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Drew Sorensen, outgoing WHS superintendent.
  Drew Sorensen, who is retiring June 30 as Woodlake Unified School District’s superintendent will arguably be a tough act to follow. But the WUSD board voted on its new superintendent at Wednesday night’s (May 9) special meeting.   The new administrator at the helm will be Alfonso Gamino, who served through October 2017 as superintendent of the Santa Paula Unified School District. At an October...
 Appearing at the May 7 Town Hall were (from left to right) Kent Owen (for Tim  Hire, candidate, Superintendent of Schools),  Dr. Clayton Diltz (for Matt Darby, candidate, District Attorney), Tim Ward (incumbent, District Attorney), Dr. Craig Wheaton (candidate, Superintendent of Schools), and Roland Hill (incumbent, Assessor/Clerk  Recorder).
  The ballot for the Statewide Direct Primary Election on Tuesday, June 5, is as complicated as ever and in no previous year was it more important to have a sample ballot to study to learn the players. It is, of course, not reasonable to expect even a majority of the 51 candidates on the state ballot to show up for a town meeting in Three Rivers.   But the Three Rivers Village Foundation...
  IN PHOTO: Three Rivers Union School board members Scott Sherwood (left) and Jason Hawes put the finishing touches on a project that consisted of converting an obsolete bus maintenance pit to parking for the school’s new bus. Scott, who owns and operates Southern Sierras Construction in Three Rivers and is an alumnus of TRUS, donated his time and expertise, as did Hawes and Jed Warner, a general...
The water in Lake Kaweah's reservoir is nearing the spillway.
  If you like balmy days with temperatures in the 80s, then you’ll love the 10-day forecast. There’s only a slight chance of a stray rain shower. The spring-like temps will help maintain a full pool at Lake Kaweah for at least two to three weeks. As of Thursday, May 10, the current pool elevation is 708.58 feet (spillway is at 715) and storage is 172,050 acre feet (full = 185,000). The mean...
Chloe Boling (right), Woodlake Rodeo Queen 2018, with outgoing queen, Kelsey Story.
  At a coronation ceremony on Saturday, May 5, Chloe Boling was crowned Woodlake rodeo Queen 2018 by the Woodlake Lions Club. Chloe becomes part of a 70-year tradition of female equestrians who are equally adept at equestrian skills and social skills.    “Ever since I can remember, my mom took me on trail rides,” said Chloe. “I’ve been going to rodeos since I was six and have for many years...
Katie Pfaff, a WHS senior from Three Rivers, signs on to attend Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Ore., in the fall. (Click arrows for additional photo.)
  Woodlake High School students concluded  a week of Cinco de Mayo celebrations with a College Signing Day event and rally on Friday, May 4. Underclassmen were awarded prizes when they completed a questionnaire to ask college-bound seniors various questions about how to apply for college.           The event was organized by WHS counselor Elizabeth Moya and sponsored by the MEChA Club, an...
An atypical year that consisted of a dry winter and a rainy/snowy spring is now having the residual effect of Lake Kaweah’s basin filling to capacity for the first time in more than a decade.
  Back in February, when the rainfall for the entire season was less than four inches, there was not a water-watcher in Kaweah Country who could have imagined that three months later Lake Kaweah would be full to the brim. “Full” at Lake Kaweah means an elevation of 715 feet above mean sea level and a capacity storage of more than 185,000 acre feet.   Since the basin was enlarged in 2004, the lake...
This year, April showers have definitely meant some spectacular wildflower blooms such as this wild iris along the Mineral King Road well into May.
  Data coming out of the May 1 snow survey released this week by the California Department of Water Resources reveals some interesting trends. Looking at the big picture, there is clearly significant water content in the high-elevation snow (above 10,000 feet), but how much of that melt will end up in the state’s reservoir system is conjecture.    What is known is that the state’s reservoirs (...
  In photo (from left to right): Woody Smeck, Sequoia-Kings Canyon National Parks superintendent; Suzanne Bianco, project leader, director of Visalia Convention and Visitors Bureau; Kay Hutmacher, project landscape architect, Sierra Designs Inc.; Terry Ommen, Tulare County historian; Kevin McCusker, California Water Service community affairs specialist.      It all started 82 years ago when, in...
The new Three Rivers Chamber of Commerce board. From left to right: Dayna Higgins, Nancy Brunson, Ete Rothenberg, Darlene Mayfield, Anne Lang, and Sheila Stone.
  There’s excitement being generated at the local chamber of commerce. New board members, new calendar of activities, a new phonebook, and a new name.    The former Sequoia-Foothills Chamber of Commerce is being christened the Three Rivers Chamber of Commerce. At Tuesday night’s (May 8) mixer event, the board will unveil a new logo and reveal plans for upcoming events and activities. In addition...

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