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

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The Crabtree Meadow Ranger Station (elevation 10,720 feet) in the backcountry of Sequoia National Park was the site of three helicopter rescues in the past week due to altitude-related illnesses.
  AUGUST 6 - 12, 2018   Sequoia National Park   Ash Mountain    August 8— Rangers investigated graffiti in the Potwisha area. The suspect was located and charged with a mandatory court appearance for vandalism of park property, defacing natural resources, disposing of refuse improperly, and possession of a controlled substance.   August 12— A ranger was called out for a disabled vehicle and a...
A smoky sunset as seen from the Mineral King area of Sequoia National Park on August 11. The worst of the smoke in the region due to the Ferguson Fire in Mariposa County has dispersed.
  Although the daytime temperatures will continue to stubbornly hover around the century mark, there are signs that autumn is approaching. The mornings have a hint of coolness in the air and the daytime hours are getting noticeably shorter. Also, the rivers have slowed to a trickle and fire danger is high. This week, Sequoia-Kings Canyon National Parks instituted Stage 2 fire restrictions, which...
Rick Rodriguez, WHS principal
  If you asked any of the 656 students at Woodlake High School, who returned from summer break Tuesday, Aug. 14, if they were happy to be back in class, you might be surprised at their answers. Many said they were indeed glad to be back taking new classes and seeing old friends.    Among staff, the consensus is that summer recess is way too short. But there is an obvious sense of anticipation and...
Shannon Taylore, WHS athletic director
  Shannon Taylor has been an educator, coach, and athletic director who has, in her own words, “done it all.” She was raised in Antelope Valley in Southern California and believes it is more than serendipity that she landed in Woodlake, an area that in the 19th century was also called Antelope Valley by pioneer settlers.   “As I get closer to retirement, I wanted to do something in sports,”...
Jacqueline Perez, WHS counselor
  When you take a position in Woodlake High School’s counseling office there are some huge shoes to fill. Sally Pace, who retired in 2005 set a high standard tapping unprecedented sources of scholarship dollars for college-bound students. For the next decade, Carmita Pena continued the work of Sally Pace until she moved up three years ago to the front office to direct the Ag Academy.   In recent...
SHOW AND TELL: The sign in front of Three Rivers Union School announces the bad news to students — summer vacation is about to end.
  At the top of a busy agenda at the regular meeting of the Three Rivers Union School board of trustees on Wednesday evening, Aug. 8, the five-member board voted unanimously to accept the resignation of Isaac Warner, sixth-grade teacher. Citing the eleventh-hour decision he made just one week before the 130-student, kindergarten-through-eighth-grade school returns from summer vacation on Thursday...
SMOKE SCREEN: Blossom Peak (back) is shrouded in smoke as the toxic cocktail of gas and ash descended upon Three Rivers this week.
  Three Rivers residents and visitors don’t need a newspaper article to tell them that California is essentially on fire. One look out the window will reveal the residual effect of all those fires: smoke.   On Tuesday, Aug. 7, Three Rivers’s air quality crept into the “hazardous” range by afternoon, according to the Real Time Air Quality Advisory Network’s monitor at Three Rivers Union School....
A river-rescue operation occurred Friday, Aug. 3, in the Roaring River Falls area of Kings Canyon National Park’s Cedar Grove for an 11-year-old female with a broken leg. (Click arrows for additional photo.)
  July 30 - August 5, 2018   SEQUOIA NATIONAL PARK   Ash Mountain    August 1— A tow truck was driven inbound through the outbound lane at the Ash Mountain entrance station while a government vehicle was driving outbound. The government vehicle was able to stop in time and avoid a collision. The tow truck driver said he did not want to wait in the entrance station lineup and continued through...
RUNNING LOW: Lake Kaweah is shrinking fast.
  As incredible as it may seem, two months ago, the storage at Lake Kaweah was just below 170,000 acre-feet and still looked close to full. But in the past 60 days, all that precious water went down the drainage to its rightful owners — the downstream users under the auspices of the Kaweah Delta Water Conservation District.   As of Thursday, Aug. 9, the storage in Lake Kaweah had dipped to less...
  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...

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