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Craig Wheaton, current frontrunner for County Superintendent of Schools. But there are ballots still to be counted and the Elections Department has 30 days.
  Here are the Tulare County election results (with about 8,000 ballots left to count):   County Superintendent of Schools— Craig Wheaton, frontrunner, will face off against Tim Hire in the November election.    County Supervisor-4th District— In this district (that includes Woodlake), where longtime Supervisor Steve Worthley is retiring, if the current margin continues, it appears Eddie Valero...
We've got the biggest. Now YOU tell us the BEST...
  How do I vote? Visit http://www.kaweahcommonwealth.com/best-kaweah-country-survey for the online ballot or use the paper ballot on page 3 in June 8, 2018, issue. (Voting continues through July 15.)   How does The Kaweah Commonwealth pick the Best of Kaweah Country winners? Our readers select their favorites by casting votes via paper and online ballots. The businesses that receive the most...
  What is hospice? What are the benefits of hospice? How does hospice work? How did hospice begin? When should someone think about using hospice?   Questions about hospice care abound. Since “hospice” is a relatively recent concept in the United States, first introduced in 1963 at Yale University by Dame Cicely Saunders from London, it is an idea that bears exploration.    On Monday,  June 18,...
HOME SWEET HOME: Rachelle in the yard of her Three Rivers home with Moro Rock in the background.
  Easier said than done, I’m muttering under my breath as I read this during my coveted meditation/prayer time. I am immersed in a pity party, which has become more frequent after 18 months of waiting for two new lungs.    Waking up at 5:30 a.m., descending the stairs from our loft, my 50-foot lifeline crimps up, cutting off the oxygen to my brain. I’m cursing to no one in particular.    I just...
  After lengthy discussion and testimony from a number of Three Rivers residents, the Tulare County Planning Commission voted Wednesday (May 30) that the Board of Supervisors approve a General Plan Amendment, the “Three Rivers Community Plan Update” and Final Environmental Impact Report. The vote was 6 -1 in favor of the community plan amendment and 7-0 in favor of the FEIR.   The lone dissenting...
When the temperature rises, so do the emergency calls for river rescues. But, remember,  when the temperature rises this time of year, so do river levels due to icy-cold snowmelt.
  From a criminal activity perspective, the long Memorial Day weekend was relatively quiet but as soon as the weather took a turn for the warm, emergency responders were kept busy racing from one water incident to another. Add in a lost hiker or two and the weekend suddenly became filled with worry and then tragedy.     Several members of the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department Swift Water Rescue...
During the Memorial Day holiday weekend, winter-like weather settled into the Sierra mountains and foothills.
  Brace yourselves, folks. It’s going to be a hot weekend with the possibility on Sunday of the mercury hitting the 100-degree mark for the first time in 2018. It’s been a wacky week of temperature ups and downs with winter-like conditions over Memorial Day weekend giving way to a temperature of 97 degrees on Tuesday. The hot temperatures will increase river flow. Lake Kaweah’s water level is...
  Each year, Sequoia-Kings Canyon National Parks firefighters ignite a prescribed burn in the dry grassland between the Sequoia National Park entrance station and Foothills Visitor Center to reduce the risk of fire spreading to nearby park housing units or the Ash Mountain administration buildings.   This year’s foothills burn is scheduled to begin this Sunday (June 3). Ignitions will continue...
In 2017, a hiker encountered this mountain lion on the Paradise Ridge trail that begins in the Atwell Mill area of Mineral King (Sequoia National Park).
  The bears are awake and a mountain lion is on the prowl in the Cabin Cove and Silver City areas of Mineral King in Sequoia National Park. During the Memorial Day holiday weekend a mountain lion was seen in Silver City by at least a half-dozen people.    Witnesses reported that the cat wasn’t showing any fear of humans. The sightings were reported to the National Park Service and the state...
Track and field had 40 participants for the Spring 2018 season. (Click arrows for additional team photos.)
  When you have weather like the Southern Sierra foothills has experienced so far this spring, one of the joys of high school can be playing softball or baseball, taking some practice laps in the school pool, sprinting around a state-of-the-art track, hitting some tennis balls on nice new courts, or playing a round of golf on a lush, green golf course.    Compare playing spring sports to soccer...

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