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

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  These days, if someone has access to the Internet, the possibilities for research, study, and connecting are endless. And that is exactly what the administration of Sequoia Union School in Lemon Cove will be taking full advantage of when they roll out a new pilot program for the 2014-2015 school year. Because education is evolving away from the one-size-fits-all approach, students and their...
PLAY BALL: The ceremonial first pitch on opening day at Woodlake’s new Willow Court Baseball/Softball Complex.
  Woodlake’s youth baseball program had all the excitement of opening day on Saturday, April 5, but this city’s version was arguably the best one anywhere this season. Not only did more than 100 kids and their coaches get special introductions in front of fans and a host of civic dignitaries, but the City of Woodlake used the season-opening event to dedicate two new state-of-the-art playing...
  Even in a below-normal snowpack and a lower than average runoff season, the swift current and chilly springtime water of the Kaweah River can be dangerous. In fact, the lower flows can be even more alluring, enticing river-goers in for a dip on a warm evening. That’s evidently what happened to Edgar Macias who entered the river near the Slick Rock boat ramp. Shortly before 8 p.m. on Saturday,...
SHEEP HERDERS: California Department of Fish and Wildlife biologists Dr. Alex Few and Dr. Tom Stephenson release bighorn ewes at a site near the Big Arroyo to re-establish a herd that has not existed for over 100 years.
  If you’ve ever seen a Sierra Nevada bighorn sheep in the wild, count yourself among the lucky ones. They are elusive, they are rare, they inhabit the most remote and treacherous terrain of the mountain range. And, since January 2000, they have been officially endangered. But state and federal wildlife managers aren’t going to let this genetically distinct wild sheep population die out without...
At the most recent round of Service Awards, held during an all-employee meeting on Thursday, April 10, at the Three Rivers Memorial Building, Woody Smeck (standing, left), Sequoia-Kings Canyon superintendent, presented awards to (standing, left-right) Philip Gross, Karen Folger (back), Katrina Young, Michael Brown, Erika Jostad, Joanne Boswell, Tyler Jacobus, Chris Trotter, Thor Riksheim, Bill Schenher, and (front, l-r) Danny Gammons and Stephen Karnatz.
  Over the past several months, Woody Smeck, superintendent of Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, has been kept busy presenting commendations to his award-winning staff for longevity and performing above and beyond the call of duty.  Three Rivers residents may rest assured knowing that the local parks are under the capable care of the following award recipients, many who reside in Three...
Thursday’s clouds cooled temperatures and caused a sudden drop in the flow of the river. The mean inflow of 777 cubic feet per second recorded at Lake Kaweah at 7 a.m. (April 17) incredibly might mark the peak flow for the season. The storage of 40,382 (April 17) is less than one-quarter of capacity. The forecast of 95,000 acre feet as the high-water mark for the season is only a remote...
It’s a fact of life in a gateway community — visitors to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks pump millions of dollars annually into Three Rivers. At a special town meeting scheduled for Thursday, April 24, National Park Service officials will highlight details of a recent visitor study and reveal ways for local business owners to earn more of those tourist dollars.   The meeting will be held...
Fees at the four most popular campgrounds in Sequoia National Park — Lodgepole, Dorst Creek, Buckeye Flat, and Potwisha — will increase to $22 per night (from $18) on May 1. This is the first fee increase for Sequoia National Park campsites since 2003. The fees will provide better customer service and pay for the cost of additional sites being available on the parks’ reservation system. Potwisha...
  Three Rivers Subway partners Matt Ackerman and Sunny Basra attended the Monday, April 14, Three Rivers Community Plan meeting. The owners distributed a five-page packet that contained contact information, a copy of the building permit application, a topo survey of the property, construction plan, and a drawing of the outdoor signage. Ackerman said he was enthused about creating a Subway...
BORN TO BE WILD: Holland motorcyclists make a stop in Three Rivers on their week-long tour of the state that included three national parks and the California coast. The group began their week-long excursion by renting Harley-Davidson “Hogs” in San Francisco.
  For an ever-growing number of visitors, the best way to see the USA is on a motorcycle. And not just any motorcycle; sometimes it’s just got to be a Harley-Davidson.  Earlier this week, motorists heading to and from Sequoia National Park couldn’t help but notice all the shiny Harley-Davidson motorcycles lined up in front of the recently reopened River Inn. The group that occupied the River Inn...

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