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On Monday, June 20, at about 1 p.m., a fire of suspicious origin burned 18 acres of grassland near Lake Kaweah’s second boat ramp. The cause of this recent blaze remains under investigation.
  A fast-moving grass fire on Monday, June 20, scorched 18 acres south of Highway 198 near the entrance to Lake Kaweah’s second boat ramp. The fire of “suspicious origin” was surrounded and contained by 6 p.m. with the help of several aerial drops of retardant and the efforts of personnel from three firefighting agencies.  Cal Fire served as incident command on the wildland fire, which was...
Do whatever floats your boat to stay cool during this run of triple-digit temperatures.
  PLEASE REMEMBER... FIREWORKS and any other incendiary devices ARE ILLEGAL in Three Rivers and all foothills and mountain areas.     After only a couple days in the past week with a daytime high temperature below 100 degrees, a second surge of heat from a strong southwestern ridge of high pressure will be affecting the San Joaquin Valley and most of Northern California noticeably more than the...
A bear doing what they should be doing where they should be doing it. It's up to humans to keep bears wild.
  They’ve been seen by Pumpkin Hollow Bridge. They are in the Sierra King neighborhood off Mineral King Road. On upper North Fork. And even mid-day in the middle of Highway 198. Bears are being spotted in the community, so it’s time for Three Rivers residents to secure their trash cans and bearproof anything else that might be construed as food for a curious bruin. These black bears, that can...
High water is causing backpackers to rethink their routes this year, but it is not an excuse to issue an SOS message on a SPOT personal tracker. There could be a fine to pay for that.
  Question:  What is a Parkmedic?    Answer: Parkmedics are park rangers with specialty medical training. Their training is similar to an Advanced EMT, but with an expanded pharmacological and procedural scope of practice.  Parkmedics in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks provide EMS services under protocols written, reviewed, and revised by Parkmedic residents at Community Regional Medical...
  Acting on anonymous complaints that several large pot grow sites were being cultivated in Badger, a Sheriff’s Tactical Enforcement Personnel (STEP) team served three search warrants on Friday, June 20. During the serving of the warrants, two subjects were arrested for cultivation/sales of marijuana at two of the locales in the 51000 block of Hogback Drive. Rodney Mims, 62, and Lawrence Nichols...
Michelle Brown Bejarano and Dixon introduce a young rider to the joys of riding horses.
  Michelle Brown Bejarano of Exeter was out for an evening ride with her horse, Dixon, on Friday, June 3, when tragedy struck. The horse and rider were on Highway 245 near Avenue 322, about three miles south of Woodlake, and crossing the Kaweah River bridge when they were struck from behind by a 2002 Mazda Protégé. Michelle’s last memory before being hit was glancing back and seeing a car...
A firefighter monitors a human-caused fire in the Fallen Goliath giant sequoia log in the Redwood Canyon area of Kings Canyon National Park in May 2014. The Fallen Goliath is the namesake of the current prescribed fire.
  Following the worst local fire season in recorded history when the Rough Fire, a lightning-caused wildfire, consumed more than 150,000 acres in 2015, National Park Service fire managers were able to get things back to normal this week. “Normal,” that is, when June weather usually accommodates a prescribed fire or two. So on Saturday, June 11, after a recent wet weather system passed through the...
The East Fork of the Kaweah River goes into a free fall just west of the Mineral King valley in Sequoia National Park. Pick a waterfall, any waterfall anywhere throughout Sequoia-Kings Canyon National Parks. They are all currently brimming with snowmelt and extremely scenic.
  For anyone hiking in the Sierra last weekend, it didn’t feel like summer was just 10 days away. There were daily storms, and on Sunday, June 12, various mountain locales received snow, and the National Weather Service issued a winter weather advisory.  In Kings Canyon National Park, at elevations 10,000 and above, three inches of snow was reported. Tioga Pass, at 9,900 feet in Yosemite National...
A host of dignitaries, coaches, and players served a first hit at the Monday, June 13, opening of Woodlake High’s new tennis courts. (Click arrows to see addition photos.)
  When there are dozens of players who for decades have been anticipating new tennis courts at Woodlake High School, the Monday, June 13, ceremonial first hits were quite the occasion and officially unveiled a new era in local tennis. The girls team are first up to take advantage of the newly constructed and now resurfaced courts. WHS girls’ coach Mike Judson and boys’ coach Heather Sullenger...
Here is what the Kaweah River in the vicinity of Hospital Rock looks like in December. Now imagine it filled with rushing snowmelt. The boulders are still there, just underwater and even more dangerous.
  On Saturday, June 4, at 4:16 p.m., the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks dispatch office received a radio call from a park employee relaying a report from park visitors of someone in distress in the Kaweah River near Hospital Rock in Sequoia National Park. A swiftwater rescue was initiated at that time.  Upon arrival at Hospital Rock, rangers found the victim, a 17-year-old female from...

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