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

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  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...
The New Year begins with snow and blustery winter weather for the mid-Atlantic and northeastern U.S. In Kaweah Country it’s more of the same. — overnight lows in the mid-30s; daytime highs in the mid-60s; clear, and dry. The sliver of a moon this weekend makes perfect timing to view the Quadrantid meteor shower, an annual January display. Peaking this weekend, astronomers say the shower will...
A tranquil pool is the reward at the end of the Marble Fork Trail.
  This is an excellent time of year to embark on a foothills hike in Sequoia National Park. And there are several from which to choose. An outing to Marble Falls (in photo) would be a worthy choice. The route begins at the north end of Potwisha Campground, climbing nearly 1,500 feet in just over 3 miles.  The trail starts along the Kaweah River’s Marble Fork, then quickly ascends high above the...

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