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

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River Kids at River Kids!
  After being displaced in January by flooding that destroyed many area in the River Kids Preschool, Veronica Contreras, preschool director, reports that a collection of volunteers and agencies have brought them back home. New Director Contreras and her team spent the summer of 2016 redecorating and preparing for the return of their students last fall.     They were heartbroken just after Winter...
The Middle Fork of the Kaweah River in the vicinity of Hospital Rock is currently swollen with snowmelt, swift, and cold. (Click arrows for additional photo.)
  A 21-year-old woman, who had just moved to Tulare from Omaha, Neb., within the past month, drowned when she slipped on a rock and tumbled into the Middle Fork of the Kaweah River in the Hospital Rock area of Sequoia National Park. Karissa Jones was reportedly walking alongside the river with her boyfriend and two other companions when she fell into the turbulent water.   Her companions were...
Ramiro Leon. (Click arrows for additional photo.)
  The various routes to Mount Whitney are busy places in the summertime. But climbers ascend the highest mountain in the contiguous U.S. even when there’s snow on the ground.   Spring is a popular time to summit the massif, especially before May 1, because entry into the Mount Whitney Zone can be accomplished without a permit, which can be hard to come by as it is doled out via lottery.   The...
Highway 198 at Lake Kaweah is a curvy two-lane road with steep, rocky drop-offs.
  Passersby last Monday afternoon (April 24) saw emergency vehicles parked in the shoulder of Highway 198 in the vicinity of Kaweah Recreation Area. It looked like the all-too-familiar crash scene but for a few minutes no vehicle, no victim, and no rescuers were in sight.    That’s because the 2015 Harley Davidson Heritage motorcycle being driven by Erich Pouha left the roadway and crashed into a...
Preparing to airlift a hiker injured in an avalanche in the Mount Whitney Zone. For some incredible video footage of this rescue, go to https://www.facebook.com/CHP-Coastal-Division-Air-Operations-276737786013059/.
  An avalanche on the approach to the Mountaineer’s Route on the east side of Mount Whitney  in Inyo National Forest injured a male hiker and required an aerial rescue. The avalanche occurred on a 45-degree slope at about 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 22, at 9,300 feet elevation.   The avalanche victim, identified as Sung Kim, 64, of Fullerton, was airlifted to Southern Inyo Hospital for...
The Middle Fork, and all forks, of the Kaweah River are currently swift, cold, and dangerous.
  The first 90-degree temperatures of 2017 will arrive this week providing a not-so-subtle reminder that summer is on its way. These first hot temperatures of the year will make a dent in the monster snowpack that’s still clinging to the higher elevations. That snowmelt will enter the creeks and river drainages as icy, fast-moving water. Please, please, PLEASE stay far away from the river’s edge...
Mountain yellow-legged tadpoles and frogs at Wanda Lake along the John Muir/Pacific Crest Trail in the backcountry of Kings Canyon National Park.
  The National Park Service is seeking a permit to administer a pollutant in pristine high-country streams. To that end, a presentation was made in Three Rivers to describe the process.   According to Danny Boiano, aquatic biologist for Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, the application of the organic piscicide is necessary as part of a 10-year program: “Restoration of Native Species in...
  During a press briefing held Wednesday, April 26, following the signing of the Antiquities Executive Order to review national monument designations, President Trump said that the previous administration had used a 100-year-old law known as the Antiquities Act (1906) to unilaterally put millions of acres of land and water under strict federal control. He said these monument designations...
FIRE WORK: Ryan Zinke, Secretary of the Interior, worked with 
Sequoia-Kings Canyon firefighters to burn dead and downed forest debris during a visit to the parks on Friday, April 14.
  Ryan Zinke, the 52nd Secretary of the Interior, marched into the forest clearing in his fireproof Nomex uniform as if walking onto a stage. He met the rest of the crew (or cast) members, five of them, who were anticipating his arrival on this chilly morning.   Zinke was handed a handheld drip torch, and he played his part by lighting an organized mound of forest debris. Joe Suarez, Arrowhead...
HELPING HANDS: Suicide  Prevention Task Force presenters (from left to right) Sgt. Alan Knight, coroner; Carla Sawyer, nurse; and Noah Whitaker, SPTF director.
  When Carla Sawyer, a public health nurse, opened Wednesday night’s meeting at Three Rivers School, nobody in the audience of 35 could have been prepared for the shocking story she told, Carla’s abrupt career change, which has led to dedicating her life to suicide prevention and helping families affect by suicides, began on August 3, 2007, while she and her family were on a Hawaiian cruise.   By...

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