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

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In October 2013, barriers blocked entry to Sequoia National Park when a budge impasse caused the federal government to cease operations due to lack of funding.
  With cameras rolling, President Donald Trump had a contentious meeting Tuesday with the top two Democrats in Congress as he sought a deal over his proposal to build a wall at the Mexico border and threatening a government shutdown if his demand wasn’t honored. Trump, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi have until Friday, Dec. 21, to resolve their...
Gray Matter: Alta Peak gets ready to disappear behind a wreath of fog as the thick haze floats into Three Rivers from the San Joaquin Valley this past week.
  Following the storm system of two weeks ago, fog has returned with a vengeance to the San Joaquin Valley. Tule fog, the infamous fog that plagues these low-lying regions in the winter, is the leading cause of weather-related casualties in Central California.   This past week, this persistent fog has been creeping into Three Rivers. This community is a refuge for residents and Valley dwellers...
RULE THE SCHOOL: Three Rivers Union School board president Sue Winters (right) administers the oath of office to newly appointed board members Peter Mestaz (left) and Anne Pfaff at the December 12 meeting.
  Highlighting the Wednesday evening, Dec. 12, busy agenda at the Three Rivers Union School board of trustees meeting was thanking outgoing members Scott Sherwood (12 years) and George Kulick (8 years) for their service on the local board.    Sue Winters, who also completed eight years of service this month, will continue for another term. Winters was sworn in by Sue Sherwood, TRUS superintendent...
Park Service personnel presiding over the wreath-laying ceremony are Christy Brigham, Sequoia-Kings Canyon acting superintendent; Pablo Garzon, wilderness assistant; and Hector Garzon, visitor use assistant. (Click arrows for additional photos)
  TREK TO THE TREE 2018: MAKING MERRY MOUNTAIN MEMORIES On Sunday, Dec. 9, during the 93rd annual Trek to the Nation’s Christmas Tree, organized by the Sanger Chamber of Commerce in cooperation with the National Park Service, holiday revelers gathered at the base of the General Grant Tree for a service that consisted of holiday cheer and the solemn laying of a wreath in commemoration of the...
BABY BOOM: When Seth Lagerhausen (back, right) of Visalia ran his first of seven Kaweah Country Race events, he didn't have any children. These days, he's a father of four!
  After seven previous events, the Kaweah Country Run as arrived as an anticipated annual event, whether a competitive runner or someone who simply enjoys some time outside with friends on a crisp fall morning. The event takes place rain or shine, and it was a tight weather window for the morning of Saturday, Dec. 1, but the outcome was that everyone remained dry while enjoying clear mountain...
Anthony Hilson, a Three Rivers School seventh-grader, was presented with a new bike.
  Tulare County Sheriff Mike Boudreaux and Fire Chief Charlie Norman hosted an open house Thursday, Dec. 13, at the new headquarters for both departments, located at 833 S. Akers St., Visalia. During the opening ceremony, Sheriff Boudreaux gave away more than 20 bicycles to Junior Explorers (ages 8-12). The Junior Explorer Youth Development Program support Tulare County youth by fostering...
In October, the eighth-grade class from Three Rivers Union School headed to Kings Canyon National Park to visit Park Ridge Lookout, the only fire lookout still in operation in Sequoia-Kings Canyon parks. (Click arrows for additional photo.)
  On Wednesday, Oct. 10, eighth-grade students from Three Rivers Union School visited Park Ridge Lookout in the Grant Grove area of Kings Canyon National Park. Led by Susan Sherwood, eighth-grade teacher and superintendent of the district, the students spent a few hours learning about a working fire lookout with hands-on lessons in good fire, bad fire, weather and lightning, communications, and...
A Three Rivers resident recently removed a dead badger from the highway, an animal not often seen in this region, even when alive. (Click arrows for additional photos.)
  Sadly, roadkill is a common sight in Three Rivers. Speed is the biggest culprit, of course, on the state highway that cuts right through the center of town. This roadway and other arterial byways must also be crossed by animals who often end up at the wrong place at the wrong time.   On Friday, Nov. 23, George Kulick of Three Rivers was kind enough to stop along Highway 198 in the vicinity of...
Recent rains have the Lake Kaweah level on the rise. After a low near 10,000 acre feet, storage on Thursday, Dec. 6, was 15,151 acre feet.
  After breathing unhealthful levels of smoke for more than two weeks, the incredible clear out for Thanksgiving Day reminded all of us why we are here. That eventful quarter-inch of rain on November 21 brought drastic improvement in the local conditions and changed the outlook of an entire town as it was bursting at the seams with visitors.    Then seven days later, Kaweah Country received a...
Anne Lang (front, center) of Anne Lang's Emporium celebrated her retirement with an open house on Saturday, Dec. 1. With Anne, from left to right: Mary Lang Chagnon, Anne's daughter; and longtime Emporium employees Pam Hickey and Susan Wolff. (Click arrows for additional photos.)
  In Three Rivers, owning a small business can be a way to earn a living without having to commute to a 9-to-5 job. Some small businesses open and close seemingly overnight.    But others have the right stuff to be successful. Part of that success formula is for the owner of a particular business to do much of the work themselves.   And that is what Anne Lang has been doing since 1979.  She first...

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