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MONDAY, FEB. 1: It was a winter wonderland down to about 1,500 feet elevation after a cold storm passed through Kaweah Country on Sunday, Jan. 31. IN PHOTO: The Oak Grove Bridge on the Mineral King Road, 2,500 feet elevation.
  Even though the latest snow survey results from the California Department of Water Resources are encouraging, state officials are still cautioning that so far the 2015-2016 season is more like a normal season rather than a drought-buster. The current statewide snowpack is 112 percent of normal as of February 1 with an average water content of 23 inches. Though that is four times more than was...
DOWN TO THE WIRE: AT&T repairmen attempt to unscramble a menagerie of telephone wires where they enter the AT&T hub on Sierra Drive. (Click arrows for additional photo.)
  For business owners like Dennis Villavicencio, who owns Buckeye Tree Lodge and Sequoia Village Inn, the last week has been a living nightmare. For extended times, AT&T landline phone service was completely non-existent. But the lack of a dial tone or any incoming calls didn’t just happen suddenly. An undetermined number of Three Rivers residents and businesses have been without any phone...
The BLM-Salt Creek area, accessed from Skyline Drive in Three Rivers, is a series of dirt roads and single-track trails that can be confusing for those who don't know the area or anyone attempting to navigate in the dark.
  A truck stuck in a ditch was what alerted a local resident to examine further. And that’s when, on Saturday, Jan. 30, Tulare County Sheriff’s deputies were contacted and dispatched to the North Kaweah River Drive area (vicinity of the Three Rivers Roping Arena). Inside the truck, the caller reported, was an unresponsive female. Deputies located the vehicle and, without entering the truck, also...
The red bullet shows the approximate location of the two-car collision.
  Three Rivers commuters were witness to an eerily similar crash just four days after and within a quarter-mile of another head-on accident that left several injured [“Five injured in three-car crash,” January 29, 2016]. This latest collision, at 7:45 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 26, also occurred in the straightaway section of Highway 198 east of the entrance to Badger Hill Estates during clear weather...
Laura Joss, recently appointed Pacific West regional director for the National Park Service.
  Laura Joss has been appointed regional director for the Pacific West Region of the National Park Service as of Monday, Feb. 1 and will begin her new job in the spring. Joss currently serves as the deputy regional director and chief of staff for the Intermountain Region in Lakewood, Colo. Joss will be responsible for overseeing operations for 60 units of the National Park System and other...
  A new sign went up last week so those visiting Dry Creek Preserve will now know for sure they are actually at Dry Creek Preserve. The 152-acre nature preserve that was formerly a gravel quarry on Dry Creek Drive, northeast of Lemon Cove, is open daily in the winter and spring from sunrise to sunset. See more about what's waiting at Dry Creek here.
A County of Tulare map showing the locations of properties that collect a 10 percent transient occupancy tax from overnight visitors with the largest cluster being in Three Rivers.
  Tourism is trending upward in unincorporated Tulare County though the demand is problematic for some Three Rivers innkeepers new to the local lodging scene. More tourists translate to more TOT (transit occupancy tax) revenue, and in Three Rivers where the majority of these tourists want to stay, the spike in business is being fueled by an increase in visitors to Sequoia National Park. Upwards...
An early morning view of Moro Rock on a winter morning.
  Kaweah Country recorded four inches of rain for January. That’s a bit less than the stormier December. After the next system passes through this weekend, the local season’s total will eclipse 16 inches of rainfall; the local snowpack at 7,000 feet still has four feet on the ground. This weekend’s storm will be cold and is expected to drop snow levels to 3,000 to 4,000 feet. Good thing there is...
Firefighters battle a chimney fire last weekend at a Three Rivers residence.
  When the fall rains come and Cal Fire declares the end to another fire season, Three Rivers residents are by no means out of the woods. Instead of the constant danger of a wildland fire, in winter, structure fires constitute a new threat. These types of fires are caused primarily by two sources: electrical wiring and chimneys. Three Rivers apparently escaped the Christmas holidays unscathed but...
A three-car accident on Highway 198 at the intersection of High Sierra Drive that leads to the Badger Hill Estates neighborhood was reportedly caused by a driver using a cell phone.
  Three Rivers commuters returning home on Friday, Jan. 22, shortly before 6 p.m., waited several minutes in a long lineup of traffic while emergency workers cleared a grisly looking three-car accident on Highway 198. The crash occurred near where High Sierra Drive intersects the highway west of Yokohl Valley Drive. According to CHP Officer Beale, the crash was caused by Michelle Baker of Exeter...

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