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

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Woody Smeck, superintendent of Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks since April 2013.
  The superintendent of Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, Woody Smeck, is returning to Ash Mountain headquarters next week to play catch up and hear plans for the rapidly approaching visitor season. Then it’s back to Yosemite National Park for a few more weeks where Smeck has been serving as that park’s temporary superintendent for the past four months.   Christy Brigham, who has been...
Tommy Shwe, 70, was reported missing by his family on January 18. (Click arrows for additional photo)
  NOTICE: Tulare County Sheriff’s Department detectives are asking residents of Three Rivers for assistance in this murder case and would like to interview anyone who might have seen the suspect or had any interaction with him. For instance, how did the suspect travel from the remote reaches of Three Rivers to Visalia after his vehicle was incapacitated? Anyone with information in the case is...
SNOWED IN: The Mineral King Ranger Station is currently snow-covered. In that remote valley as of February 1, there was 79 inches of snow on the ground. (Click arrows to see additional photos.)
  Remember the days when Rocky Mountain ski resort owners looked with envy upon Sierra Nevada operators who had to deal with storm after storm that dumped so much snow it was measured in feet not inches? Thanks to record-setting storms in January that arrived with atmospheric rivers, those snowy days are here again.    The February 1 snow survey average up and down the Sierra Nevada is 177...
Corporal Tor Skeen (click arrows to see additional photos).
  After eight weeks of specialized training, Corporal Tor Evan Skeen graduated in December from  the Marine Security Guard (MSG) school in Quantico, Va. The primary mission of the MSG is to provide security, particularly the protection of classified information and equipment vital to the national security of the United States, at American diplomatic posts.   Tor’s first assignment finds him at...
  The “Earl McKee” referenced on the above sign resides in the house in which he was born 85 years ago. He and his wife of 66 years, Gaynor, raised their three children on this Old Three Rivers Drive ranch, also known as the Bar O Ranch. The property has been in the family since 1900 and these days is a horse ranch. The redwood sign that has graced the entrance to the McKee ranch had been in...
Course of Action: Meeting with Rep. Kevin McCarthy’s (R-Bakersfield) representative (second from left) on Wednesday, Jan. 25, were Three Rivers Action Group members (from left to right) Carol Berryhill, Rachel Katz, Shivon Lavely, and Helen Bauer.
  Thirty members of the Three Rivers Action Group met with Cole Karr, the field representative for Congressman and House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, on Wednesday, Jan. 25, at the Three Rivers Arts Center in order to voice their concerns about Donald Trump’s agenda. The Action Group, formed in the wake of the November election, is a nonpartisan group of 75 local residents concerned about how...
Dennis Villavicencio, a Three Rivers volunteer firefighter with Tulare County Fire Department. (Click arrows for additional photo.)
  Dennis Villavicencio, business owner and a local on-call volunteer firefighter/EMT, was honored Friday evening, Jan. 27, as a part of Hero Appreciation Months, sponsored by the Sequoia Foothills Chamber of Commerce. The awards program was started 10 years ago by husband and wife Peter Sodhy and Leah Launey, SFCC board members, to show appreciation for firefighters, law enforcement, and military...
Nancy Frausto (left) with judges Sarah Scott and Darren Dunn. (Click arrows for additional photos)
  WHS AG ACADEMY STUDENTS ARE PUT TO THE TEST   Woodlake High School freshmen enrolled in the Ag Academy vocational curriculum presented their ag-related science projects on Wednesday, Jan. 25, at the school’s Agri-science Showcase competition. Eleven students received top honors for their projects and will advance to present at the state level in April.     After working on their projects since...
  CAPTION: Participating in the ceremonial ribbon-cutting of the Mineral King Room on Sunday, Jan. 24, were (from left to right): Robert Hicks, former Mineral King manager for the Disney Company; Jim Barton, whose great-grandfather built the first cabin in Mineral King in 1873; Tom Marshall (back), president of the Three Rivers Historical Society; Kuyler Crocker, District 1 supervisor; Louise...
The Big Stump entrance (elevation 6,600 feet) to Kings Canyon National Park was buried in snow after the last round of storms earlier this week. The chain-up area is at the Sequoia Lake junction, five miles before the park entrance.  (Click arrows to see additional photos.)
  WEATHER WATCH: No more rain is forecast for January, but come February 1, there is a 60 percent chance of showers starting in the evening and continuing through Friday, Feb. 3. As for the lingering, pesky drought, there has been significant improvement due to a very soggy January. As it currently stands, the southern half of California is still experiencing moderate drought conditions while the...

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