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Shopping in the pot aisle.
  At the Woodlake City Council meeting on Monday June 12, elected officials considered a proposal for large-scale marijuana cultivation in industrial zones within Woodlake’s city limits.  Jason Waters, community services director for the City of Woodlake, outlined a plan that could potentially add jobs and tax revenue. The monies could be used for vital services like road maintenance, law...
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  The Generals Highway in Sequoia National Park first opened to traffic in 1926. The nearly century-old road is narrow and curvy, yet scenic and memorable.    A large-scale, multi-phased  modernization of the highway began in 1995 and has been continuing intermittently for the past 20 years to bring it up to Federal Highway Administration design standards.   The high-traffic season on the highway...
Trish Ekema stands at the SCE flume and points in the direction of her home to show the vicinity of where the Dinely Fire started. The cause of the 339-acre blaze remains under investigation. (Click arrows for additional photo.)
  When a wildland incident like the Wednesday, June 7, Dinely Fire breaks out, it’s an understatement to describe those initial moments as “all hell breaks loose.” It’s a frenetic scene.    The Dinely Fire’s most frantic moments all happened near the flashpoint at about 11:20 a.m. and continued with the first air tanker retardant drop 25 minutes later.  According to Trish Ekema, an eyewitness and...
As of this week, the Kaweah River is meeting Lake Kaweah at the Holiday Falls area, west of the Slick Rock Recreation Area and boat ramp. (Click arrows for additional photos.)
  With the first extended run of triple digits for 2017 forecast for this week, and all that snow still melting in the high elevations, there will be lots of water coming down the Kaweah drainage, but Lake Kaweah will not fill to capacity this year.    “It’s a little disappointing because it’s wonderful to see a full basin but it’s just not coming down fast enough,” said Phil Deffenbaugh, Lake...
It will be hot in the Sierra foothills and San Joaquin Valley for the next seven to 10 days. The mountains are a good escape, where there's lots of water, snow above 9,000 feet, and comfortable days and cool nights.
  An excessive heat warning is in effect as of Saturday as triple-digit temperatures will dominate the forecast for the next week. If you think Saturday’s high of 101 is hot, wait until Wednesday when a record-breaking 108 is predicted. That’s also the first day of summer and it will be a scorcher. Nighttime lows will be in the 70s with no relief until next weekend. Three Rivers Library is a...
The Dinely Fire as seen from down canyon soon after it erupted about noon on Wednesday, June 7. (Click arrows for additional photos.)
  The tinder-dry grass and brush around Three Rivers is certainly no stranger to fire. And because of the prolific precipitation this past winter and spring, the fuel load is especially heavy.   Since 2015, there have been several sizable brush fires on the North Fork and at least five fires near Cobble Knoll and Lake Kaweah.    At least two of the Lake Kaweah blazes were intentionally set though...
High water crossings are causing concern for hikers throughout Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks.
  During the upcoming cool weekend, higher elevations in the mountains of California will receive more snowfall. The Sierra above 9,000 feet remains snowbound. Water crossings are currently high and dangerous. By Friday, June 16, Kaweah Country will be mired in its first prolonged heatwave of triple digit temperatures. Lake Kaweah is due to reach its high water mark of 179,000 acre feet for the...
  The more than four dozen folks who attended the Monday, June 5, Town Hall were updated on several topics with ample time for questions.    Kuyler Crocker, District 1 supervisor, opened the program by announcing that the County of Tulare is finalizing plans to erect a 125-foot communications tower in Three Rivers. The purpose of the tower is to upgrade emergency-services communications — sheriff...
This photo of Cindy Qui was taken at Trail Crest just before she turned around on her hike and began her fateful trip back down the mountain.
  At noon on Tuesday, May 23, a two-day search ended when the body of Dongying “Cindy” Qui was located at the base of a frozen waterfall near Outpost Camp. Her body was discovered about a quarter-mile off trail.   “This is an incredibly tragic situation, and based on the extreme snow conditions in the backcountry, it could have happened to anyone,” said Inyo County Sheriff’s Corporal Nick Vaughn...
The melting remnants of a sizable avalanche that came down Empire Mountain, scattering snow and debris across the Mineral King Road. It’s located just down-canyon from the Sawtooth trailhead. (Click arrows for additional photos.)
  The 2017 snowpack with near-record water content, equivalent to 1983 at the highest elevations, has less accumulation downslope. While perceived as a remarkable turnaround from the lack of snow in 2015, this year featured the fifth consecutive winter where a below-average fraction of precipitation fell as snow. No extreme heatwaves are currently in the 15-day forecast but the gradual warming...

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