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

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  The recent rainfall on March 26 measured a half-inch in Three Rivers at 1,000 feet in elevation. That rainfall translated to a half-foot of snow above 8,000 feet in the nearby mountains. Climatologists have predicted that precipitation in the southern Sierra region will mostly occur later in the season with warming atmospheric temperatures. That means if and when it does come, there will be...
A fire broke out on Friday, March 21, in a garage adjacent to a residence about 1.5 miles up North Fork Drive. When firefighters arrived, the structure was fully engulfed. The fire destroyed three cars and ultimately burned about a quarter acre of the contiguous wildland. The homeowners, Ned and Dee Pinhey, were at home at the time of the blaze and were uninjured.
  When Ned and Dee Pinhey, longtime residents of North Fork Drive, heard two loud explosions they suspected something was wrong. What happened next was a scene right out of one of Ned’s detective novels. Ned Pinhey, a retired cop and lawyer, has published several police dramas based on his real-life experiences. What happened just after noon on Friday, March 21, was as bizarre as anything he’s...
Tom Maier, founder of Riata Ranch
  PART TWO In a way, the story of the Riata Ranch started when 12-year-old Tommy Maier left his North Dakota home and landed in Hollywood. As the Los Angeles Times recounted in a 1985 profile, “There he got a job… training horses for movie stars until he could support himself bulldogging and roping calves on the rodeo circuit. When a car accident ended his ability to compete, he found his way to...
February 24, 2014
These screen captures over the past few weeks from the Silver City Mountain Resort’s webcam — at 6,900 feet elevation in the Mineral King area of Sequoia National Park — document the coming and going of a little bit of snow in the nearby Sierra.
  It never fails. The better weather and the approach of spring bring more traffic and more accidents.  This past weekend three motorists in two separate accidents all escaped serious injury but not some major vehicle damage and the usual fender benders. The first of the two mishaps occurred on Friday, March 8, just before 8 a.m. Daniel Hoover, 20, of Visalia was driving his 1996 Chevy pickup...
  To take a noise complaint to a jury trial is a bit unusual, and last Friday, March 7, a Tulare County Superior Court judge agreed and justice prevailed. As a result of Judge Jennifer Shirk’s ruling, Joe Parisi of Three Rivers, also known as Joe the Drummer, is free once more to pursue his percussion passion. According to Judge Shirk’s ruling, Joe may play till 8:30 p.m. his movable musical...
  In the second of a monthly series of local meetings to expedite the adoption of the Three Rivers Community Plan, county planners reiterated: the 3R Community Plan will be what you make it. By “you,” Michael Spata, Tulare County associate director of planning, was referring to the more than 20 locals who showed up last Monday, March 10, to what will be a year-long schedule of meetings. “These...
At the February 3 Town Hall meeting, Tulare County planners Michael Spata, associate director, and Dave Bryant, special projects,) unveiled their goals and work plan to complete an update for the Three Rivers Community Plan in the next two years. The first meeting in a series of work sessions is scheduled for Monday, March 10, 7 p.m., at the Three Rivers Arts Center and will be held the second...
SCE contractors remove limbs from an oak that fell across a power line near North Fork Drive.
  When wind gusts approach hurricane velocity like they did on Friday, Feb. 28, there’s bound to be residual effects. Oaks were reported down in Cherokee Oaks, and on the North Fork one ended up stretching a power line to its breaking point. A stand of large mature pines toppled like dominoes at a North Fork home near the Three Rivers Arts Center. Power, phone, and Internet outages were reported...
The one to three feet of snow that fell in the nearby mountains during the storm that arrived with a vengeance last week is rapidly melting and will continue to do so with the warming temperatures. There is a slight chance of showers at the beginning of the workweek but, again, it will be warm storm so any rain that does fall will melt even more snow. If rain does make an appearance, the river...

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