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

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  On Thursday, Dec. 8, the House of Representatives reached an agreement and passed the FY17 Water Resources Development Act. The landmark legislation provides funding for immediate measures and long-term solutions.    Once the bill is finalized and passed by the Senate, it goes to the White House for President Obama’s signature.    House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Bakersfield) released...
At the beginning of the Middle Fork Trail in Sequoia National Park.
  When a Phoenix, Ariz., resident embarked on the Middle Fork Trail on Wednesday, Nov. 18, he fully intended to be back with his family and friends to partake in Thanksgiving Day. But the holiday came and went, and Vince Scalise, 41, left an empty chair at the table.   The solo backpacker was reported overdue on Saturday, Nov. 26. Sequoia National Park searchers were informed that Scalise...
A new speed limit sign will slow drivers down in the Cherokee Oaks neighborhood of Three Rivers.
  Life just got a little slower in the Cherokee Oaks neighborhood. The County of Tulare recently installed 25 mph speed limit signs, a reduction from the previous 35 mph.
The broccoli-topped giant sequoias of Giant Forest in Sequoia National Park with a fresh dusting of snow.
  With the passing of the last storm on Saturday, Nov. 26, the Three Rivers environs  at 1,000 feet elevation received another 1.41 inches of rainfall. That nice freshet had most area totals at 2.76 inches or, at slightly higher elevations, right at three inches for the current season. More clearing and sunshine is in the weekend forecast with daytime highs in the 60s. Another low pressure system...
A bear on North Fork Drive just before the Bailey Bridge captured the attention of residents and passersby for awhile Wednesday afternoon. The bear indulged in some Hachiya persimmons from a nearby tree...  (Click arrows for additional photos)
  The latest prognostications for the first quarter of 2017 have been released by the National Weather Service, and Kaweah Country is sitting in an all-too-familiar position. The climate prediction maps for January to April 2017 have the central San Joaquin Valley and the southern Sierra region sitting on the fence — virtually on top of the line of demarcation between above average and below...
Kuyler Crocker
  The Tulare County Elections Office is announcing results weekly and will continue to do so until they finalize the results of the November 8 general election. That will occur on or before Tuesday, Dec. 6.    Of all the races in Tulare County, there is just one that is too close to call that affects Three Rivers — District 1 supervisor.   The two candidates that emerged from a field of eight in...
  The wastewater discharge incidents that occurred in the late spring of this year at the Clover Creek facility in Sequoia National Park were endemic of poor management also evident at the Grant Grove wastewater treatment facility in Kings Canyon National Park. The poor practices of the National Park Service in regards to wastewater management are the opinion of Dale Oviedo, a former chief plant...
  The nonprofit Woodlake High School Foundation has established a Hall of Fame for its distinguished staff and alumni. At the Foundation’s annual spring fundraiser in April 2017, the inaugural crop of Hall of Fame inductees will be announced.   Over a century of students have walked the WHS halls, which means there are plenty of eligible candidates. And it’s up to the communities within the WHS...
A schematic of the proposed hotel.
  At two public meetings ­—  in Three Rivers on Monday, Nov. 7, and Visalia on Thursday, Nov. 10 — to introduce a proposal to build the first new hotel in Three Rivers in 20 years, Tulare County planning staff announced that an Environmental Impact Report is being prepared for the project. The EIR, though not required by zoning law, is considered the best way to deal with some of the more...
The path to the presidency.
  There were no surprises among the national and state winners on election night in Tulare County. Here is how Tulare County voted:    In the presidential race, Republican candidate Donald Trump (54 percent) won over Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton (39 percent). The race for U.S. Senator to fill the seat vacated by Barbara Boxer when she announced her retirement featured two Democrats who...

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