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The original High Sierra Jazz Band in 1976 included (back, from left to right) Al Smith, Stan Huddleston, Bruce Huddleston, Earl McKee, and (front, l-r) Charlie Castro and Vic Kimzey. (Click arrows for additional photos)
        SEE FAREWELL TOUR SCHEDULE AT THE END OF THIS ARTICLE    On the eve of their 42nd anniversary, the inevitable has happened. This week, High Sierra Jazz Band, Three Rivers’s longest running and most loved and well-known band, announced they are retiring after Jazzaffair 2019. This means effective after the traditional finale, as Earl McKee sings “Till We Meet Again,” High Sierra Jazz Band...
Looking through the smashed-out passenger-side window of a 2017 Ford Transit Connect in the aftermath of a September 10 break-in. Several empty cases were left behind that prior to the heist contained surveying equipment.
  There’s a good chance the thief (or thieves) had no idea what they were stealing. It looked digital and expensive so it must be easy to sell and worth plenty.    But in the case of the break-in to a vehicle that occurred at 4:30 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 10, in the parking area behind Casa Mendoza restaurant in Three Rivers, the perpetrator might end up with the short end of the stick. A surveyor’s...
Tucked away beneath a canopy of native manzanita is a recently raided marijuana grow site and all its associated trash, toxins, and water-diversion equipment. (Click arrows for additional photos.)
  Legalization of cannabis in several states, including California, has already affected consumer markets but unfortunately there is still incentive to grow illicit marijuana on public lands to sell on the so-called black market. On Wednesday, Sept. 5, a law enforcement task force composed of National Park Service rangers, Tulare County Sheriff’ Offices deputies, California Department of Fish and...
  At the regular monthly meeting of the Tulare County Planning Commission on Wednesday, Sept. 12, Michael Washam, associate director of the Resource Management Agency, told commissioners that an administrative ordinance regulating the operation of short-term or vacation rentals could go out for public review in late October or early November of 2018.    A “Three Rivers only” ordinance was...
This time of year, it is common for deer to unexpectedly dart onto a roadway. Drive defensively, slow down, and don't be distracted to lower the odds of a wildlife vs. vehicle collision.
  So far this month, a bear cub, a fawn, and a doe have been killed on Highway 198, all in a two-mile stretch between Three Rivers Mercantile and Sierra Lodge. Add to these wild animals on the move an escalation of speeding motorists that are passing vehicles in the business district, ignoring the double yellow lines that make such maneuvers illegal and collisions with wildlife are certain to...
Left to right: Kevin Riggi, battalion chief; Robb Hubbard, lieutenant; Steve Mayfield, firefighter; Dody Marshall; John Hanggi, engineer; Cole Frazier, firefighter; Jason Hawes, engineer; Charlie Norman, Tulare County fire chief.
  July’s community Hot Dog Festival netted $3,500 for the Three Rivers Historical Society and Station 14-Three Rivers of the Tulare County Fire Department. In this photo, Dody Marshall, TRHS treasurer, presents a check to local firefighters for their half of the earnings that will be used for training and equipment.
Looking skyward at a giant sequoia in a Case Mountain grove.
  The Bureau of Land Management-Bakersfield Field Office has approved its vegetation and forest health plan for the giant sequoia groves on Case Mountain. The project area is located southeast of Three Rivers and is the only BLM-administered property containing giant sequoias in a system that includes 258 million acres of public lands.   The planning process for project documentation began nearly...
The Valencia Classic trophy is currently in the trophy case at Woodlake High School. (Click arrows for additional photos)
  When you share so much history and common ground with your neighborhood rival (for instance, Woodlake High's former principal, Tim Hire, is Exeter's superintendent), an annual football game transcends to being just another date on a 10-game regular-season schedule. And for the first time in way too many years (16 to be exact), Woodlake defeated the Exeter Monarchs. In past seasons, win or lose...
The aftermath of an erratic driver who discovered the limits of a four-wheel-drive vehicle in the Mineral King area of Sequoia National Park on Friday, Aug. 31.
  SEQUOIA NATIONAL PARK   Ash Mountain  September 2— A ranger responded to Buckeye Flat Campground for a 33-year-old male who fractured his leg when he slipped and fell at the river. The patient was transported to the hospital by family.   —There were multiple bear sightings in Potwisha and Buckeye Flat Campgrounds throughout the week.     Lodgepole September 1— Rangers responded to Lodgepole...
Strategic placement of the Santa Teresita Youth Conference Center buildings minimized the removal of native trees from property.
  In July, the St. Anthony Retreat Center community gathered to bless the completed St. Junipero Serra Chapel, capping off a decade of planning and construction, and marking the completion of the Santa Teresita Youth Conference Center.    The youth center is set among the blue oak woodlands on 25 acres of rolling hills. In addition to the chapel, the facility offers ample assembly and meeting...

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