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

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State Highway 180, the only road that leads to the floor of the Kings Canyon, has been closed for the winter so Caltrans can complete some roadwork while the Kings River is running low and slow.
  Due to unexpected Caltrans road work on Highway 180, the Cedar Grove area of Kings Canyon National Park will close for the season on Monday, Oct. 22, at 10 a.m., three weeks earlier than planned.    Crews will be taking advantage of low water flows to shore up the embankments along the highway. The Highway 180 closure will be just east of Hume Lake Road, about nine miles past Grant Grove.   The...
The view from Three Rivers when a prescribed fire is burning on the Giant Forest plateau in Sequoia National Park.
  UPDATE - Friday, October 19, 2018: The Sherman Prescribed Burn, scheduled for ignition on Friday, Oct. 19, was postponed by National Park Service fire managers after a test burn revealed that fuel moistures were too high, which would have resulted in a high output of smoke.   The 488-acre Sherman Prescribed Burn that was scheduled to be ignited by Sequoia National Park fire crews earlier this...
  SEQUOIA NATIONAL PARK Lodgepole   October 8— Rangers responded to the report of a stolen vehicle by a Wuksachi Lodge guest. The vehicle was found in the main lodge parking lot; the guests had forgotten where they parked the vehicle.     Mineral King   October 8— Late in the evening, rangers received a report of an overdue 32-year-old male. An initial investigation was conducted and a plan was...
RANGE OF LIGHT: A fall sunset scene in Three Rivers, Calif.
  In the aftermath of the strongest hurricane ever to come ashore in the U.S. since category ratings began, those in Kaweah Country can be thankful for having some of the best fall weather anywhere. Like the warm sunny days and cool nights? That forecast remains the same for the next 10 days. There’s a slight cooling trend for Halloween and only a slim chance for precipitation. Stack that...
The aftermath of an errant driver who crashed into Main Squeeze Market's seasonal pumpkin patch.
  When the Kirkpatrick family set up a seasonal pumpkin patch adjacent to their Main Squeeze Market in Lemon Cove they never intended it to be a drive-thru attraction. But, apparently, on Tuesday night or early Wednesday morning (Oct. 9-10), that’s what happened when an errant motorist lost control of their vehicle and swerved off Highway 198.   According to Sophie Kirkpatrick, who can be found...
  In case you haven’t heard, the General Election will be held Tuesday, Nov. 6.   As of September 7, there were 19,086,589 Californians registered to vote. This is the highest total number of registered voters heading into a gubernatorial General Election in state history. According to Alex Padilla, California Secretary of State, 75.81 percent of eligible Californians are registered to vote.   As...
  Family HealthCare Network’s team of Covered California certified enrollment counselors are preparing for the 2019 Covered California renewal and open enrollment period. The renewal period is from October 15, 2018, through December 15, 2018, with an effective date of January 1, 2019; and December 16, 2018, through January 15, 2019, for an effective date of February 1, 2019. Covered California’s...
  At its regular meeting Wednesday, Oct. 3, the Three Rivers Union School board  of trustees moved decisively to fill two upcoming vacancies. Since no candidates filed to officially run for the vacant seats in the November. 6 election, the board exercised its authority to call for applicants and make the appointments.    Four qualified residents — David Karplus, Erin Leedy, Peter Mestaz, and Anne...
  After a hearing on Thursday, Sept. 27, and a 10-day period in which an Animal Control Services officer had to render a decision, the Three Rivers owners of a pit bull involved in a fatal mauling of a neighbor’s German shepherd last month were notified by the department of its decision.   The hearing officer found the owners negligent and that they failed to maintain proper restrictive measures...
The high country in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks awaits the winter snows. At the end of September, all wilderness rangers closed up their stations and headed to the front country as Summer 2018 came to a close.
  WEATHER WATCH: Well, that little bout of fall weather last week has been bullied away by a ridge of high pressure that will let a little taste of summer creep back in. There is no precipitation in the local forecast for the next couple of weeks. The local parks are preparing for winter, however. The Mineral King Road will close for the season at about the 10-mile mark on Wednesday, Oct. 30. In...

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