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


Life is a marathon


Taking a week off from the normal routine, like we did last week, is always a good thing for me. I wish it could be more, but by choosing to do a weekly newspaper the next deadline is always right around the corner. 

Trying to survive this rat race of a profession for 20 years — to keep a small town paper afloat in an era of increasing globalization — is a lot like running a marathon.



By now, the world knows of the death of Robin Williams (1951-2014), the uber-actor, stand-up comedian, film producer, screenwriter, and ad lib genius who was honored for his work over and over again. 

On Monday, Aug. 11, Williams was pronounced dead at his Northern California home. The Marin County coroner reported that he had cuts on his left wrist, but the cause of death was asphyxiation. He hung himself.

Why? He had everything, right?

The Dark Side of Lights

Nyctophobia is fear of darkness. And it’s ingrained in our DNA. Thousands of years ago, when larger predators relentlessly pursued early humans, the act of gathering around a fire during the night helped humans to survive. Now fast forward to the 21st century. Today, most of society still adds light to the darkness but has no idea that there is a dark side of light usage, known as light pollution, which will soon affect every corner of the world. 




APRIL 11, 2014- I have always prided myself on being a sensible Facebook user. I don’t talk politics, don’t discuss religion, stay far away from any squabbles. 

I appreciate being able to stay in touch with distant family members whom I would otherwise not communicate with on a regular basis.  Now I know where I can find them if I need them. 


It’s an anniversary that nearly escapes us each and every year. But as of March 1, 2014, The Kaweah Commonwealth marks 19 years of publication.

John and I started this venture in 1995. I was in my 30s! 

Our kids were in second grade and kindergarten at Three Rivers School with two teachers who have long since retired.




FEBRUARY 28, 2014- We live in a world polluted by toxins. We’re exposed to pesticides and carcinogens in the foods we eat, the clothes we wear, the furniture we purchase, the air we breathe, the water we drink, the toys our children play with, the cosmetics and other personal care products we apply to our skin, and the substances we use to clean our houses.


By Sarah Elliott 

“Life Without” is a project that I embarked upon where, throughout the next year, I will be eliminating something from my life. 

Everything I give up will be for my health and longevity or for the betterment of the planet. So far, I am enjoying challenging myself to learn more about the implications of all I do (or don’t do) in my life.

Month 1:

Life Without Sitting

LIFE WITHOUT: Eating Animals



DECEMBER 13— Heading north on Highway 99 last Friday morning (December 2013), I was warm and cozy in the passenger seat of the car. Somewhere between Merced and Modesto (California), I was mindlessly staring out the window when movement from the semi-truck in the lane beside me caught my eye.

Life Without: PLASTIC (an update)



NOVEMBER 22, 2013—  On our vacation last week, we spent a couple days with friends kayaking and camping on the Colorado River. Glass containers wouldn’t have been compatible in this rocky river setting. I tried to think of a better alternative than plastic to carry our food but ultimately resorted to my old plastic storage containers and a few large self-sealing plastic bags. Epic fail on the Life Without goal.