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

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Kuyler Crocker, Supervisor, District 1 (which includes Three Rivers).
  At its regular meeting on Tuesday, June 26, the Tulare County Board of Supervisors agreed with recommendations that the Planning Commission made at a special meeting held on Wednesday, May 30.  The BOS adopted the Three Rivers Community Plan Update and certified the Final Environmental Impact Report.    The entire set of documents consists of nearly 3,000 pages after comments and responses were...
The new St. Junipero Serra Chapel at Santa Teresita Youth Conference Center will be dedicated July 1 with a free community barbecue, tours, and swimming. RSVP required. (Click arrows for additional photo.)
  On Monday, May 28, Catholic dignitaries gathered at St. Anthony Retreat Center to dedicate the new St. Junipero Serra Chapel on the Santa Teresita Youth Conference Center grounds and honor Bob and Mary Hohne (in second photo, center) of Three Rivers, who donated $1 million to the project.    On Sunday, July 1, the community is invited to attend the Public Blessing of the chapel, tour the...
The Three Rivers Union School board of trustees doesn’t get a summer vacation like the students do. There’s a budget to approve, a superintendent to hire, and a facilities bond to pass.
  SPECIAL MEETING - 2018-2019 BUDGET MEETING: Wednesday, June 27, 6  pm, Three Rivers Union School library   The Three Rivers Union School board of trustees met Wednesday, June 20, for their regular meeting. Among the agenda items were some significant matters before the board that will determine the future direction of the kindergarten-through-eighth-grade school.   2018-2019 budget   Reviewing...
Comfort Inn and Suites in Three Rivers. Calif.
  There’s an ongoing wastewater disposal problem at Comfort Inn and Suites in Three Rivers. For the past 20 years since the the development of the site, there has been problematic effluent. In wet years and during peak occupancy, it’s noticeable especially to nearby neighbors.    David Learned Sr. and son David, who own commercial property adjacent to Comfort Inn, place blame on the County of...
Looking upstream (in a low-water year) from the Woods Creek suspension bridge where a Pacific Crest Trail hiker ran into trouble and required a technical rescue.
  Sequoia National Park   Ash Mountain   June 16— Rangers responded to the Buckeye Flat Campground to a report of disorderly conduct. A 21-year-old male in the campsite was arrested for a warrant out of Southern California.   June 16— A 65-year-old male from Orange County was experiencing shortness of breath, dizziness, and numbness in both arms and legs while driving to Giant Forest. He returned...
If it's summer, that means everything is in bloom at Bravo Lake Botanical Garden, from the edibles to the ornamentals.
  HELLO SUMMER! The beginning of summer is a good time to review Winter-Spring 2017/18. It was the wet March that saved winter, and despite a cool, cloudy May, the period from October to April has been deemed the fifth warmest such period since the late 1800s (at least).    ABRACADABRA! Lake Kaweah is disappearing before our eyes. The reservoir level is currently dropping about 3,000 acre feet...
It was announced by county engineers this week that the Oak Grove Bridge on the Mineral  King Road, which has spanned the East Fork of the Kaweah River for 95 years, will be rehabilitated, keeping its historic integrity. (Click arrows for additional photo.)
  Of the 165 bridges that the County of Tulare must maintain, the one with the most historic value and significance is the Oak Grove Bridge on the Mineral King Road. The concrete arch bridge, built in 1923, is located 6.5 miles up-canyon from Highway 198 and furnishes the only access for motor vehicles to the Mineral King area of Sequoia National Park.   The bridge has been determined eligible...
The Middle Fork of the Kaweah River in the foothills of Sequoia National Park contains treacherous stretches of whitewater that will swallow a person if they enter these rapids.
  When the temperatures warm, so does the risk of drowning around these parts. This time of year, as the weather warms, the cold, swift-running river is often too much of a temptation to resist and claims lives almost  annually. Especially when fueled by spring snowmelt, even going near the river can prove deadly.    On Sunday, June 10, park rangers received a report that a man had been swept...
Sequoia Union School third-graders visited the Three  Rivers Historical Museum last month. The museum is gearing up for expansion.
  Imagine being on an epic road trip and arriving in a town that  has the last gas stations and the final stop for ice and groceries before heading into a national park where it’s more than an hour travel time to reach the main attractions. And at these gas stations and shops, there are no public restrooms.    That, folks, has been a decades-old  dilemma for Three Rivers. Some businesses have...
McClure Meadow Ranger Station
  PHOTO CAPTION: When completed, the ranger station adjacent to the Bearpaw High Sierra Camp will have a look and functionality more like the other wilderness ranger stations sprinkled throughout the backcountry of Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks.   The National Park Service has begun to replace the dilapidated backcountry ranger station, formally called a “wilderness visitor contact...

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