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LOW SNOW: When the clouds cleared Monday evening, April 16, Moro Rock (elevation 6,725 feet at the summit) was revealed to be wearing a fresh coat of snow. The colder temperatures this week will give way to daytime highs in the 80s for the next seven days.
  WEATHER WATCH: Let the spring thaw begin. No rain in the forecast for the next two weeks and the nighttime lows in the mountains will start inching above freezing. This means that waterways will be on the rise, icy cold, and dangerous. It is especially important to keep a safe distance from all forks of the Kaweah River. The rocks along the shoreline are water-polished and slippery and, take...
The aftermath of a single-vehicle rollover on Sierra Drive that sent the driver and sole occupant of the vehicle to the hospital with moderate injuries.
  When the spring visitor season arrives, there is more traffic and lots of distracted drivers eyeing the Three Rivers scenery and the river canyon views on the approach to Sequoia National Park. On Friday, April 13, at 6:45  p.m., a visiting New York tourist driving westbound on Sierra Drive apparently became distracted and failed to straighten out in the curve just below  the east entrance to...
Activism in uncomfortable shoes occurred Wednesday, April 18, at Woodlake High School, where male students demonstrated  solidarity with their female counterparts.
  Students in the Woodlake High School quad at lunchtime on Wednesday, April 18, witnessed a demonstration in honor of Sexual Assault Awareness Month: male students traded in their sneakers for high heels and marched laps around the quad to show solidarity with victims of sexual assault and domestic violence.    Literally walking in their shoes, the young men demonstrated their respect for women...
The Marble Fork Bridge, which Keller family research shows was reconstructed by Robert Keller. (Click arrows for additional photo)
  Dianne Keller, great-granddaughter of Charles F. Keller; her son, Eric Covington; and his wife and three children recently visited Three Rivers to look up physical remnants of family history that exist in Kaweah, Three Rivers, and Sequoia National Park. Dianne is writing a family history based on information from published books, Internet research, and family photos and documents.    “The visit...
Mauriene Landry and menagerie at the entrance to The Log House Lodge Bed & Breakfast in Three Rivers.
  Tim and Mauriene Landry recently commemorated their 10th year of operations at The Log House Lodge Bed and Breakfast in Three Rivers.   “I can’t believe it’s been 10 years,” said Mauriene, who has been the voice and heart of the operation that has kept it among the best-reviewed lodging facilities in the area. “I remember our very first guest. It was an accountant and his wife from Visalia. On...
It's going to cost visitors slightly more to see the sights in Sequoia and other national parks as fees are set to increase by $5 on June 1.
  As part of the ongoing efforts to address aging park infrastructure, the National Park Service announced Thursday, April 12, changes to the entrance fees charged at national parks. The fee increases ­— which were developed in response to public comments on a fee proposal released in October 2017 — will modestly increase entrance fees to raise additional revenue to address the $11.6 billion in...
WATER MARK: The river’s rise on Saturday, April 7, was noticeable and dramatic but not even close to the levels that occurred in January and February 2017. (Click arrows for additional photo)
  WEATHER WATCH: During  Jazzaffair 2017, there were some serious storms in the forecast, also known as “Jazzaffair weather.” During  Jazzaffair, Three Rivers often experiences all four seasons in one weekend. Not this year. The local forecast calls for dry weather with daytime temperatures in the upper 70s. In 2017, Lake Kaweah was in the release mode to prepare for all that snowmelt — storage...
  Jazzaffair Friday - Saturday - Sunday April 13 - 14 - 15 A dozen bands, three venues, food and drink, free shuttle, raffle, and so much more.   Jazzaffair never became the huge extravaganza that the Sacramento Jazz Jubilee had morphed into by the 1990s but Sacramento, for many years, was the measuring stick that all Left Coast jazz festivals used for comparison. The Sacramento jazz fest...
A Three Rivers town center concept prepared by Noah Watenmaker. (Click arrows for additional graphic.)
  The monthly Three Rivers Town Hall convened last Monday at the Three Rivers Memorial Building. The April 2 meeting consisted of several updates and some new business for the community to consider.   A main agenda item was a presentation by Noah Watenmaker, a three-year resident of Three Rivers. He explained that like so many other locals, he is trying to make sense out of the county’s draft...
  The National Park Service is initiating public scoping on a proposal by Verizon Wireless to install a wireless communications facility near Wuksachi Village in Sequoia National Park. The NPS is required by the Telecommunications Act of 1996 to consider all applications for the installation of cellular equipment on NPS lands.   Verizon Wireless is proposing to construct a 138-foot cellular tower...

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