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Swift-water rescue units assemble at Slick Rock for the first incident of what promises to be a busy season.
  The near-drowning of a 13-year-old boy at Slick Rock Recreation Area on Sunday, March 19, was a wake-up call for the Tulare County and Cal Fire rescuers that converged on the scene at 6 p.m.  When Rescue 14 from Three Rivers and the local Cal Fire unit had arrived, they found the youth hanging in a tree in the river channel.    Once sufficient backup had arrived, one of the rescue team entered...
Western redbud is making a showy display in the Sierra foothills. (Click arrows for addition photos.)
  For Kaweah Country, if there is not another drop of rain this season, 2016-2017 is looking a lot like the last wet season: 2010-2011. Six years ago at the end of March, Three Rivers had recorded 30.21 inches of rainfall; one April 7-8, 2011, storm dumped another two inches of rain and it snowed at 1,500 feet. Following a freak June downpour, 2010-2011 ended with 32.05 inches.   This year is a...
On Tuesday, March 21, President Donald Trump (center) signs the NASA Transition Authorization Act of 2017, as Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Bakersfield, left) looks on flanked other members of the Senate, Congress, and National Aeronautics and Space Administration.
  After an impassioned response from Three Rivers constituents at the February 28 meeting, Congressman Kevin McCarthy’s 23rd District field representatives Cole Karr and Keenan Hochschild returned to Three Rivers on Wednesday, March 22. The format of the hour-long forum of questions, answers, and comments was focused on how the Trump budget and pending legislation will affect local constituents...
Gary Tomlin
  He’s been in prison for 14 years. And he has never wavered on the fact that he is innocent and was wrongly accused and convicted.   In February 2002, Gary Tomlin was living and working in Three Rivers when a chance sexual encounter at Lake Kaweah sent his life into a downward spiral from which he would never recover. During the subsequent trial, Gary was found guilty on charges that included a...
  STORIES FROM JOE DOCTOR: TULARE COUNTY'S COUNTRY JOURNALIST $24.99, hardcover, compiled by Alan G. George and Terry L. Ommen, 2017, Tulare County Historical Society   What would you like to know about Tulare County? How about where in the local mountains a plane landed? Hint: It was on a lake. At over 10,000 feet elevation.   Or perhaps there’s finally an answer to the mystery of how the...
Karen Dallett will trade red rocks for big trees as she takes over the helm of Sequoia Parks Conservancy this spring.
  The Sequoia Parks Conservancy and Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks announced Thursday, March 16, that Karen Dallett of Page, Ariz., has been chosen as the new executive director of SPC. Dallett will assume her duties as SPC’s executive director in mid-April.   Mark Tilchen, SPC’s current executive director who will retire in May, became acquainted with Dallett through the Public Lands...
Lake Kaweah water level is currently on the decline preparing for the monster snowpack that will come down the canyon when the weather warms.
  Spring weather will continue through the weekend with temperatures in the 70s, but by Tuesday, Kaweah Country will experience more like what has been the norm for 2017: a chance of rain with snow in the mountains for the next 10 days. There’s little chance that the monster snowpack in the nearby mountains is going anywhere soon; it’s set up with layers of solid ice from previous rain-snow...
Tunnel Rock is one of the first visitor attractions seen when driving on the Generals Highway in Sequoia.
  Following the third consecutive year of record visitation to national parks, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks announced some additional fee-free days for 2017. The  exact impact of fee-free days on the local parks’ visitor numbers is unknown but it does fuel a spike in local business in Three Rivers and longer lines at the entrance stations.   The 2017 national entrance fee-free days are...
The inaugural State Champion team of the FFA Food Science and Technology Competition are Woodlake FFA members (from left to right) Kiara Beneavides, Isabella Torres, Pia Martinez, and Jasmine Paniagua with their advisor, Jason Ferriera.
  Woodlake FFA was recently crowned 2017 California FFA State Champion in the FFA Food Science and Technology Competition. This competition tests students’ knowledge in basic Food Science principles, Sensory Evaluation, Product Compliance, Food Safety and Sanitation, as well as Product Development. This is the first time that California FFA has hosted this competition. FFA team members were Kiara...
The obsolete restroom. (Click arrows for additional photos.)
  On Saturday, March 11, the dilapidated concrete-block structure on North Kaweah River Drive was torn down and removed. The building was formerly a restroom that was part of a county park in the 1950s and early ‘60s but in recent years was a target of graffiti and vandalism.

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