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It was announced by county engineers this week that the Oak Grove Bridge on the Mineral  King Road, which has spanned the East Fork of the Kaweah River for 95 years, will be rehabilitated, keeping its historic integrity. (Click arrows for additional photo.)
  Of the 165 bridges that the County of Tulare must maintain, the one with the most historic value and significance is the Oak Grove Bridge on the Mineral King Road. The concrete arch bridge, built in 1923, is located 6.5 miles up-canyon from Highway 198 and furnishes the only access for motor vehicles to the Mineral King area of Sequoia National Park.   The bridge has been determined eligible...
The Middle Fork of the Kaweah River in the foothills of Sequoia National Park contains treacherous stretches of whitewater that will swallow a person if they enter these rapids.
  When the temperatures warm, so does the risk of drowning around these parts. This time of year, as the weather warms, the cold, swift-running river is often too much of a temptation to resist and claims lives almost  annually. Especially when fueled by spring snowmelt, even going near the river can prove deadly.    On Sunday, June 21, park rangers received a report that a man had been swept...
Sequoia Union School third-graders visited the Three  Rivers Historical Museum last month. The museum is gearing up for expansion.
  Imagine being on an epic road trip and arriving in a town that  has the last gas stations and the final stop for ice and groceries before heading into a national park where it’s more than an hour travel time to reach the main attractions. And at these gas stations and shops, there are no public restrooms.    That, folks, has been a decades-old  dilemma for Three Rivers. Some businesses have...
McClure Meadow Ranger Station
  PHOTO CAPTION: When completed, the ranger station adjacent to the Bearpaw High Sierra Camp will have a look and functionality more like the other wilderness ranger stations sprinkled throughout the backcountry of Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks.   The National Park Service has begun to replace the dilapidated backcountry ranger station, formally called a “wilderness visitor contact...
Although the snowmelt runoff has peaked in local waterways, the rivers are still icy-cold and swift, while stream crossings can be treacherous. Use caution around all fast-moving water and err on the side of safety.
  The June solstice, when summer arrives in the Northern Hemisphere, is coming up on Thursday, June 21. For the Northern Hemisphere, this solstice marks the longest day of the year. Early dawns. Long days. Late sunsets. Short nights. The sun is at its height each day as it crosses the sky. Meanwhile, south of the equator, winter begins. Spring will bid goodbye by providing a couple of 80-degree...
Two members of the Reedley River Rats, a high school jazz band, received a second round of scholarships from  STJC. The club supports music students financially and by providing them a venue where they can play jazz to an appreciative audience.
  These are tough times for Dixieland jazz clubs nationwide as they face dwindling membership and declining attendance at jazz festivals. This plight has definitely affected Sierra Traditional Jazz Club of Three Rivers.     Over the past few years, the club has been tightening its belt in an effort to survive. While monetary awards are few and far between from the club these days, providing...
  John Zapalac of Lemon Cove (back right in photo), former Woodlake police chief and founder 20 years ago of Camp Zap, held the final session of the third-through-fifth-grade youth camp on the weekend of May 19-20. The camp was founded to provide a safe haven for Central Valley youth, where they could spend a weekend in a rural setting participating in activities many had never experienced:...
See caption no. 1 below. (Click arrows for additional photos.)
  CAPTION (FIRST PHOTO): Taking part in the transfer of an iron tank associated with the Mineral King mining days from a Three Rivers ranch to the Historical Museum were Sequoia-Kings Canyon staff (from left to right) Ward Eldredge, museum curator; Gioia Spatafora, museum technician; Jimson Vincent; Jim Barton (donor); Anthony Hilson; Mike Varela; and Pat Lasswell.   CAPTION (SECOND PHOTO): In...
A site map of proposed  improvements on the Three Rivers Historical property, which will include public restrooms, something noticeable missing in Three Rivers for many decades.
  When Kuyler Crocker was a candidate for District 1 supervisor in 2016, he laughed out loud at a campaign event when he learned the one thing Three Rivers needed most was public restrooms. Now two years later, the funding for those elusive restrooms is scheduled to be approved at the Tuesday, June 12, Tulare  County Board of  Supervisors meeting. The vote for approval of the construction...
  A solo male hiker hiking northbound on the Pacific Crest Trail was airlifted out of the LeConte Canyon area of Kings Canyon National Park on Tuesday, June 5. The 51-year-old hiker told his rescuers that he had injured his leg a couple of days earlier and the injury had grown more painful and swollen.    That’s when the victim decided to use his satellite communication device to request...

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