Weekly newspaper of Three Rivers, California, and Sequoia-Kings Canyon National Parks


Better Care Act is a tax-cut wolf in sheep’s-reform clothing

Last Thursday (June 22), the highly anticipated and secretive Senate health care bill — “Better Care Reconciliation Act” — was unveiled by Senate Republicans amid reactions ranging from “finally” to a huge chorus of “oh no, here we go again.” Here we go again because the margin for passage is so razor thin that if three Republicans vote against the measure even a tie-breaker vote cast by Vice President Mike Pence won’t be enough to guarantee passage.

MAKING HISTORY: Preserving Mineral King's mining history


For all the fame and notoriety that Mineral King has achieved since it was first discovered by deer hunter Harry “Parole” O’Farrell supplying the Hockett Trail crew in 1864, it was the mining era from 1872 to 1881 when the whole world started watching and, by far, the most people came to this magical place. Magic, because as the name implies, nearly every precious mineral is known to exist here but it was silver that caused the local excitement. 

Election Reflection


I begin this post-election reflection with a heartfelt thank you. Thanks to all who supported the Elliott for Supervisor campaign financially or by volunteering, attending a fundraiser, or helping put signs up all over the district. I will always treasure the time spent working together and in thoughtful conversation, visualizing what might have been had we won this election.