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

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WINTER REFLECTIONS: On Wednesday, Feb. 15, Lake Kaweah visitors enjoyed the calm before the storm.as the prefrontal band of clouds moved in toward the Sierra.
  As if it wasn’t wet enough already this year, new NOAA projection models are showing at least a 60 percent chance that another El Nino will develop before the year is out. California could be feeling the effects as early as July 2017.    Ocean surface temperatures, which were slightly cooler in the current La Nina, are already showing indications of a warming trend. If an El Nino does develop...
This riverfront property was formerly Barby's antique and curios shop. It is now for sale.
  Chump’s DVDs has closed and now gone the way of most videos stores in an industry where streaming movies and content is the new normal. The management company is now readying the property for whomever or whatever comes next at the riverfront business where zoning from the past still allows living quarters.    The former video store is nestled between Buckaroo Diner and Sierra Subs and Salads...
WATER PARK:  Sequoia for Youth students from Woodlake celebrate the finish of a relay race in which the students experienced how water flow increases as it travels downstream. (Click arrows for additional photo.)
  CAMP ZAP KICKS OF 2017 SEASON   Camp Zap in Lemon Cove has been hosting local youth since 1999. And during the weekend of February 4-5, more than 100 kids in third through fifth grades were on-site to experience camping and ranch life for a weekend of nature, speakers, competition, and camaradarie.   The camp was founded by John Zapalac, former law-enforcement officer who previously was a Three...
The North Fork of the Kaweah River at the Airport Bridge on Kaweah River Drive at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 7. (Click arrows for additional photos.)
  After four years of drought followed by a mediocre El Nino last year that dried out all too quickly, weather watchers were perplexed as to what might happen in 2016-2017. With a little more than six weeks left before the April 1 benchmark, the current season is lining up as a record-setting drought-buster.    The recent series of storms that will dissipate this weekend will have rainfall totals...
DOG DAYS: Jeff and Holly Webb in Yosemite with their Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs, Nexpa (right) and Echo (left). Nexpa will be competing in the Best of Breed Competition at the renowned 
Westminster dog show in New York City. (Click arrows for additional photos.)
  A talented Three Rivers canine will be among more than 3,000 dogs competing in the events of Westminster Week in New York City. Nexpa resides in Three Rivers with her pet parents, Holly and Jeff Webb.    The highlight of this week of celebrating dogs is the 141st Annual Westminster Kennel Club All Breed Dog Show, which will be held Monday and Tuesday, Feb. 13 and 14. Westminster Week also...
The Totem Market, located one mile from the entrance to Sequoia National Park, was broken into on February 6.
  Breaking into and entering homes and businesses is an all too common occurrence. In the U.S., two million homes, or one every 13 seconds, are burglarized each year. One-third of all burglaries are commercial property or businesses.    Totem Market— This week, a burglar used the cover of predawn darkness to enter two Sierra Drive businesses. On Monday, Feb. 6, at 5:40 a.m., one individual...
Woody Smeck, superintendent of Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks since April 2013.
  The superintendent of Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, Woody Smeck, is returning to Ash Mountain headquarters next week to play catch up and hear plans for the rapidly approaching visitor season. Then it’s back to Yosemite National Park for a few more weeks where Smeck has been serving as that park’s temporary superintendent for the past four months.   Christy Brigham, who has been...
Tommy Shwe, 70, was reported missing by his family on January 18. (Click arrows for additional photo)
  NOTICE: Tulare County Sheriff’s Department detectives are asking residents of Three Rivers for assistance in this murder case and would like to interview anyone who might have seen the suspect or had any interaction with him. For instance, how did the suspect travel from the remote reaches of Three Rivers to Visalia after his vehicle was incapacitated? Anyone with information in the case is...
SNOWED IN: The Mineral King Ranger Station is currently snow-covered. In that remote valley as of February 1, there was 79 inches of snow on the ground. (Click arrows to see additional photos.)
  Remember the days when Rocky Mountain ski resort owners looked with envy upon Sierra Nevada operators who had to deal with storm after storm that dumped so much snow it was measured in feet not inches? Thanks to record-setting storms in January that arrived with atmospheric rivers, those snowy days are here again.    The February 1 snow survey average up and down the Sierra Nevada is 177...
Corporal Tor Skeen (click arrows to see additional photos).
  After eight weeks of specialized training, Corporal Tor Evan Skeen graduated in December from  the Marine Security Guard (MSG) school in Quantico, Va. The primary mission of the MSG is to provide security, particularly the protection of classified information and equipment vital to the national security of the United States, at American diplomatic posts.   Tor’s first assignment finds him at...

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