
that I did not get to practice that much. But I just
had to go with how I felt and stay confident.”
Undaunted by her injury, and with her
registered American Paint Horse Association (APHA)
horse “Brother,” Shyan won first place
in her first go-around.
I won my first go-around, I was really happy,”
she said. “It was one of the goals that I set;
to win a round. It was pretty cool that I accomplished
Her time, 2.94 seconds, was the fastest
time in the State Finals Rodeo breakaway roping event.
From there, her second and third go-arounds earned
Shyan a place in the final go-around, and she entered
the finals in 12th place.
Nevertheless, by the end of her final
event, Shyan won third place in the state in the breakaway
roping event and, with that win, a $500 Senior Scholarship.
In addition, she was one of four girls to secure a
position representing California in Breakaway Roping
at the National High School Finals Rodeo.
The NHSFR is the world’s largest
rodeo, held in July in Gillette, Wyo. This 62nd annual
event has more than 1,500 contestants who come from
throughout the United States, Canada, and Australia.
It’s where all the high school champions compete.
Shyan remarked how she enjoyed meeting
people from around the world.
we were all there for the same reason: we love to
rodeo,” she added.
This year marked the second year she
has made it to finals; she also participated as a
sophomore in 2008. This time, Shyan said, she felt
much better going into the competition, attributing
it to being a great deal more confident, knowing what
to expect, and not being intimidated.
In the end, Shyan earned 32nd place out
of nearly 200 girls. It was not exactly where she
wanted to be in the standings,she confessed. However,
she is pleased with her results.
am just really glad I got another opportunity to go
to nationals in my senior year and got to experience
it one more time,” she said. “I had a
blast! All around, it was just a great experience.”
This fall, Shyan will be attending Cal
Poly in San Luis Obispo and plans to major in Communications.
She describes the school as her dream school.
She will definitely be involved in the
rodeo at the university and hopes to continue roping
for as long as possible.
is something that I love,” Shyan said. “I
will do it. I hope that my kids will too. Roping is
everywhere in my life.”
local school boards
There are two local races that may appear
on the Tuesday, Nov. 2, general election ballot. But
it’s still up in the air because, so far, no
challenger has filed to run.
The Three Rivers Union School board of
trustees will have three vacant seats come the November
election. The 60-day filing period for candidates
is nearing a close and so far no one has filed to
run, including the three incumbents — Bobbie
Harris, Scott Sherwood, and Bob Burke.
Bobbie Harris, a retired TRUS teacher,
has made the decision not to seek re-election. The
incumbents and any new candidates have until Friday,
Aug. 6, to file their nomination papers.
Three Rivers Union School is currently
at a crossroads and dedicated board members will be
imperative in the near future. A bond measure will
be appearing on the November ballot, and whether it
passes or not, difficult decisions will have to be
The Woodlake Union High School governing
board also has three seats up for election. Of the
three incumbents — Richard Rochin and Charles
Mills of Woodlake and Edmund Pena of Three Rivers
— only Charley Mills has filed.
Again, the last day to file a Declaration
of Candidacy and Nomination Papers is Friday, Aug.
6. There will, however, be an extension of the nomination
period to Wednesday, Aug. 11, if an incumbent did
If no challengers run for either of these
boards, the incumbents will most likely be reappointed
to the seats and the election will not appear on the
If there is a vacant seat due to an incumbent
that decides not to run for re-election and there
are no challengers, then the superintendent of the
school district — Sue Sherwood, TRUS; Tim Hire,
WHS — will have the discretion to appoint someone
to the seat, conditional on the approval of the board.
Other key dates include October 18, which
is the last day to register to vote in the November
2010 election, and October 4 through 26, which is
the period to submit Vote By Mail ballot requests
from registered voters.
Going green is the Village
By Greg Sweet
Something was definitely rotten at the
Village Apartments. A compromised septic system was
leaching contaminants into the soil of surrounding
properties and into the Kaweah River. Now, the failing
equipment has not only been repaired, but upgraded
to one of the greenest systems available.
The treatment facility is called a trans-evaporative
system and is powered by aerobic bacteria. Bryan Rippee
at Septic Solutions West, the company that installed
the system at the apartments, is a self-described
septic “aerobics instructor” and filled
us in on the details.
best analogy as to how the system works is that of
a well-balanced fish pond,” explained Bryan.
“It reaches a natural stasis and requires very
How the system works specifically is
that it introduces a tank (dubbed a “Geo Tube”)
of aerobic bacteria to an otherwise ordinary septic
system. The result is that 100 percent of the water
is reclaimed as a byproduct of the bacteria and then
evaporated from the tank without any contaminants.
