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An overview of the terrain that will be encompassed by the "Mosquito Prescribed Burn." (The Park Service has recently changed its terminology, choosing to call their fire-management projects "Prescribed Burns" instead of what were formerly "Prescribed Fires.")
  The Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park Fire Management Program will be conducting a prescribed burn beginning on Monday, October 20, 2014, weather and air quality conditions permitting. The 1,485-acre burn is located in Sequoia National Park, south of the East Fork of the Kaweah River, bordered by Mosquito Creek to the east and Avalanche Creek to the west. The Mosquito Prescribed Burn is...
Flood waters rage past The Gateway Restaurant's outdoor dining deck on October 14, 2009. In contrast, on October 14, 2014, the Kaweah River's water level was barely trickling at 15 cfs.
  Another chance of rain for Tuesday, Oct. 21, was recently removed from the forecast. That system, previously predicting a 40 percent chance of rain for Three Rivers, is now showing in the 10-day forecast as 0 percent. The latest weather-maker once headed this way has turned more toward the northwest. Central Oregon, 700 miles north of Kaweah Country, for example, has rain in the forecast every...
John Reifenberg, D.C., specializes in holistic medicine. He will be at Family HealthCare Network in Three Rivers each Monday.
  Carolina Quezada, M.D., who provides medical services to Three Rivers a couple of days a month, has been named medical director of Family HealthCare Network.  After her residency as an National Health Service Corps scholar with a focus on internal medicine and pediatrics, she completed the program at the Family HealthCare Network clinic in Woodlake. NHSC is a government-funded organization that...
Heed the warning.
  Hector Hernandez, 26, of Porterville was injured in a solo motorcycle accident that occurred on Saturday, Oct. 11, about 5 p.m. on Highway 198 near Pierce Drive. A witness at the scene called 911, and Tulare County fire personnel responded to the scene within a few minutes. Upon arrival, the emergency responders located a Harley Davidson Softail motorcycle with major damage on the westbound...
A National Weather Service graphic that shows precipitation nearly everywhere in view except for Central and Southern California and the desert Southwest. (Click on arrows to scroll through additional images.)
  A storm cell blew quickly through the interior of California on Tuesday, Oct. 14, and didn’t deliver any rain below about the San Francisco Bay Area, but its wind stirred up fallow fields, totally inundating the west side of the San Joaquin Valley with dust, impacting drivers on Interstate 5 and Highway 46. A recent National Weather Service graphic showed a precipitation forecast from light to...
A highlight of the masquerade Raven Dinner. Disclaimer: No ravens died in the making of this cocktail, but a few bottles of rum did. (Click on arrows to scroll through additional Raven Festival photos.)
  The Raven Festival is a new tradition in Three Rivers. Started by the 1st Saturday artists' organizing committee, the Festival was founded in October 2013 as a way to celebrate fall with weekly events, activities, contests, and even a masquerade dinner, all intended to bring Three Rivers residents' out of hibernation after a long, hot summer. Raven Festival 2014 is the second annual celebration...
It takes a surplus of electrical cords to keep the lights on in Three Rivers.
  When Three Rivers was switched to portable power on Wednesday morning (Oct. 8), there was a brief, yet planned, system-wide outage that occurred at 9:05 a.m. when the 69 kilovoltage line from the Valley floor was disconnected. The huge generators that had been idling were switched on electronically and six minutes later the portable power restored electricity to the upper canyon. At 9:27 a.m.,...
Considered yourself warned.
  A 30-year-old man from Tulare survived a brush with death on Saturday, Oct. 4, after his 2011 Volkswagen Jetta ran off the Mineral King Road and crashed into a ravine. The victim, whose name was not released in the preliminary accident report, was reportedly en route up the mountain road to work. The call to California Highway Patrol dispatch came in at 11 p.m. It is not known if the victim got...
If you haven't received this election guide in the mail yet, contact your county Elections Office.
  The October town meeting, held Monday, Oct. 6, highlighted the upcoming November 4 state general election along with local news and announcements. The measures Californians will vote on were described by the meeting’s moderator, Lee Goldstein.  California has an important history as the leader of status-quo-altering ballot measures — same sex marriage (Prop 8), medical marijuana, GMO labeling (...
A makeshift memorial stands at the Cal Fire Aviation Management Unit in Sacramento in tribute of Tanker 81 fire pilot Craig Hunt.
  An air tanker fighting a wildfire near Yosemite National Park crashed Tuesday, Oct. 7, about 4:30 p.m. It was reported that the plane went down within a mile of the park’s west entrance (Highway 140). The crash occurred in steep, rugged terrain in the Merced River canyon. Witnesses report seeing the plane hit the canyon wall followed by an explosion.  The body of the pilot was recovered...

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