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

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A panoramic view of Lake Kaweah as seen from the Lemon Hill visitor center shows the steadily decreasing storage in the reservoir. The water level has receded 20,000 acre feet in the past seven days.
  As of Thursday, July 27, the ring around the Lake Kaweah basin was becoming more visible by the day. In fact, in terms of the elevation of the reservoir’s pool, it is currently lowering at the rate of between 1.5 and two feet per day.     The July 20 Lake Kaweah stats:    Pool elevation: 691.08 feet above sea level    Storage: 137,425 acre feet (by Aug. 15 it will be below 80,000 acre feet)  ...
A disassembled contraption that would read and copy a credit or debit card if installed on a card reader.
  The Tulare County Sheriff’s Office has received reports regarding credit/debit card skimming machines found at local businesses in southern Tulare County. While the devices have been removed, the investigation is ongoing.    Sheriff Mike Boudreaux would like everyone to be aware of these skimming machine schemes and avoid becoming a victim. Here are some tips:   —Try to use the same ATMs with...
Don Thomas, retired NASA astronaut, discusses his four space missions and other out-of-this-world experiences during an outdoor gathering at the Lodgepole Amphitheater on Saturday evening, July 22. (Click arrows for additional photos.)
  After experiencing some growing pains in its first three years, the Sequoia Park Conservancy’s fourth annual Dark Sky Festival held July 21 to 23 was out of this world. From Friday’s fundraiser dinner with former astronaut Don Thomas to the Invisible Astronomy program at Sunset Campground at Grant Grove, hundreds were engaged and inspired by one of Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks most...
  Getting older has its benefits. The magical age of 62 provides quite a few nuggets, including senior discounts at some movie theaters, restaurants, and hotels.   Then there’s the big one: Social Security. At 62, one becomes eligible for 75 percent of their benefits.   One of the most anticipated gifts available for someone turning 62 is the Senior Pass that, for $10, provides the owner with...
  California lawmakers voted this week to extend for another decade the state’s legislation that takes on climate change. The cap-and-trade program will continue through 2030.   Also included in this legislation is a suspension of the state’s fire prevention fee, a controversial assessment charged to homeowners who live in rural, fire-prone areas in California. The suspension takes place...
Bob Woodie’s son, Robert, at Barrett Lakes last October during the search for his father who went missing when several storms passed over the Sierra Nevada region.
  Nine months after Robert Woodie of Manhattan Beach went missing during a four-day fishing trip in a remote area of the Sierra, his body was discovered by hikers just off a trail. The 74-year-old husband, father, and grandfather died of hypothermia as a series of winter-like storms passed through the region.   Bob Woodie was reported missing by his family after failing to return from a...
Meddlesome marmots (See caption below. Click arrows for additional photo.)
  PHOTO CAPTION: Marmots. The very word instills annoyance in anyone who visits the Mineral King area of Sequoia National Park in the early summer months. As the snow melts, these giant rodents crawl out from beneath their rocks with an undeniable hankering to disable vehicles parked at trailheads. They will chew on car wiring and insulation, but their drug of choice is ethylene glycol, an...
An aerial view of the Detwiler Fire in Mariposa County.
  In its first five days, the Detwiler Fire in Mariposa County has burned nearly half of the total acreage scorched in the massive Rough Fire of 2015. On Thursday, July 20, at the Cal Fire morning briefing, it was reported that 70,096 acres had been consumed and 45 structures were lost.   Cal Fire information officers won’t say what structures have been burned because hundreds of evacuees won’t...
The Comfort Inn and Suites in Three Rivers.
  The largest lodging property in Three Rivers has new owners — Bruce and Steve Kim. The deal for the 103-room hotel became final on June 20; the purchase price was not disclosed.   The Kim brothers are from a family that previously operated lodging in the Seattle, Wash., hospitality industry. Bruce Kim reported he has worked in the family business for 15 years.    The 30-something brothers’...
A near-drowning at Kaweah Park Resort resulted in the arrest of an individual for an outstanding warrant.
  Reckless or suspicious behavior in public can attract the wrong kind of attention. And apparently that’s what happened recently to some Three Rivers visitors.    On Saturday, July 8, Arturo Moreno, 37, was floating in the Kaweah River near Kaweah Park Resort when he was swept over the falls at a place where there have been several rescues this season.   Moreno was able to climb out of the water...

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