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

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FIRE WORK: Ryan Zinke, Secretary of the Interior, worked with 
Sequoia-Kings Canyon firefighters to burn dead and downed forest debris during a visit to the parks on Friday, April 14.
  Ryan Zinke, the 52nd Secretary of the Interior, marched into the forest clearing in his fireproof Nomex uniform as if walking onto a stage. He met the rest of the crew (or cast) members, five of them, who were anticipating his arrival on this chilly morning.   Zinke was handed a handheld drip torch, and he played his part by lighting an organized mound of forest debris. Joe Suarez, Arrowhead...
HELPING HANDS: Suicide  Prevention Task Force presenters (from left to right) Sgt. Alan Knight, coroner; Carla Sawyer, nurse; and Noah Whitaker, SPTF director.
  When Carla Sawyer, a public health nurse, opened Wednesday night’s meeting at Three Rivers School, nobody in the audience of 35 could have been prepared for the shocking story she told, Carla’s abrupt career change, which has led to dedicating her life to suicide prevention and helping families affect by suicides, began on August 3, 2007, while she and her family were on a Hawaiian cruise.   By...
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  Work is ongoing on a new restaurant at the Grant Grove Village complex in Kings Canyon National Park. The restaurant is slated for opening later this spring. The former restaurant, which was nearly 50 years old, was torn down in May 2016. The front of the restaurant (first photo) will have a large courtyard that will seat about 75 diners, located behind the Grant Grove gift shop. The back of...
Snow level on April 14 on the highest point on Sequoia National Park's Generals Highway.
  According to a report out this week from NASA, the 2017 California snowpack is close to being the largest on record. On April 1, NASA’s Airborne Snow Observatory mapped the Tuolumne Basin’s snowpack, which showed that it has twice the volume of last year’s snowpack and is 21 times larger than the snowpack of 2015, the lowest on record.The data also show that the Sierra’s snowpack is bigger than...
Minimize time spent at the Sequoia entrance station by purchasing a park pass online.
  In an effort to find the best solution to expedite lines at entrance stations, the National Park Service has a new pilot program providing visitors the opportunity to purchase an entrance pass online prior to arriving at the parks.   The “Your Pass Now” program gives the public the opportunity to purchase their Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks park-specific annual passes or entrance...
Crystal Cave’s artistic spider-web gate.
  Work on improving the visitor services at Crystal Cave in Sequoia National Park has commenced. This is the first major upgrade to the cave’s facilities in more than 30 years.    This current project will accomplish needed repairs to provide an improved visitor experience, while protecting the area’s important cultural and natural resources. The recently approved plan includes repairing the...
The 23rd District representatives at Tuesday’s meeting were (from left to right) Keenan Hochschild, Trevor Smith, and Cole Karr.
  Rep. Kevin McCarthy’s 23rd District mobile office returned to Three Rivers for their third consecutive monthly visit on Wednesday, April 19. The meeting was held at the Three Rivers Arts Center.    In addition to staffers Cole Karr and Keenan Hochschild, who regularly conduct the hour-long meetings, Trevor Smith, a legislative analyst, also attended,  representing Congressman McCarthy.   Prior...
SLIPPERY SLOPE: An emergency responder inspects a vehicle following a rollover accident that occurred Tuesday on Highway 198 near Eggers Drive.
  A rainy day and curvy portion of highway were factors in a single-vehicle accident on Tuesday, April 18. Maria Padilla 43, of Visalia was driving eastbound on Sierra Drive at 6:35 p.m. when the 2004 Honda Civic she was driving slid on the wet pavement, crossed the center line, and rolled over down an embankment. The accident occurred just east of Eggers Drive.    According to one of the...
This bear was highly visible for a week in the central part of Three Rivers, being observed walking on the highway, near restaurants and homes, and at Three Rivers School.
  A bear roaming the campus of Three Rivers Union School on Monday, April 3, was cause for the local kindergarten-through-eighth-grade school’s first-ever lockdown. The lockdown became protocol under the safety procedure policy that was adopted by the board of trustees last fall.   The incident occurred at 1 p.m. as the kindergarten class was being released. Parents picking up their children were...
A two-drag rescue maneuver with Tyrolean traverse being practiced at Holiday Falls (Cobble Knoll Recreation Area). (Click arrows for additional photos.)
  Swift-water rescue personnel from throughout California joined the Tulare County Fire Department and Sheriff’s Office teams for a multi-day training session earlier this month at Lake Kaweah and on the Kaweah River. 

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