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

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LAKE RESCUE: A Lake Kaweah visitor slipped on a water-polished granite rock and broke his leg. He was transported by ambulance to Kaweah Delta Hospital.
  On spring days when temperatures soar, visitors flock to the Slick Rock Recreation Area to take a cooling dip into the snowmelt-swollen river that feeds Lake Kaweah. On Monday, May 12, Lake Kaweah park rangers received a mid-afternoon call for medical aid.  The victim who needed assistance was a 34-year-old man who had slipped on a rock while trying to retrieve an errant shoe. Emergency...
Clouds and sunshine play hide-and-seek with Farewell Gap in the Mineral King area of Sequoia National Park, intermittently exposing the dwindling snowpack.
  It’s not unusual to post a red-flag warning for extreme fire danger in California. But what is unusual is extreme fire danger in May.  The parched landscape is a byproduct of the current three-year drought and, in the bigger picture, of climate change. Add gust of winds near 70 mph. like what was experienced in northern San Diego County earlier this week, and it’s a recipe for disaster. Cal...
  Over the years, the two-day Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association-sanctioned Woodlake Rodeo has been the nexus for the evolution of 10 days of what’s now called Woodlake Western Week. Western Week now features 10 days of activities from fundraisers, concerts, a soap box derby, and coronation of the Rodeo Queen, culminating with the Rodeo Parade on the Saturday morning of the Rodeo’s opening...
LEAGUE CHAMPS: The undefeated TRUS baseball team.
  Nobody can remember the last time it happened, but it’s been at least two decades since the Three Rivers Union School Eagles won league championships in baseball and softball in the same season. The boys’ baseball team, coached by Frank Capalare, finished undefeated with a record nine wins and no losses. According to Coach Frank, the secret of their baseball success was the combination of a few...
The final snow survey of the year (May 1) found more bare ground than snow. The readings recorded the statewide snowpack’s water content, which normally provides about a third of the water for California’s farms and cities, at a mere 18 percent of average for the date. “Coupled with half our normal rainfall and low reservoir storage, the practically nonexistent snowpack reinforces the message...
The five AmeriCorps team members with Jonathan Humphrey (right), Sequoia-Kings Canyon plant biologist. The AmeriCorps crew hails from all parts of the U.S. and has been living at Lake Kaweah while completing projects there and in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. Photo left: An AmeriCorps team member builds a trail near Horse Creek Campground at Lake Kaweah.
  Since early April, an AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps team (NCCC) — Green 4 — has been working with the National Park Service at Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks to combat invasive plant species and restore sensitive habitat areas. For the past month, the group of five young adults has been attacking periwinkle, Italian thistle, stinging nettle, and horehound while also...
Three Rivers School students watch with great anticipation as their eggs and protective contraptions are dropped one by one out of an airplane.
Students in grades four through eight had their eyes on the sky on Thursday, April 10. They traveled to the Woodlake Airport to take part in the school’s annual Aerial Egg Drop event.  In previous years, however, the school’s annual Egg Drop project has culminated on the roof of McDowall Auditorium at TRUS. This year posed more of a challenge for the students since TRUS’s fourth/fifth-grade...
COUNTY CANDIDATESs: Addressing the audience at the May town meeting were (from left to right) District Attorney candidates Ralph Kaelble and Tim Ward and Sheriff’s candidates Mike Boudreaux and Dave Whaley.
  In an election campaign, the opportunity to size up the candidates as each one delivers a statement and answers questions from the audience is as good as democracy gets. The outcome of a meeting with the candidates like the one held last Monday evening, May 5, at the Three Rivers Memorial Building translates to more informed voters making better choices in the upcoming June 3 election. The...
It’s that time of the season. Carloads of Valley visitors come up to Kaweah Country for some fun in the sun. For one group, a springtime outing on Saturday, April 19, nearly ended in tragedy. An investigating CHP officer reported that a 1995 Nissan Maxima driven by Crystal Barajas, 19, of Visalia was westbound at 6:10 p.m. on Highway 198 with four passengers, ages 17 to 28. According to the CHP...
Residents need to increase their vigilance as the annual influx of visitors and vacationers begins to escalate. In the past few weeks, there have been at least three reported burglaries of homes and another at a storage outbuilding that resulted in the theft of some valuable items. The total loss in the four reported burglaries has not been made public but is estimated to be several thousand...

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