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

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Students learn the ancient art of basket-weaving.
  Editor's note: On the day this article was published, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. issued a proclamation declaring the day (Friday, September 26, 2014) as Native American Day in the State of California. Native American tribes across California gathered at the state Capitol to celebrate the 47th annual Native American Day. The theme of this year’s celebration was “Water is Life, Water is Sacred...
Clouds gathered over the Great Western Divide on Saturday morning (Sept. 27), leading to a few showers in the afternoon, the first measurable rain in several months.
UPDATE (Monday, Sept. 29): Intermittent rain showers occurred in Three Rivers from Friday through Sunday, Sept. 26-28. Highs were in the 60s to low 70s over the weekend. The rain and cooler temperatures were a welcome relief after a long, hot, dry summer.  * * *  Seasonal temperatures with highs in the upper 80s and lows in the upper 50s will dominate the seven-day forecast. There is a 20 percent...
Neighboring property owners aren't taking too kindly to the proposed Elderwood Heights subdivision, citing water and traffic issues.
  The Tulare County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday, Sept. 23, to uphold the appeal of an Elderwood/Colvin Mountain ownership group that challenged the Tulare County Planning Commission’s recommendation to deny a tract map with 162 lots on a 225-acre parcel. The property is north of the city of Woodlake and outside its development boundaries.  The BOS decision includes conditions that if the...
Vans, whether user-owned or rented, are becoming a popular way to hit the road for an extended trip. (Click on arrows to see additional photos.)
  When living in a tourist town, or for those who travel themselves, it becomes immediately evident that the way one outfits for their journey is an individualistic preference. No one does it like someone else. Here are some travel rigs that have been seen around Three Rivers and the local national parks this visitor season.
A field of pot near the Badger area of Tulare County was eradicated by law enforcement personnel.
  Voters in seven states — including California — one U.S. territory, and at least 17 cities and counties across the nation will face a marijuana initiative when they go to the polls in November. For some, the question is easy: They’re either for some level of legalizing marijuana or against it. But for others, the issue is not so cut and dried. Decriminalizing marijuana can be good for the...
The Friends of the Three Rivers Library support group is currently accepting donations of books and other media for its annual Fall Book Sale fundraiser.
  Garages and garden sheds are no longer needed as there has been a major upgrade in how the Friends of the Three Rivers Library collects and stores donations of used books and other media from the community. The Tulare County Library has provided a container unit to the Three Rivers Library where all books will now be stored. The Friends and their friends held a work party to install a shelving...
The plaque at the Three Rivers Veterans Memorial Building that acknowledges those residents who served their country during World War II.
  The Tulare County Library, as part of its three-month “War Comes Home” program sponsored by Cal Humanities, is offering veterans the opportunity to submit their war experiences to the Veterans History Project of the Library of Congress. Interviews will be held October 1 through November 7. The interviews will be conducted and recorded by the Library’s teen volunteers, following Veterans History...
BEST SANDWICH: Participants in the Best of Kaweah Country readers’ poll said Sierra Subs makes the BEST heroes (aka sandwiches). We didn’t have the heart to tell the gang at Sierra Subs they misunderstood. (Click arrows to view additional poll winners.)
  In looking back since 1999 when the The Kaweah Commonwealth first began its annual readers’ poll, it has become the one issue where all the amenities and the best-kept-secret places to recreate and sightsee have been revealed and celebrated. Along the way, businesses have come and gone, and even the poll itself has changed, as well as who participates and seizes the opportunity for some good-...
The yellow Sequoia-Kings Canyon National Parks helicopter transported the injured pilot to the Ash Mountain Helibase, where the patient was transferred to the SkyLife helicopter and flown to Kaweah Delta Hospital in Visalia. (Click arrow to see an additional photo.)
  On Tuesday, Sept. 16, rangers from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks participated in the successful rescue of a 67-year old man from San Jose who crash-landed his plane in a remote and rugged area of Sequoia National Park. The plane was reported missing when it failed to arrive at its destination as scheduled on Monday afternoon (September 15). The pilot was flying solo. Sequoia National...
Soon the aspens in the Mineral King area of Sequoia National Park will turn the valley from verdant green to a shimmering golden as summer turns to autumn in the high country.
  With the recent run of triple digits ended and the cooler nights here to stay, seasonal-like weather will accompany the autumnal equinox on Tuesday, September 23. It marks one of two days annually when the sun shines directly on the equator and the length of day and night is nearly equal. The word “equinox” is derived from Latin, meaning “equal night.” For Kaweah Country, the shorter days will...

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