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

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Tomas Martinez
  The Kaweah River is the most treasured resource in Three Rivers and the Sequoia National Park foothills. It is also the most deadly.   On Sunday, April 30, a family outing took a tragic turn when, for the second time in a week, a young adult fell into the Middle Fork of the Kaweah River and was swept away in the turgid water. It took about 24 hours for searchers, both aerial and on the ground,...
Here is what the river looked like in early March in the vicinity of where two young adults drowned a week apart in April. The water is even more turbulent now and colder. (Click arrows for additional photo.)
  The following letter was emailed to 11 area high schools and other pertinent school districts in an effort to end the annual ritual of spring drownings in Sequoia National Park and Three Rivers. And as with a lot of issues, sometimes it takes the youth to educate their parents.   May 3, 2017   Re: River Safety   Dear School Educators, Administrators, and Staff:   My name is Sarah Elliott, and...
Debris-pile burning in the foothills may now continue through the month of May.
   Cal Fire’s Tulare Unit, in conjunction with the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District, has extended hazard-reduction burning until June 1. Usually, the burn season ends May 1. This extension means those with burn permits can continue burning debris on permissible burn days. Those permit-holders planning to burn must verify in advance that it is a burn day.
The snowpack on April 29 along the highest point of the Generals Highway in Sequoia National Park.
  The Sierra snowpack results are in, and the latest numbers confirm that this past winter was a drought buster. On Monday, California Department of Water Resources officials released the results of the May 1 survey, the final one of the current season.   The news was best of all in the central and southern Sierra. In those regions, the snowpack was 202 percent and 180 percent, respectively, of...
A prescribed fire smolders along Highway 180 near Road’s End in Kings Canyon National Park. (Click arrows for additional photos.)
  Highway 180 into the Cedar Grove area of Kings Canyon National Park opened for the season on Friday, April 28. The first visitors were in the company of park fire staff as the first prescribed burns of the season commenced.   On Saturday, April 22, two prescribed burns were the first major projects of 2017. Encompassing a total of 597 acres, the fires include two separate areas: 553 acres — “...
Pam Castillo (standing, left) with her 2016 Woodlake Tigers  junior varsity volleyball team.
  At the Woodlake Unified School District regular board meeting Wednesday, April 19, parents and students spoke in support of rehiring Pam Castillo, junior varsity volleyball coach at Woodlake High School and WHS alum who was raised in Three Rivers, after she was told the program would be “going in a different direction next year” during an evaluation with Jose Palomo, WHS athletic director.    ...
River Kids at River Kids!
  After being displaced in January by flooding that destroyed many area in the River Kids Preschool, Veronica Contreras, preschool director, reports that a collection of volunteers and agencies have brought them back home. New Director Contreras and her team spent the summer of 2016 redecorating and preparing for the return of their students last fall.     They were heartbroken just after Winter...
The Middle Fork of the Kaweah River in the vicinity of Hospital Rock is currently swollen with snowmelt, swift, and cold. (Click arrows for additional photo.)
  A 21-year-old woman, who had just moved to Tulare from Omaha, Neb., within the past month, drowned when she slipped on a rock and tumbled into the Middle Fork of the Kaweah River in the Hospital Rock area of Sequoia National Park. Karissa Jones was reportedly walking alongside the river with her boyfriend and two other companions when she fell into the turbulent water.   Her companions were...
Ramiro Leon. (Click arrows for additional photo.)
  The various routes to Mount Whitney are busy places in the summertime. But climbers ascend the highest mountain in the contiguous U.S. even when there’s snow on the ground.   Spring is a popular time to summit the massif, especially before May 1, because entry into the Mount Whitney Zone can be accomplished without a permit, which can be hard to come by as it is doled out via lottery.   The...
Highway 198 at Lake Kaweah is a curvy two-lane road with steep, rocky drop-offs.
  Passersby last Monday afternoon (April 24) saw emergency vehicles parked in the shoulder of Highway 198 in the vicinity of Kaweah Recreation Area. It looked like the all-too-familiar crash scene but for a few minutes no vehicle, no victim, and no rescuers were in sight.    That’s because the 2015 Harley Davidson Heritage motorcycle being driven by Erich Pouha left the roadway and crashed into a...

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