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

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After the storm cleared out February 23, the local Sierra mountains showed why they’ve earned the nickname Range of Light. In the photo are Shepherd Peak and behind, the Ash Peaks Ridge. (Click arrows to see addition photos.)
  A series of two cold storm systems that are bearing southward from the Gulf of Alaska this weekend will bring more rain and snow to the Three Rivers foothills and the nearby mountains. The best chance for snow is Saturday evening and Tuesday. Snow levels will drop to around 5,000 feet. The foothills could receive as much as an inch of rain from the two storms. The cut-off low that dumped nearly...
A trail camera with night vision can be used to document wildlife as well as capture images of potential burglars. Models are available for under $100.
  Josh Galindo, 18, of Visalia and two 16-year-olds were arrested Tuesday, Feb. 24, in connection with a February 21 burglary at a residence in the 43500 block of Dinely Drive in Three Rivers. The thieves gained entry through a rear door.  With so many local owners renting remodeled properties to tourists, burglaries are on the increase. In recent months, several break-ins have been reported at...
A Yamaha Sport motorcycle, which is similar to those that recently led several law-enforcement agencies on a high-speed chase that initiated in Three Rivers.
  Last Saturday afternoon, Feb. 21, when Deputy Mark Frick observed a group of three Yamaha Sport motorcycles fail to yield to oncoming traffic, he decided to pull in behind the trio as they headed westbound on Highway 198 (Sierra Drive). “When we got to the Cider Mill, I noticed the lead rider turn and give me a look,” said Frick. “I thought, oh no, here we go.  These guys are definitely going...
  Since the publication of “Three Rivers business owner target of utilities scam” (Who’s News, by Allison Millner, February 20, 2015 / print edition and e-Edition only], new information has come to light. The same utilities scam that nearly victimized Sierra Subs and Salads in Three Rivers has in fact victimized more than 8,000 Southern California Edison customers since 2012, and that’s only the...
NPS fire crews reduced flammable vegetation in the Lookout Point area at about 4,000 feet elevation.
  On Wednesday, Feb. 25, a Sequoia National Park fire crew completed a hazard-reduction burn of chamise piles at Lookout Point on the Mineral King Road. This type of burn is part of the local Park Service's overall fire program that uses prescribed fire, mechanical thinning, and other tactics to increase forest health while protecting neighboring communities and park facilities.
A pair of bald eagles keep an eye on the fishery at Bravo Lake from their perch at the top of a eucalyptus tree along South Valencia Blvd. in Woodlake.
  Bravo Lake in Woodlake is the winter home of bald eagles, such as this pair seen on February 24, and many other migratory birds. The Tulare County Audubon Society also realizes this fact and is in the process of erecting interpretive signs at Bravo Lake Botanical Gardens identifying the various species that frequent the area.
Redbud trees bloom each spring in the oak woodlands of the Sierra foothills. These fuchsia blooms are the namesake of the Redbud Festival, a long-running arts and crafts extravaganza in Three Rivers.
  The Redbud Arts and Crafts Festival will return to Three Rivers in May. In its 41st year, plans for a special celebration are underway.   Celebrating national parks To commemorate the 125th anniversary of Sequoia National Park, and Kings Canyon National Park’s 75th  anniversary, Redbud Festival organizer, the Arts Alliance of Three Rivers, is partnering with the National Park Service, Sequoia...
Mark Frick, Three Rivers deputy sheriff.
  Last month, it was all about the firefighters, of which Three Rivers is fortunate to have many from which to choose to honor as Tulare County, State of California, and National Park Service all have personnel on duty in town. This month — tonight, in fact — the law-enforcement division of local emergency responders will be honored. And, on the last Friday of next month, three military veterans...
The five supervisorial districts of Tulare County.
  There is an opening available for a District 1 resident, which includes Three Rivers and Lemon Cove, on the County of Tulare’s Health Advisory Committee. The selected person will serve a three-year term, attending meetings on the second Monday of every other even month from 1 to 2:30 p.m. The Committee is comprised of five County of Tulare members, five residents appointed by the Board of...
  Covered California announced this week that the open enrollment deadline for the state’s residents to purchase health insurance for 2015 has been extended to Thursday, April 30. The reason for this is to provide the opportunity to eligible consumers who did not know or understand there was a tax penalty for being uninsured to apply for health insurance coverage.  Those applying within this...

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