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Bob Woodie’s son, Robert, at Barrett Lakes last October during the search for his father who went missing when several storms passed over the Sierra Nevada region.
  Nine months after Robert Woodie of Manhattan Beach went missing during a four-day fishing trip in a remote area of the Sierra, his body was discovered by hikers just off a trail. The 74-year-old husband, father, and grandfather died of hypothermia as a series of winter-like storms passed through the region.   Bob Woodie was reported missing by his family after failing to return from a...
Meddlesome marmots (See caption below. Click arrows for additional photo.)
  PHOTO CAPTION: Marmots. The very word instills annoyance in anyone who visits the Mineral King area of Sequoia National Park in the early summer months. As the snow melts, these giant rodents crawl out from beneath their rocks with an undeniable hankering to disable vehicles parked at trailheads. They will chew on car wiring and insulation, but their drug of choice is ethylene glycol, an...
An aerial view of the Detwiler Fire in Mariposa County.
  In its first five days, the Detwiler Fire in Mariposa County has burned nearly half of the total acreage scorched in the massive Rough Fire of 2015. On Thursday, July 20, at the Cal Fire morning briefing, it was reported that 70,096 acres had been consumed and 45 structures were lost.   Cal Fire information officers won’t say what structures have been burned because hundreds of evacuees won’t...
The Comfort Inn and Suites in Three Rivers.
  The largest lodging property in Three Rivers has new owners — Bruce and Steve Kim. The deal for the 103-room hotel became final on June 20; the purchase price was not disclosed.   The Kim brothers are from a family that previously operated lodging in the Seattle, Wash., hospitality industry. Bruce Kim reported he has worked in the family business for 15 years.    The 30-something brothers’...
A near-drowning at Kaweah Park Resort resulted in the arrest of an individual for an outstanding warrant.
  Reckless or suspicious behavior in public can attract the wrong kind of attention. And apparently that’s what happened recently to some Three Rivers visitors.    On Saturday, July 8, Arturo Moreno, 37, was floating in the Kaweah River near Kaweah Park Resort when he was swept over the falls at a place where there have been several rescues this season.   Moreno was able to climb out of the water...
Bob Woodie.
  A body discovered last week by some Pacific Crest Trail hikers has been identified as Robert Woodie, 74, who went missing in the area last October after inclement weather. Woodie, an experienced backpacker who was familiar with the terrain, was on a four-day, solo, backcountry fishing trip when he disappeared.   The Manhattan Beach resident started his trip on Thursday, Oct. 13, 2016, from...
This SEKI CC trail crew made some improvements to the Mineral King area. From left to right: Jessica Speich (Irvine, Calif.); Yvounnette Quintanille (Andrews, Texas); Diana Lopez (San Bernardino); Lilia Villarino (NPS trail crew); Valerie McCampbell (Eagan, Minn.); and Jaime Shinn (San Jose).
  Women are no strangers to the physically demanding work that National Park Service trail crews do each season in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. But to have a single SEKI CC (Sequoia-Kings Conservation Corps) unit made up of six women is a first.   The history of Conservation Corps workers in national parks is rooted in the history of the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCCs) and the...
Waterways will continue to pose hazards but have stabilized. There is still snow that is melting, but flooding is no longer a risk. IN PHOTO: East Fork of the Kaweah River. (Click arrows for additional photo.)
  JUNE 26 - JULY 9, 2017   Sequoia National Park   Ash Mountain   June 26— Rangers issued a citation for possession and use of a crossbow at Buckeye Flat Campground.   June 26— Rangers are investigating theft of recycling occurring in the Ash Mountain area.   June 27— Rangers responded to a non-injury motor vehicle accident at the Sequoia entrance station. An RV collided with one of the stations...
The entrance to the upgraded, modernized, and larger Grant Grove Restaurant. (Click arrows for additional photos.)
  The eagerly anticipated opening of the all-new Grant Grove Restaurant occurred Friday, June 30, just in time for the Fourth of July holiday rush. Delaware North’s $6.3 million project includes dining space indoors, in a courtyard, and on a deck, accommodating  a total of 225 diners. There is also a walk-up window for takeout orders.    The new LEED Gold-certified project, which replaced the...
Smoke from surrounding wildland fires can affect air quality. But, as of Tuesday, July 18, the Kaweah canyon is smoke-free.
  There are more than a dozen wildfires burning in California, including the Schaeffer Fire, a lightning-caused burn just south of Sequoia National Park, and the Whittier Fire that destroyed 20 homes in Santa Barbara County. The residual smoke from nearby fires is causing the air quality to decline, especially in the stagnant afternoon hours. And there’s no relief in sight: Temperatures are going...

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