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PHOTOGRAPHING THE PHOTOGRAPHER: Irene Barba surveys the photogenic landscape on a cross-country trek over Cartridge Pass in Kings Canyon National Park. (Click arrows for additional photo.)
OFF THE BEATEN PATH: PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBIT AND SALE Cort Gallery - 41881 Sierra Dr. - Three Rivers   — Opening Reception — Meet the Photographer: Irene Barba Friday, March 29, 4-9 pm Refreshments / Door Prize   — Encore Exhibit — Saturday, March 30, 1-9 pm Door Prize   Join Irene Barba on a journey OFF THE BEATEN PATH without even having to carry a backpack. Irene, a longtime Three Rivers resident...
Poppies on Dry Creek Drive.
  Golden poppies are the Golden State’s state flower, and there’s a reason for that. They are truly show-stopping, hit-the-brakes spectacular when in full bloom.   Currently, the poppies are in bloom on the hills overlooking Lake Kaweah, as well as profusely carpeting the foothills along Dry Creek Drive (accessible from Highway 216, the “Woodlake road”). The Golden Poppy, belonging to the...
  As work continues to nearly double the size of Kaweah Delta Medical Center’s Emergency Department, the Visalia hospital has temporarily relocated its ED waiting and registration area.   For the next four or five months, people seeking care at Kaweah Delta’s Emergency Department will enter the hospital’s main entrance at 400 W. Mineral King Avenue. Just inside the Mineral King lobby will be the...
Searchers head out to look for any sign of 1st Lieutenant Matthew Kraft, who didn’t return from a 200-mile backcountry ski trip in the highest reaches of the Sierra. (Click arrows for additional photo.)
  An intense multi-agency search has entered its 10th day for a man who failed to return from a multi-day backcountry ski trip. The subject of the search is U.S. Marine Corps 1st Lieutenant Matthew Kraft, 24, from Washington, Conn., but based at Camp Pendleton, Calif. 1st Lt. Kraft is 6’1” and 185 pounds.   Kraft’s planned itinerary was the 195-mile Sierra High Route, which parallels the Sierra...
The entrance to the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Fresno.
  Joe Austin of Three Rivers has learned first-hand the frustrations of dealing with the local Veterans Administration.     Joe served in the U.S. Navy on the USS Kittyhawk during the Vietnam War from 1965 to 1968 and was honorably discharged.    “I was having trouble breathing for the last two years so I had an MRI to see what was going on there,” Joe said. “That’s when I was diagnosed with lung...
Tunnel Log on the Crescent Meadow Road in Sequoia National Park. The memo that spring begins Wednesday, March 20, hasn't been received here yet.
  FIRST DAY OF SPRING:  Wednesday, March 20, 2:58 pm   Those who enjoy warm weather will appreciate that the warmer month, spring and summer, are 7.584 days longer than the colder seasons, fall and winter. Here is the current length of the seasons:   Summer — 93.641 days Autumn — 89.834 days Winter — 88.994 days Spring — 92.771 days
  PHOTOS CAPTION: Ignited by lightning on July 31, 2015, the Rough Fire devastated over 150,000 acres of land and entered the Grant Grove in Kings Canyon National Park. The fire was stopped upon entering the popular grove of giant sequoias due to lack of fuel from previous prescribed burns. The National Park Service will benefit from the proposed increase in the Fuels Management Program budget...
San Quentin State Prison in Northern California.
  Governor Gavin Newsom signed an executive order on Wednesday, March 14, in Sacramento that places a moratorium on the death penalty in California. The executive order also calls for withdrawing California’s lethal injection protocols and immediately closing the execution chamber at San Quentin State Prison.    The order does not provide for the release of any individual from prison or otherwise...
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  PHOTO CAPTION: An aerial view of the peak flows on the Middle Fork of the Kaweah River on Wednesday, March 6. At about 7 am that day, the water was flowing at 7,200 cubic feet per second, the highest of the season. Compare this with the December 1955 flood that had flows of an estimated 80,000 to 85,000 cfs, causing mass destruction in Three Rivers. That season, there was already an...
Presenters at the CSD Utility Summit: From Team XiO, (left to right) Kevin Liscovitz, Eric Bempah, Ken Elias (CSD board member), and Nick Liles. (Click arrows for additional photo.)
  There are so many new state regulations coming out of Sacramento, it’s a wonder any of the eight Three Rivers water associations can keep up with the changes and new technology. Making timely upgrades can be the critical difference where it matters most – in the water bills of hundreds of local users in one of these service areas.   “I’ve had so many of the water boards asking me how the other...

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