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

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  Has influenza found its way to your house yet? If not, be careful because it’s lurking right outside the front door, waiting for a crack in your family’s immune-system armor. The Tulare County Health and Human Services Agency reports that flu numbers are increasing and is strongly encouraging residents to get vaccinated. In addition, the H1N1 strain, the pandemic influenza strain, has been...
While there is a minor disturbance heading this way that will drop the daytime temperature on Saturday, there continues to be no significant rain- (or snow) maker in the seven-day forecast, meaning that Three Rivers is heading into its sixth week  of no measurable rainfall in what are normally the wettest two months of winter. Still have a lawn? That green grass, planted for aesthetic purposes...
  The National Park Service announced December 18 that the section of the Generals Highway connecting Sequoia National Park and Kings Canyon National Park would close January 6 through April 15 since it would not be plowed when snow-covered. The thoroughfare remains open, however, since there is no snow to hinder travel.  In fact, although usually a cross-country ski trail this time of year, the...
  Two separate incidents on Wednesday, Jan. 1, in the foothills region of Sequoia National Park were a reminder to national park personnel that rescue skills may be required at any time in a variety of scenarios.  The first incident was an all too familiar case of a fisherman climbing down a steep embankment to access the pools in the Kaweah River below the Generals Highway. The call for help...
SNOW GOING: On Wednesday, Jan. 8, the Silver City webcam image (Mineral King area, Sequoia National Park) revealed the lack of snow at the 7,000-foot elevation level.
  It doesn’t take a weather expert to know that this region looks like summer, feels like spring, and has not even experienced anything resembling winter yet. In fact, the entire state is experiencing one of the driest starts to winter ever recorded, proven by the cloudless skies and temperatures that have been at or near record highs on a daily basis. As if anyone needed confirmation that...
  It was the third solo-vehicle accident within a week that involved Three Rivers drivers. A 60-year-old woman was driving her late-model Nissan SUV eastbound on Highway 198 on Thursday, Dec. 26, shortly before dusk when she lost control, crossed the westbound lane, and careened down an embankment in the lot next to Rio Sierra Riverhouse near the highway’s intersection with Eggers Drive. The...
  A Visalia police detective testified on Monday, Dec. 16, at a preliminary hearing that Dameian “Luke” Gulley, 14, was strangled by his stepfather Miguel Villegas Pacheco. Pacheco, 32, of Visalia is being tried on first-degree murder charges in connection with the case. The Visalia teen’s body was discovered November 21 near Buckeye Flat Road in the Hospital Rock area of Sequoia National Park...
Danielle Belen, violinist
  It’s hard to believe it’s been three years since Danielle Belen last gave a full solo recital here. True, we’ve heard her play short pieces and ensemble pieces during the Center Stage Strings music camps, but for me at least that’s not enough. It’s like taking the jacket cover for the book or a trailer for the full feature.  Danielle is a mesmerizing performer with an uncanny ability to...
When the clock strikes 12:01 a.m. on each January 1, it signals the start for the enforcement of new motor vehicle laws that affect everyone. Here’s a rundown of the most important new laws of 2014.  New rules of the road Assembly Bill 1317, the bicycle passing law, establishes the “Three Feet for Safety Act,” which requires drivers to allow at least a three-foot distance between their vehicle...

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