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

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This is an image from the Internet of a "Mastiff/Staffordshire Terrier mix" dog. The missing dog, Choco, will have these features but is dark brown in color.
  Tulare County Animal Services of the Tulare County Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA) is asking for assistance from the Three Rivers community in locating a vicious dog named “Choco” that was stolen from the City of Visalia Animal Care Center sometime after 6 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 4, and before 6 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 5.    The animal is a "vicious and dangerous animal," as defined in Tulare...
The aftermath of a Three Rivers house fire that occurred in the early morning hours of October 26. (Click arrows for additional photos.)
  Occupants at 40994 Cherokee Oaks Drive, and the neighbors nearby, were awakened by the smell of smoke on Friday, Oct. 26, in the pre-dawn hours. It soon became apparent that the rear of the 1,900-square-foot house was on fire.    The emergency call to the dispatcher was received at 5 a.m. Within minutes Three Rivers firefighting units began arriving on the scene.    What they found was a large...
Sheriff Mike Boudreaux administered the oath of office this week to Kyle Stark (front left), Three Rivers's newest resident deputy. (Click arrows for additional photo.)
  In a swearing-in ceremony on Wednesday, Oct. 31, Kyle Stark, Three Rivers's newest resident deputy, was pinned by his son, Jacob, who is also a Tulare County deputy.    This week, Kyle officially rejoined the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department after a 10-year sabbatical. During the ceremony, Sheriff Mike Boudreaux announced that Kyle rejoined the department so he could take over the resident...
A single-vehicle accident occurred Saturday, Oct. 27, on Highway 198 near the entrance to Slick Rock Recreation Area.
  Two recent solo vehicle crashes where the vehicles left the roadway resulted in major damage to both cars. In one of the accidents, the driver received serious injuries.    The first crash was near Cinnamon Canyon sometime during the night of October 21 and 22. The accident occurred when Casey Hailey, 45, of Three Rivers, was driving a 2004 Nissan Xterra northbound on South Fork Drive and...
The black oaks at 5,000 feet elevation are showing off their fall colors.
  No precipitation is in the forecast through the middle of November. Fire season is still in effect in Three Rivers and the Sierra foothills region. Dry, warm conditions are expected across much of California over the next couple of weeks. As the month wanes, it becomes progressively more realistic that the area will receive its first significant rainfall of the season. This will require a...
A sign at the Cal Fire Station in Three Rivers reminds all to be proactive in fire prevention.
  The Eden Fire is a lightning-caused fire that started October 4 during a series of thunderstorms that came through the area the first week of October. Located in the Eden Creek Grove of giant sequoias south of Mineral King Road in Sequoia National Park, the fire is estimated to be approximately five acres in size.     While smoke may be visible from the Mineral King Road and other high points...
Deputy Mark Frick
  It’s not official yet, but administrative details are in the works to promote Mark Frick, Three Rivers resident deputy, to detective. No replacement has been officially named to take over the Three Rivers position but a leading candidate is a former Tulare County Sheriff’s Office deputy who lives in Three Rivers and is currently working for another Tulare County city police department.   In...
  The Alder Fire is creeping along the forest floor on the north side of North Alder Creek in a dense stand of timber in Giant Sequoia National Monument. Located about 35 miles southeast of Three Rivers, this lightning-caused fire is the most likely culprit of the hazy skies in Three Rivers this past week.    Sequoia National Forest fire managers report there is heavy fuel on the ground and lots...
  There is no greater danger or risk facing Three Rivers than wildfire. Fire in the foothills and the Kaweah canyon is inevitable. It’s not if a fire will start but when.    “When the next fire occurs, ask yourself, am I prepared? Have I been proactive in creating defensible space? Are my house and outbuildings protected and will they survive an approaching fire? Does my family have an evacuation...
The facade of the new mission-revival-style building. (Click arrows for additional photos.)
  On Friday, Oct. 19, as civic officials and project principals celebrated, Rudy Mendoza, Woodlake mayor, cut the ceremonial ribbon to officially mark the opening of the new Woodlake Community Center. More than 150 community members attended the grand opening that included tours of the new facilities that house a new city council chamber, a recreational gym, and a state-of-the-art kitchen. 

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