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High Sierra Jazz Band, Jazzaffair's host band, performs the finale concert at a past Jazzaffair.
  Here is this year's lineup for Jazzaffair, the annual traditional jazz festival held in Three Rivers each spring for 42 years.   DAY ONE:  FRIDAY, APRIL 10   Lions Arena   2:45-3:45: Kylie Castro and Friends 4:00-5:00: Titan Hot Seven 5:15-6:15: Blue Street 6:30-7:30: Tom Rigney and Flambeau 7:45-8:45: Night Blooming Jazzmen 9:00-10:00: Wally’s Warehouse Waifs   Memorial Building   2:45-3:45:...
In October 2012, President Obama announced the creation of Cesar Chavez National Monument at the former home and workplace of the farm rights activist, located in the town of Keene, about 30 miles southeast of Bakersfield on Highway 58. Chavez is also buried at the site.
  Eighty-eight years ago, on March 31, 1927, Cesar Chavez was born near his family farm in Yuma, Ariz. While he was still young, his family lost their farm in the Great Depression and became migrants following agricultural work around the Southwest. During his formative years, Chavez was exposed to the dismal working conditions that migrant workers were forced to endure. In 1962, after working...
Notices are posted in the agricultural community of Lemon Cove warning residents not to drink the tap water.
  Residents, schools, and businesses in Lemon Cove were notified by the Lemon Cove Sanitary District on March 3 that unsafe levels of nitrates were detected in area wells. Test wells were sampled in December 2014 as per California guidelines for state regulated water systems. Nitrate levels of 50.1 milligrams per liter were detected in Lemon Cove Water Company wells. The standard or maximum...
Low water levels at Lake Kaweah could shorten the recreation season at the reservoir.
  In the throes of a fourth consecutive year of drought, to see 51,037 acre feet — the storage in the Lake Kaweah basin as of Wednesday, March 25 — of water in Lake Kaweah is refreshing, at least for the time being. Longtime Lake Kaweah park ranger Matt Murphy said that water level is normal for this time of year. Positive thinking “Compared to the other reservoirs in the state we’re in pretty...
The remnants of a vehicle that ran off the highway near Pierce Drive last week. The 25-year-old driver was hospitalized but will survive.
  Each spring, especially during good weather, there are more visitors and predictably more traffic accidents. Last Thursday, March 19, two accidents occurred within a couple of hours of each other, one in Three Rivers and one in Sequoia National Park. Sierra Drive accident— The more serious of the two accidents occurred near the intersection of Sierra Drive and the west end of Pierce Drive....
This 52-inch viper with 16 rattles (see next photo) was discovered dead on North Fork Drive near the intersection with Kaweah River Drive.
  On March 18, a previous record fell when the highest temperature ever recorded for the month was surpassed. l, today (Friday, March 27) could shatter that record if the region has a temperature a degree or two above 90. This is a trend to watch as 2013 had some of the warmest months on record. That is, until 2014, in which every month was in the top 10 warmest on record. And 2015 is looking to...
Tunnel Rock is located in the foothills of Sequoia National Park.
  A nonstop procession of visitors is observed at Tunnel Rock in Sequoia National Park during busy weekends. The visitor attraction was closed to vehicle traffic in 1995, but is now popular with pedestrians who scale the embankments to get to the top of the rock. Tunnel Rock is located less than two miles from the Ash Mountain entrance station.
NEAR AND DEER: A doe frolics through a wildflower-filled foothills meadow in Sequoia National Park.
  The spring, or vernal, equinox occurs today (March 20) at 3:45 p.m., meaning that day and night are nearly equal in length. There is a total solar eclipse occurring today, but it will not be visible anywhere in the U.S. Buckeye Flat Campground, a beautiful foothills destination, will be open for the season by next weekend. NOAA reported this week that Earth just had its warmest winter ever...
The Great Western Divide in the Sierra Nevada in March has a lower-than-average snowpack during this fourth consecutive year of drought.
  With parts of eight western states experiencing drought conditions for the fourth consecutive year, the March snow totals for one-third of the recording stations in the Sierra Nevada and the Cascade mountains are some of the lowest ever recorded. In California, the Sierra Nevada is 18 percent of the April 1 average.  For the first time since the snow surveys began in 1939 to forecast runoff,...
Woodlake High School's award-winning FFA students.
  In the fall of 2013, when Jalisca Thomason was hired to head up Woodlake High School’s Ag Department, she seemed like the perfect fit. In addition to an advanced degree, the Cal Poly grad had four years of experience at Selma High and some great ideas to help students who wanted to pursue ag careers. According to Shirley Martinez, Three Rivers postmaster, whose daughter has thrived and won...

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