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

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  After four meetings, the majority of the discussion around the Three Rivers Community Plan has dealt with framing elements that will guide county planners in determining the future of Three Rivers beyond 2030. Michael Spata, Tulare County’s associate director of planning, has promised that the updated plan will be completed by the end of 2015. The meetings to date have been devoted to...
AFTER:  Volunteers showed up for a Three Rivers Historical Museum painting party to help with the restoration of the old Bequette house that will become an annex of the local history museum.
  The old Bequette place is becoming new again as volunteers met Saturday, May 17, to begin its facelift by providing a new coat of paint to the exterior. The property, located adjacent to the Three Rivers Historical Museum, was purchased by the local Historical Society in December 2012. Jessie (MacKinnon) Bequette (1906-2010) moved with her parents to Three Rivers when she was barely three years...
SEEING THE SIGHTS: Team Green 4 at the historic Fallen Monarch in Kings Canyon’s Grant Grove. This tree has had several uses over the years as a dwelling and a horse stable.
  As reported previously (“AmeriCorps crew working at Sequoia, Lake Kaweah,” May 9, 2014), since April 1 an AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps team has been working on the public lands that encompass Three Rivers. Well, the group’s two months of residency here is nearing its end and they will be packing up their campsite and heading to their next service project in another scenic locale...
CHEERS: Greg and Pam Lockhart (left), hosts of the Redwood Wine Tasting Room at Totem Market, with representatives from J&J Cellars of San Miguel.
  When Greg Lockhart purchased the Totem Market one year ago he saw unlimited potential. What he didn’t realize was how much hard work and long hours it would take to realize that potential. First, the formerly cluttered retail space had to be totally reorganized. Once that was done, the deli was re-energized, and now with a signature tri-tip grilled daily and wife Pam’s trimmings and baked goods...
On a busy Sunday afternoon, there are hundreds of visitors in Sequoia National Park, many of whom either camp at Potwisha or use the area to access the river. With so many folks in the area, it was suspicious there were no witnesses when a fire suddenly started on May 18 in the vicinity of the Potwisha overflow parking adjacent to the dump station. NPS and Cal Fire personnel responded and quickly...
In Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, the gates have been opened on the roads and the visitor centers unlocked and staffed. It’s time for the onslaught of tourists to flood through the entrance gates on their way to see the biggest trees, some of the tallest mountains, deep canyons, wildlife, flowers, rushing rivers, and so many more of nature’s wonders.  The Sequoia in-park shuttle has...
  Tulare County Sheriff’s Department deputies responded on Friday, May 9, at 2 p.m., to a report of a residential burglary in the 40700 block of Crystal Drive. According to the incident report, the resident had arrived home and interrupted the burglar who was known to the victim.    Deputies contacted Richard Northcott of Three Rivers, and he was questioned and arrested on suspicion of burglary....
BEARING GIFTS: Jennifer Welch Nicholson, executive director of Riata Ranch International, presents Queen Elizabeth II with a handmade silk scarf during the Diamond Jubilee in 2012.
  PART THREE Emblazoned on the side of the gooseneck trailer that carries their horses are the words Riata Ranch International. It isn’t mere hyperbole. They have earned that name.  Since the first performance team received an invitation to perform in Europe in 1979, the Riata Ranch Cowboy Girls have performed in 18 countries on four continents. And beyond taking their talents to the four corners...
Katie Connolley and the Riata Ranch Cowboy Girls dazzled the crowd with their trick-riding talents at the Woodlake Rodeo, held Mother's Day weekend.
  This is the fourth and final installment in a series on the history of the Riata Ranch, its “Cowboy Girls,” and the former Kaweah Colony property that they now call home. Back in the 1950s during the very early days of his riding school, Tom Maier purchased six acres of land near Exeter — at the end of Avenue 300 on the far side of the railroad tracks. For the next four decades, it became the...
Training for park rangers at Sequoia National Park can pay off in a number of ways. This week, rangers were definitely training in the right place at the right time. At 11:45 a.m. on Wednesday, May 14, an emergency call for help came into dispatch with a report of a hiker on the Twin Lakes Trail in respiratory distress. Within minutes, a team of search-and-rescue rangers training at nearby...

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