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

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A grass fire ignited palm trees near an outbuilding on the former Shoshone Inn property.
  At approximately  5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 10, Tulare County Fire Department units from Three Rivers, Lemon Cove, and Cal Fire responded to a reported grass fire at 40500 Sierra Drive in Three Rivers. Upon arrival, crews found one acre of grass and several palm trees involved with fire   The crews identified a commercial structure as a potential flash point early in the incident. Firefighters...
The Roads End beach in the Cedar Grove area of Kings Canyon National Park and "Muir Rock" have become overrun this summer creating parking issue, river-safety incidents, and conflicts among river-goers.
  PARK VISITATION: January-May, 2018 Sequoia National Park: 362,712 Kings Canyon National Park: 167,607 Year-to-date total: 530,319     Sequoia National Park   Ash Mountain    July 5—The swiftwater rescue team responded to a report of a man stranded on a rock in the middle of the Kaweah River near Hospital Rock. As rescue personnel were arriving on scene, the man was able to get himself back to...
Flora Bella's produce stand.
  It doesn’t take a visit to the doctor or nutritionist to know that most Americans need to eat more fruits and vegetables. But just as important is that the produce should be organically grown, use natural fertilizers, and processed without pesticides or the use of GMOs.   Community-based organic agriculture was practically invented right here in Three Rivers. Flora Bella’s certified organic...
A fire broke out in the Horse Creek area of Lake Kaweah on Thursday, July 5, at 8 am, when a turkey vulture reportedly landed on a transmission line and was electrocuted.
  When the dog days of summer finally take hold of Kaweah Country, residents, visitors, and emergency personnel must be constantly mindful of a season where every day there is extreme fire danger. When a wildland fire breaks out, it’s often one of two causes.    A visitor to Lake Kaweah or the river thinks it’s clever to broil a waterfront lunch on a portable grill. A sudden gust of wind comes up...
The new St. Junipero Serra Chapel on the grounds of St. Anthony Retreat Center in Three Rivers, Calif.
  In 2015, a generous donation of $1.25 million from Robert and Mary Hohne of Three Rivers, paved the way for construction to be completed on a 2,600-square-foot chapel. Today, St. Junipero Serra Chapel stands overlooking the entire Santa Teresita Youth Conference Center campus.    On Sunday afternoon, July 1, the St. Anthony community gathered at the Santa Teresita Youth Conference Center to...
  There has been resurgence in Woodlake over the last few years, especially in the downtown area. There’s a new round-a-bout, transportation center, plaza, and now a community center rising from a couple of lots that formerly housed some aging and dilapidated buildings.   The millions of dollars that have poured in to revitalize the downtown include private investors opening new businesses...
Victor Mozqueda, 22. (Click arrows for a photo of the river at the scene)
  It was the second death by drowning in the same Sequoia National Park location within two weeks. Other similarities in the recent incidents include (1) the victims jumped into the river to save a child who had slipped in, (2) both children were saved, and (3) neither of the rescuers could swim so didn’t stand a chance against the swift currents and cold water of the Kaweah River’s Middle Fork...
A bear doing natural bear things in the Mineral King area of Sequoia National Park.
  A young, male bear was trapped and euthanized this month by Sequoia National Park wildlife officials after breaking into cabins and other offenses in the Silver City area of Mineral King. According to Sintia Kawasaki-Yee, public affairs officer at Sequoia National Park, who requested information from the park’s wildlife biologist, this bear was 2-1/2 years old and had been getting food since he...
DEADLY RIVER! The sign posted along the trail to the river where two recent fatalities due to drowning occurred. Pay heed to the warnings; they are there for a reason.
  SEQUOIA NATIONAL PARK   Ash Mountain   June 23— At about 7:15 a.m., the park was notified of a river incident occurring near the Sequoia entrance sign. Park rangers, along with Tulare County Fire, and Tulare County Sheriff, responded to the call. There was one fatality. See article on page 1 in this issue.     Lodgepole   June 19— Rangers responded to the Lodgepole Ranger Station for an ill...
Big changes are happening at Three Rivers Union  School.
  Three Rivers Union School board of trustees held a special meeting and public budget and LCAP adoption hearing Wednesday, June 27.     Superintendent recruitment set to begin   John Rodriguez of the Tulare County Office of Education gave a presentation detailing services his team can provide to the board in their search for a new TRUS superintendent/principal. Rodriguez went on to explain that...

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