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Friday, AUGUST 10, 2007
Pot gardens raided,
An interagency task force led by Sequoia and Kings Canyon
National Parks rangers raided several large pot gardens on Tuesday, August
7, off the Mineral King Road in Sequoia National Park, about eight miles
up from Highway 198. During initial operations, shots were fired, and
according to an unconfirmed source, may have been directed at a helicopter
that was assisting ground personnel.
After the shots were fired, law officers knocked on doors
of homes along Mineral King Road and Hammond Drive warning residents to
be on the lookout for fleeing suspects.
The pot garden acreage was described as “a large grow
complex with several varieties of marijuana,” including a genetically-altered
hybrid strain of the ecologically destructive weed. According to a preliminary
report released by the parks’ information officer, the new hybrids
have only three leaves, mature rapidly allowing for multiple crops in
a season, and tend to be shorter than three feet tall, which makes detection
While the operation that’s been dubbed the “Lake
Canyon Incident” continues, the Mineral King Road will be closed
for extended periods. Residents and visitors in the area were notified
of the ongoing operations and are currently being escorted at the discretion
of law officers.
very unusual that the Mineral King Road has to be closed, but we thought
in the interest of public safety it was necessary,” said Alexandra
Picavet, parks’ spokesperson. “Until the incident is concluded,
those needing to access Mineral King and Silver City should call the parks’
dispatcher at 565-3195 for an escort.”
As of Wednesday afternoon (August 8), rangers had removed 5,432 marijuana
plants with an estimated street value of $14 million.
No arrests have been made, but eradication of more gardens
and the gathering of evidence is expected to continue for several more
days. Cleanup of miles of irrigation hose, agricultural pesticides, and
trash and debris, along with restoration of the site, will take months.
Anyone with information about pot growing operations or any
illegal activities in the national parks may report anonymously by calling
on parks’ staff
When it comes to the field of fire management, it doesn’t
get any better than Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. That’s
how Deb Schweizer sizes up her new position as Fire Education Specialist.
Schweizer assumed her new duties at Ash Mountain last month
after working in a similar capacity and some related positions for the
past 12 years at Yosemite National Park.
interested in fire management would be thrilled to work at Sequoia,”
Deb said. “The fire program here is on the cutting edge and is widely
known for the science to back it up.”
Deb is a transplanted New Yorker, who after graduating from
NYU at Buffalo with an English degree, never would have imagined that
she’d be wearing a career NPS flat hat.
taken advantage of my education to get administrative jobs in public relations
and planning that evolved into other opportunities,” Deb said. “Fire
seemed to come up a lot, so naturally I wanted to learn more.”
As a means to better understand fire, she’s also a
“ red-carded” firefighter who has been on the line and experienced
Schweizer, whose husband works with the parks’ inventory and monitoring
section, said she expected a formidable challenge while she learned her
way around these new parks. But the transition, she said, was made a lot
less stressful because of the work of her predecessor.
[Lyle], the former fire education specialist, left very implicit instructions
on all aspects of the job,” Deb said. “It is amazing how organized
she had everything for me to come in and take over.”
Lyle and her husband, Erik Oberg, an interpretive ranger,
transferred earlier this year to NPS positions in Washington, D.C.
In addition to her fire education duties, Schweizer said she’s very
excited about Sequoia’s hiking possibilities.
husband and I are avid hikers and backpackers so we are looking forward
to spending time in the backcountry,” Deb said. “I recently
hiked up to Paradise Peak from Atwell Mill to take a look at the Willow
Fire. Typically, in the foxtails you won’t see fire spot and spread,
but this is an unusually dry season.”
Schweizer admitted that she was never much of a hiker until
she took her first extended hiking trip in 1993. On that trip, she spent
six months thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail.
That experience on the AT was life changing for Sequoia’s
new fire education specialist.
we met was so supportive of what we were doing and we learned so much
by living outside,” Deb recalled. “It made us realize that
there were other possibilities — to live and work in some of this
country’s most beautiful places.”
3R CHP officer, retired,
address Lions meeting
The Three Rivers Lions Club is renowned for all the good
they do, the fun-filled community events they sponsor, and great fellowship
at their Thursday night dinners. New members are always welcome and this
Thursday’s program at Lions Arena is no exception.
But what makes the August 16 night extra special is that
the Lions would like to invite the entire community to this special-edition
meeting to share in all the fun and fellowship.
just wanted to do something different this month and invite everyone for
a delicious lasagna dinner,” said Glenn McIntyre, who organized
the evening’s program. “Everyone will have the opportunity
to hear a very interesting speaker — our good friend and former
CHP officer Greg Fox.”
Officer Fox recently retired after 23 years with the California
Highway Patrol, seven of those years on patrol in Three Rivers. During
that time, he’s heard it all from motorists of every temperament
and disposition and he’s got some tales to tell.
