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  Governor Jerry Brown is leaving office Monday, Jan. 7, after signing more than 1,000 laws in his last year.   Here are some of them that went into effect January 1:   Minimum wage takes a hike— At least 19 states will increase their minimum wages on or around New Year's Day. In California, the new minimum wage as of January 1 is $12 per hour for large employers (an increase of a dollar an hour...
APRIL 6, 2018: Rachelle Ledbetter of Three Rivers, who is awaiting a double lung transplant, on the field at Dodgers Stadium with daughters Meaghan (left) and Sierra and husband Steve after her Dodger Blue Wish came true.
  Only in the January 4, 2019, print edition: A look back at some of the newsmakers who graced the pages of The Kaweah Commonwealth in 2018. It's available at distribution points throughout Kaweah Country through January 10. Don't miss it!
BEST Burger: River View Restaurant
It’s an all out burger war when there’s one BEST burger and three hungry mouths to feed. From left to right are River View burger lovers Lori Rose, Mark Anselmi, and Linda Ross.
  ONLY IN THE DECEMBER 28, 2018, PRINT EDITION: Photos of the BEST OF winners. Check. It. Out.   For two decades, the Best of Kaweah Country readers' poll has been a valuable resource guide for local residents and visitors when it comes to services they need and use. Best of Kaweah Country’s mission is to identify some of the premier businesses in several areas of  expertise and introduce them to...
There wasn't much snow on the ground at the end of December, but that didn't stop the antics at the Wolverton Snowplay Area in Sequoia National Park.
  The bone-chilling cold will persist at least into the first five days of 2019. High temperatures will be in the 50s; lows will be in the mid-30s for New Year’s Eve and New Year's Day. A Christmas Eve lightning storm was accompanied by an inch of rain in Three Rivers. The year-to-date local rainfall total (2018-19) has now eclipsed four inches. Snowpack in the nearby mountains is paltry with a...
The entrance to Potwisha Campground is barricaded, one of the first closures in Sequoia National Park during the partial government shutdown that began December 21.
  Congressional lawmakers see no clear path to ending the current partial shutdown of the federal government due to lack of funding. Now in its seventh day, the interruption in some federal services has become a political bargaining chip for the sparring factions to have their way or not.   There are several government departments that are currently shuttered, but from past experience the federal...
  AND HE WAS HEARD TO EXCLAIM AS HE DROVE OUT OF SIGHT, Sleighs are for city peeps. When in Three Rivers, I drive Jeeps!
Ryan Zinke, during a visit to Sequoia-Kings Canyon National Parks in May 2017.
  Interior secretary Ryan Zinke’s resignation, announced Saturday, Dec. 15, ended speculation of whether the former Montana congressman and Navy SEAL could stay on and survive ethics investigations that are coming following the change to a Democrat majority in the House of Representatives. The new Congress may convene as early as January 3, 2019, to make the transition official.    The Department...
Santa points the way to snow gear at Totem Market in Three Rivers in anticipation of a white Christmas in the nearby mountains.
  Although the early December rains brought some needed relief to all of California — to borrow a colloquialism with local meaning: we are not out of the woods just yet. That's because one model is showing an extended cold, dry period for the start of the new year.   Translation: weather forecasters don’t have a clue what to expect for January and the first quarter of 2019. What is certain is...
    Here is a press release from Sequoia-Kings Canyon National Parks received at 10 pm on December 31:   Park officials announced that several areas in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks closed effective 6 p.m. on Monday, December 31. The parks are being forced to take this action for health and safety concerns.   The Generals Highway closed this evening at Hospital Rock in Sequoia National...
  UPDATE #3   NATIONAL PARK SERVICE PRESS RELEASE (Monday, Dec. 31, 10 pm) For recent status of Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks for the duration of the government shutdown, see article here.   ************************************   UPDATE #2   NATIONAL PARK SERVICE PRESS RELEASE (Monday, Dec. 31) Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks are very busy with limited services. Congestion and...

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