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In the News -
Friday, OCTOBER 12, 2007
Wet weather on the way
In the past week, Kaweah Country has experienced four inches
of snow at 7,500 feet, a hailstorm at Pumpkin Hollow, a cooling .25-inch
downpour in various locales around Three Rivers, and the most magnificent
rainbows to be seen on the Middle Fork in months. But even though some
areas missed out on the sudden shift to fall weather, everyone benefited
from an impressive eight-day run of good air quality.
For the next seven-day period that trend toward the very
breathable should continue, so go outside and enjoy. Throughout the period,
daytime temperatures will remain in the upper 70s; nighttime lows should
dip at least 30 degrees into the upper 40s.
Star-studded skies should predominate as the full moon gradually
builds for its next scheduled appearance on October 25. Halloween night
(Oct. 31) will feature just the right amount of new moon light to delight
both creatures of the light and dark side.
Take some time this weekend to visit the Lake Kaweah basin
with a storage level of 12,078 acre feet (Oct. 11). That’s approximately
six percent capacity of the enlarged basin and should be as low as the
dam tenders will need to go.
Forecasters are predicting that a deepening trough of low
pressure that brought moisture onshore to California today (Friday, Oct.
12) might have opened the door to a series of Pacific storms. The next
round could begin a southward trend across the entire Sierra Nevada region
by Monday in some areas reaching the south Valley by the middle of the
just have to keep our fingers crossed at this point,” said a spokesperson
for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers headquarters at Lake Kaweah. “The
chance for rain is increasing with each system and we’ll be happy
to take anything that we can get.”
Prescribed fire underway
A prescribed fire was ignited Wednesday, Oct. 10, near the
Grant Grove area of Kings Canyon National Park. Upon its completion, the
Valley View Prescribed Fire will have burned 226 acres of mixed conifer
forest and brush northeast of Grant Grove Village.
As a result of fire activity, the Panoramic Point Road will
be subject to temporary closures during daylight hours and closed each
night and the Park Ridge Lookout Road will be open for necessary administrative
Several trails in the area are also closed, so check in at
the Kings Canyon Visitor Center in Grant Grove before planning a hike
in the area.
The immediate goal of the project is to reduce the risk of
wildland fire in the Grant Grove area.
Visitors present and future to
‘Discoveries’ in Three Rivers
When the George T. Watkins Western History Group came to
visit last weekend no current event or even the renowned attractions of
Sequoia National Park brought these eight tourists from three states to
Three Rivers. On past excursions, the group has followed the Emigrant
Trail and placed historical markers on mostly forgotten sites.
Here in the Sierra foothills, they came for a glimpse of
the area’s local history and a better understanding of how Kaweah
Country fits into the context of the American West.
They stayed a couple of nights at the Buckeye Tree Lodge
and wined and dined in local eateries. On Sunday, they toured the Three
Rivers Historical Museum and the Britten ranch sites in Old Three Rivers.
On Monday, they visited The Kaweah Commonwealth and participated in a
spirited discussion, mostly as a preamble to a short drive up the North
Fork to see the area’s oldest house and the Kaweah Post Office.
It certainly helped that Dick Hallford of Martinez, the group’s
leader for this tour, had been raised in Porterville and was related directly
to the Britten chapter in local history. Dick’s mom, Viva Britten
Hallford (1906-2004), had been raised in Three Rivers. In Viva’s
later years, Dick accompanied his mother on several trips home to Three
Rivers to attend Woodlake High School’s Class of 1924 annual reunions.
That Britten connection gave these historical tourists the
idea to come, but it was Three Rivers’s newest attraction that ensured
that they will visit again.
the Discoveries West Galleries and Archives and meeting John McWilliams
was a special treat that really capped off the final day of our tour,”
Dick Hallford wrote.
The informal tour of the gallery and archives marked the
first group to see this new showplace of American history. The visitors
arrived as John McWilliams, the gallery’s curator, is putting the
finishing touches on the premiere exhibit of the history of Tulare County
that will be unveiled at a gala opening on October 28.
Visitors on that day will not believe their eyes on what
John and his partner, Jim Brucker, have assembled behind these doors of
a gallery and archives that will literally put Three Rivers on the map
with yet another type of tourists.
first tour with Mr. Hallford’s group was a good trial run for me,”
said John McWilliams. “Once we open on Oct. 28 there will be a non-stop
procession of groups and researchers who want to come to Three Rivers
just to see this place. Imagine the possibilities for us and Three Rivers.”
Solar cooking and home tour
Many are keeping their fingers crossed that the sun shines
on Saturday, Oct. 13, between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. That is because the sun
will be the guest of honor at Three Rivers’s first Solar Cooking
Event, and a number of solar-cooking regulars will converge at the Arts
Bill Becker of Three Rivers, well-known for his solar cooked
beans, bread, and other vegetables, will be joined by a group from Visalia.
