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

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  Trails in the Lake Kaweah basin are being inundated as the pool elevation of the reservoir is currently rising one foot per day. As of January 17, pool elevation was 610.18; storage was 27,133 acre feet; inflow was 169 cfs with no water being released. The waterfowl and shorebirds are plentiful and keep an eye to the sky for a couple of bald eagles that are making this area their winter home.  
The recent storms brought several feet of new snow to Sequoia National Park.
  A series of three storms arrived in California this past week, bringing periods of moderate to heavy rain to Kaweah Country. They were warm storms, keeping the snowfall high in the Sierra Nevada, but the statewide snowpack is closing in on 90 percent of average, which is a decent reading. This significant precipitation may need to sustain the region for awhile, however, as the long-range...
  After the first three meetings conducted locally by the California Fire Safe Council, it’s clear that to create a fire-safe community, it will take a huge commitment.  With a show of hands of the more than 30 who attended last Saturday’s (January 12) meeting, a consensus to move forward was reached. What was agreed upon was to:   —Move immediately to become a part of the Sequoia Fire Safe...
TRUE BREW: Matt McWilliams has pledged the support of Three Rivers Brewing Co. to assist victims of the deadly and destructive Camp Fire last fall in Paradise, Calif.
  When the Camp Fire started in the hills near Paradise, Calif., on November 8, 2018, it soon became the deadliest and most destructive wildfire in California history. The firestorm burned more than 153,000 acres, killed at least 85 people, and destroyed upwards of 13,000 homes.    Sierra Nevada Brewing Company of nearby Chico, founded in 1980 and one of the leaders of the craft brewing industry...
Snowplay is back! The Wolverton Snowplay Area is accessible due to the reopening of Sequoia National Park.
  At 8 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 11, visitors began to enter the parks once again after a complete closure that began Wednesday, Jan. 2. But the holiday visitor momentum had been interrupted; during the first few hours there were only a couple of dozen carloads that entered either at the Ash Mountain (Sequoia) or Big Stump (Kings Canyon) entrances.    Public information personnel and other...
Sequoia National Park reopened to the public Friday, Jan. 11, at about 8 am, after over a week of being closed to visitors. Kings Canyon National Park has also reopened.
  Anatomy of a Government Shutdown According to financial analysts, the economic costs of the government shutdown will well exceed the $5 billion President Donald Trump is demanding as a down payment for a border wall. And on Tuesday, Jan. 8, the president made his primetime case in less than 10 minutes to the American people during an Oval Office address that aired on all major networks. If the...
DOWN TO THE WIRE: Spectrum and AT&T, two local Internet providers, work to upgrade the Three Rivers infrastructure.
  Whether a resident of Three Rivers or a frequent visitor, most are aware that since Internet service first became available more than two decades ago, it has been problematic at best. AT&T, the only cell provider until recently, attempted to remedy that situation by offering its U-verse telecommunications packages. That service has been adequate for some but not enough bandwidth for others...
Lake Kaweah is on the upswing. The roads and trails in the lake bottom are quickly becoming covered with water.
  The storms that began Sunday, Jan. 6, have added two more inches of precipitation in Three Rivers for a season total of 5.79 inches (1,000 feet elevation). Last year at this time, 3.43 inches had been received. And the snow and rain news gets even better: In the seven-day forecast, each day has at least a 20 percent chance for more rain and snow. The nearby mountains have a three-foot snowpack...
On Wednesday, Jan. 2, a park ranger turns visitors away from venturing beyond the Hospital Rock area of Sequoia National Park. (Click arrows for additional photo.)
  In the first 10 days of the partial government shutdown that began Friday, Dec. 21, the effects were minimal in Three Rivers, the gateway community to Sequoia National Park. Most tourists arrived misinformed but happy to experience the scenic beauty and the quietude of just being here.   Although confusion reigned as to what was actually open and closed, visitation began increasing as word...
On Sunday, Dec. 30, there were 16 inches of snow at the Lodgepole measuring station in Sequoia. (Click arrows for a closeup photo.)
  There was enough snow on the ground in the Giant Forest area of Sequoia National Park on Sunday, Dec. 30, to cause icy accidents for vehicles on slick roads, mishaps for unsuspecting visitors on frozen paths, and a slope-full of happy children and the young-at-heart at the Wolverton Snowplay Area.    At the Lodgepole snow stake, which is monitored by park staff when not in the midst of a...

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