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

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  Summer is sizzling, and just like the temperatures, local businesses, especially those that cater to visitors, are setting some new records for daily receipts. And even though the closure of Yosemite Valley for the last two weeks has sent even more tourists packing for Three Rivers, the upward trend actually began as soon as schools let out for the summer.   Sierra Subs and Salads reported...
Captain Brian Hughes during the Rough Fire in 2015. (Click arrows for additional photos.)
  Brian Hughes 1984 ~ 2018 Brian Hughes, a firefighter from Squaw Valley (Fresno County), was killed Sunday, July 29, 2018, by a falling tree while on duty at the Ferguson Fire in Mariposa County. He was 33.   Brian was a native of Hilo, Hawaii. He was born August 1, 1984, and raised and educated in Hilo.   Brian had been a firefighter for 15 years, his entire adult life, trading the ocean for...
A predawn house fire lights up the night in Cherokee Oaks. (Click arrows for additional photo.)
  The call came in at 2:57 a.m. on Friday, July 27; within five minutes, the first engine was on scene. In the next few minutes, additional units of firefighters arrived.    What they found was the house located at 41043 Oakridge in the Cherokee Oaks subdivision of Three Rivers was 80 percent involved with fire. Firefighters worked quickly to cool the propane tank that was already emitting a loud...
  JULY 23 - 29, 2018   SEQUOIA NATIONAL PARK   Ash Mountain   July 23— Evacuation procedures for the Mineral King area were created due to the Horse Creek Fire. Evacuation was not necessary.   July 27— Rangers contacted a group of river users near the historic park entrance sign and cited one male for possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine).   July 29— A traffic stop was conducted...
The rugged, remote Devils Canyon area, south of South Fork Drive and just outside Sequoia National Park’s southwesterly boundary. (Click arrows for additional photos.)
  When it comes to the current laws governing the cultivation and use of marijuana, it’s not surprising there is disconnect among the various governments trying to get a handle on marijuana and how it should be used and regulated. In the view of the federal government, marijuana is an illegal drug; a Class 1 narcotic barely distinguishable from heroin, a highly addictive narcotic.    To lend some...
  Most local residents don’t worry too much about being a victim of auto theft. In the past decade there have only been a handful of vehicle thefts in Three Rivers. These thefts occurred when a thief or thieves entered a remote property and came across the keys to a vehicle left unattended.   The most recent vehicle theft occurred Thursday, July 5, when a late-model Ford pickup was parked along...
A photo rendering of the proposed Oak Grove Bridge, which will look identical to the historic Oak Grove Bridge its replacing while meeting today's safety standards.
  A team of project managers attended a special informational meeting held Tuesday, July 24, at the Three Rivers Memorial Building. The purpose of the meeting was to update the public as to the team’s progress in making structural improvements to a 1923 bridge while maintaining its historical integrity.    The historic Oak Grove Bridge, built by Tulare County in 1923,  is located 6.5 miles up...
The Kaweah River is the lifeblood of Three Rivers so when something is amiss, residents want to know what it is.
  There is no doubt that when river flows ebb and temperatures rise, bacteria levels in the Kaweah River reach their yearly highs. These typical summer levels are not dangerous but can be cause for concern.    But what several riverfront residents reported seeing on Monday, July 23, was unusual. One Pumpkin Hollow resident said the spill/discharge probably happened during the night because the...
/A flooded road in the Cedar Grove area of Kings Canyon National Park after heavy rainfall on Saturday, July 21.
  SEQUOIA NATIONAL PARK   Lodgepole   July 17— Rangers responded to Dorst Creek for a respiratory distress call on a 13-year-old male. The patient was transported and transferred to Sequoia Safety Council Ambulance. He responded well to medication provided by EMS staff.   July 17— Rangers responded the Giant Forest Museum to a report of a dog having seizures. The dog was actively seizing for 1½...
The aftermath of a single-vehicle accident on a North Fork Drive corner notoriously unforgiving of drivers who aren’t giving their full attention to the road.
  On Monday, July 23, another driver rolled over and took out a fence in the 41000 block of North Fork Drive. Chalk it up to inexperience or brakes that locked up, but the end result was the same: another driver narrowly escaped serious injury or even death in a rollover accident in a location that has had multiple single-vehicle accidents.    The curve in the road, which is one-quarter mile...

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