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

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Kevin Costner signs a Bull Durham poster at his home near Santa Barbara on Monday, March 28, as authenticated by the USA Today newspaper by his side. (Click arrows for additional photo.)
  Once again this spring, on the eve of Woodlake’s gala Western Week, the Woodlake High School Foundation will host its Spring Dinner. It’s the group’s major fundraiser of the year, and all proceeds go into its Scholarship Fund that, over the decades, has provided hundreds of thousands of dollars to graduating WHS seniors. The event will be held Friday, April 29, beginning at 6 p.m., at the...
The cover of Andrew Thomas’s pictorial publication that features photographs and information on all 59 national parks in the United States. The book is due for release in August, 100 years to the month that the National Park Service was created. (Click arrows for additional photos.)
  Owing to the passion and determination of an Australian couple bent on experiencing American national parks, a book of iconic photos of all 59 of those parks will be published simultaneously with the National Park Service’s 100th birthday.  It took nearly 12 months of vacation time over seven years by an Australian couple, Andrew and Deb Thomas, to visit all the 59 national parks and compile...
Sequoia Union School in Lemon Cove.
  The Sequoia Union Elementary School District board of trustees voted unanimously Thursday, April 14, to approve a charter school petition for its transitional-kindergarten through seventh-grade for the 2016-2017 school year. Charter schools are public schools that are allowed the freedom to be more innovative in the curriculum while still being held accountable to the state for advancing...
An action shot from the 2015 Riata Ranch Cowboy Girls performance at the Three Rivers Roping. They will be back in Lions Arena on Sunday, April 24. (Click arrows for additional photo.)
  A little rain in the forecast isn’t going to stop the cowboys and cowgirls from rolling into town this weekend. Now a lot of rain, there’s protocol for that. But let’s stay on the sunny side. The Lions Team Roping, held every year in Three Rivers since 1950, isn’t going to change what works. This year will be much like the last with traditional roping events and thousands of teams competing for...
 ‘Heart of the Hills’ cover art. (Click arrows for additional graphics.)
  Jana Botkin, a Three Rivers resident and popular local artist, has published a couple books before but she colored outside the lines on this one. Her newest release is a coloring book, “Heart of the Hills” and includes well-known landscapes and landmarks in Three Rivers, Sequoia National Park, and Mineral King. What this means is that everyone can now be an artist like Jana simply by picking up...
The Bravo Lake Botanical Garden in Woodlake is currently in full bloom and worthy of a walk-through.
  Rain forecast for late in the day Friday will hopefully just water the dust down in the arena during the Three Rivers Team Roping rather than cause a postponement of events. Another bout of precipitation is due Monday, but all this storminess will help push out the high pressure ridge that was causing temperatures to be unseasonably warm this past week. In the upcoming week, the thermometer...
When the weather heats up, so do the emergency incidents. And with the Kaweah River on the rise, it's important to use caution when near the water. The current is swift and the water temperature is cold (it's snowmelt, after all).
  When the weather warms and traffic increases so do the accidents.  Motorcycle vs. car— On Sunday, April 17, just after 1 p.m., an eastbound 2003 Harley-Davidson Fat Boy driven by Larry Norris, 66, of Porterville, failed to stop in time and rear-ended a 2011 Dodge Charger waiting to make a left turn into the Slick Rock Recreation Area at Lake Kaweah.  The driver of the Dodge, Cera Hix, 24, of...
Kathleen Dowling Singh
  ‘The Grace in Dying’: A free webinar Choose from one of the following dates to attend: Thursday, April 28, 6:30-8:30 pm Tuesday, May 3, 1-3 pm Thursday, May 12, 10 am-noon St. Anthony Retreat Free; open to the public Sponsored by St. Anthony Retreat and Aging in Community-3R   * * *   With shared interest and commitment, St. Anthony Retreat Center and Aging in Community-Three Rivers offer a...
Valley Oak Credit Union on Sierra Drive in Three Rivers.
  Dozens of Valley Oak Credit Union debit cards were used during the weekend of April 9 and 10 to run up an undetermined amount of charges. Administrators and customer service representatives at the 7,000-member financial institution headquartered in Three Rivers were busy this week closing accounts and issuing new cards while trying to determine the exact extent and amount of the multiple thefts...
BLM heavy equipment ready for the parking lot and trailhead improvements on the Salt Creek trail system.
  Anyone attempting to access the Salt Creek trail from Skyline Drive this past Wednesday or Thursday definitely noticed the activity as the Bureau of Land Management was moving in equipment in preparation to construct a parking lot and  complete other trailhead improvements.  This area will be closed to parking and trailhead access from Monday, April 18, through Friday, April 22, while the...

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