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

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  The passage of Proposition 64 on Tuesday, Nov. 8, made it legal for individuals 21 years of age and older to use and grow marijuana for personal use as of  November 9, 2016. However, the sale and taxation of recreational marijuana is not due to go into effect until January 1, 2018, so there is currently a fine line between what’s legal and what’s not.   By a margin of about 56 percent to 44...
  On Monday, Nov. 14, the full moon was at perigee, the definition of a supermoon (in photo above). In addition, the orb was its closest to Earth since 1947, and it won’t come this close to Earth again until November 25, 2034. Next month’s full moon on December 14 also qualifies as a supermoon, the third of three consecutive supermoons to finish out 2016. The low pressure that arrived in Kaweah...
One never knows where a bear might be hanging out in Three Rivers. So drive carefully... and slowly.
  Last Wednesday morning, in broad daylight, another bear was hit by a vehicle and fatally injured. The incident occurred when a young black bear darted across Sierra Drive (Highway  198) into the path of a vehicle just west of the Three Rivers Historical Museum.   The Three Rivers motorist told a California Highway Patrol officer at the scene that she had no time to stop or avoid hitting the...
  At the Monday, Nov. 7, monthly Town Hall meeting, a planning team from Tulare County Resource Management Agency will present an update on a proposal to build a three-story hotel on riverfront property adjacent to the Three Rivers Post Office. The developer’s design consultant, David Duda of 4Creeks Inc., will also make brief remarks on the site plan, architecture, and landscaping.    In...
Bob Woodie.
  After more than a week of searching the remote backcountry of Kings Canyon National Park and Inyo National Forest for overdue backpacker Robert “Bob” Woodie, 74, the operation was put on hold last week due to the series of winter-like storms that arrived in the region. The search teams were removed from the area just before the storms brought two to three feet of new snow to elevations above 8,...
Deadwood Prescribed Burn.
  Enough moisture has been received for the National Park Service fire staff to commence with a prescribed burn in the Mineral King area of Sequoia National Park. On Thursday, Nov. 10, the Deadwood Prescribed Burn will be ignited, encompassing 278 acres and located north of the East Fork of the Kaweah River, east of the 2008 Davenport prescribed burn, south of Atwell Mill Campground and the...
OPEN BOOK: Bill DeCarteret, 87, a former resident of Three Rivers, has written a 349-page memoir of his decades of packing in the High Sierra that is filled with many familiar names and places.
  Few of us know what it’s like to fall in love with the mountains, the backcountry of the High Sierra, and fewer yet who can put that feeling into words. But Bill DeCarteret has humbly woven a lifetime’s love of its rivers and rugged terrain with the mules, horses, and the “kids” who worked for him at Wolverton and Mineral King Pack Stations from 1958 through 1982.    Over 50 years ago, I was...
  Halloween night ended tragically for one Three Rivers resident. A 250-pound black bear died sometime during the night or early morning hours after being struck by a passing motorist.   Upon arriving to work the next morning, a Three Rivers School employee discovered the dead black bear on the school’s front lawn and covered the bear with a tarp.   A local tribal representative took possession...
A rear-end collision on Sierra Drive in Three Rivers resulted in major damage to both vehicles.
  It’s becoming an all-to-common occurrence on Sierra Drive in Three Rivers. With an increase in traffic there often follows an increase in accidents.   On Thursday, Oct. 27, at 4:40 p.m., a 2001 Subaru heading east on Sierra Drive was stopped while waiting to make a left turn in the vicinity of Chumps and Ol’ Buckaroo. Also eastbound in a 2004 Kia was William Jones, 19, of Three Rivers,...
The season’s first significant snowfall left some powder on Alta Peak.
  On Monday, Nov. 14, the moon will reach its closest point to Earth, a mere 221,524 miles away. You will almost be able to reach out and touch it!   The first significant rain event of the season this past week brought 1.40 inches to Three Rivers at the 1,000-foot elevation level. At this time last year, the season’s total was 2.40 inches, thanks to some drought relief in October. It didn’t rain...

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