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A National Park Service ranger prepares to take the March 1 snow measurements at Hockett Meadow in the backcountry of Sequoia National Park while the ranger station in the background is buried under 10 feet of snow. (Click arrows for additional photos.)
  When it comes to measuring snow in the Sierra Nevada, the more data used, the better the water outlook. That 200 percent is twice the norm for March 1 since snow records have been kept since 1947.     And if it doesn’t rain a drop or snow a single flake from now till April, the current average of 46 inches of water content is 173 percent of the April 1 norm. Translation: this huge snowpack is...
Keenan Hochschild (left) and Cole Karr hear constituent comments and concerns on behalf of Congressman McCarthy at a Three Rivers meeting this week.
  Congressman Kevin McCarthy’s 23rd District field representatives Keenan Hochschild and Cole Karr met Tuesday, Feb. 28, with an overflowing audience in the Mineral King Room at the Three Rivers Historical Museum. McCarthy’s staffers, who are based in the Bakersfield Office of the House Majority Leader, opened the meeting by explaining the difficulty for the congressman to attend events held in...
LIVE AND BREATHE: Rachelle Ledbetter enjoys the pristine winter air and abundant sunshine at her Three Rivers home this week. (Click arrows for additional photos.)
  Take a deep breath. Exhale.   Now imagine not being able to do that. That’s life these days for Rachelle Ledbetter of Three Rivers.   Rachelle, 57, has lived with pulmonary ailments her entire life. She is currently on the list to receive a double-lung transplant at University of California, San Francisco, Medical Center.   Rachelle was born with asthma. At the age of eight, she lived with her...
Water seeping through the concret floor of River Kids Preschool has caused damage to supplies and caused the school to temporarily relocate.
  In an epic rainy season where entire regions have been declared disasters, some of the not-so-catastrophic flood damage goes relatively unnoticed. But for River Kids Preschool director Veronica Contreras and her staff, the water that began seeping into the basement of the Community Presbyterian Church in Three Rivers after early January storms has been nothing less than catastrophic.   “The...
WINTER REFLECTIONS: On Wednesday, Feb. 15, Lake Kaweah visitors enjoyed the calm before the storm.as the prefrontal band of clouds moved in toward the Sierra.
  As if it wasn’t wet enough already this year, new NOAA projection models are showing at least a 60 percent chance that another El Nino will develop before the year is out. California could be feeling the effects as early as July 2017.    Ocean surface temperatures, which were slightly cooler in the current La Nina, are already showing indications of a warming trend. If an El Nino does develop...
This riverfront property was formerly Barby's antique and curios shop. It is now for sale.
  Chump’s DVDs has closed and now gone the way of most videos stores in an industry where streaming movies and content is the new normal. The management company is now readying the property for whomever or whatever comes next at the riverfront business where zoning from the past still allows living quarters.    The former video store is nestled between Buckaroo Diner and Sierra Subs and Salads...
WATER PARK:  Sequoia for Youth students from Woodlake celebrate the finish of a relay race in which the students experienced how water flow increases as it travels downstream. (Click arrows for additional photo.)
  CAMP ZAP KICKS OF 2017 SEASON   Camp Zap in Lemon Cove has been hosting local youth since 1999. And during the weekend of February 4-5, more than 100 kids in third through fifth grades were on-site to experience camping and ranch life for a weekend of nature, speakers, competition, and camaradarie.   The camp was founded by John Zapalac, former law-enforcement officer who previously was a Three...
The North Fork of the Kaweah River at the Airport Bridge on Kaweah River Drive at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 7. (Click arrows for additional photos.)
  After four years of drought followed by a mediocre El Nino last year that dried out all too quickly, weather watchers were perplexed as to what might happen in 2016-2017. With a little more than six weeks left before the April 1 benchmark, the current season is lining up as a record-setting drought-buster.    The recent series of storms that will dissipate this weekend will have rainfall totals...
DOG DAYS: Jeff and Holly Webb in Yosemite with their Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs, Nexpa (right) and Echo (left). Nexpa will be competing in the Best of Breed Competition at the renowned 
Westminster dog show in New York City. (Click arrows for additional photos.)
  A talented Three Rivers canine will be among more than 3,000 dogs competing in the events of Westminster Week in New York City. Nexpa resides in Three Rivers with her pet parents, Holly and Jeff Webb.    The highlight of this week of celebrating dogs is the 141st Annual Westminster Kennel Club All Breed Dog Show, which will be held Monday and Tuesday, Feb. 13 and 14. Westminster Week also...
The Totem Market, located one mile from the entrance to Sequoia National Park, was broken into on February 6.
  Breaking into and entering homes and businesses is an all too common occurrence. In the U.S., two million homes, or one every 13 seconds, are burglarized each year. One-third of all burglaries are commercial property or businesses.    Totem Market— This week, a burglar used the cover of predawn darkness to enter two Sierra Drive businesses. On Monday, Feb. 6, at 5:40 a.m., one individual...

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