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A makeshift memorial stands at the Cal Fire Aviation Management Unit in Sacramento in tribute of Tanker 81 fire pilot Craig Hunt.
  An air tanker fighting a wildfire near Yosemite National Park crashed Tuesday, Oct. 7, about 4:30 p.m. It was reported that the plane went down within a mile of the park’s west entrance (Highway 140). The crash occurred in steep, rugged terrain in the Merced River canyon. Witnesses report seeing the plane hit the canyon wall followed by an explosion.  The body of the pilot was recovered...
The burn unit and accompanying road and trail closures.
  Article updated October 14, 2014 The North Boundary Prescribed Fire, originally scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 8, was rescheduled to Monday, Oct. 13. The ignitions on the 242-acre unit located near the Grant Grove village area in Kings Canyon National Park were initially postponed due to the Dog Rock Fire in Yosemite and the subsequent air tanker crash that resulted in the death of the pilot. At...
View up the Middle Fork canyon with the Pierce Drive solar installation in the foreground. See additional drought photos on the Photo Galleries page.
  For additional aerial photos, see the Photo Galleries section on this website: http://www.kaweahcommonwealth.com/image-galleries   California's drought and its impacts: Is a fourth dry winter looming? There is a severe drought in California, and its effect on agriculture, food prices, and the water supply have been extreme.  According to the California Department of Water Resources, the 2014...
Cold Springs Campground in the Mineral King are of Sequoia National Park during an October 2013 snowfall. The picturesque location helps make it the "best campground" in all of the Sierra.
  Cold Springs Campground, in the Mineral King area of Sequoia National Park, was named “Best Campground” in the Sierra Nevada by Sunset magazine as part of its July 2014 issue that featured favorite spots in the Sierra, Cascade, San Juan, and Wasatch mountains. Cold Springs has 31 campsites plus nine walk-in campsites and is for tents only as no motorhomes or trailers are allowed on the curvy,...
Rick Rodriguez, WHS principal.
  The Woodlake Unified School District board searched far and wide but in the end they hired from within. Effective September 14, Rick Rodriguez, who was serving as the interim principal and was previously the school’s learning director, was named Woodlake High School’s new principal. Rodriguez, a 1989 grad of Woodlake High, is starting his 19th year in the employment of the Woodlake school...
The aspens in the Mineral King valley are at peak color. The Mineral King Road is scheduled to close for the season 10 miles from Highway 198 on Monday, Oct. 27, at noon.
  More of the same, temperatures in the lower 90s with nighttime lows on the 50s, will continue until Thursday. Then a significant cooling trend will bring an extended run of daytime highs in the 70s and a chance for some moisture over the weekend. Currently, the forecast calls for a chance of rain in the foothills on Saturday and Sunday (Oct. 18-19); snow in the higher elevations of the local...
Joe Lawrence, a Buffalo Soldier re-enactor, poses with his restored ambulance wagon that he brought to Three Rivers from his Lake Elsinore ranch. “Touring with the Buffalo Soldiers and this old wagon has opened up a whole new world for me,” he said. (Click on arrows for additional photos.)
  Annual Living History Day was held Saturday, Oct. 4, in Three Rivers. The highlight was the Buffalo Soldier re-enactors who were in attendance. What is a Buffalo Soldier, you ask? The name “Buffalo Soldiers” has become interesting lore in itself.  There seem to be three possible reasons for the name.  One, it is said that the curly hair of the soldiers reminded frontier settlers, who the...
This painting from 1936 pays tribute to a South Fork landmark.
Editor’s note: Gaynor McKee of Three Rivers submitted this poem, written by Nell Lovering, and watercolor, painted by her mother, Norma Hardison. Dennison Mountain and the entire Dennison ridgeline is in the southernmost part of Sequoia National Park and stands sentinel over the South Fork of the Kaweah River and the residents that make their home in this canyon. Both the Loverings and the...
A young supporter from Three Rivers wears on his shirt what so many in Three Rivers are feeling as 25-year-old Darcie Pena battles lung cancer. An  inordinate amount of people turned out on “Taco Tuesday” at River View Restaurant for a fundraiser to assist Darcie with medical and travel expenses. A car wash and bake sale for her on Saturday, Oct. 4, were also met with overwhelming support.
  Darcie Pena, 25, is a lifetime Three Rivers resident who was diagnosed with lung cancer a year ago. Since that time, fundraisers have been held to assist her with medical and travel expenses. Currently, there is a website that is collecting donations for Darcie: http://www.youcaring.com/medical-fundraiser/help-darcie-be-free-to-breat... Here is the website's explanation of Darcie's cancer fight...
Keith Merritt, a naturalist with Sequoia Natural History Association, provides a hands-on lesson about the language of ravens.
  Keith Merritt of Sequoia Natural History Association spent Saturday, Oct. 4, at Three Rivers Library to talk all about ravens in honor of October’s Raven Festival in Three Rivers that, for the second year, has several organizations and various individuals planning events all around the plethora of large, all-black birds that call Kaweah Country home.

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