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The start of RUN 2014.
  When any annual event is established there are always growing pains and a learning curve. For the Kaweah Country Run, established in 2010, there have been fits and starts and, now in its fifth year and fourth event, it’s ready to assume its place among the local annual events in Three Rivers.  This year, there were 65 participants who competed in the three-race format (10K and 5K runs, 5K walk...
THE DOLL'S NEST: Mickey Geertsen and friend with her infinite collection of Russian nesting dolls. (Click arrows to see additional gift ideas.)
  Shopping locally is important during the holiday season, for sure. But remembering local businesses all year long ensures they and others are here when the next holiday rolls around. Here are five reasons why local business owners say your money should be spent at their locations. Community involvement. Local business owners donate to nonprofit organizations and their events, belong to local...
Alta Peak, as seen from Three Rivers, Calif., the day after the largest storm in several years. (Click arrows to see additional photos.)
  Strong winds on the leading edge of one of the larger storms to hit California in the past five years brought heavy rains to the Bay Area and the central San Joaquin Valley on Thursday, Dec. 11. The moisture following the heavy winds was expected to reach Kaweah Country and Three Rivers in the predawn hours of Friday, Dec. 12. Forecasters with the National Weather Service in Hanford issued a...
A GMC pickup gets a tow out of Lake Kaweah after getting stuck after off-roading about 11 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 6.
  It probably sounded like a good idea at the time, some late-Saturday night off-roading at Lake Kaweah, but after getting stuck, hoofing it out of the lake bottom, having to call for a ride, then getting up early to rendezvous with the tow truck on Sunday, Dec. 6, the driver of this four-wheel drive GMC pickup was probably rethinking his decision. And there’s always the risk of a citation too....
Dewatered, former wetland in Cahoon Meadow, adjacent to erosion gully.
The National Park Service is initiating public scoping on a proposal to evaluate a full range of ecological restoration options to address a large erosion gully in Cahoon Meadow, located within the John Krebs Wilderness of Sequoia National Park. The meadow is located in a road-less, trail-less area in the southern portion of the park between Hockett Meadow and Homers Nose at an elevation of 8,000...
On Sunday, Nov. 16, a great blue heron enjoyed the shallow, calm water of the Kaweah River’s North Fork as seen from the Bailey Bridge. (Click arrows to see additional photos)
  The background music has been missing from Three Rivers life since last July when the rivers changed from moving water to stagnant pools. But the rain on Tuesday, Dec. 2, brought the rivers back to life, and the sound of the flows were obvious and the increase dramatic. On the Middle Fork at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers gauge, the river flow was 35 cfs on Tuesday at 8 p.m. By midnight, the...
  As most Three Rivers landowners are painfully aware, the first installment of the 2014/2015 property taxes is due next Wednesday (December 10). If the remittance is not postmarked by this date, a 10 percent penalty over and above the current amount due will be applied. So just what are those who own property — whether undeveloped land or a home, one parcel or 10, owner-occupied or absentee...
WHS varsity football players Eric Schwarz, Alexander Marquez, and Andrew Chavez (left to right) with the Orange Belt trophy. (Click arrows for photos of the fall sports teams.)
   When one out of every three students is involved in playing sports and a number of teachers and staff is either coaching or taking tickets at the gate, then add in all the students who work at the games or spectate, it becomes obvious that high school sports is a big deal.    Varsity Football East Sequoia League: 3-2 Overall: 5-6 Coach: Jose Del Rio Now in his second season as head coach, Jose...
A decorated vintage tow truck, with Santa in the driver's seat, greets Three Rivers passersby once again this holiday season.
  It's a tradition as old as time. Head east on State Highway 198 anytime after Thanksgiving Day, top the knoll just beyond Three Rivers Mercantile, and what to one's wondering eyes should appear? A vintage tow truck without any reindeer... but with Santa in the driver's seat and the truck lit up from headlights to tires to taillights to the toy sack on the tow hook. This Christmas spectacle has...
Lori Isley (left), distribution manager, and Elizabeth LaMar, program manager, with some of the mounds of food that was provided within 48 hours of the call going out that the Three Rivers Bread Basket had been burglarized.
  When Elizabeth LaMar, program manager of the Three Rivers Bread Basket, discovered that the food pantry at the Three Rivers Arts Center had been burglarized Saturday, Nov. 22, her initial reaction was shcok. The thief's timing -- the weekend before Thanksgiving -- couln't have been worse. "How could someone steal Thanksgiving dinner from those who need it most?" she said. Not only were 15...

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