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

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Matt McWilliams, owner, and Dayna Higgins, assistant, toast the new Three Rivers Brewing Company.
  This November has been busier than most shoulder-season months as park visitation, especially on weekends, remains up.    There have been quite a few changes on the local business front since summer. And one new business that burst onto the scene is making quite a splash.      Three Rivers Brewery   Three Rivers may have been the last small town of any significance anywhere to not have its own...
Aaron Falk and Cole Karr (left to right, back), field representatives for Congressman Kevin McCarthy, take note of concerns voiced by Three Rivers residents.
  Park fees, health insurance, and bipartisanship were the key topics at the now-bimonthly Three Rivers 23rd congressional district field office meeting. Congressman Kevin McCarthy (R-Bakersfield) was represented by district representatives Cole Karr and Aaron Falk on Wednesday afternoon, Nov. 15, in the Mineral King Room at Three Rivers Historical Museum.   The Department of the Interior...
  One year ago, on November 18, 2016, I received the life-altering call: “You’re on the list.”    I was now in line for a double lung transplant at UC San Francisco Medical Center, where I’d been commuting to since 2013 until finally coming to the conclusion that I was out of options.    At 57 years of age, I had images of missing my daughters thriving in their chosen professions, flowing oh-so-...
'Tis the season for beautiful mountain light.
  An atmospheric river is again taking aim at California and instead of elation for the rain and snow there is grave concern because downpours are tracking for Napa Valley. Still recovering from fires that scorched the earth last month, now they brace for mudslides. Three Rivers remains on the southern boundary of the storm so how much precipitation is guesswork. Current indications are for a...
Some of the Riata Ranch alumni who gathered Saturday, Nov. 11, for a 60-year reunion in Three Rivers.
  Dozens of Riata Ranch alumni gathered along with family and friends at the Three Rivers Memorial Building on Saturday evening, Nov. 11, for a reunion celebrating the 60th anniversary of the storied organization’s founding. Surrounded by a pop-up museum of Riata Ranch memorabilia, former students, performance team members, and Riata parents reminisced and recounted many memories from the six...
Woody Smeck, superintendent of Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, tells tales of his youth in the Sierra.
  The occasion was part of the Mineral King Preservation Society’s Storytelling series on Sunday, Nov. 5. The monthly programs are presented in the Mineral King Room of the Three Rivers Historical Museum.   This month, Woody Smeck, superintendent of Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks and a cabin owner on land surrounded by the Giant Sequoia National Monument, was the featured speaker.   The...
Tom Maier, Riata Ranch's founder. (Click arrows to view entire photo album.)
  Tom Maier rides into town The story of the Riata Ranch begins long before its founding six decades ago. It all started when a young Tom Maier left his North Dakota home and landed in Hollywood. As the Los Angeles Times once recounted, “There he got a job... training horses for movie stars until he could support himself bulldogging and roping calves on the rodeo circuit.”   When a car accident...
The portion of Highway 180 that provides access to the Cedar Grove area of Kings Canyon National Park — also known as the Kings Canyon Highway — will close for the winter on Monday, Nov. 13. The road will reopen in April 2018.
  Last week’s near miss of rain and snow confirmed what weather watchers’ suspected. For the immediate forecast it’s official: California is in the grip of that dreaded stepchild La Nina. In Kaweah Country, the effect of La Nina is like a tug-of-war between extremely dry and moderately wet. For the rest of 2017, forecasters expect storms to be deflected north, dumping what rain and snow there is...
Michele Cruz and David Wood, both of Three Rivers, collaborated on a presentation on mental health in Tulare County, at November's Town Hall meeting.
  At the Monday, Nov. 5, Town Hall meeting, a succession of speakers at the Three Rivers Memorial Building provided updates on county services and the mental health program of the Tulare County Health and Human Services Agency.    Supervisor Kuyler Crocker spoke briefly on vacation rentals and what direction the county Board of Supervisors might take to deal with the dramatic increase of short-...
Due to one-lane traffic and ongoing construction, delays are necessary on a one-mile section of the Generals Highway in Sequoia National Park.
  Location: A 1-mile section between the Amphitheater Point Overlook (11 miles from the Sequoia National Park entrance station in Three Rivers) and Crystal Cave Road.    This schedule is approximate and subject to change:   Monday-Friday, 7 am-4 pm: Traffic allowed to pass at: 7 am, 8 am, 10 am, 12 pm, 2 pm, 4 pm.   Monday-Thursday, 5-7 pm: Traffic allowed to pass at: 5 pm, 6 pm, 7 pm.    Monday-...

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