Recipes, samples, and tips will be shared, along with templates and instructions
for a homemade solar cooker.
Solar cooker kits will also be for sale and proceeds will go to the Darfur
is so excited that he is even testing cooking a chicken, and he's a vegetarian,”
said Mona Fox Selph, who is an organizer of the weekend-long events.
Solar cooking works well in Three Rivers from May to October,
but even a sunny day in the winter will warm the oven. The Solar Cooking
Event will teach participants all the ins and outs.
Meanwhile, inside the Arts Center tomorrow, a movie will
be shown, entitled Green is the New Red, White, and Blue. There will also
be a free drawing for door prizes and lots of information on things everyone
can do as individuals and as a community to reduce energy consumption
and, therefore, play a part in combating climate change.
Then on Sunday, Oct. 14, it’s Energy Efficient Home
Tour Day. Six Three Rivers homeowners will display the many options that
are available to create an energy-efficient dwelling.
These include rammed earth, insulated concrete forms, passive
and solar panel heating and water heating, radiant barrier roof, straw
bale (under construction), and much more.
The Saturday solar-cooking event is free and open to the
public. The Sunday home tour requires pre-registration and tickets: $15
per person or $25 for a couple. Proceeds will benefit the Habitat for
Humanity’s green building fund.
Call 561-4676 for information on either event and to make
reservations for the Sunday tour.
Trashing Kaweah Country
A common practice at the Slick Rock Recreation Area at Lake
Kaweah is the illegal dumping of residential and commercial trash, including
yard waste. If the lawbreakers are caught, they will be cited and face
stiff fines and/or a court appearance. Recent trash in this dumpster was
traced to a Three Rivers source, and how it got there is currently under
Treats wanted for hosts
When an entire community’s ghouls and goblins, princesses
and Power Rangers descend upon one small neighborhood for their annual
ritual of a fright-night full of candy collection, the residents’
bowls of treats can really take a hit.
The Cherokee Oaks area has become the traditional Halloween
hangout in Three Rivers, but the residents don’t seem to mind. In
fact, to move into the neighborhood there is a standing prerequisite:
“Must love Halloween.”
It’s a community affair, however, as each year residents
from throughout Three Rivers donate bags of candy to their Cherokee Oaks
neighbors to offset the expense of hosting the local children.
From now until Tuesday, Oct. 30, unopened bags of candy may
be dropped off at the Bank of the Sierra during business hours. The candy
will be distributed throughout the neighborhood by volunteers prior to
the annual onslaught of trick-or-treaters.
Artists invited to
in Studio Tour 2008
The Three Rivers Artists’ Biennial Studio Tour 8 will
be held Saturday and Sunday, March 29 and 30. Along with the many fine
artists who have participated in the past, Studio Tour 8 is open to new
artists in town.
All Studio Tour 8 artists must have a residence in Three
Rivers. The “studio” must be a designated space for art making
or practice of art form. Only Three Rivers artists who work in the studio
may exhibit work there during the tour.
All media is welcomed. In fact, the Studio Tour organizers
are planning to expand the media represented to include music and other
want to celebrate the creative expressions found throughout our village,”
said Elsah Cort, founder of the Studio Tour.
Artists’ applications and guidelines can be downloaded
from the Studio Tour website at www.threeriversartstudiotour.comor call
Elsah, 561-4671, for more information. The deadline for an artist application
is Saturday, Nov. 10, with no exceptions.
hope this will continue to be a fun event and attract visitors to come
and enjoy the weekend,” said Elsah.
Tickets for the Studio Tour will go on sale Saturday, March
1, at Sequoia Gifts & Souvenirs in Three Rivers. The starting location
for Studio Tour 8 will be the Three Rivers Historical Museum and Visitor
time on your calendars for this special event and invite your family and
friends,” said Elsah.
1941 ~ 2007
Vera Marie Brochini died Thursday, Oct. 4, 2007, at her Three
Rivers home. She was 66.
Vera was born Aug. 15, 1941, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The longtime
resident of Three Rivers worked for the National Park Service at Sequoia
for many years, retiring as the superintendent’s secretary.
Vera was very active in the Three Rivers community. She was
president of the Sierra Traditional Jazz Club and a member of St. Clair’s
Vera was preceded in death by her husband, Lawrence Brochini,
and her brother, Delbert Jones Jr.
She is survived by her son, Louis Barkley and wife Kristine
of Poway; her sisters, Delma Jones and Susan Fletcher of Arkansas; her
brothers, Al Jones of Arkansas, Steve Jones of Los Angeles, and William
Jones and Joseph Jones of Texas; and one grandchild, Erin Summer Barkley.
A rosary was held at St. Clair’s in Three Rivers on
Tuesday evening, Oct. 9. The memorial mass was Wednesday, Oct. 10. Interment
was at the Three Rivers Cemetery.