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

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A bear on North Fork Drive just before the Bailey Bridge captured the attention of residents and passersby for awhile Wednesday afternoon. The bear indulged in some Hachiya persimmons from a nearby tree...  (Click arrows for additional photos)
  The latest prognostications for the first quarter of 2017 have been released by the National Weather Service, and Kaweah Country is sitting in an all-too-familiar position. The climate prediction maps for January to April 2017 have the central San Joaquin Valley and the southern Sierra region sitting on the fence — virtually on top of the line of demarcation between above average and below...
Kuyler Crocker
  The Tulare County Elections Office is announcing results weekly and will continue to do so until they finalize the results of the November 8 general election. That will occur on or before Tuesday, Dec. 6.    Of all the races in Tulare County, there is just one that is too close to call that affects Three Rivers — District 1 supervisor.   The two candidates that emerged from a field of eight in...
  The wastewater discharge incidents that occurred in the late spring of this year at the Clover Creek facility in Sequoia National Park were endemic of poor management also evident at the Grant Grove wastewater treatment facility in Kings Canyon National Park. The poor practices of the National Park Service in regards to wastewater management are the opinion of Dale Oviedo, a former chief plant...
  The nonprofit Woodlake High School Foundation has established a Hall of Fame for its distinguished staff and alumni. At the Foundation’s annual spring fundraiser in April 2017, the inaugural crop of Hall of Fame inductees will be announced.   Over a century of students have walked the WHS halls, which means there are plenty of eligible candidates. And it’s up to the communities within the WHS...
A schematic of the proposed hotel.
  At two public meetings ­—  in Three Rivers on Monday, Nov. 7, and Visalia on Thursday, Nov. 10 — to introduce a proposal to build the first new hotel in Three Rivers in 20 years, Tulare County planning staff announced that an Environmental Impact Report is being prepared for the project. The EIR, though not required by zoning law, is considered the best way to deal with some of the more...
The path to the presidency.
  There were no surprises among the national and state winners on election night in Tulare County. Here is how Tulare County voted:    In the presidential race, Republican candidate Donald Trump (54 percent) won over Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton (39 percent). The race for U.S. Senator to fill the seat vacated by Barbara Boxer when she announced her retirement featured two Democrats who...
  The passage of Proposition 64 on Tuesday, Nov. 8, made it legal for individuals 21 years of age and older to use and grow marijuana for personal use as of  November 9, 2016. However, the sale and taxation of recreational marijuana is not due to go into effect until January 1, 2018, so there is currently a fine line between what’s legal and what’s not.   By a margin of about 56 percent to 44...
  On Monday, Nov. 14, the full moon was at perigee, the definition of a supermoon (in photo above). In addition, the orb was its closest to Earth since 1947, and it won’t come this close to Earth again until November 25, 2034. Next month’s full moon on December 14 also qualifies as a supermoon, the third of three consecutive supermoons to finish out 2016. The low pressure that arrived in Kaweah...
One never knows where a bear might be hanging out in Three Rivers. So drive carefully... and slowly.
  Last Wednesday morning, in broad daylight, another bear was hit by a vehicle and fatally injured. The incident occurred when a young black bear darted across Sierra Drive (Highway  198) into the path of a vehicle just west of the Three Rivers Historical Museum.   The Three Rivers motorist told a California Highway Patrol officer at the scene that she had no time to stop or avoid hitting the...
  At the Monday, Nov. 7, monthly Town Hall meeting, a planning team from Tulare County Resource Management Agency will present an update on a proposal to build a three-story hotel on riverfront property adjacent to the Three Rivers Post Office. The developer’s design consultant, David Duda of 4Creeks Inc., will also make brief remarks on the site plan, architecture, and landscaping.    In...

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