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

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Allen Ishida, District 1 supervisor for Tulare County and 2018 gubernatorial candidate.
  He’s a farmer, an ex-state agency official, an experienced politician, and a three-term county supervisor, so why not? On Friday, May 15, Supervisor Allen Ishida, officially filed to be among what’s expected to be a large field of gubernatorial candidates in the 2018 race for California’s top executive office.  Supervisor Ishida, 67, said he’s been thinking about a run for governor for quite...
The Marble Fork canyon is steep and rugged. This is the second rescue in the vicinity this year.
  Emergency personnel responded to a call for help at 7:15 p.m. on Wednesday, May 13, near Potwisha Campground in the foothills of Sequoia National Park. The incident began when an 18-year-old Fresno man, who was rock-hopping along the Marble Fork of the Kaweah River near Potwisha, slipped on a rock, and went over a cascading waterfall. Downstream, the victim managed to grab onto a rock and climb...
See this year's blooming dogwood display in the Giant Forest area of Sequoia National Park, less than an hour’s drive from Three Rivers. Don’t delay because it never lasts long. (Click arrows to see additional photo.)
  Wells in the Central Valley are running dry. After four years of below-average precipitation, water-storage reservoirs are low and surface-water allocations have been slashed. Groundwater pumping is unsustainable as escalating well failures demonstrate (1,210 in Tulare County as of May 12, up an additional 22 from the previous week). The state’s agricultural production zone is in the area most...
A RECIPE FOR ART: A display of handcrafted and locally created items, just a taste of what is available at the new Main Fork.
  A new art gallery and gift shop is opening this Saturday, May 16, in Three Rivers, and it will display a youthful exuberance for art with a dash of different. That is according to proprietor Monica Rodriguez of Three Rivers, who is opening her gallery and gift shop, called Main Fork, in a part of the former digs of Colors.  Originally, Monica had intended to call the gallery Main Fork & Co...
  Criminologists estimate that drugs, including alcohol, are a factor in nearly 75 percent of all crimes. This number is often higher in rural areas where there is a lack of law enforcement. But the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department is changing that criminal culture. This past week, five more arrests were made in and around Three Rivers.  On Wednesday, May 6, deputies made contact with a subject...
The faces of the Three Rivers Music Festival. (Bottom right photo taken by Greg Ruhe.)    Click arrows for additional photos.
  Held for the fourth year on Saturday, May 9, this day-long extravaganza of live music, food, beverages, art, and distractions for the kids is a major fundraiser for the benevolent Emergency Aid Alliance and a new favorite spring attraction in Three Rivers.
At a mile above the ground, skydiver Kent Lane prepares to jump from the plane, a feat he accomplished both days of the rodeo. (Click arrows to see additional photos.)
  The 62nd showing of the Woodlake Rodeo was held, as is tradition, during Mother’s Day weekend. After the community activities during the town’s Western Week that is meant to get everybody outside, participating, and anticipating the climax that is the rodeo, the Rodeo Parade kicked off the weekend with entrants from throughout the region. Later that afternoon, way above the rodeo grounds, Kent...
Chad Nicholson announced the Riata Ranch Cowboy Girls's performance at the Three Rivers Team Roping in April. (Click arrows for additional photos.)
  In the annals of the Woodlake Rodeo, one name everyone knows is Johnny Jackson. Jackson expanded the original Lions Woodlake Roundup, established in 1953, and from the 1950s to the 1990s, helped the Lions grow their event into a world-class professional rodeo.  A former all-around contestant, Jackson was the real deal when it came to rodeo. In the 1950s, Jackson searched for property near his...
Thunderstorm buildup over the Sierra as seen from Lake Kaweah. (Click arrows to see additional photo.)
  Thursday’s wacky, chilly weather shows just how persnickety a frontal system can be during a drought. Some areas got intense downpours and snow showers while a few miles away it remained windy and dry. New, even more stringent statewide water restrictions should put an end to green lawns in most of California for this year. The Kaweah River flows have been dropping steadily since last Monday...
Sequoia visitors put on the brakes and grabbed their cameras to attempt to document a bear looking for a dinner in a meadow. (Click photo for additional photo.)
  A bear in a Sequoia National Park meadow along the Generals Highway between Halstead Meadow and Dorst Campground generated much interest from passersby who all wanted a glimpse of the local resident.

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