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

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Crystal Lake and dam (elevation 10,800 feet), still ice-covered. (Click arrows for additional photos.)
  There has been hydroelectric generation on the Kaweah River for more than a century. There are three powerhouses in Three Rivers, miles of flumes, three forebays, two diversion dams (near Sequoia National Park’s Potwisha), and four dams in the Mineral King area of Sequoia National Park. These components make up an intricate system that produces enough clean energy to annually power thousands of...
The aftermath of a head-on collision caused by a driver traveling in the wrong lane of traffic.
  On most days, it’s difficult to find reasons not to like living in a town where folks come from all over the world to vacation. A Three Rivers motorist, Free Sunshine Corral, found one reason by accident this past weekend and, fortunately, she did not suffer life-threatening injuries.   “I was headed west on Sierra Drive shortly after 4:15 p.m.,” she said. “I could see a line of cars...
This illuminated orb in the sky will interfere with the dark sky needed to optimally view the Perseid meteor shower.
  This weekend — August 11-12 and August 12-13 — are the peak nights of the 2017 Perseid meteor shower. The greatest number of meteors typically fall in the wee hours before dawn, and on a moonless night, viewers can often spot 50 or more meteors per hour. This year, a waning gibbous moon will light up the sky after midnight but a good percentage of these meteors should be bright enough to...
Eileen Farrell (seated at table, center) of Three Rivers and some of her clientele in the 1980s during her talent agent days. Also pictured are Christina Applegate (fifth row) and Robin Wright (top row).
  Currently offering an open-enrollment musical theatre workshop Saturday mornings  in Three Rivers for kids ages 8 to 12, Three Rivers resident Eileen Farrell continues the legacy she began as an actress, singer, and teacher in New York City.     Besides discovering and launching the careers of Christina Applegate (Anchorman, Bad Moms, Married with Children)  and Robin Wright  (Forrest Gump, The...
The lightning-caused North Guard Fire in Kings Canyon National Park.
  Halfway through the fire season, one constant in the era of recurring drought and climate change is that in California there will be several fires burning somewhere most of the year with residual smoke settling in the Central Valley, foothills, and local mountains.     After the Dinely Fire in early June threatened several Three Rivers homes, wildfire has been a non-factor on the local...
Thunderheads were consistent overhead in Three Rivers during the past week. (Click arrows to see additional photos.)
  The thunderstorms that moved across the Kern County desert and mountains earlier this week had by Thursday, Aug. 3, spread across the foothills and mountains of Tulare County. Death Valley experienced some high wind, showy sheet lightning, and two days of a flash flood watch.   Most of the activity in Kaweah Country was confined to overcast skies that kept the temperatures in the upper 90s, but...
The Crabtree Ranger Station, on the western approach to Mount Whitney, is a busy, bustling place during the summer months.
  SEQUOIA NATIONAL PARK   Ash Mountain   July 17— A search for two overdue hikers was conducted in the South Fork/Homer’s Nose area. Both hikers made it to the trailhead a day late; they were behind schedule due to traveling off trail in difficult terrain.   July 19— Two hikers were following the power lines from the Moro Rock area to Middle Fork Trail. They activated a satellite emergency...
Rika Morita, 32, of Japan on the summit of Mount Whitney in June as part of her northbound Pacific Crest Trail journey.
  The South Fork of the Kings River trail crossing in the backcountry of Kings Canyon National Park has become notorious this year among Pacific Crest Trail and John Muir Trail thru-hikers as one of the most difficult waterways to cross along the entire length of the trail. This fork of the Kings River continues its journey by flowing through Paradise Valley — where it knocked a footbridge off...
See caption below. (Click arrows for additional photo.)
  REGARDING MOUNTAIN LION PHOTO: During the Fourth of July holiday weekend, a hiker from Southern California looking for some of the biggest Big Trees was ascending the Paradise Ridge Trail above Atwell Mill in the Mineral King area of Sequoia National Park when he found he was sharing the trail with a mountain lion.   “We only stood looking at each other for a two-to-three minute time but he...
Fireworks on Salt Creek Drive were lit in close proximity to dry grass. There's a reason fireworks are illegal in the foothills: it's due to the extreme fire danger. (Click arrows for additional photo.)
  Summer is searing! Numerous, prolonged heatwaves have brought an extended period of above-average temperatures, with temperatures around average for only brief periods in the past several weeks. This trend is expected to continue through mid August due to an unusually persistent ridge that has developed to the west of its typical summertime position over the Desert Southwest, meaning the...

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