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

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Click arrows for additional photo of broom bush removal.
  On Tuesday, May 23, a National Park Service team was in the river channel near the Three Rivers Hideaway campground to eradicate the beautiful yet invasive broom bush, which is choking out native vegetation along the Kaweah River.
The Middle Fork of the Kaweah River as seen from the North Fork Drive bridge. The river is running swift and cold due to melting snow in the high country.
  After a scorcher of a work week that featured Kaweah Country’s first extended run of triple digits, daytime highs returned to a marine air-influenced pattern with temps around 80. Memorial Day will see a return to the low 90s but there will be another flirtation with the century mark in 7 to 10 days.   There is still a monster snowpack above 8,500 feet, set to cascade down and fill Lake Kaweah...
  Sunset Campground in the Grant Grove area of the Kings Canyon National Park, which is regularly closed during the winter, will remain closed beyond its traditional opening date. The campground was scheduled to open on May 24 but upon inspection it was determined that many trees in the vicinity — killed by a multi-year drought, beetle infestation, and the previous heavy winter — would create...
Snow will hinder backcountry users well into the summer months whether via snow-covered trails and passes or swift, cold water crossings due to snowmelt.
  Due to the cooler weather this past week, the Kaweah River dropped considerably in cfs (cubic feet per second) flow. What that means is that even though locations at 7,000 feet and above received snow this week, the rate of melt slowed considerably. That trend will reverse with the coming week as temperatures climb into the 90s. Sierra hikers need to be vigilant and prepared for lingering snow...
The historic summit hut on Mount Whitney offers a primitive shelter for stranded hikers.
  A daring rescue on Saturday, May 13, occurred when a helicopter landed on Mt. Whitney, quite a feat considering the extreme elevation (14,505 feet) and the rocky terrain. The skillful pilot delivered a paramedic who attended to two hikers who were incapacitated due to frostbite and hypothermia.   The hikers, a 20-year-old woman from Los Angeles and a 34-year-old Ontario man, were unprepared for...
Woodlake High School's 2017 Varsity Baseball team. See all team photos in the May 19 print edition.
  Varsity Baseball: Tigers advance in Division 5 playoffs   In each of the last three seasons, it has come down to Woodlake and Sierra Pacific (Hanford) for the ESL crown. For the past two years, Woodlake has shared the title with Sierra Pacific. But a disappointing loss to Chowchilla at home last season eliminated the Tigers in the first round of playoffs.    This year, Alijah Thorn, a senior...
RISING TO THE TOP: The view from the fast-rising Lake Kaweah. The reservoir is on track to be at maximum capacity by June 15. It should remain near full through July 4.
  Those balmy 80-degree temperatures of the past week will give way by the weekend as a cool-weather system comes ashore in Northern California and the Pacific Northwest. Daytime high temps will be below normal and barely make 70 degrees on into the workweek. There is a 20 percent chance of showers in the foothills in the Tuesday forecast. By Thursday, temperatures will return to normal as the...
FAMILY TIES: See caption below. (Click arrows for additional photos.)
  ABOVE PHOTO: Cutting the red ribbon during the opening of the Bequette House were descendants of Bruce and Jessie Bequette - Quinn Martin, 17, of Thousand Oaks, great-great-niece; Rachel Caggiano of Visalia, niece; Joan Thomsen of Castro Valley, niece; Perri Martin of Thousand Oaks, great-niece.      Descendants of Jessie Bequette (1906-2010) were the dignitaries who cut the red ribbon to mark...
A commercially guided rafting trip on the Kaweah River.
  It seems fitting that regulated commercial whitewater rafting on the Kaweah Rivers is now in its 20th year. The 2017 season will feature the most extreme local whitewater since the ordinance - Kaweah River Management Plan - was first adopted by the Tulare County Board of Supervisors on December 16, 1997. In the provisional ordinance, there was a built-in two-year review to see if eight...
Ryan Zinke, Secretary of the Interior, during his visit to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks on April 14. He is charged with determining if some recently preserved national monuments should be rescinded or reduced in size.
  On Friday, May 5, the U.S. Department of the Interior announced the first-ever formal comment period for the public to weigh in on monuments of more than 100,000 acres that have been designated since January 1, 1996. The review was stipulated by President Trump’s Executive Order 13792, issued April 26, 2017.   A comment period is not required for monument designation under the Antiquities Act,...

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