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

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  The Lake Elsinore area east of Orange County in Southern California is having what is being called a “Super Bloom.” Poppies and mustard are painting the hillsides with orange and yellow brushes. Being so close to a major metropolitan area, this is making it easy for folks to leave city or suburb and experience the great outdoors. But did it really happen if it doesn’t get posted on Facebook or...
Tulare County Sheriff Mike Boudreaux addresses a Town Hall Meeting in 2018, sponsored by the Three Rivers Village Foundation.
  For the past decade, Three Rivers has had a nonprofit Village Foundation advocacy group dedicated to civic improvement. Earlier this week, the remaining three board members — Mignon Gregg, Karen Bodner, Noah Watenmaker — voted to dissolve the organization, citing lack of community support.    Mignon, who served as the group’s president for the past several years, said that even when the town...
David Vawter (center), new owner of Three Rivers Mercantile, with his secret to success (from left to right) Denise Sanchez,Tawny Ashford, Vicki Blakslee, and Morgan Harrison. (Click arrows for additional photo.)
  When previous owner Mike McCoy first started making plans to find a new owner for his hardware and general merchandise store, his hope was that he could make a deal with someone local who the community would support. The new owners are David and Lisa Vawter of Three Rivers, both of whom were raised here, attended local schools, and raised their kids here too.    On Wednesday, March 27, the...
Yucca Creek where it enters the North Fork of the Kaweah River.
  Nearly all of California has experienced slightly to moderately above average precipitation this (water) year and near normal temperatures. The Sierra Nevada snowpack is looking good: range-wide it’s at 156 percent of normal. Locally, unsettled weather continues with more chance of precipitation. The temperatures, however, are starting the seasonal upward trend and that will accelerate the...
An order posted on a building in Paradise, Calif., after a wildland fire razed the community.
  The 2018 fire season was by far the most devastating in California history, both in the loss of life and the loss of forest and grassland acreage. In fact, two days after I was elected to the Senate, the Camp Fire broke out. Eighty-eight people lost their lives, the city of Paradise was destroyed, and nearly 240 square miles were burned.     Many factors including prolonged drought have...
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  On Saturday, March 22, participants on the Three Rivers History Tour, a fundraiser for Three Rivers Union School Foundation, were treated to an insider’s look at Kaweah Powerhouse No. 2 by Karl Coffman, SCE hydro mechanic operator. The historic hydroelectric powerhouse, built in 1905 by Mt. Whitney Power & Electric Company, uses flume-fed water pressure to produce the kilowatts necessary to...
Tom Marshall aboard the USS Taluga in 1965.
  Tom Marshall of Three Rivers will attend a celebration  held in his honor tonight (Friday, March 29) to commend him for his military service. The event is part of Hero Appreciation Months, which is sponsored by community volunteers Leah Launey and Peter Sodhy.   The public is welcome to attend the event. And there is enough food served to make a dinner out of it.   “It all started September 30...
1st Lt. Matthew Kraft
  The massive search in the Sierra between Independence and Bridgeport, underway since March 5 to locate missing U.S. Marine Corps 1st Lt. Matthew Kraft, 24, has transitioned to “limited continuous search status” until the missing man is found.   Kraft, from Washington, Conn., who was stationed at Camp Pendleton near San Diego, set out on a solo ski trip February 24 with plans to complete the 195...
This week, the overgrown vegetation in front of the former Barby’s building was removed as the new owners prepare for upgrades.
  It’s certainly not unusual for a Realtor or agent to list a property, show it to prospective buyers, and then end up buying it for one reason or another. When it comes to the limited amount of commercial property in Three Rivers, it may happen more frequently on a per capita basis than in larger, urban markets.   One commercial transaction of this scenario occurred a few years back when Greg...
Last week, some Silver City folks ventured up the Mineral King Road, did some clearing of debris, and assessed current conditions. In photo: Lookout Point Ranger Station, elevation 4,000 feet.  (Click arrows for additional photo.)
  The on-again, off-again showers will continue for the next 10 days and there is more rain in the April forecast too. April showers bring May flowers but in the lower elevations of Kaweah Country the bloom is peaking now.    Flower Watch The Dry Creek bloom is peaking this week; the hilly terrain around Lake Kaweah is beginning its peak this weekend.   Look for showy hillsides covered with...

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