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The steep and rugged Kaweah River canyon as seen from where the Middle Fork Trail crosses Panther Creek. It is a near-vertical 300 feet to the river from this location, and it is not advised to attempt reaching the river from this location. About two miles farther up the Middle Fork Trail, there is a one-mile spur trail that provides river access.
  Omar Awaida, 13, of Long Beach, died Wednesday, March 26, at a Fresno hospital. His death was the result of injuries he sustained after falling approximately 300 feet on Saturday, March 22, near Panther Creek on the Middle Fork Trail in Sequoia National Park. Awaida, a seventh-grader at Marshall Academy of Arts in East Long Beach, was on an overnight camping trip to the Panther Creek area with...
LOW SNOW: A snowy Moro Rock looms large over the Generals Highway near Hospital Rock.
Those storms earlier this week dumped two inches of rainfall in Three Rivers and two feet of snow in the mountains above 9,000 feet. The cooler temperatures and unstable conditions are what we have referred to over the years as Jazzaffair weather. Some of the 40 previous jazz fests have featured weather from all four seasons in a single weekend. To date, seasonal rainfall in Three Rivers is 6.91...
Book One of the Endeavor Saga - Author: Alaura Shouse - Publisher: CreateSpace - February 2014 - 358 pages - Paperback, 9x6” - $15.99
  She’s a mother of two young children and assists her husband in his business. One might think that there wouldn’t be much time left in the day for Alaura Shouse to publish a novel, let alone begin another one. Although The Hiding was just released last month, Alaura is at work on the second book in what she is calling “The Endeavor Saga.” She anticipates that book two, entitled “Violent...
  Sometime after business hours on Friday, March 21, the Sequoia National History Association office at Ash Mountain in Sequoia National Park was flooded with water when a half-inch pipe to a sink broke. The catastrophe was discovered over the weekend by an employee who stopped in to pick up supplies.  It was estimated that the water had been running for at least 12 hours. After drying out the...
With a paltry season total of 5.32 inches of rainfall so far, let’s hope the forecasters at the National Weather Service in Hanford aren’t pulling an early April Fool’s Day prank. That’s because the first day of next month is the best chance for appreciable rainfall, and every drop will be vital for what is already predicted to be a long summer.     Incredible as it may seem in the midst of an...
  The recent rainfall on March 26 measured a half-inch in Three Rivers at 1,000 feet in elevation. That rainfall translated to a half-foot of snow above 8,000 feet in the nearby mountains. Climatologists have predicted that precipitation in the southern Sierra region will mostly occur later in the season with warming atmospheric temperatures. That means if and when it does come, there will be...
A fire broke out on Friday, March 21, in a garage adjacent to a residence about 1.5 miles up North Fork Drive. When firefighters arrived, the structure was fully engulfed. The fire destroyed three cars and ultimately burned about a quarter acre of the contiguous wildland. The homeowners, Ned and Dee Pinhey, were at home at the time of the blaze and were uninjured.
  When Ned and Dee Pinhey, longtime residents of North Fork Drive, heard two loud explosions they suspected something was wrong. What happened next was a scene right out of one of Ned’s detective novels. Ned Pinhey, a retired cop and lawyer, has published several police dramas based on his real-life experiences. What happened just after noon on Friday, March 21, was as bizarre as anything he’s...
Tom Maier, founder of Riata Ranch
  PART TWO In a way, the story of the Riata Ranch started when 12-year-old Tommy Maier left his North Dakota home and landed in Hollywood. As the Los Angeles Times recounted in a 1985 profile, “There he got a job… training horses for movie stars until he could support himself bulldogging and roping calves on the rodeo circuit. When a car accident ended his ability to compete, he found his way to...
February 24, 2014
These screen captures over the past few weeks from the Silver City Mountain Resort’s webcam — at 6,900 feet elevation in the Mineral King area of Sequoia National Park — document the coming and going of a little bit of snow in the nearby Sierra.
  It never fails. The better weather and the approach of spring bring more traffic and more accidents.  This past weekend three motorists in two separate accidents all escaped serious injury but not some major vehicle damage and the usual fender benders. The first of the two mishaps occurred on Friday, March 8, just before 8 a.m. Daniel Hoover, 20, of Visalia was driving his 1996 Chevy pickup...

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