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

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Woody Smeck, superintendent of Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, tells tales of his youth in the Sierra.
  The occasion was part of the Mineral King Preservation Society’s Storytelling series on Sunday, Nov. 5. The monthly programs are presented in the Mineral King Room of the Three Rivers Historical Museum.   This month, Woody Smeck, superintendent of Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks and a cabin owner on land surrounded by the Giant Sequoia National Monument, was the featured speaker.   The...
Tom Maier, Riata Ranch's founder. (Click arrows to view entire photo album.)
  Tom Maier rides into town The story of the Riata Ranch begins long before its founding six decades ago. It all started when a young Tom Maier left his North Dakota home and landed in Hollywood. As the Los Angeles Times once recounted, “There he got a job... training horses for movie stars until he could support himself bulldogging and roping calves on the rodeo circuit.”   When a car accident...
The portion of Highway 180 that provides access to the Cedar Grove area of Kings Canyon National Park — also known as the Kings Canyon Highway — will close for the winter on Monday, Nov. 13. The road will reopen in April 2018.
  Last week’s near miss of rain and snow confirmed what weather watchers’ suspected. For the immediate forecast it’s official: California is in the grip of that dreaded stepchild La Nina. In Kaweah Country, the effect of La Nina is like a tug-of-war between extremely dry and moderately wet. For the rest of 2017, forecasters expect storms to be deflected north, dumping what rain and snow there is...
Michele Cruz and David Wood, both of Three Rivers, collaborated on a presentation on mental health in Tulare County, at November's Town Hall meeting.
  At the Monday, Nov. 5, Town Hall meeting, a succession of speakers at the Three Rivers Memorial Building provided updates on county services and the mental health program of the Tulare County Health and Human Services Agency.    Supervisor Kuyler Crocker spoke briefly on vacation rentals and what direction the county Board of Supervisors might take to deal with the dramatic increase of short-...
Due to one-lane traffic and ongoing construction, delays are necessary on a one-mile section of the Generals Highway in Sequoia National Park.
  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-Friday, 7 am-4 pm: Traffic allowed to pass at: 7 am, 8 am, 10 am, 12 pm, 2 pm, 4 pm.   Monday-Thursday, 5-7 pm: Traffic allowed to pass at: 5 pm, 6 pm, 7 pm.    Monday-...
Lake Kaweah
  Lake Kaweah’s pool will be trending up slightly before a planned release around Thanksgiving.    Lake stats as of Thursday, Nov. 2: storage is at 17,842 acre feet; mean inflow is 65 cubic feet per second (cfs); outflow is 27 cfs. The lake level is slightly higher than where it was one year ago, according to Phil Deffenbaugh, Lake Kaweah general manager. Park rangers are currently servicing the...
  HOW TO PROVIDE COMMENTS: A public comment period on the fee increases at national parks will continue through Thursday, Nov. 23.  ONLINE COMMENTS (AND DETAILED INFORMATION):  https://parkplanning.nps.gov/proposedpeakseasonfeerates   WRITTEN COMMENTS:  National Park Service, Recreation Fee Program  1849 C Street NW Mail Stop: 2346 Washington, D.C. 20240        PARKS THAT ARE FACING A FEE HIKE...
The East Fork of the Kaweah River as seen looking up-canyon from the Oak Grove Bridge, located 6.5 miles on the Mineral King Road from Highway 198. (At nine miles, the road is closed and gated for the winter.)
  WEATHER BRIEFS:  Daylight Saving Time ends at 2 am on Sunday, Nov. 5. Before bed on Saturday, remember to TURN CLOCKS BACK ONE HOUR. The first significant winter storm of the season is due to arrive as early as Friday afternoon and continue into Monday evening. Two separate weather systems are heading toward the region from the north. A full Hunter’s Moon will light up the night November 3-4...
Erin Farnsworth (back, right) of Three Rivers with her family in 2016 at her grandparents’ home. The home was destroyed in the Atlas Fire on October 8, and the Rippeys (seated, front) died in the blaze.
  During the height of the wildfires in California’s Wine Country this month, a heart-rending story made the national news of a husband and wife, ages 100 and 98, who weren’t able to escape from their home when it caught fire.   Charles and Sara Rippey, the elderly couple who died together in the Atlas Fire, are the grandparents of Erin Farnsworth of Three Rivers and great-grandparents to Erin’s...
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks are two of 18 parks that are under review and in the public-comment phase of a proposal to raise the entrance fees to $70 per vehicle during the busy season to help offset a maintenance backlog.
  The National Park Service announced this week a plan to more than double the entrance fees to the most popular parks during peak seasons. Among the 18 parks that would be affected by the proposal is Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. Visitors to the local parks would see rates hike from the current $30 per non-commercial vehicle to $70 during a five-month “peak season.”   To enter on a...

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