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

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Cedar Grove Pack Station country.
  Tim Loverin, who has operated the Cedar Grove Pack Station under a concession contract with the National Park Service for 21 years, was selected last month to continue that operation for another five years. Cedar Grove Pack Station is located in Kings Canyon National Park, just off Highway 180 near Cedar Grove Village, about five miles before the highway ends in the remote canyon bottom.   The...
Varsity Football
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  In sports, like so many things in life, often the best moves you make are making no moves at all. That’s how WUSD’s new Athletic Director Shannon Taylor describes her first season at the helm of Woodlake’s scholastic sports program.    “People close to the program told me during my first season, they liked my approach to running the program,” Taylor said after her first four months on the job...
  Although everyone in the US now has access to health insurance, the process is complicated. Here are some important dates that folks need to be aware of:      Covered California  There are two times within each year to enroll, or make changes, in an Affordable Care Act health insurance plan using Covered California: open enrollment and special enrollment periods.   Open enrollment is when...
The Eden Fire on November 20.
  The Eden Fire, burning in a remote area of Sequoia National Park, grew by more than 1,000 acres in size over the past week. The fire, which was caused by lightning and discovered October 4, is now 1,430 acres, as measured by an infrared flight Tuesday night, Nov. 20.    "Gathering information via aircraft is a safe and efficient way to manage this fire," said Andrew Cremers, incident commander...
PHOTO CAPTION: The three most recent superintendents of Woodlake Unified School District gathered to cheer for Woodlake Tigers varsity football as they victoriously competed Friday, Nov. 9, in Division 5 playoffs on their home turf. From left to right: Alfonso Gamino (current superintendent), Tim Hire (2007-2012), Drew Sorensen (2012-2018). Tim Hire is the projected winner of the Tulare County...
Smoky air was experienced in Three Rivers for 16 days.
  WEATHER WATCH: The rain dances worked! The first substantial storminess of the season arrived just in time for the busiest travel day of the year (Wednesday), Thanksgiving Day (Thursday), and the craziest shopping day (Friday). But if the rain dissipates the smoke that has caused "Very Unhealthy" air quality this week, it'll all be worth it. As this holiday storm heads east, another one is...
Noelle Thompson (third from right), owner of Sequoia Coffee Company and Josh Moore (third from left), head barista, welcomed their after-hours visitors. (Click arrows for additional photos.)
  The occasion was the Lighting of the North Fork Bridge, the first time the 62-year-old bridge had been adorned with Christmas lights for more than 40 years. An estimated 200 community members and visitors turned out Friday, Nov. 16, to see the lights go on at 5:30 p.m.  Immediately following the ceremonial lighting was a Progressive Mixer. Celebrants of this holiday kick-off event made their...
  Opponents of legalizing cannabis have maintained that having a retail outlet that supplies cannabis would attract a criminal element. But in the first eight months that Valley Pure cannabis dispensary has been operating in Woodlake, the first outlet in Tulare County to offer both medical and recreational cannabis, there hasn’t been a hint of a serious problem.    That was until Friday, Nov. 16...
Rachelle Ledbetter on the computer screen while at California's Central Coast, attending the Dynamic Lives event in Three Rivers via technology. Also pictured are her daughter, Meaghan (left) and Lynne Firpo, her "Story Gatherer."
  The gift of clean air, which many of us take for granted, has been choked out of Californians recently with the seemingly never-ending wildfires, most recently the Camp Fire. Coughing incessantly, throats raw and dry, sinuses plugged, breathing with great difficulty, not leaving the home as all these symptoms will worsen with each exposure.    And the daily joy in life? Harder to find in these...
A sunrise on a smoky morning in Three Rivers.
  WEATHER WATCH: Beautiful California has been under siege as deadly and destructive wildfires broke out last week in the north and south parts of the state. In Three Rivers, we've been spared the flames, but the smoke settled in and hasn't relented day or night. To the immediate south, Sequoia National Park's Eden Fire and three fires on Sequoia National Forest-administered lands, all lightning-...

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