The clean water can then be put into
a leach field, but in the case of the Village Apartments,
the reclaimed water is used to irrigate the grounds
is essentially a miniature version of what municipal
water districts use to reclaim water,” Bryan
said, “and it is used by the U.S. military in
setting up camps or rebuilding in places like Iraq.
In fact, these systems have been in use since WWII
and are used exclusively in Japan.”
There have also been 1,500 systems installed
around the previously contaminated Clear Lake in northern
California, which has since seen a rapid recovery
of flora, fish, and other wildlife.
California, which has more water woes
than any other state, could solve many problems by
installing 100 percent reclamation systems throughout.
systems are used heavily in other states,” said
Bryan. “But California doesn’t have a
universal building code, so in many cases they cannot
be installed here.”
They are, however, allowed in Three Rivers.
In addition to the apartments, two homes on the South
Fork have recently been fitted with a shared system.
The cost for this new setup was around
$11,000, as compared to the $24,000 cost at the Village
Apartments. Existing septic systems can be retrofitted
for about $5,000.
There is a small air compressor that
provides oxygen to the bacteria by way of an aquarium-type
air stone. Estimated cost of operation is 18 cents
per day. Also at 18 cents is the cost of filters,
which need to be replaced twice a year. And since
the bacteria consumes all waste, no pumping service
Aside from cost-saving and the green
aspects of these systems, the benefit for Three Rivers
residents is that 100 percent of the water usually
flushed down the drain can be reused, and, in fact,
is reputed to be cleaner than river and well water,
thus reducing late-season supply concerns.
Restrictions on the system are that no
bleach or antibacterial soap should be used, and it
is not recommended for anyone on chemotherapy. However,
such assaults on the bacteria are usually self-corrected
in 72 hours.
For more information, visit www.septicsolutionswest.com
or call Bryan, (559) 783-3031.
Post Office centennial
By Brian Rothhammer
A special cancellation will be used for
one day only, at the centennial celebration to be
held at the venerable Kaweah Post Office on October
23. It was designed by Sarah Farkas of Three Rivers,
a graphics designer who currently is working at THE
Though the Kaweah Post Office lost its
Contract Post Office (CPO) status on May 31, 2010,,
mail is still received in the century-old postal boxes.
can still get a box if you’d like to show your
support,” said Kathleen McCleary, service contractor
and owner of the 8-by-10-foot building and land where
it has resided since 1926.
The Kaweah Post Office is a state-registered
Smokey Bear’s makeover
A lot has changed since the Smokey Bear
public-service campaign first came on the scene in
1944. Philosophy regarding fires in the forest comes
to mind; suppression is largely a thing of the past
when it comes to naturally caused fired.
But Smokey — one of the most famous
advertising symbols ever — is still needed to
remind forest visitors of the damage a human-caused
fire can cause. So Smokey Bear has received a 21st
century makeover to better relate to the masses.
The return of one of America’s
most well-known anthropomorphic bears comes as the
U.S. Forest Service feels the urgent need to ramp
up awareness that nine out of 10 forest fires are
still caused by people (and National Park Service
prescribed fires aren’t included in this statistic).
Seriously, about 70,000 wildfires each
year are human-caused. So, in steps Smokey with his
flat hat, belt and blue jeans, and shovel to educate
wildlands users how to properly extinguish a campfire.
Remember, only YOU can prevent forest
fires (2010 update: wildfires).
Kids explore things that slither
On Friday, July 23, Eric Johnson of E&M’s
Reptile Family was the featured guest at the Three
Rivers Library’s annual summer reading program
for kids. Eric showed up with a menagerie of reptiles,
amphibians, and arthropods, all of which were hands-on
for the audience of children to touch, feel, and become
Today (Friday, July 30) is the last summer
reading event of the year.
Favorite HOT summertime reads
This is the second
and final installment in our summer reading special.
Sarah’s favorite riverside reads appeared in
the July 16 issue.
Books can be revelations. Books can be life-changing.
They are filled with people and situations that we
may never meet or experience, but we receive access
to freely travel there in our imaginations.
Books do that. And it is in this spirit
that we bring you this year’s “Hot”
By John Elliott
It was most gratifying to field all the
positive feedback on Sarah’s HOT summertime
reads. For me as a writer, I have always been a voracious
In elementary school, I won a semester-long
reading contest where each student was encouraged
to read books of their own choosing on free time.
Then after writing a brief book report, a personalized
race car was moved ahead one car length on the class
bulletin board turned race track.
I read more than 50 books that fifth-grade
year. I won that class car race and no other student
was even close to my obsessive-compulsive pace.
Interestingly, each of those books was
a historical biography. Since those formative years,
I have read nonfiction almost exclusively. Although
I have read some great novels over the years, these
days it’s fiction only when I need a lightweight
paperback for backpacking.
