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Artist’s rendering of the new barn. The restrooms are scheduled for completion this year. (Click arrows for additional photo)
  Being on Sierra Drive the museum staff gets lots of questions about things happening:   1. When do the public restrooms open?   2. When does the “barn” go in that we hear about?   3. What is going on with all the big water tanks?   4. Where do you get the money to do all of these changes, and is the museum a government-supported business?   * * *   With all these questions we thought it best to...
Kaweah Pump on site to inspect South Kaweah’s Well No. 2.
  With a name like “Three Rivers,” it doesn’t seem like water, or lack thereof, would ever be a problem. But California has some of the most complex water system laws in the nation along with the strictest water consumption and compliance standards, and small Three Rivers water companies, which serve the various “subdivisions” of the community, have been scrambling to keep pace with the...
The crowds have returned to the General Sherman Tree parking lot, the most popular, and easily accessible, attraction in the Giant Forest area during winter.
  As of Tuesday, Jan. 29, the local national parks have resumed full operations. The most noticeable change was in the collection of fees; the Park Service has not had the ability to collect entrance fees since the shutdown began on December 22. Now all areas that are typically open this time of year are open and accessible, and the regular winter staff of employees are back at their posts.    “...
Another ho-hum midwinter day in Three Rivers.
  While nearly two-thirds of the continental U.S. was hunkered down to withstand record-breaking temperatures and wind chill, Kaweah Country remained comfortably mild and dry after last week’s rainfall. That bitter Arctic chill was blamed for at least a dozen deaths in the Midwest.    During this frigid weather, meteorologists are constantly using textbooks to define these not-so-common weather-...
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  At the end of South Fork Drive, about 10 miles from Highway 198 and four miles beyond the blacktop, there is the Ladybug Trail in the southernmost section of Sequoia National Park. The trail is aptly named. Currently, the beautiful beetles are out of hibernation, and it's a regular ladybug convention as the aphid-eating insects gather to socialize and produce new ladybugs before flying off solo...
The plaque on the summit of Mount Whitney reveals that this  mountain has been accessible by trail to the public for 90 years.
  The Mount Whitney Lottery, the process that awards both day-hiking and overnight-hiking permits of the tallest mountain in the contiguous United States, has been postponed.   Typically, the lottery begins today (February 1) through www.recreation.gov. However, the recently awarded contractor for this online site was working with the Inyo National Forest to develop the online protocol for the...
Michael Nash of Visalia was taken into custody after a high-speed chase that ended in Three Rivers.
  Why a fugitive in a car chase would try to lose his pursuers by heading to Three Rivers can only be described as a desperate act. Visalia Police Department officers called at least three different agencies en route to Three Rivers for an intercept as they followed their suspect the 30 miles from east Visalia to Three Rivers via Highway 198.    One Tulare County Sheriff’s Department deputy said...
Recent storms brought two more feet of snow to Wuksachi Lodge and adjacent areas.
  The storms that skirted the Kaweah canyon earlier this week brought two more inches of rainfall and fresh snow above 5,000 feet. In Giant Forest, the precipitation added powdery snow on top of the patchy foot or more that was already on the ground. At 7,000 feet, at nearby Lodgepole and Wuksachi, more than two feet of new snow was recorded. The season rainfall total of 8 inches in Three Rivers...
  As of January 12, the two-year-long Generals Highway construction project is COMPLETE. The highway was upgraded in the steepest, most narrow section of the route.   Local organizations and businesses take note: Time to update websites to remove any mention of road construction and its accompanying delays. Both lanes of the Generals Highway are now OPEN in this section.
  Tim Hire (left), former superintendent of Woodlake and Exeter unified school district, was officially sworn into office as the new Tulare County Superintendent of Schools on Monday, Jan. 7, by David Mathias (right), Superior Court judge (who was raised in Three Rivers). Tim Hire replaces retiring schools superintendent Jim Vidak, who was first elected in 1990 and served seven terms. 

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