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The inscription says, “Yours for Race and Country. Chas. Young. 22 Feby. 1919”
  This series was first published in The Kaweah Commonwealth in tribute to African-American History Month, beginning with the February 16, 1996, issue. * * * In 1903, Charles Young was military superintendent of Sequoia National Park and General Grant National Park (the predecessor to Kings Canyon National Park), where one of his several major achievements was completing the road the Kaweah...
Looking downstream from the North Fork Bridge at the Middle Fork of the Kaweah River on Wednesday, Feb. 13, at noon. (Click arrows for additional photo to see what a difference a day makes.)
  WEATHER WATCH (a weekly summary): It has been a chilly winter around these parts, and it’s not over yet. It doesn’t look as if the  high temperature will rise much above 50 degrees in the next seven days. This past week has had everything from clear to stormy, freezing to humid, rainbows and alpenglows to winds and hail and thunder. The snow level on Sunday, Feb. 10, dropped to 2,500 feet. With...
A government shutdown isn't going to happen. But the story of wall-building on the U.S. southern border is ongoing.
  The White House announced Thursday Feb. 14, that President Trump will support a spending bill that includes a border security package reached by a bipartisan group of lawmakers, averting another partial government shutdown. That shutdown was scheduled to begin Saturday and most likely won’t happen, but the President is expected to declare a national emergency in order to build the wall he...
Death Valley National Park has been enlarged, along with the protection of millions more acres, in bipartisan legislation passed by the U.S. House of Representatives.
  On Tuesday, Feb. 11, the U.S. Senate passed a bill that protects millions of acres of public lands and hundreds of miles of river, creates four new national monuments, restricts mining and development around national parks while expanding other parks, and saves taxpayers $9 million, according to Congressional Budget Office projections.    “The most sweeping conservation legislation in a decade...
Woody Smeck, superintendent of Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks
  When you’re adept at what you do and passionate about who you work for, sometimes your superiors call on you to help address problems elsewhere. Filling in where he was needed this time, Woody Smeck, superintendent of Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, returns to Ash Mountain this coming Tuesday, Feb. 19, after completing a 120-day assignment at Grand Canyon National Park.   In this most...
The cabins at Montecito Sequoia Lodge are buried in snow after recent winter storms.
  Recent winter storms across the Sierra Nevada brought heavy snowfall to Sequoia National Forest, resulting in over 120 visitors and staff snowbound at Montecito Sequoia Lodge. Sequoia National Forest and Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks entered unified command on Wednesday, Feb. 6, deploying heavy equipment and crews to clear eight miles of snow and more than 20 downed trees on Generals...
SNOW SHOW: Moro Rock received a fresh coat of snow during the last round of storms. (Click arrows for more current weather photos)
  The recent cold winter storms of February 1-5 restored some normalcy to the California’s water outlook for the year and maybe even beyond 2019. The full impact from what is shaping up to be one fabulous February won’t be completely known until the March 1 snow survey is complete.    February snow survey   The second snow survey of the year has been tallied and, statewide, as of February 1, the...
At 25 years old, the McDowall Auditorium on the Three Rivers Union School campus is the newest of the school's buildings.
  At the regular monthly meeting of the Three Rivers Union School District board of trustees on Wednesday, Feb. 6, appropriation of bond funds and planning for the ever-present budget challenges were key agenda items in old and new business. There was also discussion on pending improvements to the upper field, specifically the resurfacing of the blacktop on court play areas.   The upper field...
River Kids Preschool is now Learning Trails Preschool and closed awaiting State of California relicensing approval.
  When the new owner took possession of the former River Kids Preschool last November, the staff and clientele were hopeful for a seamless transition. The prospects for 2019 looked great.    The agreement to house the preschool in the basement of the Community Presbyterian Church in Three Rivers was transferable so where to have the preschool was not a problem.  Enrollment was up; new students,...
The winter alpenglow has been magnificent this week as rosy light reflects off new-fallen snow.
  A winter storm watch is in effect for the Southern Sierra beginning this afternoon (Friday, Feb. 8) through early Monday as Winter Storm Maya impacts the West Coast. Snow is forecast down to 3,000 feet elevation with total snowfall estimated to be another one to two feet. Travel plans could be affected if the Generals Highway has to close again due to hazardous driving conditions. In the...

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