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

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The Slicky swimming hole on the Middle Fork of the Kaweah River. (Click arrows for additional photos.)
  It figures that at the best swimming hole in Three Rivers swimmers will do whatever it takes to cool off in the pristine pools. So when a couple of weeks ago, an unprecedented throng of users all showed up at once, Gary Cort, the lone riverfront property owner who provides access, finally admitted “enough is enough.” For part of one day and several hours the next, a sign on the chain-link gate...
Within an hour-and-a-half driving time there are cooler temperatures, greener hillsides, and even some snow in the highest nooks and crannies. In photo: The Mineral King area of Sequoia National Park. (Click arrows to see additional photos.)
  Temperatures are forecast to be in the triple digits for the next 10 days. Highs should range from 100 to 105 throughout the period. A 40 percent chance of a thunderstorm in Three Rivers is predicted for Thursday. Monsoonal moisture will make its way northward from Baja California, bringing unstable weather across the Sierra Nevada with each day featuring a buildup of thunderheads as moisture...
MORE THAN A TREE:  Representatives from the Central Valley Vietnam Veterans present the colors during the June 20 ceremony.
  It’s quite the year for milestones in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks.  Sequoia celebrates its 125th year as a national park in September. Kings Canyon National Park turned 75 years old in March. It was 100 years ago in July that the Mather Mountain Party embarked from Giant Forest on an epic journey that ultimately resulted in the creation of the National Park Service in 1916. Also, 80...
The Sandy Cove area at Hume Lake.
  Dive teams have recovered the body of a drowning victim in Hume Lake. The 21-year-old man was reported missing about 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 20. He was last seen swimming in the lake at the Sandy Cove area. Two dive teams and a Fresno County Sheriff’s helicopter aided in the search. In July 2014, two drownings in as many weeks occurred at Sandy Cove, claiming the lives of a 32-year-old man and...
This bear is wild and searching for supper in a meadow and not a campground... (Click arrow to see additional photo)
  While sound asleep in a Sequoia National Park campground, the last thing anyone wants to wake up to is a bear standing over them and examining their sleeping bag. But that’s what was reported to occur Wednesday morning (June 17) at Potwisha Campground in the Sierra Nevada foothills three miles above the Foothills Visitor Center at Ash Mountain.           According to the visitor who reported...
An aerial photo by the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department of a foothills complex of pot plants that was raided earlier this year.
  Just when it appeared that pot cultivation was disappearing from Tulare County’s public lands, a multi-agency task force raided a large complex of marijuana cultivation sites in and around Sequoia National Park. Raids executed on Monday, June 15, are part of Operation Javelin and eradicated more than 11,000 plants.  The cultivation sites were discovered on Park Service land, Bureau of Land...
The iconic sign at Camp Curry in Yosemite Valley , which has been under the management of Delaware North Companies for 22 years, bids the concessioner goodbye.
  Delaware North, the Buffalo-based company that operates the Sequoia-Kings Canyon National Parks concessions, no longer has the inside track for the multi-million dollar contract to operate hotels, restaurants, and other visitor amenities in Yosemite National Park. The National Park Service announced on Wednesday, June 17, that the new 15-year contract is being offered to Aramark. Aramark, based...
Andy Messchaert (1970-2015)
  Andrew Messchaert, the bicyclist who was seriously injured in a solo crash on Saturday, Feb. 14, while with a group of cyclists traveling down South Fork Drive in Three Rivers, died in a Bakersfield rehab facility on May 25. The official cause of death is still pending, according to a spokesperson with the Kern County Coroner’s Office.  The Coroner’s report stated that Andy fell in the shower...
The sunrise as seen from Three Rivers, Calif., on the first day of summer 2015.
  The Summer Solstice is looming. Summer will begin Sunday, June 21, at 9:38 a.m., which is when the sun reaches its northernmost point of the equator. So Happy Father’s Day to all the dads. Your gift this year is enjoying the most daylight hours of any day in the calendar year. How will you spend all this daylight with Dad? Picnicking, swimming, camping, hiking... Yep, we’ve got that!
Drought-stricken pines are being logged to protect the mountain communities of Badger, Pinehurst, Dunlap, and Miramonte.
  A steady stream of logging trucks are transporting logs from dead and diseased trees in the Dunlap area down Dry Creek Drive to Tulare County’s only working mill at Terra Bella.

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