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

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  At the Monday, Nov. 7, monthly Town Hall meeting, a planning team from Tulare County Resource Management Agency will present an update on a proposal to build a three-story hotel on riverfront property adjacent to the Three Rivers Post Office. The developer’s design consultant, David Duda of 4Creeks Inc., will also make brief remarks on the site plan, architecture, and landscaping.    In...
Bob Woodie.
  After more than a week of searching the remote backcountry of Kings Canyon National Park and Inyo National Forest for overdue backpacker Robert “Bob” Woodie, 74, the operation was put on hold last week due to the series of winter-like storms that arrived in the region. The search teams were removed from the area just before the storms brought two to three feet of new snow to elevations above 8,...
Deadwood Prescribed Burn.
  Enough moisture has been received for the National Park Service fire staff to commence with a prescribed burn in the Mineral King area of Sequoia National Park. On Thursday, Nov. 10, the Deadwood Prescribed Burn will be ignited, encompassing 278 acres and located north of the East Fork of the Kaweah River, east of the 2008 Davenport prescribed burn, south of Atwell Mill Campground and the...
OPEN BOOK: Bill DeCarteret, 87, a former resident of Three Rivers, has written a 349-page memoir of his decades of packing in the High Sierra that is filled with many familiar names and places.
  Few of us know what it’s like to fall in love with the mountains, the backcountry of the High Sierra, and fewer yet who can put that feeling into words. But Bill DeCarteret has humbly woven a lifetime’s love of its rivers and rugged terrain with the mules, horses, and the “kids” who worked for him at Wolverton and Mineral King Pack Stations from 1958 through 1982.    Over 50 years ago, I was...
  Halloween night ended tragically for one Three Rivers resident. A 250-pound black bear died sometime during the night or early morning hours after being struck by a passing motorist.   Upon arriving to work the next morning, a Three Rivers School employee discovered the dead black bear on the school’s front lawn and covered the bear with a tarp.   A local tribal representative took possession...
A rear-end collision on Sierra Drive in Three Rivers resulted in major damage to both vehicles.
  It’s becoming an all-to-common occurrence on Sierra Drive in Three Rivers. With an increase in traffic there often follows an increase in accidents.   On Thursday, Oct. 27, at 4:40 p.m., a 2001 Subaru heading east on Sierra Drive was stopped while waiting to make a left turn in the vicinity of Chumps and Ol’ Buckaroo. Also eastbound in a 2004 Kia was William Jones, 19, of Three Rivers,...
The season’s first significant snowfall left some powder on Alta Peak.
  On Monday, Nov. 14, the moon will reach its closest point to Earth, a mere 221,524 miles away. You will almost be able to reach out and touch it!   The first significant rain event of the season this past week brought 1.40 inches to Three Rivers at the 1,000-foot elevation level. At this time last year, the season’s total was 2.40 inches, thanks to some drought relief in October. It didn’t rain...
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...

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