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A Sierra Madre Search and Rescue Team member provides scale to the immense, rugged, remote Kings Canyon backcountry. (Click arrows for additional photo.)
  October in California is different than anywhere else in the nation. The weather extremes can include scorching heat and parching Santa Ana winds in the lowlands and windstorms, rain, and blizzard conditions in the mountains.   Weather or not— Every year, backcountry travelers in the Sierra receive an October surprise of the season’s first winter-like storm. A hike to enjoy solitude on the...
DECORATING THE TREE: Adding the pine branches this week as camouflage is among the final steps before the new Verizon cell tower goes live in Three Rivers. (Click arrows to see additional photo.)
  Site preparation has been in the works ever since a Verizon cell tower was approved for Three Rivers by the Tulare County Planning Commission on October 22, 2014. Now placing the 75-foot tower, with its newly installed pine branches, into service appears imminent. The addition of the pine branches adds 7.5 feet to the metal structure for a total height of 82.5 feet.   A crane crew began...
The 2016 Tales from the Tomb cast consisted of (from left to right) Frank Helling (John Muir), Dallas Pattee (creator/hostess), Sharon MacMilllan (Ida Purdy), Brent Gill (Ernest Britten), Steve LaMar (Hale Tharp), and Elizabeth LaMar (Mary Barton). (Click arrows for additional photos.)
  For the second consecutive year since its inception in 2000, the Tulare County Historical Society held its annual Tales from the Tomb event at the Three Rivers Cemetery. On Saturday, Oct. 22, long-deceased Three Rivers residents rose from their graves to tell their stories and some of the history of Three Rivers and Tulare County.    The creator of this informative and entertaining program is...
A driver lost control of his vehicle as it veered across multiple lanes, rolled over, and landed on its roof in the westbound lane. Although not confirmed by the CHP, the victim believes it was a mechanical problem that caused the accident.
  CHP officers and emergency responders were busy last weekend working two accidents that involved three vehicles. The driver in the solo vehicle accident was injured in the more serious of the two crashes; seat belts and deployed airbags were lifesavers in both.   Jay Hossain, a Three Rivers resident and the owner/operator of Western Holiday Lodge, was driving his 1999 Lexus SUV eastbound on...
The views from the Kaweah Country Run course are spectacular.
    To read previous articles: Week 1 - Week 2 - Week 3 - Week 4 - Week 5 - Week 6 - Week 7   This is a luxury of which runners are not always able to avail themselves: Get familiar with the course.   But since the Kaweah Country Run is the hometown race, locals can run or walk the course whenever they choose. So before you show up at the KCR start line, get out there on the course and get to...
The main entrance to the new Woodlake Plaza is on Magnolia Street, across the street from Miller Brown Park and the new Woodlake Valley Cultural Museum.
  There are new sidewalks, streetlights, and crosswalks, and American flags line both sides of Valencia Boulevard, Woodlake’s main street. It’s been a transformation of epic proportions. The icing on the cake of all these beautification projects is the recently dedicated Woodlake Plaza. The main entrance to the new venue is on Magnolia Street, across the street from Miller Brown Park and the new...
FOREST FIRE: A prescribed burn was ignited Tuesday, Oct. 25, at Mountain Home, about 20 miles southeast of Three Rivers.
  With the announcement last weekend that that the interagency 264-acre Sequoia Creek prescribed burn was postponed, Kaweah Country residents could breathe a little easier this week. There was some residual smoke in the Kaweah canyon on Wednesday and Thursday from at least two fires that continued to burn south of the Three Rivers area.   The Jacobson Fire was discovered on Saturday, Oct. 22,...
Bob Woodie. (Click arrows to see Missing Hiker poster and additional photos.)
  Robert “Bob” Woodie, 74, of Manhattan Beach remains missing since being reported overdue on Tuesday, Oct. 18. Woodie, an experienced backpacker who started his four-day trip into the backcountry of Kings Canyon National Park on the previous Thursday (Oct. 13), was supposed to return Sunday, Oct. 16.   On the Saturday evening before his intended return, Woodie may have been at Barrett Lakes,...
Mirror Lake as seen from above on the Mount Whitney Trail in Inyo National Forest.
  It was darkness that caused this hiking trip to end in tragedy. An already challenging trail in both distance and vertical elevation, trying to navigate the Mount Whitney Trail after daylight hours adds another twist.    At about 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 17, Michael Powell, 36, a professional photographer from Irvine, and his female hiking companion reportedly reached the summit of Mount...
RESPECT FOR ELDERS: At an event entitled Dynamic Lives, organized by Aging in Community-Three Rivers, 18 local senior citizens were honored with the unveiling of their oral histories to the public and an exhibit of their original portraits. (Click arrows for additional photo.)
  Historical treasures and resources abound at the Three Rivers Historical Museum, but the place was busting at the seams with living, breathing treasures last Sunday afternoon (Oct. 16) when Aging in Community-Three Rivers held a reception and art show to honor a number of iconic local citizens. An overwhelming turnout from the community and standing-room-only crowd celebrated the unveiling of a...

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