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The Sequoia National Park entrance station near Three Rivers is a busy place this summer.
  Sequoia National Park   July 23-29: 4,012 vehicles entered via the Ash Mountain Entrance Station.   August 6-12: 10,982 vehicles entered through the Ash Mountain Entrance Station.   August 12: 1,391 vehicles entered through the Ash Mountain Entrance Station during the “Buffalo Soldiers” fee-free day (wait times were less than 20 minutes).     Kings Canyon National Park   July 23-29: 3,589...
A ranger (center) assists a man and woman who were swept down the rapids near Potwisha Campground in Sequoia National Park and became trapped on a ledge beneath a house-sized boulder.
  SEQUOIA NATIONAL PARK     Ash Mountain   RIVER RESCUE. August 5— A 13-year-old male jumped off a rock into swift water on the Kaweah River. Patient was underwater for several minutes before being assisted out by a family member. The patient was transported by ambulance.   August 6— Rangers made a traffic stop on a vehicle for crossing the double-yellow line near Tunnel Rock. The driver became...
Afternoon thunderstorms in the Sierra are expected during the upcoming week. There is even a chance of some droplets of water from the sky in Three Rivers.
  The temperatures have dropped below the century mark for some reprieve for those weary of the sweltering heat. The days are gradually getting shorter, and the nighttime temperatures are starting a downward trend. With local schools starting next week and the Labor Day holiday weekend just around the corner, autumn must not be far behind. For the next few days, there’s a chance of some...
A map of the entire path across the continental U.S. To experience the total eclipse, be somewhere in the dark band on eclipse day.
  On Monday, Aug. 21, the moon will completely eclipse the sun, and millions of people all across the U.S. will get to watch. This will be the first coast-to-coast solar eclipse in 99 years.   An eclipse is when the moon covers the sun in its path across the sky. A total eclipse is when three key conditions that rarely occur happen all at the same time: (1) There has to be a new moon, (2) the...
  As Woodlake High embarks on its second century when school bells signal the end of summer break on Tuesday, Aug. 22, it’s doubtful that grads from two decades ago would recognize much in the 21st century classroom. Now every student at Woodlake’s high school and middle school gets a Chromebook to complete their schoolwork and interact with their teachers — all done online.    Just when most of...
A quiet street in Three Rivers, Calif.
  In the two decades since the monthly town meetings have become a regular part of the Three Rivers community calendar, there have been several hot-button agenda items including the demise of the Three Rivers Ambulance, river access, public safety, fire protection, and how to coexist with bears. But none have elicited a greater response or more emotion than the recent proliferation of vacation...
A mountain lion stares down two backpackers from a rocky perch.
  A video-recording on a cell phone of a wildlife sighting went viral this week as news agencies widely shared the footage. The two-minute video of a mountain lion encounter was taken in the vicinity of Little Blue Dome on the High Sierra Trail in Sequoia National Park.   On Sunday, July 23, two San Luis Obispo County men were on the first day of an 11-day outing that would take them from the...
Crystal Lake and dam (elevation 10,800 feet), still ice-covered. (Click arrows for additional photos.)
  There has been hydroelectric generation on the Kaweah River for more than a century. There are three powerhouses in Three Rivers, miles of flumes, three forebays, two diversion dams (near Sequoia National Park’s Potwisha), and four dams in the Mineral King area of Sequoia National Park. These components make up an intricate system that produces enough clean energy to annually power thousands of...
The aftermath of a head-on collision caused by a driver traveling in the wrong lane of traffic.
  On most days, it’s difficult to find reasons not to like living in a town where folks come from all over the world to vacation. A Three Rivers motorist, Free Sunshine Corral, found one reason by accident this past weekend and, fortunately, she did not suffer life-threatening injuries.   “I was headed west on Sierra Drive shortly after 4:15 p.m.,” she said. “I could see a line of cars...
This illuminated orb in the sky will interfere with the dark sky needed to optimally view the Perseid meteor shower.
  This weekend — August 11-12 and August 12-13 — are the peak nights of the 2017 Perseid meteor shower. The greatest number of meteors typically fall in the wee hours before dawn, and on a moonless night, viewers can often spot 50 or more meteors per hour. This year, a waning gibbous moon will light up the sky after midnight but a good percentage of these meteors should be bright enough to...

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