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

News

Browning foliage on a giant sequoia is the tree’s response to a drier, warmer climate. (Click arrows for additional photos.)
  This is the third and final installment in a multi-part feature on tree health in the Sierra and throughout California. Previous installments may be read online at www.kaweahcommonwealth.com/news/tree-mortality-sierra-continues-rise Read Part One here. Read Part Two here. California is currently in its fifth year of severe drought. Locally, the lack of rain and snow is taking a noticeable toll...
Spanish broom is a noxious plant that alters river flow and creates a fire hazard.
  Many Three Rivers locals probably appreciate the colorful spring beauty of Spanish broom (Spartium junceum) blanketing the edge and creeping up the banks of the Kaweah River. Unfortunately, broom, which is native to Mediterranean-type climates, is invasive in our region because the insect pests and pathogens that would normally control its spread in its native range are not present here.  Due...
When traveling in the Sierra mountains, which are home to Mount Whitney, the highest mountain in the Lower 48 states, it is essential to know the signs and symptoms of the various types of altitude sickness.
  Important facts about altitude sickness: 1.  Anyone can get it, even the most fit athletes. 2.  It’s completely preventable by ascending slowly and staying hydrated, eating well, and resting. 3. Descent is the most effective treatment.   Altitude sickness happens because there is less oxygen in the air that is breathed at high altitudes. Two things are certain to make altitude sickness very...
Click arrows for additional photo.
  FIRST PHOTO: There have been several mountain lion sightings in the Mineral King area of Sequoia National Park in the past few weeks so warning signs have been posted at trailheads. In addition, visitors to the area are also being asked to keep an eye out for rattlesnakes as a couple sightings of these venomous reptiles have occurred in the Atwell Mill area at 6,400 feet elevation. SECOND PHOTO...
Farewell Gap in Mineral King reveals that with the recent warm temperatures, the last remaining snow in the high country is melting fast. (Click arrows for additional photo.)
  After a couple of days with seasonal-like highs in the upper 90s, Saturday’s local forecast is expected to see temperatures climb back into triple digits. This run of sweltering temperatures above 100 is supposed to dominate the local forecast for the next eight to 10 days. It is the middle of summer, and Kaweah Country is no stranger to triple-digit high temperatures. Fortunately, this current...
  Nomination papers are now available for prospective candidates and incumbents for offices that will appear on the Tuesday, Nov. 8, General Election ballot. Those who plan to file for an open elected position must do so by 5 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 12, at the Elections Division in the Government Plaza at 5951 S. Mooney Blvd. in Visalia. Here are the nonpartisan, local offices for which nomination...
As volunteers, Bob Basham of Three Rivers (back) and Ron Vigario of Visalia perform various duties for the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office, including providing a uniformed presence in communities while on patrol, assisting the department with paperwork and errands, and more.
  Enrollment is ongoing to become a Volunteer in Patrol for the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office. Tulare County Sheriff’s VIPs serve as extra eyes and ears in the community and perform duties that don’t require a sworn officer. They deter crime by their uniformed presence in the community, said Sheriff Mike Boudreaux. “We don’t know how many times someone was about to do something criminal and...
Brian Howard of Visalia, pictured with his wife, won the coveted Muscle Car-2005 or Newer category with his 2008 Ford Mustang Shelby.
  A diverse group from the Central Valley and beyond came together once again to celebrate their shared love of classic American metal at the 17th annual Woodlake Car Show. On Saturday, July 16, proud owners of everything from street rods to bicycles were given a year’s worth of bragging rights and the trophies to prove it. First-place winner Jesse Garcia stood next to his 1971 Monte Carlo and...
Trees dying on Milk Ranch Peak - see old fire lookout at top left. (Click arrows to see additional photos.)
  This is the second installment in a multi-part feature on tree health in the Sierra and throughout California. The first part of the series may be read online here.   When I was seven years old, I was witness to an event that forever changed the way I look at a forest. Dead or diseased trees can be lethal, I learned one picture-perfect sunny day. The summer of 1966 was the third year that my...
Firefighters ignite the forest with drip torches within the Goliath Prescribed Fire boundaries.
  Goliath Prescribed Burn jumps the control line On Tuesday and Wednesday, July 5 and 6, fire activity on the smoldering Goliath Prescribed Burn increased noticeably when embers from a large giant sequoia that was burning near the burn unit’s boundary blew across the control line. Because of a number of snags and standing dead trees, firefighters worked cautiously to contain the flare-up and stop...

Pages

X