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

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Sequoia National Park reopened to the public Friday, Jan. 11, at about 8 am, after over a week of being closed to visitors. Kings Canyon National Park has also reopened.
  Anatomy of a Government Shutdown According to financial analysts, the economic costs of the government shutdown will well exceed the $5 billion President Donald Trump is demanding as a down payment for a border wall. And on Tuesday, Jan. 8, the president made his primetime case in less than 10 minutes to the American people during an Oval Office address that aired on all major networks. If the...
DOWN TO THE WIRE: Spectrum and AT&T, two local Internet providers, work to upgrade the Three Rivers infrastructure.
  Whether a resident of Three Rivers or a frequent visitor, most are aware that since Internet service first became available more than two decades ago, it has been problematic at best. AT&T, the only cell provider until recently, attempted to remedy that situation by offering its U-verse telecommunications packages. That service has been adequate for some but not enough bandwidth for others...
Lake Kaweah is on the upswing. The roads and trails in the lake bottom are quickly becoming covered with water.
  The storms that began Sunday, Jan. 6, have added two more inches of precipitation in Three Rivers for a season total of 5.79 inches (1,000 feet elevation). Last year at this time, 3.43 inches had been received. And the snow and rain news gets even better: In the seven-day forecast, each day has at least a 20 percent chance for more rain and snow. The nearby mountains have a three-foot snowpack...
On Wednesday, Jan. 2, a park ranger turns visitors away from venturing beyond the Hospital Rock area of Sequoia National Park. (Click arrows for additional photo.)
  In the first 10 days of the partial government shutdown that began Friday, Dec. 21, the effects were minimal in Three Rivers, the gateway community to Sequoia National Park. Most tourists arrived misinformed but happy to experience the scenic beauty and the quietude of just being here.   Although confusion reigned as to what was actually open and closed, visitation began increasing as word...
On Sunday, Dec. 30, there were 16 inches of snow at the Lodgepole measuring station in Sequoia. (Click arrows for a closeup photo.)
  There was enough snow on the ground in the Giant Forest area of Sequoia National Park on Sunday, Dec. 30, to cause icy accidents for vehicles on slick roads, mishaps for unsuspecting visitors on frozen paths, and a slope-full of happy children and the young-at-heart at the Wolverton Snowplay Area.    At the Lodgepole snow stake, which is monitored by park staff when not in the midst of a...
  Governor Jerry Brown is leaving office Monday, Jan. 7, after signing more than 1,000 laws in his last year.   Here are some of them that went into effect January 1:   Minimum wage takes a hike— At least 19 states will increase their minimum wages on or around New Year's Day. In California, the new minimum wage as of January 1 is $12 per hour for large employers (an increase of a dollar an hour...
APRIL 6, 2018: Rachelle Ledbetter of Three Rivers, who is awaiting a double lung transplant, on the field at Dodgers Stadium with daughters Meaghan (left) and Sierra and husband Steve after her Dodger Blue Wish came true.
  Only in the January 4, 2019, print edition: A look back at some of the newsmakers who graced the pages of The Kaweah Commonwealth in 2018. It's available at distribution points throughout Kaweah Country through January 10. Don't miss it!
BEST Burger: River View Restaurant
It’s an all out burger war when there’s one BEST burger and three hungry mouths to feed. From left to right are River View burger lovers Lori Rose, Mark Anselmi, and Linda Ross.
  ONLY IN THE DECEMBER 28, 2018, PRINT EDITION: Photos of the BEST OF winners. Check. It. Out.   For two decades, the Best of Kaweah Country readers' poll has been a valuable resource guide for local residents and visitors when it comes to services they need and use. Best of Kaweah Country’s mission is to identify some of the premier businesses in several areas of  expertise and introduce them to...
There wasn't much snow on the ground at the end of December, but that didn't stop the antics at the Wolverton Snowplay Area in Sequoia National Park.
  The bone-chilling cold will persist at least into the first five days of 2019. High temperatures will be in the 50s; lows will be in the mid-30s for New Year’s Eve and New Year's Day. A Christmas Eve lightning storm was accompanied by an inch of rain in Three Rivers. The year-to-date local rainfall total (2018-19) has now eclipsed four inches. Snowpack in the nearby mountains is paltry with a...
The entrance to Potwisha Campground is barricaded, one of the first closures in Sequoia National Park during the partial government shutdown that began December 21.
  Congressional lawmakers see no clear path to ending the current partial shutdown of the federal government due to lack of funding. Now in its seventh day, the interruption in some federal services has become a political bargaining chip for the sparring factions to have their way or not.   There are several government departments that are currently shuttered, but from past experience the federal...

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