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SKY HIGH: A camera-equipped drone can scan the same tree multiple times a day to produce digital maps of the leaves and branches (inset) as they change their respiration and photosynthesis throughout the day. (Click arrows to see additional photo.)
  Todd Dawson’s field equipment always includes ropes and ascenders, which he and his team use to climb hundreds of feet into the canopies of the world’s largest trees, California’s redwoods. It’s laborious work, but he’ll soon be getting a little help. From drones.   Dawson, a professor of integrative biology and environmental science, policy and management at UC Berkeley has teamed up with...
Chump's DVDs rental store closed suddenly last week.
  Meron Belachew, owner of Chumps DVDs in Three Rivers, announced via the business’s Facebook page late in the day on Tuesday, Dec. 13, that this was her final day of business at her Three Rivers location. She cited declining revenue and dwindling support from her Three Rivers customers who still prefer renting movies over streaming via the Internet from several online providers that are now...
COMING AND GOING: Incoming District 1 county supervisor Kuyler Crocker (left) with retiring supervisor Allen Ishida, both of Strathmore.
  A couple hundred friends, family, and colleagues past and present gathered Wednesday, Dec. 14, at the Lamplighter Inn in Visalia to salute and roast Allen Ishida, outgoing District 1 Supervisor for Tulare County. Ishida was presented with a succession of gifts and awards from the county’s Resource Management Agency, Tulare County Fire and Sheriff’s departments, Tulare County Association of...
WATER UNDER THE BRIDGE: A rise in the various forks of the Kaweah River occurred when 3 inches (or more, depending on location and elevation) of rain fell during the 24-hour period of December 15-16. In photo: The North Fork of the Kaweah River at Airport Bridge.
  The winter solstice arrives in these parts on Wednesday, Dec. 21. This marks the first day of winter, but it also means that the daylight hours will slowly but steadily increase. Some cold days and nights are on tap once the storm of December 15-16 moves east. Lows on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday are forecast to be at or near freezing.
  The history of Three Rivers is fascinating and intriguing with an eclectic cast of characters. So a quarter century ago, a group of proactive citizens set about creating an organization that would collect and preserve these stories from the past.   That organization, today well known as the Three Rivers Historical Society, never realized during its early days that it would one day itself be...
Moro Rock after being dusted with snow during a Thanksgiving weekend storm.
  After being left out of the fall storms that dumped some significant moisture in the Pacific Northwest and the northern Sierra Nevada region, it appears that the prevailing pattern for the rest of 2016 will be on-again-off again for periods of snow and rain in the southern Sierra. That storminess that arrived in the pre-dawn hours of Thursday, Dec. 8, dumped nearly a half-inch of rain in Three...
  As if there wasn’t enough confusion swirling about the passage of Proposition 64, which legalized recreational marijuana use for adults in California, Tulare County Supervisors adopted an interim zoning ordinance prohibiting commercial nonmedical marijuana activity in the unincorporated areas of the county. The interim ordinance, passed with a 4-1 vote on Tuesday, Dec. 6, also prohibits outdoor...
  On Thursday, Dec. 8, the House of Representatives reached an agreement and passed the FY17 Water Resources Development Act. The landmark legislation provides funding for immediate measures and long-term solutions.    Once the bill is finalized and passed by the Senate, it goes to the White House for President Obama’s signature.    House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Bakersfield) released...
At the beginning of the Middle Fork Trail in Sequoia National Park.
  When a Phoenix, Ariz., resident embarked on the Middle Fork Trail on Wednesday, Nov. 18, he fully intended to be back with his family and friends to partake in Thanksgiving Day. But the holiday came and went, and Vince Scalise, 41, left an empty chair at the table.   The solo backpacker was reported overdue on Saturday, Nov. 26. Sequoia National Park searchers were informed that Scalise...
A new speed limit sign will slow drivers down in the Cherokee Oaks neighborhood of Three Rivers.
  Life just got a little slower in the Cherokee Oaks neighborhood. The County of Tulare recently installed 25 mph speed limit signs, a reduction from the previous 35 mph.

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