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Manuel Villegas, the 32-year-old Visalia man who was arrested last week in the death of his stepson Dameian “Luke” Gulley, was formally charged with premeditated murder at a preliminary hearing on Monday, Dec. 2. He entered a plea of not guilty.  Villegas requested that he be granted a court-appointed attorney. There was no bail set in connection with the first-degree murder charge. No additional...
Clouds envelop the nearby mountainscape after the season’s first significant snowfall on Tuesday. Freezing temperatures and more snow are forecast for the weekend.
  If you have been shivering with the bitter cold the last couple of days, prepare for more of the same over the weekend. Forecasters are saying that the recent cold snap won’t be unsnapped until at least Tuesday. That’s when daytime highs here will creep back up to the upper 50s and only dip down at night into the low 40s. That’s more like normal but the recent arctic chill was anything but...
  When’s the last time you saw a state high school championship basketball team play at Woodlake High? Unless you were around for that Lady Tigers championship season in 1985, the answer to that rhetorical question is never. But this Saturday night (Nov. 30), the’85 team is returning to the home hardwood once again and will be honored during a half-time presentation. “Normally, we have a few...
Winter Storm Boreas spread its mess of snow, wind, and rain to the East just in time for peak Thanksgiving travel. Boreas’s grip of snow and ice affected about 58 million people over an area of at least 2.5 million square miles by the time it departed Thanksgiving morning. The storm had previously affected much of the southwestern U.S. and the Southern Plains. In Kaweah Country, it will be...
  Dameian “Luke” Gulley, 14, of Visalia was reported missing by his family on Monday, Nov. 18, at 7:30 p.m. They stated that they had last seen him at 6:30 that morning when he departed for Valley Oak Middle School. Luke walked approximately two miles to the school daily. The Visalia Police Department sent out an “at risk” missing persons alert since Luke was in need of medication due to having...
BOOK ENDS: Christina Lynch (right) and Meg Howrey reveal the makings of a novel: red wine, candles, books, and laptops — while two ardent fans try to sneak a peek at an upcoming chapter. The pair, who are doing business as Magnus Flyte, released the sequel this week to their 2012 bestselling novel.
  Christina Lynch of Three Rivers is about to embark on a nationwide book tour to promote the release this week of her most recent work. City of Lost Dreams (Penguin Books, 2013) is the sequel to last year’s New York Times and Amazon bestseller, City of Dark Magic.  A reader has to be fairly astute, however, to unearth the fact that Chris penned these two novels. It’s as much a mystery as the...
  CITY OF DARK MAGIC Magnus Flyte Penguin x 464 pages $16 paper x Nov. 27, 2012 When music student Sarah Weston lands a summer job at Prague Castle cataloging Beethoven’s manuscripts, she has no idea how dangerous her life is about to become. Soon after she arrives, strange things begin to happen. She learns that her mentor, who was working at the castle, may not have committed suicide after all...
The storm that dumped the moisture this week contained a warm edge that produced rain in the mountains to 8,000 feet. By Wednesday evening, temperatures had sufficiently dropped to make snow above 6,000 feet. Elevations above 7,500 feet received six inches of snow overnight; locales in the foothills received their long-awaited dousing of moisture in the form of one-half inch of rain. Unsettled...
  Danny Boiano, National Park Service wildlife biologist, stated his agency’s case for more species restoration in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks during a public meeting Wednesday, Nov. 20, at the Three Rivers Arts Center. The critters to be restored are two distinct and threatened species of yellow-legged frogs that, because of declining numbers, are now found only in two places:...
  TRUS teacher-intern asked to resign   At a special board meeting held Friday, Nov. 15, at 3 p.m., the Three Rivers Union School board of trustees voted unanimously to accept the resignation of Athena Saenz from her half-time position as the seventh-grade intern teacher. Saenz will continue as the school’s band teacher, a position she has held since 2008, and also fill in as a teacher’s aide....

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