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

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  There is a winter storm warning in effect that began Thursday at 10 p.m. and is expected to last through Saturday, 4 p.m., for elevations 6,000 feet and above. Windy conditions are expected to accompany the storm.   Have you joined The Kaweah Commonwealth’s Facebook community yet? Currently, that is where we post updates during the week that are timely for local residents. This week, for...
  Woodlake’s City Council, at the Monday, Feb. 24, regular meeting, approved two contracts to begin construction of the first three of a five-phase downtown revitalization project. The funding in excess of $7 million to complete the five phases is being provided through a federal TEA (Transportation Enhancement Activities) grant, Measure R tax dollars (county), and gas tax revenues from the State...
The 3.50 inches of rainfall recorded to date in Three Rivers continues to rank the current season among the driest ever recorded. Like last month, the end of February has the potential to produce some wet weather with February 28 and March 1 looking like rainy days. Forecasters expect more precipitation in the 60-day outlook than in the previous 90 days. Moisture will come more in the form of...
  The fast-moving storms that moved through Central California on Wednesday night and Friday morning dumped one to two inches of rain in the foothills and one to two feet of snow in the higher elevations. It was the season’s first system that resembled a bona fide winter storm. The .63 inches that was recorded in Three Rivers during the 24 hours from Wednesday to Thursday (Feb. 26-27) brought the...
DROPPING IN: A Chinook helicopter was used to install a new cell tower in Three Rivers on Sunday, Feb. 23.
  A replacement tower, a key part of a new 4G network was installed last Sunday (Feb. 23) after delivery by a Chinook helicopter. It’s far from perfect and not even close to the blanket coverage of most cities and towns, but it’s a giant leap forward for some AT&T cell network users in and around Three Rivers.  One technician reported that renting one of the big military-style choppers cost $...
A Saturday lesson at Riata Ranch, located along the North Fork of the Kaweah River.
  PART ONE When Irvin Barnard joined the Kaweah Colony, the struggling co-operative endeavor gained one very important asset. Comrade Barnard had considerable capital and was able to purchase a 240-acre tract of land at the lower end of the North Fork canyon for $2,000.  After the period of road building, with tent settlements at Advance and elsewhere up canyon, the move marked the final phase in...
A Saturday lesson at Riata Ranch, located along the North Fork of the Kaweah River.
  When Irvin Barnard joined the Kaweah Colony, the struggling co-operative endeavor gained one very important asset. Comrade Barnard had considerable capital and was able to purchase a 240-acre tract of land at the lower end of the North Fork canyon for $2,000.  After the period of road building, with tent settlements at Advance and elsewhere up canyon, the move marked the final phase in one of...
  We don’t like price increases but sometimes they are inevitable. On March 1, exactly 19 years to the day from the first issue (March 1, 1995) of The Kaweah Commonwealth, the local annual subscription price will increase from $35 to $40. It is the first subscription rate hike in more than a decade. In the Commonwealth’s early days (1990s) the subscription mail rate was $30.  The out-of-town...
Governor Jerry Brown was in Tulare County on Wednesday, Feb. 12, making a brief appearance at the ag show before meeting with law enforcement officials at the Civic Center in Visalia.
  When Governor Brown visited the World Ag Expo, there wasn’t time to say much to the throng of media who chased him around Median Street like a pack of hounds in pursuit of a fox. Arriving an hour late, Brown’s entourage had already been rerouted to land in Fresno because of fog at Visalia Municipal Airport, then further delayed in long lines of traffic waiting to get in the gates on Wednesday,...
CURBSIDE SERVICE: A food-service truck delivered the first load of goods required for the opening of the new Sequoia Cider Mill Restaurant. The Three Rivers eatery has been closed since June 2012 when a fire gutted the property.
  It could be as early as Saturday, Feb. 15, or it could be Tuesday or somewhere in between, but the new Sequoia Cider Mill Restaurant will be opening within days. That’s the word from owner Efrain Ponce who, after the tragic fire of June 8, 2012, never gave up on his family’s dream to rebuild the restaurant. But little did Efrain know when he started his quest to rebuild all the paperwork,...

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