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

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FIRE EXPERTISE: Addressing the town meeting this week were (from left to right) Kelly Singer, NPS fire management officer-Sequoia District; Elizabeth LaMar, California Fire Safe Council grants specialist; and Jeff McLaughlin, Tulare County Fire Department.
  Following a November 3 preliminary meeting that outlined the who, what, when,  and where of how a Fire Safe Council could be organized in Three Rivers, Elizabeth LaMar of Three Rivers, a grant specialist with the California FSC, told a packed house at the monthly Town Hall meeting on Monday, Dec. 3, that the response from the community has been enthusiastic and explained the next steps in the...
  On November 26, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated its warning to consumers regarding tainted romaine lettuce. CDC continues to advise that U.S. consumers not eat and retailers and restaurants not serve or sell any romaine lettuce harvested from the Central Coastal growing regions of Northern and Central California.   Currently, 52 people have been infected with E. coli in...
The marquee along the highway at Three Rivers Union School shows appreciation to voters for the passage of a bond on the November election ballot.
  Tulare County’s November 6 election results were certified by Michelle Baldwin, registrar of voters, on December 4, 2018. The only local issue on the ballot was Measure E, a bond for Three Rivers School. Official results show the bond passed with 838 voting yes (66.14%) and 429 voting no (33.86%).
  Mail delivery and post office retail services will be suspended Wednesday, Dec. 5, in remembrance of former President George H.W. Bush (1924-2018).   The U.S. Postal Service announced the temporary pause for the National Day of Mourning, which was proclaimed by President Donald Trump.   There still will be some package delivery given the holiday season "to ensure that our network remains fluid...
The view from Kaweah Kam shows new snow on Alta Peak and the Great Western Divide after the first major storm of the season passed through the area to close out November. (Check in on Kaweah Kam often for real-time weather updates: http://www.kaweahcommonwealth.com/netcam/netcam.jpg)
  California's newest-worst wildfire catastrophe is now saturated. California's rainy season has been arriving later each year, which extends "fire season." The current round of storms should be season-ending for this year's wildfires. In Three Rivers at 1,000 feet elevation, there was .90 inches of rain through Thursday noon. Tire chains will be required to enter Sequoia; the Generals Highway...
St. Anthony Retreat, BEST OF SHOW

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  The third annual Festival of Trees was held Wednesday and Thursday at St. Anthony Retreat in Three Rivers. Preceding the auction event on Thursday evening, a Wednesday preview of the trees was held. At the preview, judges presented awards for the decorated trees and the handmade gingerbread houses.  Here are the winners: TREES Best of Show:  St. Anthony Retreat   Most Unique:  Happy Trails...
Cedar Grove Pack Station country.
  Tim Loverin, who has operated the Cedar Grove Pack Station under a concession contract with the National Park Service for 21 years, was selected last month to continue that operation for another five years. Cedar Grove Pack Station is located in Kings Canyon National Park, just off Highway 180 near Cedar Grove Village, about five miles before the highway ends in the remote canyon bottom.   The...
Varsity Football
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  In sports, like so many things in life, often the best moves you make are making no moves at all. That’s how WUSD’s new Athletic Director Shannon Taylor describes her first season at the helm of Woodlake’s scholastic sports program.    “People close to the program told me during my first season, they liked my approach to running the program,” Taylor said after her first four months on the job...
  Although everyone in the US now has access to health insurance, the process is complicated. Here are some important dates that folks need to be aware of:      Covered California  There are two times within each year to enroll, or make changes, in an Affordable Care Act health insurance plan using Covered California: open enrollment and special enrollment periods.   Open enrollment is when...
The Eden Fire on November 20.
  The Eden Fire, burning in a remote area of Sequoia National Park, grew by more than 1,000 acres in size over the past week. The fire, which was caused by lightning and discovered October 4, is now 1,430 acres, as measured by an infrared flight Tuesday night, Nov. 20.    "Gathering information via aircraft is a safe and efficient way to manage this fire," said Andrew Cremers, incident commander...

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