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The Middle Fork of the Kaweah River in the vicinity of the Panther Creek trail crossing (which is on the left side of the river and 300 feet above it, near where this photo was taken) is completely inaccessible to hikers due to the vertical granite walls. (Click arrows to see additional photos.)
  A solo backpacker found dead at the bottom of a Panther Creek waterfall in Sequoia National Park on Thursday, May 12, has been identified as David Hallinan, 53, of Santa Monica. According to the Tulare County Coroner, Hallinan died of blunt force trauma.  It is probable he tumbled down the vertical granite chute before ending up in a pool near where Panther Creek joins the Middle Fork of the...
Western pond turtles sunning at Lake Kaweah this past week. The sampling site of turtles used in the Sequoia National Park study was on the North Fork of the Kaweah River just inside the park boundary. (Click arrows for additional photos.)
  Western pond turtles in Sequoia National Park and other California remote wildlands have been exposed to an assortment of agricultural and industrial contaminants, according to a study from the National Park Service and the University of California, Davis.  In the study, published online in the journal Chemosphere, scientists sampled for 57 compounds, including pesticides, in turtles,...
This is Holiday Falls, where the river is currently turning into Lake Kaweah. By the time Lake Kaweah reaches its full capacity, Holiday Falls will also disappear.
  Daytime temperatures will drop about 20 degrees between Wednesday, May 18, and Friday, May 20. A low-pressure system is coming from the north, bringing with it a chance of late-season snow in the Sierra Nevada. In the early morning hours, the Kaweah River in Three Rivers is reaching about 1,700 cfs as that is when the day’s snowmelt makes it down the canyon. Peak flow for Spring 2016 most...
EASY ENTRY: Go paperless at Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks by downloading a new app that allows visitors to buy their entrance pass in advance.
  The National Park Service has launched a pilot program to provide the public an opportunity to pre-purchase annual and seven-day entrance passes for Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks and the Hume Lake District of Sequoia National Forest/Giant Sequoia National Monument. The parks’ authorized pass vendor, Viply LLC, has created an app that allows for the pre-purchase of passes and their...
Buck Rock Fire Lookout in Giant Sequoia National Monument.
  Buck Rock Lookout is located in the Big Meadows area of the Hume Lake Ranger District in Giant Sequoia National Monument, Sequoia National Forest. The lookout is a popular destination for people from all over the world. Perched at 8,500 feet elevation and 300 feet above the ground on a granite dome, visitors have grand views of the High Sierra featuring the Great Western Divide, Kings Canyon,...
BASEBALL... Front row, left to right: Ezequiel Pena, Nikko Bursiaga, Christopher Canizalez, Vicente Pena. Middle row, l-r: Dylan Mills, Clayton Vincent, Manuel Martinez, Juan Carlos Pena, Jakob Bischoff, Alijah Thorn. Back row, l-r: Tyler Jones, Eric Schwarz, Eddie Pena (assistant coach), Raul Quintero (head coach), Ryan Martinez (assistant coach), Thomas Woods, Robert Stevenson.
  Click arrows in the photo box to scroll through the teams.   For a small school like Woodlake High School, it’s always a challenge for any team, boys or girls, to have enough players to fill rosters for more than one team per sport. Couple that with a freshman class that’s having eligibility issues, and there’s a risk there won’t be much playing time for younger players who do make grades. “It’...
A dive team assessed the damage caused by a leaky pipe in the 54-year-old tower at Terminus Dam.
  Last weekend, a dive team assessed the damage to the hydraulic and electronic components in the tower at Terminus Dam at Lake Kaweah. Engineers immediately began the report that will be used to budget and expedite the repairs on the half-century-old tower. Lake Kaweah maintenance staff fabricated a metal cap and plugged the leak so the tower is now fully drained of more than 100 feet of water...
A portion of the 108-year-old concrete dam now protected with a waterproof, weatherproof, leakproof geomembrane lining. (Click arrows to see additional photos.)
  Since the dam that created Hume Lake was built over a century ago, there have been some quick fixes and minor repairs. But the improvements recently accomplished are the most extensive to date and are expected to last another 50 to 100 years. In October 2015, after the area was determined to be safe from the encroaching Rough Fire and the reservoir’s water was no longer needed for firefighting...
A cluster of Big Trees in the Grant Grove area that was threatened by the Rough Fire in 2015 but saved due to a patchwork of completed prescribed fire plots.
  It’s the beginning of the prescribed fire season, something that’s being taken seriously by multiple agencies these days. And after seeing the devastation caused by the Rough Fire, and where it was stopped a mere one-eighth of a mile from the General Grant Tree, the second largest tree on the planet, due to previous prescribed fires, it’s easy to understand why. On Monday, May 16, or as soon as...
  Anyone who has been having pangs of guilt because they don’t eat enough fruits and vegetables will no longer have an excuse in Three Rivers. Beginning this month, fresh produce will be delivered to the community, and it will be available for free to all residents. And anyone who has been having pangs of hunger because they simply don’t have enough to eat will have first dibs on this free...

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