Here are my most recent favorites, and
each would make a HOT summertime read.
BORN TO RUN
This national bestseller started out
a bit too irreverent for me but I stuck with it and
now predict that it will stand as one of the most
influential fitness books of our time. It’s
already among the most entertaining running books
ever and is rollicking, funny, and a real page turner.
The premise of the story is an attempt
to stage a race between the world’s elite runners
in an ultra-mileage race — “the greatest
race the world has never seen.” The author,
Christopher McDougall, an avid runner, actually stumbled
onto this epic story on his own quest to figure out
why injuries were plaguing his regular running.
This is the age-old question for an ever-growing
running community, especially when you consider that
running is largest participant sport on the planet.
Anyone can do it… all it takes is a pair of
Ironically, McDougall learns that it
is the very design of the running shoes that is causing
runners to become injured. So he begins his running
research with human evolution and his findings are
First, humans like you or me, with a
little practice, can outrun any other animal on the
planet. That’s because we are the only species
with sweat glands. Try jogging with your dog on a
warm day; man’s best friend will soon be panting
with exhaustion while man can run for many more miles.
Second, but just as critical for running,
is that we are the only mammal with an Achilles tendon.
The author claims we wouldn’t have this complex
foot flexor if we weren’t born to run.
McDougall, while revealing the lives
of several super ultra runners, also introduces the
Tarahumara tribe from the Copper Canyon region of
Mexico who routinely run 100 miles in a day. Even
the tribal elders run daily, and running is undeniably
the chief factor for their legendary long life and
vitality… and they run in sandals.
The book builds a powerful case that
running is instinctual and those who do it will remain
more intelligent and live longer, happier, healthier
lives. To run longer and remain injury free, McDougall
asserts, run barefoot or get a cheap pair of running
shoes with minimal support.
Read this book for the exciting race
finale that pits some of the best runners in the world
against the rugged terrain of the Copper Canyon.
It will make you want to run and change your life,
or at the very least, understand why so many others
are committed to this fast-growing sport.
Especially in summertime, I always enjoy
reading about the great outdoors. One of my favorite
authors to take me there is Edward Abbey
(1927-1989). It’s difficult to believe this
sage of the American West has already been dead for
more than two decades — his books are perhaps
even more relevant today than when he wrote them in
the 1970s and ‘80s.
Abbey was a living example of genius
misunderstood in his own time. I first became acquainted
with his irreverent wit in Desert Solitaire but enjoyed
Abbey’s Road even more.
In this work, Abbey takes the reader
to some of the most remote places on the planet, e.g.
the Great Barrier Reef, the Aussie Outback, Death
Valley, Escalante, Copper Canyon in Mexico, and so
many more, all to drive home the same point.
natural world as we call it, has already become remote,
out of reach, mysterious, in the minds of urban and
suburban Americans. They see the wilderness disappearing,
slipping away, and receding into an inaccessible past.
But they are mistaken. That world can still be rescued…
that is my main excuse for this book.”
Abbey wrote that snippet about Abbey’s
Road but it could have been said about any of his
eight works of fiction and 12 works of nonfiction.
Becoming acquainted or reacquainted with this Thoreau
of the West is like making a new best friend all over
THE LOG FROM THE SEA OF CORTEZ
John Steinbeck, native son of Salinas,
is an author that every student of literature is familiar
with through his epic works of fiction like Grapes
of Wrath or his other little masterpiece Of Mice and
Men. But for readers who delve into Steinbeck’s
lesser-known works of nonfiction like The Log from
the Sea of Cortez, the rewards are equally as great.
I decided to read Steinbeck again after
a winter trip to the Sea of Cortez region and a recent
visit to the National Steinbeck Center in Salinas.
The center and its companion agricultural museum are
California treasures, a fitting tribute to perhaps
the state’s most influential author.
In all of Steinbeck’s works, there
is a recurrent theme of empathy and solidarity with
the poor, the downtrodden, and the disaffected of
modern society. In Sea of Cortez, there are rants
and ravings from deep within Steinbeck’s soul
that are as timeless today as when they were written
His profile of the venerable Ed “Doc”
Ricketts is classic Cannery Row lore that will have
the reader searching for these historic places on
a future visit to Monterey. The Sea of Cortez is brilliant
travel writing with measured doses of philosophy,
science, and high-spirited adventure all added into
an entertaining mix.
This is the classic textbook on the subject
first published in 1989. The new 2006 version contains
the original preface and two more prefaces; one published
in the 1996 printing and also one that sets the stage
for the latest edition.
