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

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  At last Monday’s Town Hall (December 4), a four-person panel of ambulance administrators were speakers at the meeting that was held at the Three Rivers Memorial Building, providing insight into the Tulare County Emergency Medical Services contract and the challenges of response times in rural areas in a complex health care landscape.    Dale Dotson, EMS coordinator for the Central California...
The Middle Fork of the Kaweah River was rain-swollen in December 2016. This year, a high pressure ridge is deflecting precipitation.
  It’s been called the “Ridiculously Resilient Ridge” by UCLA climate scientist Daniel Swain. This stubborn and massive buildup of atmospheric high pressure — the culprit in some of the driest recent years — is now parked above the northeastern Pacific Ocean. What this means is that California and much of the West are enjoying warm, dry days even as the onset of winter approaches. Currently,...
Varsity Football (Click arrows for additional team photos)
  When one-third of the student body is playing on a sports team, and a number of teachers and staff are either coaching or taking tickets at the gate, then add in all the students who work at the games or are spectators, it’s obvious that high school sports are a big deal.    “Our athletic program continues to attract and retain 30 percent of the total student body population, which is...
The mass casualties of mule deer in the Bishop Pass area, just east of Kings Canyon National Park.
  The record-breaking snowfall last winter created residual hazards for Sierra hikers well into the summer months. And the conditions are still taking a toll on backcountry travelers.   According to state Department of Fish and Wildlife officials, 122 mule deer have been confirmed dead near two mountain passes due to icy conditions that have remained on the steep slopes since last winter’s...
PLANNING AHEAD: The new Three Rivers Brewing Company required a zoning variance before being given permission by the County of Tulare to open for business along Sierra Drive.
  Resource Management Agency planners are on a tight deadline to release the next round of documents of the Three Rivers Community Plan update by the end of 2017. That is the department’s deadline, according to Dave Bryant, Tulare County’s special projects lead planner.   Bryant, a decade ago, found himself in the unique position of working simultaneously on planning documents for Tulare County’s...
Kaweah Delta Hospital in Visalia has one of two emergency rooms in Tulare County.
  Over the next two years, the only trauma center between Fresno and Bakersfield will be getting a needed upgrade. One of the busiest in California, Kaweah Delta Medical Center’s Emergency Department is spending $32.8 million to add space, medical staff, and efficiency to care for the region’s growing population.   Along with newly appointed CEO and former senior vice president Gary Herbst, the...
Lake Kaweah is on the rise. The seasonal holding of water in the reservoir is underway.
  Precipitation on Monday, Nov. 27, measured about a third of an inch in Three Rivers at 1,000 feet. The current weather pattern for early December is typical for La Nina: cool temps with only a slight chance of a stray shower in the 15-day forecast. Conditions are ideal for the 8 a.m. start of the Kaweah Country Run, and recent rains have made the dirt lake-bottom trails dust free. Expect...
The Sequoia National Park entrance station could be charging a lot more for access if a proposed fee increase is approved by the Department of the Interior.
  WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW: The Department of the Interior has proposed an significant increase of peak-season entrance fees to $70 at 17 of the busiest national parks that is intended to provide additional revenue that will assist with a deferred maintenance backlog. A public comment period on the proposed increase will continue through FRIDAY, DEC. 22.      ONLINE COMMENTS AND ADDITIONAL...
Fall in Kaweah Country. The view from Three Rivers into Sequoia National Park where storm clouds hang on the Sierra's Great Western Divide.
  High temperatures 10 to 25 degrees warmer than average stretched from the West Coast into the Rockies on Wednesday and Thanksgiving Day. Temps eclipsed 80 degrees in Three Rivers. Daily record highs were set from San Diego to Seattle. This follows the first significant rain and snow of the season in Three Rivers and the nearby mountains. On Friday, Nov. 17, and into Saturday, at 1,000 feet...
PEOPLE HELPNG PEOPLE: A coat collection and giveaway station has been set up in the front of Kaweah River Trading Company to ensure warmth for all this winter. (Click arrows for additional photos.)
  St. Anthony Retreat and the Roman Catholic Diocese of Fresno are no strangers to giving. Father John Greisbach and the Retreat’s staff in Three Rivers are dedicated to serving the Valley’s Catholic community and all who come calling, whether it’s an interdenominational Easter Sunrise Service, a group like Aging in Community looking for a place to meet, or the local jazz club that needs a unique...

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