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

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In the aftermath of the recent storm spawned by Hurricane Dolores, the Middle Fork of the Kaweah River turned a muddy brown.
  After the unprecedented round of storms in California this past week El Nino watchers are confirming what the experts have known for the past year – the 2015-2016 precipitation season will be extremely wet. How wet is uncertain but rainfall and snow pack could set all-time records. Consider the growing body of data. Climatologists said the summer of 2015 would be a wet one. In June it rained,...
Best Place to Meet People- The River View is a great place to hang out with old friends and meet some new ones. This is a place where everybody knows your name, and if they don’t, they soon will.
  Welcome to the BEST of Kaweah Country no. 17. I find it interesting that more Three Rivers residents don’t get involved in the process of completing a poll. This year, it took about 10 minutes to complete the poll online, and that’s if you completed all the categories, which is not mandatory. Poll participants— Don’t get me wrong. We have our regulars, a growing legion of them, who, year after...
Keith Merritt of Three Rivers, a Sequoia Natural History Association re-enactor, plays the role of Stephen Mather during a tour of the former guest rooms on the second floor of the Palace Hotel. (Click arrows to see additional photos.)
  Wednesday, July 14, 1915— The Mather Mountain Party, as it afterwards came to be known, gathered for the first time on the warm summer evening of July 14, 1915, in Visalia, California. Individual members had been trickling in for several days by automobile as well as the private railway car of E.O. McCormick.  Now the group was comfortably established at the Palace Hotel on Main Street...  It...
Woody Smeck, superintendent of Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, addressed a gathering on Tuesday, July 14, and announced that visitation to parks will be higher this year than ever before.
  If you own a local eatery, a store, hotel/motel, a vacation rental, or any other business that caters to tourists, then you are reaping the rewards of one of the best seasons in the past two decades. The dry, warm weather is not discouraging tourists from coming to Kaweah Country, and they’ve been coming in unprecedented numbers since the beginning of 2015.  Establishments all along Sierra...
Firefighters work to suppress the Lodge Fire, which occurred June 10 in the Cobble Knoll Recreation Area of Lake Kaweah. The Holiday Fire, another human-caused blaze, broke out on July 11.
  It’s eerily quiet for firefighters up and down drought-plagued California. Here in Kaweah Country, firefighters can count on keeping active working the recurring human-caused spot fires that hopefully don’t turn into full-fledged conflagrations. There were two more human-caused fires during the past week.  Fire no. 1— The first one occurred at the Cobble Knoll Recreation Area on Saturday, July...
Roadwork at Naranjo and Valencia in Woodlake will result in a new traffic roundabout.
  The four-way stop at Naranjo and Valencia in Woodlake is currently being reconstructed as a roundabout. The grant-funded project is expected to take 15 months to complete and is part of Woodlake’s ongoing downtown beautification project. According to the Federal Highway Administration, roundabouts are not only safer than traditional intersections, but operate more efficiently and result in...
This young bear in the Mineral King area of Sequoia National Park was spied doing exactly what he should be doing, clawing bark off a log in search of insects and other natural treats. But there is a tag in its ear, which means that he is being monitored by the local Park Service.
  It’s way too early for black bears to be searching for food and water in lower-elevation locales like Three Rivers but in this recurring drought, some bears are staying in the foothills region year-round. At least two bears have been reported this week to be making the rounds in Three Rivers. Another was spotted in Elderwood.   A fed bear is a dead bear— It’s difficult not to feel compassion,...
FROM THE TOP: Aerial firefighting techniques were employed during last week’s Case Mountain Fire, dropping fire retardant to reduce the flammability of vegetation and slow the spread of the flames. (Click arrows to see additional photos.)
  Three firefighters were injured Friday, July 3, when a large oak tree fell on them during mop-up operations on the Case Mountain Fire along the Salt Creek Ridge above Three Rivers. The injuries occurred at 6:30 p.m. in the aftermath of the lightning-caused fire that started at 2 p.m.  Two of the firefighters were inmates who sustained minor to moderate injuries. They were airlifted to a landing...
The broken window at the Chevron station's mini-market is estimated to cost $4,000 to replace.
  Teens who drink and carouse often make bad choices. Apparently that’s what happened in the predawn hours of Thursday, July 9.   Three local teens were walking along Sierra Drive in central Three Rivers at approximately 2:30 a.m. when they noticed an unlocked, partially open window at the office of The Kaweah Commonwealth.  In the words of one of the teens: “We were drunk out of our minds and we...
On Saturday, July 4, 2015, a glider (which is a manned aircraft with no engine) was taking advantage of the rising air mass above the tallest mountain in the contiguous U.S. (elevation 14,500 feet). (Click arrows for additional photo.)
  PART ONE (Originally published September 13, 2002) If you are seeking a solitary backcountry experience, choose another trail. But if you want to drive a paved road to 8,361 feet and bag the highest peak in the Lower 48, then the Mount Whitney Trail was engineered for you. You and about 129 other people, that is.  As many as 130 people a day begin a trek up this famous 11-mile trail, intent on...

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