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

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On Tuesday morning (September 12), smoke from the Pier Fire, as seen from Lake Kaweah, formed a dense wall that was pushed up and from the south by an approaching cold front.
  WEATHER WATCH: Thunder and lightning and wind, oh my! Cooler temperatures and shorter days have arrived too. The telltale signs of fall are here. There is a forecast that shows an early-season storm dropping snow in the highest reaches of the Sierra. And this requires a warning for those planning on fall hiking in the backcountry to be prepared for occasional freezing nights, always anticipate...
  ANNUAL DINNER and AUCTION    ROMAN HOLIDAY SEPTEMBER 17 - 4-8 pm THREE RIVERS MEMORIAL BUILDING $50 PER PERSON   Each year, the Three Rivers Union School Foundation hosts a gala fundraiser that raises money for the local kindergarten-through-eighth-grade school. It’s a fun, laid-back community event that includes a silent auction with a cornucopia of items on which to bid, a spirited live...
In a harrowing recovery operation on the Kings River, a hovering helicopter hoists one of two victims from a July 26 vehicle crash that claimed the lives of two students from Thailand who were attending the University of South Florida. (Click arrows for additional photos.)
  For the families of the crash victims who have been waiting for the recovery of the remains of their loved ones for five weeks, last Friday’s daring extrication and recovery started closure and the healing process in the aftermath of a horrific accident. Their ordeal began on the night of July 26 when CHP officers and Fresno County sheriff’s deputies received a report of a traffic accident in...
All was quiet and peaceful as of Thursday evening, Aug. 31. The campgrounds had plenty of available sites and there were numerous parking spots available at the trailheads. (Click arrows for 8 additional photos.)
  The busy season is winding down in the local national parks. The snow has mostly melted and the water levels have dropped, meaning fewer backcountry emergencies. However, as is typical, the frontcountry was crowded during the last holiday weekend of Summer 2017. This means full campgrounds and crowds at the popular attractions. It also means vehicle collisions, thefts, and DUIs; incidents that...
Smoke from the Pier Fire near Springville intermittently billowed over Farewell Gap into the Mineral King valley from the south during the Labor Day holiday weekend.
  This wildfire season in the western U.S. appears to be on track to be another record-setter. At last count, on Thursday, Sept. 7, there were 137 large wildfires burning across 7.8 million acres.    That acreage number already exceeds the 10-year average of five million acres consumed. Currently, there are 27,256 federal, tribal, state, volunteer, and rural firefighters working 1,865 engines and...
An angler seeks shelter from an afternoon hailstorm in the Mineral King area of Sequoia National Park on the Sunday of Labor Day weekend.
  WEATHER WATCH: Governor Jerry Brown declared a State of Emergency in Tulare, Mariposa, and Madera counties due to wildfires ravaging the region. An air quality alert is also in effect for Three Rivers and Sequoia National Park due to smoke.   — REMINDER — There is a town-wide power outage scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 14, from 2 am to 12 pm.   That extended heatwave that had nearly all of the...
GARDEN VARIETY: Manuel and Olga Jimenez in the Bravo Lake Botanical Garden that includes tens of thousands of plants that have been cultivated by the Jimenezes and an army of volunteers since 2003.
  Change is coming for one of Tulare County’s natural treasures, the Bravo Lake Botanical Garden. Founders and stewards Manuel and Olga Jimenez, who founded the nonprofit Woodlake Pride group, are working with City of Woodlake officials to allow a smooth transition as they step away from the daily duties required to maintain an attraction valued by residents and visitors alike.     “We hope to...
SCE linemen demonstrate their high-wire skills during the World Ag Expo.
  The maintenance work requiring a system-wide outage in Three Rivers that was scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 31, from 2 a.m. until 12 noon, has been rescheduled during the same hours for Thursday, Sept. 14. The maintenance work involves changing a setting on one of the local transformers and lowering the voltage.   Currently, the transformer is delivering a higher voltage than is needed and that...
INSIDE INFORMATION: This weekend, expect long lines at the entrance stations, campgrounds to fill up by noon Friday, lodging accommodations to be booked, and trails and attractions to be busy. Check in at a park visitor center to find out what's what.
  Location: A 1-mile section between the Amphitheater Point Overlook (11 miles from the Sequoia National Park entrance station in Three Rivers) and Crystal Cave Road.    This schedule is approximate and subject to change:   Monday-Thursday, 5 am-7 am: 20-minute delays or less.   Monday-Thursday, 7 am-8 pm: Traffic passes through the construction zone at the top of each hour only. Uphill traffic...
HELP OUT: The backcountry ranger stations in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks are busy places from June to October. The wilderness rangers do everything from search-and-rescue to providing food, supplies, and/or directions to unprepared hikers.
  August 21-27, 2017   SEQUOIA NATIONAL PARK   Ash Mountain August 26— A truck traveling southbound at Tunnel Rock stopped for pedestrians in the crosswalk. A motorcycle rounded the corner and dumped the bike to avoid the truck. The driver was uninjured and the passenger had minor injuries.   Lodgepole August 26— Rangers received a report of a woman who had broken her leg on the Sugarpine Trail...

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