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

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The hunter stands over his prey. “In summary, the bear was taken legally, by a hunter with tags during bear season, and the bear meat was appropriately harvested," said CDFW in an emailed statement.
  According to the reaction to an incident that occurred last week and was told in “Loaded for Bear” (Telling It Like It Is, November 14, 2014), Three Rivers residents have definite opinions about bears in the community.  In this instance, a bear died from multiple gunshots on Wednesday, Nov. 12. Evan King, California Department Fish and Wildlife biologist in the Visalia office, who was informed...
Running along a lake-bottom trail while enjoying the early-morning light.
  The fourth edition of a local event at Lake Kaweah gaining in popularity is back this year. All that’s lacking is a few more sign-ups. Fortunately, there’s still plenty of time to join the fun. The cause: Chris Dudley Foundation— This year, the proceeds of the event will be donated to the Chris Dudley Foundation, headquartered in San Diego with a summer camp in Vernonia, Ore. For the past 20...
Although it's past mid-November, Sawtooth Peak (left, elevation 12,343 feet) and Mineral Peak in the Mineral King area of Sequoia National Park are lacking any significant snowpack.
  Thanksgiving week will continue the cool, dry pattern. Sunday has a 20 percent chance for rain but most of the moisture will be north of Kaweah Country. Winter has already dumped six feet of lake-effect snow in parts of Buffalo and the mid-Atlantic region. A snowpack like that in the higher elevations around here could make quick work of the local drought. Best chance for that to happen is...
"Neither rain nor snow, nor sleet nor dark of night shall stay these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds..." Well, okay, dark of night is out. The shuttle ends their appointed rounds at 4:30 p.m. (Click arrows for additional photos.)
  Free shuttle service will offer transportation to the main attractions in the Giant Forest area of Sequoia National Park during the Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday periods. Next week, shuttles will be making the rounds from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., beginning Thanksgiving Day (Thursday, Nov. 27) through Sunday, Nov. 30. The free shuttles will be back in operation from Friday, Dec. 26, to Sunday...
A decade of research, planning, and design resulted in a natural drainage system being returned to Halstead Meadow in Sequoia National Park, which restored the meadow to a flourishing ecosystem.
  Athena Demetry, a restoration ecologist at Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, was presented with a 2014 National Park Service Pacific West Regional Director’s Award for Natural Resource Management.  The basis of the natural resource management award centers on Athena’s planning, design, and completion of the Halstead Meadow restoration project in Sequoia National Park. The project spanned...
Kerry Hydash, FHCN president and CEO
  Family HealthCare Network has a team of certified enrollment counselors who are ready to assist individuals and families during the current Covered California open enrollment period. Open enrollment began November 15, 2014, and will continue through February 15, 2015. FHCN is a “certified enrollment entity” for Covered California. Currently, there are scam emails being sent and non-certified...
  Mark Frick, deputy sheriff for Three Rivers while resident deputy Scott Doyle is on medical leave, responded to a report of a loud verbal argument late in the afternoon on Tuesday, Nov. 18. Apparently, the domestic argument had been ongoing for an extended time. While en route to the scene, the deputy learned that an unidentified local man had attempted, or was threatening to, hit a horse with...
This mature black bear was shot during the night of Tuesday, Nov. 11, and allowed to languish in a tree for 10 hours while neighbors decided his fate. Click on the arrows for additional images. Warning: they are graphic and may be disturbing for some readers.)
  The following is an opinion piece.   California Department of Fish and Wildlife has proved to Three Rivers once again how ineffective they are at the “wildlife” aspect of their mission. And incompetence fosters more incompetence. Reportedly a North Fork Drive resident, “Homeowner Matt,” requested and, of course, obtained a depredation permit from the agency to kill a bear that was bothering his...
DOGS AND CATS: This mountain lion was treed by dogs after it wandered onto a Sierra Drive property a few years back. The lion left the vicinity as soon as the commotion subsided. (Scroll to the next image to see a history of mountain lion attacks.)
  Three Rivers residents who live near the Ash Mountain entrance to Sequoia National Park are reporting that at least one mountain lion has been active in the upper canyon, evidenced by two recent deer kills. One kill was discovered in October near the Ash Mountain Recreation Hall along Sycamore Drive inside the national park boundary. Last week, another deer kill was discovered near Buckeye Tree...
A trace of rainfall and changing air patterns Thursday, Nov. 13, cleared out the gunk that had settled over the Kaweah canyon for the past week. Scroll to the next photos to see what was in the air.
  Those predawn sprinkles on Thursday, Nov. 13, were perhaps a sign of things to come. Though only a trace ended up in local rain gauges, the air quality, which has been in the UNHEALTHY range since Friday, Nov. 7, was drastically improved. Next chance for precipitation is Sunday. The unstable pattern will continue through the week. Highest probability of significant rainfall similar to what was...

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