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

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Due to steep, precipitous slopes, it is not advised to travel the Watchtower Trail if there is a chance of ice or snow on the route. The Hump Trail is the alternative route during wintry conditions.
  Two fatalities occurred in Sequoia National Park, less than 10 days apart, both associated with slipping on icy, steep slopes with no chance to self-arrest.   Mount Whitney— On Saturday, May 5, a party of two reported that during their descent of Mount Whitney, they had come  across two ice axes and what appeared to be a bloody trail leading to a body about 1,500 to 2,000 feet below the ice...
Jonathan Elmore
  For the past two weeks, Mark Frick, Three Rivers resident deputy, has been trying to piece together information from several Three Rivers thefts. On Friday, May 11, a pickup truck that had been identified by a victim of one of the Three Rivers thefts was spotted in Lemon Cove.   When deputies attempted to contact the pickup’s driver, Jonathan Elmore, 31, of Visalia, he fled the scene on foot. A...
SIGN UP: Putting the finishing touches on the restored Sequoia sign are (from left to right) Phil Woods, equipment operator; Bill Schenher, sign maker; and Michael Judd, lead road crew. (Click arrows for additional photo.)
  Nearly every visitor who enters Sequoia National Park via the Ash Mountain entrance for the first time pulls off at the turnout a quarter-mile beyond the gate to take a photo of Sequoia’s most-oft seen and photographed landmark: the historic Indian head sign. The iconic sign, carved from a giant sequoia log in 1935, conjures wonderful memories for returning visitors and begins new memories for...
  Primary Election— On Tuesday, June 5, California voters will go to the polls. Among the statewide offices on the ballot are Governor with its 27 gubernatorial candidates and no incumbent, Lieutenant Governor, Secretary of State, Superintendent of Public Instruction (nonpartisan), Assemblyman, Controller, Treasurer, Attorney General, Insurance Commissioner, and Board of Equalization member. Tom...
The Mineral King Road, ranger station, and campgrounds will open for the season on Wednesday, May 23.
  Here’s what is coming out of hibernation in Sequoia National Park as Memorial Day approaches:   Mineral King Road— Will open at noon on Wednesday, May 23.   Sequoia Shuttle— The  Visalia-to-Sequoia transportation begins Thursday, May 24.   Crystal Cave— Tours begin Friday, May 25. Tickets must be purchased in advance (not available at the cave). Tickets: www.sequoiaparksconservancy.org/...
Cows graze on newly created lakefront property. (Click arrows for additional photos.)
  There’s a 50 percent chance of rain for late in the day Monday. The likelihood of rain increases the farther up in elevation one travels. So those heading to Sequoia National Park will most likely get wet. The weather in the nearby mountains will be unstable most of the week with a slight chance of precipitation, including thunderstorms, each day next week. Lake Kaweah is holding steady at...
  Michael Washam, associate director of the county Resource Management Agency, announced at the regular meeting of the Tulare County Planning Commission on Wednesday, May 9, that the Three Rivers Community Plan Update is now ready for its next step in the adoption process: a public hearing agenda item at a special meeting of the Tulare County Planning Commission.   That meeting will be held...
Drew Sorensen, outgoing WHS superintendent.
  Drew Sorensen, who is retiring June 30 as Woodlake Unified School District’s superintendent will arguably be a tough act to follow. But the WUSD board voted on its new superintendent at Wednesday night’s (May 9) special meeting.   The new administrator at the helm will be Alfonso Gamino, who served through October 2017 as superintendent of the Santa Paula Unified School District. At an October...
 Appearing at the May 7 Town Hall were (from left to right) Kent Owen (for Tim  Hire, candidate, Superintendent of Schools),  Dr. Clayton Diltz (for Matt Darby, candidate, District Attorney), Tim Ward (incumbent, District Attorney), Dr. Craig Wheaton (candidate, Superintendent of Schools), and Roland Hill (incumbent, Assessor/Clerk  Recorder).
  The ballot for the Statewide Direct Primary Election on Tuesday, June 5, is as complicated as ever and in no previous year was it more important to have a sample ballot to study to learn the players. It is, of course, not reasonable to expect even a majority of the 51 candidates on the state ballot to show up for a town meeting in Three Rivers.   But the Three Rivers Village Foundation...
  IN PHOTO: Three Rivers Union School board members Scott Sherwood (left) and Jason Hawes put the finishing touches on a project that consisted of converting an obsolete bus maintenance pit to parking for the school’s new bus. Scott, who owns and operates Southern Sierras Construction in Three Rivers and is an alumnus of TRUS, donated his time and expertise, as did Hawes and Jed Warner, a general...

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