The landmark UC Press study was written
by two acknowledged experts on the subject: Alejandro
Portes, Professor of Sociology at Princeton University
and director of the Center for Migration, and Ruben
G. Rumbaut, Professor of Sociology at UC Irvine and
co-director of the Center for Immigration, Population,
and Public Policy.
The 460-page heavyweight summarizes more
than a generation of the best research in the field
with numerous tables and statistics that help to shed
light on the role of immigration in the making of
America into a true melting pot. The authors trace
the making and development primarily of three immigrant
populations — Mexicans in Los Angeles and San
Diego, Cubans in Miami and New York, and Southeast
Asians in Orange County and Fresno.
The history of all immigrant populations,
especially since 1980, is placed within its context
and compared to how these target communities have
been assimilated during succeeding generations.
The results are revealing and have much to
say on where we are headed as a nation in terms of
federal immigration policy.
In light of what’s going in Arizona
right now, the reading of this book should be required
for anyone even remotely interested in the subject.
UNDER THE BANNER
OF HEAVEN: A STORY OF VIOLENT FAITH
I’ve saved my most recently-digested
book for last and must confess that now I’m
an even bigger fan of Jon Krakauer. This author, you
might recall, burst on the literary scene with a chilling
account of the ill-fated 1996 season on Mt. Everest.
Although I thoroughly enjoyed the audio
version of Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the
Mt. Everest Disaster, I couldn’t believe that
someone who actually climbed Mt. Everest could also
write one of the great adventure books of our time.
Krakauer’s next project, Into the
Wild, the tale of a young man who died in the Alaska
wilds, was made into a compelling and Oscar-winning
movie by Sean Penn and has now created a place for
Krakauer as one of the best-known storytellers
of his generation. His meticulously researched works
stand as the epitome of the old adage: truth is stranger
In Under the Banner of Heaven, published
in 2003, Krakauer opens his gripping history of Mormonism
by retelling the circumstances of two crimes involving
LDS Church (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day
Saints) fundamentalists. The first is the commandment-inspired
grisly murders of an innocent mother and baby in Utah
in 1984, and the second involves the abduction of
Elizabeth Smart by Brian David Mitchell in 2002.
Through his exacting retelling of these
sensational news stories and their historical context,
Krakauer furnishes enlightenment on every crime ever
committed in the name of religion. Reading this book
will shock and awe and tell the readers things they
never knew were true about their spiritual self.
ARTIST IN RESIDENCE
The rules (or not) of drawing
By Jana Botkin
There have been many art teachers in
my life. Each one seems to have hard and fast rules
that they insist apply to everyone. Since I teach
drawing, I understand this, but I try to clarify the
reasons for my rules so that the students can decide
One colored-pencil teacher said to ALWAYS
put the darkest color as the bottom layer and work
up to the lightest color. Another said ALWAYS start
with the lightest color as your base and then add
layers in order of increasing darkness. I have done
both on the same drawing and gotten the same result.
Several colored-pencil teachers have
said NEVER USE BLACK. Another teacher of colored pencil
said, “If you aren’t supposed to use black,
why do they manufacture it?”
Some of the painting teachers I have
listened to say “NEVER use white alone.”
(What color is one supposed to use if white is the
Most say, “NEVER use black.”
I spoke to a professional painter whose paintings
sell for more than my car is worth. He told me of
his layering process and it included black paint!
The best drawing teacher I ever had only
let us use a 6B pencil, which is very soft and dark.
We could not smear or blend with any tool, including
His premise was that if you could learn
to control that one pencil, you could make any pencil
do anything you wished it to do. He was right, but
then it took me years to be able to use the entire
range of pencils available because his idea was so
deeply etched into my head.
Many of my students ask how to hold their
pencils. I show them how I hold mine and tell them
to try it, but also to try anything that feels comfortable
As in handwriting, everyone has a different
look to his drawings. The point is that there are
many places in life where there are rules, but in
art the only absolutes are determined by the results
Jana Botkin of Three
Rivers is a professional artist who owns Cabinart
in Three Rivers. She creates oil paintings, pencil
drawings, and murals of local landmarks and viewscapes.
1940 ~ 2010
James J. Lynch of Three Rivers died Saturday,
July 24, in Visalia. He was 70.
A graveside service will be held today
(Friday, July 30), 9 a.m., at Three Rivers Cemetery.
James was born April 18, 1940, to Hugh
and Arlene Lynch in Long Beach.
For 35 years, he was a firefighter for
the California Division of Forestry and Fire Protection
(currently known as Cal Fire). For the majority of
his career, he was stationed in San Luis Obispo County.
On November 11, 1970, he married the
former Sally Craff in Paso Robles. James and Sally
moved to Three Rivers in 2002.
Condolences may be sent via www.smithfamilychapel.com.