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

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  During the season of giving inevitably there are those who think the holidays are an opportune time for taking. In Three Rivers and the foothills that often involves breaking into an unattended house or outbuilding and making a getaway with some easy pickings.   On the night of Wednesday, Dec. 20, or in the early morning of Thursday, Dec. 21, someone tried to pry open a door of a residence a...
The Thomas Fire burned in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties, one of multiple wildfires that ignited in Southern California on December 4, 2017. It is the largest wildfire in modern California history and destroyed more than 1,000 structures.
  There is a slight chance of precipitation in the forecast for Wednesday-Saturday (January 3-6). Hopefully, that will translate into some much needed rain in the foothills and mountain snow. So far, the stubborn ridge of high pressure parked over the West Coast is causing dry conditions to persist. Case in point: The Thomas Fire that has ravaged Ventura and Santa Barbara counties is now the...
  The significance of a good caregiver for the disabled or an individual suffering from a debilitating chronic illness is often marginalized.  During my mother’s final three-year battle with cancer, my father was by her side, a role foreign to a corporate Type A man born in the 1930s. He attended to her daily needs from making sure she’d eat when chemotherapy took away her appetite, chauffeuring...
  There are a lot of amenities that make Three Rivers unique, and among its most treasured are the nearby giant sequoia groves. The only area on the planet where these magnificent trees still grow are in a narrow swath along the western slope of the Sierra Nevada from Springville on the south to Yosemite.   A half-dozen of these groves are owned and managed by the Bureau of Land Management as...
The North Fork of the Kaweah River during Winter 2016/2017.
  One year ago, there was a pack of snow on Alta Peak where currently there is a dusting of a few inches. In fact, at this time last year, Kaweah Country’s precipitation was nearly four times what it is this year.    All this dryness is being caused by the ocean temperature cooling a degree or two in the equatorial Pacific and a ridge of resilient high pressure in place along the West Coast. This...
The infamous Snowslide Canyon.
  A South Fork friend alerted us this week to an inauspicious anniversary. December 20 marked the 150th anniversary of the Dennison Mountain snowslide. On that day in 1867,  a massive avalanche violently ripped giant sequoias from the roots and pillaged everything in its path from mountaintop to the canyon floor. The slide dammed the South Fork of the Kaweah River. For the rest of the story, go...
  There are currently no construction delays or traffic controls in place on the Generals Highway. The road construction  in the Amphitheater Point area that was ongoing through summer and fall has ended for the time being.   Crews will be back to complete the current phase of construction in the spring, as soon as the weather permits. And although there is no roadwork to contend with, travelers...
    From Saturday, Dec. 23, through Monday, Jan. 1, a free shuttle will operate in Sequoia National Park between Giant Forest Museum and Wuksachi Lodge. Besides the Museum and Wuksachi, shuttle stops include the General Sherman  Tree, Lodgepole,and Wolverton Snowplay Area (if there’s snow).   The shuttles will operate continuously from  10 a.m to 4:30 p.m. The shuttles are available to any park...
The aftermath of a house fire in Lemon Cove that occurred early Tuesday morning (Dec. 5).
  Three fires since last Friday have added to one of the busiest seasons on record in California. Further complicating staffing and resources available to local firefighters is the number of catastrophic wildfires burning elsewhere in California, currently in the Southland. However, the call for assistance in other parts of California and in the wildland areas of Tulare County has been nearly...
December 15, 2016: Looking upriver from Dinely Bridge. (Click arrows to see comparison photo.)
  WEATHER WATCH: DECEMBER 15, 2017 The Winter Solstice arrives Thursday, Dec. 21. This is the day with the shortest period of daylight and the longest night of the year. Hopefully, with the arrival of winter will also be the arrival of winter weather such as rain and snow. Three Rivers has been experiencing nighttime lows in the 30s. There's a strong temperature inversion currently occurring:...

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