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

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  From the earliest days of Three Rivers to the present, publishing a newspaper has demanded ingenuity and, at times, unconventional procedures. Newspapers, especially those that are independently owned, are only as strong as their advertising base and circulation. The downfall of most newspapers in Three Rivers is that the circulation has never been enough to attract sufficient advertisers to...
  There is no issue of greater importance than to how to successfully plan and budget for the education of the 129 students that attend kindergarten through eighth grade at Three Rivers Union School. A cadre of interested parents are now regular attendees of the monthly meetings and are intent on encouraging the dissemination of more information and transparency in the process.    The TRUS board...
   THE NATURE CLUB by Rachel Mazur Wild Bear Press 2019 - Paperback  Each of the five books is between 126 and 134 pages $6.99 each Available on Amazon (also in Kindle edition)   Former Three Rivers resident Rachel Mazur has released a new series of five nature-based chapter books called The Nature Club. For children ages 7 to 12, each book tells the story of one of the kids in the club and how...
  Once Upon a Time...   Print used to rule. It’s no secret that newspapers large and small are struggling these days. It’s a sign of the times as a younger generation is turning to social media as a source for news.   Another reason for the decline in readership of the local newspaper is that the demographics of Three Rivers changed rapidly in the past few years. A growing number of property...
  There are few people who, without actually publishing a weekly newspaper, could ever have an inkling of what it takes  to publish 1,228 issues in 1,228 weeks. It’s like running a marathon every week, and although it’s possible, imagine the relentless discipline, stress, and the toll it takes on one’s psyche to reach the finish line, then almost immediately start the next one.    In fact, in...
Generals Highway, Sequoia National Park (Saturday, Feb. 23). Click arrows for additional snow photos.
  The March 1 snow-survey results for the Sierra Nevada were all good news, and odds are they will improve even more in March, typically among the best precipitation months during the season that runs from October through June. Of more than 75 stations where data could be retrieved, the statewide average is 153 percent of the norm for this date; those numbers translate to 133 percent of the...
The aftermath of a car-vs.-motorcycle collision on Highway 198 near Mineral King Road, one of several accidents that have occurred in this vicinity in the past month.
  Any accident is scary butwhen it involves a motorcycle and a car there is little chance for the driver of the two-wheeler to escape injury. The accident occurred Monday, Feb. 25, at 3:10 p.m. when the Jason Williams, 43, of Hanford was heading eastbound on Highway 198 on his 2012 Harley Davidson Fatboy just up-canyon from the intersection with Mineral King Road. The motorcycle reportedly...
A federally non-compliant California driver’s license. (Click arrows to see a compliant license.)
  Since January 2018, the California Department of Motor Vehicles has been issuing the new “Real ID” driver’s licenses and state identification cards. Beginning October 1, 2020, travelers boarding domestic commercial flights, entering a military base, or using their ID for other federal purposes will need to present a Real ID-compliant driver’s license or state ID card.   The Real ID is a license...
Looking up the Kaweah River’s Middle Fork canyon to the Great Western Divide, which has received plentiful snow this season. The Community Presbyterian Church is in the foreground. (Click arrows for additional photos)
  WEATHER WATCH: The forecast for the upcoming week is showing temperatures as much as 20 degrees warmer, both day and night, than were experienced this past week. Lake Kaweah is gradually coming up as is typical for this time of year when the storms are unpredictable. The pool elevation is 614.53 feet above sea level (full is 715 asl); storage is 30,674 acre-feet (full is 185,000 af). Currently...
This Chevrolet pickup rolled down an embankment on Saturday, Feb. 16, and nearly ended up in the Kaweah River. The driver had minor injuries but was cited for DUI.
  Driving in the Kaweah canyon, especially when roadways are wet, can be risky. Being unfamiliar with the curves and shoulders of Sierra Drive add to the odds of being in an accident.    On Saturday, Feb. 16, at 4:55 p.m., Cesar Vasquez, 47, of Los Angeles was driving westbound near Salt Creek Drive in his 2018 Chevrolet pickup. His vehicle drifted into the narrow dirt shoulder and careened down...

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