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

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Enjoy free admission to all national parks from Thursday-Sunday, Aug. 25-28, in honor of 100 years of the National Park Service.
  1. Gas prices. The lowest price for gas this week is at Costco at $2.25 a gallon. Statewide the average price for gas is down about 25 cents in the past month. The average price of gas in California is about $2.64 per gallon; at this time in 2015, gas was costing California drivers $3.57. The average price nationwide is $2.14. 2. Every Kid in a Park. During the 2015-2016 school year, the nation...
The Kaweah River’s East Fork falls in the Mineral King area of Sequoia National Park on Memorial Day 2016. (Click arrows to see additional photo of the falls.)
    The Aquarius full moon, a prenumbral eclipse (August 18), the Perseids, and five planets shining bright. The night sky is bustling with activity these days so, hey Three Rivers, turn off those outdoor lights and take a look at the night sky.   Air quality is being impacted by the Cedar Fire in Kern County as well as other fires burning in the state, but we can be thankful it’s not the Rough...
Technology heads into the backcountry.
  SEQUOIA NATIONAL PARK   Ash Mountain August 11— Rangers responded to a 16-year-old male experiencing shortness of breath at a roadside pullout in the Ash Mountain area. The patient was transported by ambulance to the hospital.   Lodgepole  August 9— Rangers responded to Dorst Creek Campground for a report of a missing 17-year-old girl. The girl reportedly suffered from epilepsy and had a...
New WHS math teachers are Robert Norman (left) and Jorge Santos.
  Woodlake High is in session for 2016-2017 When Woodlake Union High School’s 625 students returned to classes on Tuesday, Aug. 9, there was the usual first-day anticipation of who had who when and in which classes.  Ag Academy enters second year— For the 59 students who are enrolled in the second year of Woodlake’s Academy of Agriculture, they not only take agriculture courses with other ag...
MONEY TO BURN: Pulled pot plants await their demise after being pulled by law-enforcement officers from a Mineral King Road grow site.
  On Monday, Aug. 15, at 7 a.m., a convoy of trucks, trailers, and Sheriff’s Office patrol vehicles, mobilized in the turnout between the Cal Fire Station and Valley Oak Credit Union in Three Rivers. After a short briefing, the procession of law enforcement vehicles turned up Sierra Drive and headed for the foothills on BLM land near the Sequoia National Park boundary.   The Sheriff’s Tactical...
Ryan Pineda (1997-2016)
  A teenager hiking with his family on the Muir Grove Trail fell down a slope and required urgent medical attention. Rangers responded to the incident Friday, July 29, which occurred less than a mile from the trailhead. Upon arriving at the scene, rangers discovered that 19-year-old Ryan Marshall Pineda of Hanford was unconscious. CPR was performed for over 40 minutes, but the victim died at the...
SPARE TIRE: An old tire and a mattress are awaiting transport to a Tulare County landfill where they will be recycled.
  Locals are no strangers to encountering trash or refuse strewn just about anywhere people congregate along the river or at Lake Kaweah. But look closer at the canyon landscape.  Strewn in steep ravines off North Fork Drive, South Fork Drive, and Mineral King Road are the big-ticket items illegally dumped merely to save landfill fees. There is just about any piece of junk imaginable in one place...
Rangers stay busy during the summer months to assist visitors in both the front-country and the backcountry.
  SEQUOIA NATIONAL PARK Ash Mountain July 25—  Rangers responded to Buckeye Flat Campground to a report of a female that stated two males were recording her while she was in the restroom. The incident had occurred the previous night. Rangers interviewed the victim. No suspects have been identified at this time. July 27—  Rangers received a report of cattle trespassing in the park in the North...
A current view of the diminishing pool in the Lake Kaweah reservoir.
  When Lake Kaweah’s pool shrinks below 20,000 acre feet, the summer season is essentially over for local boaters. On Thursday, Aug. 11, that pool was at 16,987 acre feet and that means dam-tenders will be ending releases soon to maintain a minimum pool of 15,000 acre feet. That will still be sufficient water to maintain aquatic life and allow jet skiers to zip around between Kaweah Marina and...
SNOW GOING: A peek over the historic dam at Crystal Lake in the Mineral King area of Sequoia National Park reveals that there is still some snow at elevations of 10,000 feet and above in the Sierra.
  The furnace is about to kick on again. The seven-day outlook includes a return of triple-digit temperatures. Keep an eye to the sky tonight (Friday, Aug. 12) for the Perseid “outburst,” which means perhaps 200 meteors an hour during the annual meteor shower. If you miss the outburst, you should still see meteors for the next several nights but they will diminish as the moon gets brighter and...

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