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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...
The award-winning Guitar Honor Group from Lindsay High School will perform at this year’s Concert on the Grass.
Concert on the Grass Saturday, Sept. 27, 1:30 pm 44879 Dinely Drive, Three Rivers Free; open to the public Information: (559) 561-0610 One of the county’s longest running autumn traditions, and one of the most pleasant, continues at the end of September when the Three Rivers Concert on the Grass presents its 34th annual variety show on the shaded lawn at the end of Dinely Drive. Always a...
Two bears in the Sequoia National Park foothills enjoy the green grass that comes with springtime (photo taken April 2013).
  Evan King, wildlife biologist with California Department of Fish and Wildlife, told a Three Rivers Town Hall audience on Monday night (Sept. 5) that conflicts with wildlife are accelerating in all mountain and foothills areas due to the persistent drought.  King, whose territory includes Tulare and Kings counties, said there is little natural feed like berries and acorns so wildlife, especially...
LOW FLOW: An early morning shot of the main fork of the Kaweah River on September 12, 2014, with prehistoric bedrock mortars in the foreground, shows little, if any, movement of water down the channel.
  Water. We need water. A trace from the sky Sunday night and Monday, but the source was just the remnants of Hurricane Norbert. According to Bill Pooley’s Kaweah River Page (www.c2.com/kaweah/), the Middle Fork of the Kaweah River is flowing as low as a paltry 9 cfs. Water temperature is reported to be above 80 degrees at several Middle Fork locations, and the river is filled with green algae....
An aerial view of the Sawtooth on the St. John's Golf Course in Woodlake, where the effects of the prolonged drought have taken a toll.
  California’s drought has reached historic proportions. Its effects are creeping ever closer to home, bringing it from happening mostly somewhere else — highlighted by a brown, parched landscape, dying foliage, and stories on the news — to a troublesome reality directly affecting Tulare County’s residents. At Monday’s (Sept. 5) town meeting, Chief Joe Garcia, Tulare County Fire Department, said...
CLASS OF 2027: Meet this year’s crop of kindergarteners at Three Rivers Union School. They might not know it yet, but they will be the next generation of scientists and scholars who will be among those leading research and innovation on the challenges that global society faces today. But if anyone can save the planet, it’s these superheroes. Starting them out on their journey of learning is kindergarten teacher Liz Harrelson (back left) and instructional aide Eme Price (back right).
  For a tiny one-school district like Three Rivers Union School, the last several years have been filled with uncertainty. Will there be enough resources to do the job that the Three Rivers community has come to expect? Because of a few interdistrict transfers, the enrollment of 140 is actually down several students from last year. But the future looks bright from the perspective of the two...
SUN SCREEN: Christy Wood, owner of Wood ‘N’ Horse Training Stables in Three Rivers, is in her 11th year of a 13-year cycle of the historic Chief Joseph Trail Ride.
  Mother Earth smiled upon the Chief Joseph Trail Ride participants during the 50th anniversary of the historic trail ride, held July 20 through 26. The starting point for the 2014 ride was Powell, Wyo.  Each summer, my horse and I travel from our Three Rivers home a round trip of 2,800 miles to take part in this historic trek. I am on my 11th year of the 13 years it takes to complete the nearly...
Sylvia Durando (right) says bring on the next 80 years.
  Sylvia Durando of Three Rivers celebrated her 80th birthday on September 6 at the Whitney Ranch near Exeter, where she keeps her five horses. A horsewoman since she could walk, Sylvia was formerly an equestrian stunt double for Hollywood film and television productions in the 1950s, ‘60s, and beyond. As such, Sylvia will be one of the celebrity attendees at the Lone Pine Film Festival’s 25th...

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