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Claire Wineland
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  I’m in mourning for a 21-year-old woman whom I’ve never met except through one Twitter exchange regarding our mutual need for a double lung transplant. Claire Wineland died August 28, one week after she received her new lungs, due to a massive stroke.   I’m unable to shake this cloud of sadness for a remarkable activist who was deeply involved in the cystic fibrosis community. Expected to die...
The Barn in Three Rivers is the new home for four local businesses and will open to the public on Saturday, Sept. 1. It is located across the parking lot from the Sierra Real Estate office.
  In a small, eclectic community like Three Rivers where commercial zoning is limited by topography, retail space is at a premium. Most small businesses, especially those that are new or start-ups, lack the capital to develop their own storefronts so infill is critical.    Because of this, a co-op at a single location can be a win-win for owners and patrons alike.   Opening for business   The co-...
When the Great Influx of Bears occurred in the late summer and fall of 2015, bears were on the hunt for acorns due to their normal sources of food at the higher elevations being depleted after five years of drought. Drivers are urged to slow down and use caution as wildlife is active this time of year.
  A collision that occurred Friday night, Aug. 24, on Highway 198 near Sierra Lodge left a bear paralyzed in the roadway. And, among other things, this means bears are back in town, returning to the foothills to forage for much-needed calories in preparation for hibernation.     It’s genetic imprinting and instinctual for bears to return to the lower elevations when water and food sources become...
The Tulare County Sheriff's Office patrols Lake Kaweah.
  Another senseless tragedy related to water occurred Wednesday, Aug. 22, at 1 p.m. when two brothers and two of their friends were launching a boat from the Lemon Hill ramp at  the west end of Lake Kaweah. While one of the brothers went to park the truck, for an unknown reason, Ivan Dillard, 50, of Cutler, entered the water.   When his brother returned to the boat, he saw Dillard in the water...
Susan Sherwood will continue in her role as superintendent/principal at Three Rivers Union School until at least March 2019.
  After meeting in closed session on the morning of Tuesday, Aug. 21, the Three Rivers Union School board of trustees voted to postpone the search for a new district superintendent until at least March 2019. The reason cited was that following interviews of finalist candidates and completing reference checks, a suitable candidate was not found.   That decision, coupled with the fact that no...
A campsite full of gear at Lodgepole Campground in Sequoia National Park, which was the subject of several emergency calls in the past week.
  August 13 - 19, 2018   SEQUOIA NATIONAL PARK   Ash Mountain    August 18— A 50-year-old female requested medical assistance at Potwisha Campground for chest pain and shortness of breath. She was treated by an EMT and a Parkmedic, then transported to Kaweah Delta by Exeter Ambulance.   August 18— A vehicle fire at the Ash Mountain Entrance Station was caused by transmission fluid leaking onto...
Katie Bertolucci 
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  Woodlake High students began the 2018-2019 school year on Tuesday, Aug. 14. Along with a new district superintendent and athletic director, as well as a new high school counselor, there are four new teachers on campus.     Katie Bertolucci: Choir and Performing Arts   For Katie Bertolucci, who loves to sing and knows her way on stage and behind the scenes, the full-time opportunity to develop...
This Douglas squirrel doesn't need a weather forecast to announce what season is approaching. Time to stockpiling the pinenuts for winter!
  While the Big Island of Hawaii is being pummeled with up to 24 inches of rain from Hurricane Lane, Kaweah Country weather is taking a turn toward moderate, fall-like temperatures with daytime highs forecast to dip into the 80s for the first time since mid-June. Although there is no wet weather in the 15-day forecast, there are also no triple-digit temps. The increasingly shorter days not only...
A BREATH OF FRESH AIR: Rachelle Ledbetter and her constant companion, Greenie.
  This past weekend, my daughter, Meaghan, and I were watching a Dodgers game at a Central Coast pub, Old Cayucos Tavern and Cardroom. The place reminded me of a small locals bar in upstate New York, where I attended William Smith College.    The Oaks, a townie establishment of Geneva blue collars, was overrun with entitled college students during the academic year. Think Good Will Hunting.   ...
The serenity of Heather Lake, along the Lakes Trail in Sequoia National Park, was shattered Thursday, Aug. 9, when a young man on a day hike drowned while swimming.
  What should have been a hike in Sequoia National Park that created memories for a lifetime — as it has for thousands of people just this summer — instead ended in a tragic death. On the afternoon of Thursday, Aug. 9, Jose Carrillo, 23, of Santa Ana was on a dayhike with his niece when he drowned in Heather Lake.    The man was swimming in the lake about 100 to 200 feet from shore, according to...

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