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

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  The “Earl McKee” referenced on the above sign resides in the house in which he was born 85 years ago. He and his wife of 66 years, Gaynor, raised their three children on this Old Three Rivers Drive ranch, also known as the Bar O Ranch. The property has been in the family since 1900 and these days is a horse ranch. The redwood sign that has graced the entrance to the McKee ranch had been in...
Course of Action: Meeting with Rep. Kevin McCarthy’s (R-Bakersfield) representative (second from left) on Wednesday, Jan. 25, were Three Rivers Action Group members (from left to right) Carol Berryhill, Rachel Katz, Shivon Lavely, and Helen Bauer.
  Thirty members of the Three Rivers Action Group met with Cole Karr, the field representative for Congressman and House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, on Wednesday, Jan. 25, at the Three Rivers Arts Center in order to voice their concerns about Donald Trump’s agenda. The Action Group, formed in the wake of the November election, is a nonpartisan group of 75 local residents concerned about how...
Dennis Villavicencio, a Three Rivers volunteer firefighter with Tulare County Fire Department. (Click arrows for additional photo.)
  Dennis Villavicencio, business owner and a local on-call volunteer firefighter/EMT, was honored Friday evening, Jan. 27, as a part of Hero Appreciation Months, sponsored by the Sequoia Foothills Chamber of Commerce. The awards program was started 10 years ago by husband and wife Peter Sodhy and Leah Launey, SFCC board members, to show appreciation for firefighters, law enforcement, and military...
Nancy Frausto (left) with judges Sarah Scott and Darren Dunn. (Click arrows for additional photos)
  WHS AG ACADEMY STUDENTS ARE PUT TO THE TEST   Woodlake High School freshmen enrolled in the Ag Academy vocational curriculum presented their ag-related science projects on Wednesday, Jan. 25, at the school’s Agri-science Showcase competition. Eleven students received top honors for their projects and will advance to present at the state level in April.     After working on their projects since...
  CAPTION: Participating in the ceremonial ribbon-cutting of the Mineral King Room on Sunday, Jan. 24, were (from left to right): Robert Hicks, former Mineral King manager for the Disney Company; Jim Barton, whose great-grandfather built the first cabin in Mineral King in 1873; Tom Marshall (back), president of the Three Rivers Historical Society; Kuyler Crocker, District 1 supervisor; Louise...
The Big Stump entrance (elevation 6,600 feet) to Kings Canyon National Park was buried in snow after the last round of storms earlier this week. The chain-up area is at the Sequoia Lake junction, five miles before the park entrance.  (Click arrows to see additional photos.)
  WEATHER WATCH: No more rain is forecast for January, but come February 1, there is a 60 percent chance of showers starting in the evening and continuing through Friday, Feb. 3. As for the lingering, pesky drought, there has been significant improvement due to a very soggy January. As it currently stands, the southern half of California is still experiencing moderate drought conditions while the...
Passing through the Sequoia National Park entrance station is going to cost a little more now.
  It was a phased-in approach that has been subtly occurring for the past two years. And with the onset of 2017, the current round of fee increases are complete at Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks.   Motorcycles now pay more The most recent hike was the entry fee for motorcycles. They are now $25 per individual motorcyle, up from $20 in 2016.   Local entry fees Current entrance fees to...
Looking upriver to Slicky, so named for the water-polished, granite slab that spans the river and creates a descent that is exciting for swimmers and river rafters. The water is high enough on January 9 to completely submerge the rock.
  The month of January is turning into a record-breaker for moisture, and it’s only two-thirds of the way done. On Thursday,  Jan. 19, the weather station at Pumpkin Hollow eclipsed 10 inches of rain for the month. That’s the second wettest month in the brief history of the Pumpkin Hollow station that’s been collecting rainfall data since 2006.    In 2010, Pumpkin Hollow recorded 13.66 inches for...
HOME SWEET HOME: One of the highlights of the new Mineral King Room annex is the permanent display of a replica cabin kitchen, built by a local contractor.
  From humble beginnings more than 30 years ago, a dream has become a reality. The Mineral King Preservation Society, a nonprofit organization founded in 1986, has built a new home in which to house artifacts, documents, photographs, and so much more that relate to the fascinating, sometimes tumultuous, history of the Mineral King valley.   Mineral King is located 25 miles and 90 minutes from...
The Generals Highway was closed for three days while crews removed rockslides, mud, trees, and debris that littered the roadway after several inches of rain. (Click arrows to see additional photos.)
  WEATHER WATCH:    It’s been a rare occurrence in recent years that California has had a storm system that actually receives a name. But the state is currently in the midst of Winter Storm Kori, which is spreading heavy mountain snow over the highest reaches of the Sierra Nevada and rain throughout the rest of the state. Kori has two phases, the first of which began Wednesday, Jan 18. The second...

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