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

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Passing through the Sequoia National Park entrance station is going to cost a little more now.
  It was a phased-in approach that has been subtly occurring for the past two years. And with the onset of 2017, the current round of fee increases are complete at Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks.   Motorcycles now pay more The most recent hike was the entry fee for motorcycles. They are now $25 per individual motorcyle, up from $20 in 2016.   Local entry fees Current entrance fees to...
Looking upriver to Slicky, so named for the water-polished, granite slab that spans the river and creates a descent that is exciting for swimmers and river rafters. The water is high enough on January 9 to completely submerge the rock.
  The month of January is turning into a record-breaker for moisture, and it’s only two-thirds of the way done. On Thursday,  Jan. 19, the weather station at Pumpkin Hollow eclipsed 10 inches of rain for the month. That’s the second wettest month in the brief history of the Pumpkin Hollow station that’s been collecting rainfall data since 2006.    In 2010, Pumpkin Hollow recorded 13.66 inches for...
HOME SWEET HOME: One of the highlights of the new Mineral King Room annex is the permanent display of a replica cabin kitchen, built by a local contractor.
  From humble beginnings more than 30 years ago, a dream has become a reality. The Mineral King Preservation Society, a nonprofit organization founded in 1986, has built a new home in which to house artifacts, documents, photographs, and so much more that relate to the fascinating, sometimes tumultuous, history of the Mineral King valley.   Mineral King is located 25 miles and 90 minutes from...
The Generals Highway was closed for three days while crews removed rockslides, mud, trees, and debris that littered the roadway after several inches of rain. (Click arrows to see additional photos.)
  WEATHER WATCH:    It’s been a rare occurrence in recent years that California has had a storm system that actually receives a name. But the state is currently in the midst of Winter Storm Kori, which is spreading heavy mountain snow over the highest reaches of the Sierra Nevada and rain throughout the rest of the state. Kori has two phases, the first of which began Wednesday, Jan 18. The second...
Caltrans District 6, which includes Three Rivers, is a vast area with many miles of state roadway.
  Two sections of Highway 198 — in Three Rivers between Cherokee Oaks and Eggers drives and at Lake Kaweah between the second passing lane and Kaweah Marina — have been without the center striping and reflectors since October 11 when roadway maintenance was completed. According to Christian Lukens, Caltrans-District 6 information officer, the striping of the roadway won’t be completed until the...
The propsed hotel site in Three Rivers.
  Following more public discussion at the Three Rivers Town Hall held Monday, Jan. 9, and receiving further direction from county planners, the developer of the proposed 100-plus-unit riverfront hotel has been informed via a letter about key issues identified during the initial scoping. County staff has presented the applicant with a preliminary list of items to be considered for study in an...
The washed-out abutment at the Bailey Bridge, 3 miles up North Fork Drive from Highway 198. (Click arrows for additional photos.)
  In this era of recurring drought, a flood disaster seems improbable, but it can and will happen again. And with each passing year, the odds become more favorable. All it takes is weather similar to what Kaweah Country experienced in 1938, 1955, 1966, 1969, 1978, 1983, 1986, and 1997.   That weather entails the buildup of a sizable snowpack followed by a series of subtropical storms that produce...
California's drought, now entering its sixth year, is weakening but precipitation is still needed to replenish reservoirs and alleviate other related water woes.
  WEATHER WATCH: It wasn’t a White Christmas in Three Rivers but it could be a White New Year. There are storms aimed this way and the temperatures might just plunge enough to freeze the precipitation into the shape of snowflakes. Be sure to slow down when driving and take care on slippery roadways, especially on bridges and the perpetually shady stretches. And everyone should watch out for water...
WHAT'S OLD IS NEW AGAIN: Merryman Station opened in December as a marketplace and banquet events center.
  The old warehouse named for the whistle stop on the Visalia Electric Railroad, located on the north side of Highway 198 east of Spruce Road, has served many owners in its more than a century of existence. A shipping point and packing place for citrus first grew up around where the new Merryman Station now stands.    A sign next to the tracks simply read “Merryman.” It was named after R.C....
Sequoia Union School in Lemon Cove.
  Parents and guardians who would like to enroll their children at Sequoia Union Elementary School in Lemon Cove may take advantage of an open enrollment period from January 3 to February 9.    Sequoia Union, which offers classes from transitional kindergarten through eighth grade, began the process of converting to a charter school in 2015. All grades will be under a charter umbrella by the 2017...

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