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PHOTO CAPTION: The three most recent superintendents of Woodlake Unified School District gathered to cheer for Woodlake Tigers varsity football as they victoriously competed Friday, Nov. 9, in Division 5 playoffs on their home turf. From left to right: Alfonso Gamino (current superintendent), Tim Hire (2007-2012), Drew Sorensen (2012-2018). Tim Hire is the projected winner of the Tulare County...
Smoky air was experienced in Three Rivers for 16 days.
  WEATHER WATCH: The rain dances worked! The first substantial storminess of the season arrived just in time for the busiest travel day of the year (Wednesday), Thanksgiving Day (Thursday), and the craziest shopping day (Friday). But if the rain dissipates the smoke that has caused "Very Unhealthy" air quality this week, it'll all be worth it. As this holiday storm heads east, another one is...
Noelle Thompson (third from right), owner of Sequoia Coffee Company and Josh Moore (third from left), head barista, welcomed their after-hours visitors. (Click arrows for additional photos.)
  The occasion was the Lighting of the North Fork Bridge, the first time the 62-year-old bridge had been adorned with Christmas lights for more than 40 years. An estimated 200 community members and visitors turned out Friday, Nov. 16, to see the lights go on at 5:30 p.m.  Immediately following the ceremonial lighting was a Progressive Mixer. Celebrants of this holiday kick-off event made their...
  Opponents of legalizing cannabis have maintained that having a retail outlet that supplies cannabis would attract a criminal element. But in the first eight months that Valley Pure cannabis dispensary has been operating in Woodlake, the first outlet in Tulare County to offer both medical and recreational cannabis, there hasn’t been a hint of a serious problem.    That was until Friday, Nov. 16...
Rachelle Ledbetter on the computer screen while at California's Central Coast, attending the Dynamic Lives event in Three Rivers via technology. Also pictured are her daughter, Meaghan (left) and Lynne Firpo, her "Story Gatherer."
  The gift of clean air, which many of us take for granted, has been choked out of Californians recently with the seemingly never-ending wildfires, most recently the Camp Fire. Coughing incessantly, throats raw and dry, sinuses plugged, breathing with great difficulty, not leaving the home as all these symptoms will worsen with each exposure.    And the daily joy in life? Harder to find in these...
A sunrise on a smoky morning in Three Rivers.
  WEATHER WATCH: Beautiful California has been under siege as deadly and destructive wildfires broke out last week in the north and south parts of the state. In Three Rivers, we've been spared the flames, but the smoke settled in and hasn't relented day or night. To the immediate south, Sequoia National Park's Eden Fire and three fires on Sequoia National Forest-administered lands, all lightning-...
Front row, left to right: Dodie Marshall, Eileen Farrell, Gaynor McKee, Carol Rookstool, Bonnie Lasswell, Louise Jackson. Back row, l-r: Tom Marshall, Steve Bennett, Jack Rookstool, Sheridan King, Bob Tomlinson. Not pictured: Tom Golden, Rachelle Ledbetter.
  For the second year, Three Rivers residents who have earned the esteemed title of "Elder" were interviewed and documented over the past several months by the nonprofit Aging in Community-Three Rivers volunteers. At a public event held in their honor on Sunday, Nov. 11, at St. Anthony Retreat, these seniors were recognized individually for their lifetime of achievements and accomplishments.  ...
Assistant varsity football coaches Manny Martinez (left) and Jerald Alvarez hold the chart of team goals that shows all have  been met except for two. (Click arrows for additional photos.)
  Coach Jeff Johnson and his staff set some goals for the Woodlake Tigers varsity football team in 2018. At the top of their agenda was to get used to beating Exeter.    On August 24, they checked that goal off the list with a win against their arch rivals 28-15. This was the first win for Tiger varsity football against Exeter in 15 years.   The next week, Woodlake came out flat and suffered a...
Woody Smeck, superintendent of Sequoia-Kings Canyon National Parks
  As of Monday, Nov. 12, Woody Smeck, superintendent of Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, has been reassigned to assume the duties of Grand Canyon National Park’s superintendent. Smeck said the temporary appointment could last for up to 120 days. Smeck was called on to replace Grand Canyon's current superintendent, Christine Lehnertz, who has been temporarily reassigned outside Grand...
Erik Meyer (Click arrows to see additional photos.)
  Over a two-day period, staff at Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks welcomed scientists who have conducted research in the southern Sierra Nevada to St. Anthony Retreat in Three Rivers where the esteemed guests shared their research findings that will assist in determining the future of stewardship in their various realms of expertise. Topics addressed during the presentations Wednesday and...

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