According to Lion Glenn, Officer Fox will reveal the best
and worst of what he’s seen from drivers in Three Rivers.
won’t want to miss this program,” McIntyre said. “Driving
is something we all do, and with Officer Fox on patrol, the local roads
were, without a doubt, much safer.”
Social hour begins at 6 p.m., followed by dinner at 7:30
p.m. Reservations must be booked by Sunday, August 12. RSVP by calling
July was the month for thunderstorms in the high country,
and where there’s thunder, there’s lightning. Lightning strikes
set off five separate fires in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks
this past month.
The most recent is the Josephine Fire, located west of Josephine
Lakes on the east side of Deadman Canyon in Kings Canyon National Park.
It is currently burning in a single foxtail pine at the 11,000-foot elevation
level, but growth will be limited due to the granite landscape.
The Willow Fire, discovered July 21 two miles southwest of
Big Arroyo in Sequoia remains the most active fire. It has currently consumed
106 acres, but subsided due to a rainstorm on July 24.
Fire managers report that this fire still has potential for growth as
the vegetation continues to dry. It is located above 10,000 feet.
The Claire Fire in Sequoia was discovered July 16. It has
been declared out. The Lost Canyon Fire in Sequoia, discovered July 6,
has been declared out.
The Sphinx Fire in Kings Canyon, also discovered July 6,
has burned about two acres and been placed in inactive status.
and Kings Canyon National Parks have experienced a quiet wildland fire
season so far,” said Deb Schweizer, parks’ fire information
officer. “This has allowed the parks’ fire resources to assist
on other wildland fires throughout the West.”
1930 ~ 2007
Richard Fulton Moran died at his Three Rivers home on Wednesday,
Aug. 1, 2007, after a four-year battle with cancer. He was 76.
A wake will be held tomorrow (Saturday, Aug. 11) at 2 p.m.
at River View Restaurant & Lounge in Three Rivers.
Dick was born Aug. 4, 1930, in Sheffield, Ill., to Charles
and Sharlett Moran. In 1940, the family relocated to San Gabriel, where
Dick graduated from Mark Keppel High School.
After playing football for USC and West Point, he joined
the U.S. Air Force and served his country during the Korean War.
In 1951, Dick married Eldora E. Kechter in Coeur d’Alene,
Idaho. The couple moved back to San Gabriel, where they raised their three
Eldora preceded Dick in death. On Sept. 15, 1979, he married
Eva Jimenez Inda and became the stepfather to five children.
In April 1992, Dick and Eva retired to Three Rivers.
He is survived by his wife Eva of Three Rivers; his eight
children; 10 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Remembrances may be made to the American Cancer Society,
211 N. Encina St., Visalia, CA 93291; or to Hospice of Tulare County,
900 W. Oak St., Visalia, CA 93291.
1964 ~ 2007
Gary Ray Post of Lemon Cove died Saturday, Aug. 4, 2007.
The former resident of Three Rivers was 43.
Gary was preceded in death by his father, Raymond Earl Post
of Three Rivers on March 21, 1996. He was also predeceased by his mother,
Gary is survived by his son, Conner Michael Van Ornam-Post
of Long Beach; his stepbrother, Richard Barton of Susanville; and aunt
Carol McGrew of Three Rivers.
No services will be held. He will be interred at the Three
The following are California residents killed in Iraq from
July 1 to 24 as announced by the governor’s office:
U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Michael L. Ruoff Jr.,
31, of Yosemite died Sunday, July 1, as a result of wounds sustained from
small arms fire in Ta’meem, Iraq.
U.S. Army Specialist Eric M. Holke, 31,
of Crestline died Sunday, July 15, as a result of injuries sustained from
a vehicle rollover accident near the city of Tallil, Iraq.
U.S. Army Sergeant First Class Luis E. Gutierrez-Rosales,
38, of Bakersfield died Wednesday, July 18, as a result of wounds sustained
when his vehicle was attacked by enemy forces using an improvised explosive
device and small arms fire in Adhamiyah, Iraq.
U.S. Army Sergeant Ronald L. Coffelt, 36,
of Fair Oaks died Thursday, July 19, as a result of wounds suffered from
an improvised explosive device in Baghdad, Iraq.
U.S. Marine Corporal Christopher G. Scherer,
21, stationed at Camp Pendleton, died Saturday, July 21, as a result of
wounds suffered while conducting combat operations in Al Anbar Province,
U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Joshua P. Mattero,
29, of San Diego died Tuesday, July 24, as a result of wounds suffered
from an improvised explosive device in Baqubah, Iraq.
U.S. Navy Hospitalman Daniel S. Noble, 21,
of Whittier died Tuesday, July 24, as a result of enemy action while conducting
security operations in the Dilaya Province, Iraq.