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

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  It hasn’t happened in 12 seasons, but last week, the two teams from Three Rivers that play in the Exeter Little League both won championships: the Cardinals (ages 10-12) won the Majors division; the Thunder (ages 8-10) won the Minors division. (Little League team names are chosen based on whether the team is in the Majors or Minors. Majors’ teams typically choose a Major League Baseball team...
The landscape is so dry it looks like mid-August. Saturday will mark a return to triple digits, and that will be the local weather for the next five days. Forecasters are predicting 108 for Monday, which would set a record. Now is the time to get radical about water conservation. Widespread system failure of wells in California is already occurring. Current storage at Lake Kaweah is 81,169 acre...
  At Monday night’s (June 2) Town Hall meeting, the American Red Cross “Wildfire Stoppers” staff facilitated a discussion with Three Rivers residents, Cal Fire and Tulare County Fire personnel, and Tulare County Sheriff’s deputies with the sole purpose of upgrading disaster preparedness. In the midst of tinder-dry, summer-like conditions, the biggest threat for a local disaster is wildfire....
  The turnout was dismal in Three Rivers during Tuesday’s (June 3) primary election; only about 125 had voted at the Three Rivers Memorial Building by 5 p.m. Throughout the state, just 23 percent of registered voters took advantage of their right to cast a ballot, which may be a record low after all votes are counted.  Voter turnout in the United States fluctuates in national elections, but has...
  Sometime during Saturday afternoon, May 24, a suspect or suspects entered a residence in the 43000 block of Dinely Drive. According to a statement that the occupant gave to a Sheriff’s deputy, an intruder removed a large quantity of jewelry and a Hare Krishna painting. “The jewelry was gold and silver pieces that I had collected for the past 30 years,” said the victim, who prefers to remain...
  Three Rivers residents and visitors who happened to glance up canyon on Wednesday, May 28, saw a plume of smoke coming from Ash Mountain. National Park Service fire crews at Sequoia conducted the annual hazard-reduction burn to create some defensible space between the Generals Highway and the park housing and administration buildings.  A second phase of this 25-acre burn occurred at Hospital...
Lake Kaweah on Monday, May 19, 2014.
  On Thursday, May 22, storage at Lake Kaweah was 77,347 acre feet; rising at a half-foot per day in pool elevation. Lake Kaweah’s level for the season is expected to top off below 85,000 acre feet, less than half capacity. How then does the half-full basin of May 2014 compare to past years? In the early years of the basin — Terminus Dam was completed in 1962 — storage was typically much lower...
New campground opens for bike travelers in Three Rivers, just five miles from the Sequoia National Park entrance.
  On occasion a business opens in Three Rivers and captures an underserved niche. That’s certainly the case at Kaweah Oaks Campground, located on the south side of Sierra Drive just across the highway from the River View Restaurant and Lounge.  Kaweah Oaks caters to the touring bicyclist who overnights in a tent. It’s a more grounded style of touring the USA, and it’s growing by leaps and bounds...

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