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

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  Mark your 2017 calendars because on the fourth Wednesday of each month, from 9 am-noon, fresh fruits and vegetables are available for FREE at the Three Rivers Arts Center to all community members. This bounty is available due to a program overseen locally by the Three Rivers Bread Basket community food pantry. At the December 28 produce market, there was more fruits and vegetables than there...
  The Three Rivers Repertory Co. is gearing up for an inaugural 10-Minute Play Festival with a round-table reading/meeting at the Cort Gallery on Saturday, Jan. 7, at 3 p.m. All community members interested in getting involved are encouraged to attend.   “The process for the festival will take several steps,” according to Three Rivers Repertory Co.’s artistic director David Perry. “Right now, we’...
  New Year’s resolutions come and go, but something else that comes into effect as of each  January 1 is a bevy of new laws, and they are here to stay.   During the 2015-2016 legislative year, California Gov. Jerry Brown was sent a total of 1,059 bills, 898 of which he signed into law. Many of these will be enacted on the first day of the new year.   From beers and barbers to totally hands-off...
BEFORE: The Middle Fork of the Kaweah River, looking upstream from the North Fork Bridge on Thursday morning, Dec. 15, was barely flowing. (Click arrows to see additional photo.)
  The cold Pacific winter storm that will spread southward (today (Friday, Dec. 23) is expected to continue through Saturday. Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus and there will be a white Christmas in the local Tulare County mountains.    Snow levels are expected to drop to 3,000 feet by Friday night so that should mean more than a foot of the white stuff in and around the Giant Forest (...
  When it comes to telling the story of High Sierra Jazz Band, there are not enough superlatives. On October 9, 1976, four founding High Sierra Jazz Band members — Charlie Castro, drums; Bruce Huddleston, piano; Stan Huddleston, banjo; and Earl McKee, sousaphone and vocals — played their first show for the Sierra Traditional Jazz Club.   Who in the audience could have known they were witnessing...
Trish Ekema with her rescue dogs, Master Splinter (right) and Penelope Rose. (Click arrows for additional image.)
  Family: Trish Ekema and her husband, James Gebert, will have lived in Three Rivers for four years in March.     Place of Birth: Palm Springs.   First Job: As a sophomore at Yucca Valley High School, I started a new chapter of Interact, a branch of the Rotary Club that teaches youth social responsibility.”   Occupation: “I work directly with the founder of Marley’s Mutts dog rescue, Zach Skow. I...
STICKER SHOCK: In the 1960s and into the ‘70s, Walt Disney’s proposed world-class ski resort in Mineral King divided the Three Rivers community into two factions: for and against, as these decades old bumper stickers attest.
  This week marks the 50th anniversary of an inauspicious event that had major implications for Three Rivers, Mineral King and, ultimately, Sequoia National Park. On December 15, 1966, Walt Disney died of lung cancer at the age of 65.   At the time of Disney’s death, he was leading the charge on building a world-class ski resort in the Mineral King valley. This was going to be the ski resort that...
SKY HIGH: A camera-equipped drone can scan the same tree multiple times a day to produce digital maps of the leaves and branches (inset) as they change their respiration and photosynthesis throughout the day. (Click arrows to see additional photo.)
  Todd Dawson’s field equipment always includes ropes and ascenders, which he and his team use to climb hundreds of feet into the canopies of the world’s largest trees, California’s redwoods. It’s laborious work, but he’ll soon be getting a little help. From drones.   Dawson, a professor of integrative biology and environmental science, policy and management at UC Berkeley has teamed up with...
Chump's DVDs rental store closed suddenly last week.
  Meron Belachew, owner of Chumps DVDs in Three Rivers, announced via the business’s Facebook page late in the day on Tuesday, Dec. 13, that this was her final day of business at her Three Rivers location. She cited declining revenue and dwindling support from her Three Rivers customers who still prefer renting movies over streaming via the Internet from several online providers that are now...
COMING AND GOING: Incoming District 1 county supervisor Kuyler Crocker (left) with retiring supervisor Allen Ishida, both of Strathmore.
  A couple hundred friends, family, and colleagues past and present gathered Wednesday, Dec. 14, at the Lamplighter Inn in Visalia to salute and roast Allen Ishida, outgoing District 1 Supervisor for Tulare County. Ishida was presented with a succession of gifts and awards from the county’s Resource Management Agency, Tulare County Fire and Sheriff’s departments, Tulare County Association of...

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