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

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  With the current round of public meetings concluded in July, wilderness visitors and user groups will have a unique opportunity to participate in one more roundtable discussion relative to the Draft Wilderness Stewardship Plan for Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. All comments are due Monday, August 25, so the Thursday, Aug. 14, webinar will be important for those who need more...
Rain rolled into elevations above 4,000 feet in the nearby mountains on Sunday, Aug. 3, mildly replenishing parched vegetation and helping to put a damper on some small, lightning-caused wildfires in Sequoia National Park.
  The pool at Lake Kaweah (27,500 acre feet) is surprisingly normal for this time of year. The lake bottom trails are reappearing and a multitude of herons, egrets, and pelicans are feasting on small fishes and amphibians trapped in the shallows at the receding water line. Cool mornings are the best time to visit the primeval-looking wetlands and rewards are plenty for those willing to kayak,...
A glimpse at the terrain and vegetation that firefighters face while battling the French Fire.
  A day-long deluge of rain in the local mountains last Sunday, Aug. 3, effectively doused all the lightning-caused fires that had popped up throughout the parks. However, a suspicious fire  was detected Saturday, Aug. 2, just two or so miles from the Road’s End area in Kings Canyon National Park.  The Lower Tent Fire was burning near the Copper Creek Trail near Lower Tent Meadow. Originally...
   The Tulare County Fair has extended the deadline for indoor entries, including fine art, photography, preserved and baked goods, bonsai and more. The application form is available online at www.tcfair.org and entries are due by Friday, Aug. 15. A processing fee of $5 per exhibitor will be charged for online entries; the fee for hand-delivered entries is $10. The fees help offset the cost of...
  1. Don’t let pets “play” with wildlife. Even though your dogs and cats might play nicely with each other, the same can’t be promised for their interactions with wildlife. Make sure you supervise your pets when they’re outside, cats and dogs have an uncanny ability to sniff out baby rabbits and other small critters. 2. Only use nontoxic substances in the yard. Chemical pesticides used in...
  Humans like to pretend that fencing off our individual properties makes that area exclusively “ours,” but that memo hasn’t been passed along to the natural world. In Three Rivers, learning to live in tune with the wildlife that surround your living space is important.  Whether you just want to make sure that your actions/products are not harming wildlife or want to go all out and turn your...
  As of August 1, The Kaweah Commonwealth upgraded its online presence with a new, improved, completely overhauled website (and if you're reading this, you've already discovered the site!). The site is not only graphically pleasing but also easy to navigate with a variety of interactive tools for online users. The Commonwealth publishers worked closely over the past several months with Surf New...
  One of the key components of the mission of Family Healthcare Network is to promote health and wellness, and that means helping folks of all ages become proactive about their health. Regular checkups are key, but day in and day out, the best prescription is eating healthy and regular exercise. A multitude of studies have shown that regular walking — 30 minutes at least three times weekly — can...
A body, since identified as missing hiker Dawson Johnson was spotted by a helicopter in Sequoia National Park on the north slope of Mt. Whitney (approximately 13,300 feet in elevation) just before nightfall on Wednesday, July 30. Johnson, 75, a longtime Texarkana College professor, is believed to have fallen approximately 1,100 feet from the north side of the peak in a rocky and steep area.  The...
An aerial view of the Rock Fire near Alta Peak, which is one of two in the area that was ignited by lightning on Friday, July 25, shows the fire contained in a stand of foxtail pines.
  Those clouds this past week brought some scattered rainfall and were a welcome relief from an otherwise extremely dry summer. But they also brought dozens of lightning strikes, several of which caused fires that have continued to burn. The latest spate of fires are burning in elevations above 6,000 feet and currently do not pose any threat to life or property. The first two fires were reported...

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